Just one hours drive from the bustle of the growing Metro-Plex of Dallas, Texas you can be swept back in time. We loaded our youngest boys and headed for this quaint piece of the past to discover the wonders this once booming city held for us. As we entered on Main Street we passed jewels of architecture built in the late 1800's and early 1900's all dressed in their Christmas glory. We "oohed and awed" at what seems to have been a more simpler time in life, though not without its own struggles, as the city tells the story of a boom town where the glory days have left, leaving behind emptied downtown business fronts.
As we continued past the wonderful homes along Main Street, onto the city square, there stood the beautiful Court House built in 1829. The calmness of the streets reminded you that modern day conveniences have moved business out from the square and near the highway. I soaked in the past as we took pictures of the courthouse, while the revitalized movie theater hold its last live performance of the season. We all stood in wonder of the gifts of past builders...carpenters.
Yet we hadn't come for the American carpenters or architects gifts, we came to re-visit the excellent re-creation of the City of Bethlehem This small community gathers her resources to give all those who travel near or far, the real meaning of Christmas, a eternal gift of the story of one humble beginning....over 2000 years ago.
Stroll with me through my inadequate pictures. Let your heart wonder back to those humble beginnings. Let your child's heart be swept away in awe. (this was one of the first words I packed in my stocking, the heart of a child's wonder). Let the Lord tell you His story through the Rabbi and those who like Simeon waited to see the birth of the Messiah. Listen for the crowds and the word, "I have no room." that were said to Mary and Joseph. Ponder, as Mary did, what all this would mean for us. Enter the meaning of Christmas.
They stay in character as they teach. This man explains the weaving and the meaning of the "swaddling cloth". They are threshing flax, showing you how they dye the threads, and weaving.
The Rabbi teaching in the Synagogue.
The Menorah....He is the Light of the World, as he proclaimed in the Gospels.
The Roman soldiers along with their tents. They correct and move among the crowds in the city.
Benjamin was fascinated and took videos throughout the evening...these visuals will stay with him.
The High Priest and King Herod. The Magi, who left from his courts on camel to go find the King. The tax collector collecting the taxes in Bethlehem.
The young couple in the stable with their new child...the King of Kings!!
Thank you little town of Waxahachie, Texas, for sharing with your community your free Christmas gift, which allows us all to remember and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. May God Bless you all.