In Hebrew, the word Bethlehem is comprised of two words, Beth (House) and lehem (bread), thus Bethlehem means the “house of bread”. The significance of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus cannot be overstated, as Jesus is the lifegiving bread.
Today, there remains 150,000 Christians in the entire State of Israel, which has a total population of about 8.8 million. Another 250,000 Christians live in nearby Jordan. The photos below show that Christmas is alive and present today in Bethlehem; a lifelike nativity scene at the Casa Nova (a Franciscan Hostel housing pilgrims) the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born, and Bethlehem Square with the traditional lighting of the tree located right across the Church.
Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, born to a Virgin Mary and blessed spouse Joseph in a humble manger in a little town called Bethlehem. Let us rejoice and be glad!