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Curtailed Bethlehem Christmas
News Bytes 11/27/2020 21 Comments

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Bethlehem, Palestine, may be more still than ever this year. Celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth are usually attended by thousands of people from around the world. But for 2020, the Palestinian Health Ministry is recommending strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem. The precautions are due to the recent surge of coronavirus cases.

The ministry wants to limit the upcoming Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Manger Square to 50 people. Officials are also hoping to turn the tree lights off and close area restaurants at 9 p.m. during the Christmas season. In its recommendations, the ministry further says religious services on Christmas Eve should also limit attendance.

Bethlehem today is filled with hotels, gift shops, and restaurants. Its economy relies heavily on Christmas tourism and sales. The cancellation or scaling back of celebrations will deal another blow to an area already hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

Palestinian officials are expected to make a final decision on Christmas celebrations in the coming days. Israel’s international airport—the main entry point for foreign travelers—has been closed to tourists for months. That limits the number of possible pilgrims, whatever the verdict.

The West Bank is in the midst of a spike in coronavirus cases. Israel is only slowly emerging from a lockdown imposed in September to control a raging outbreak. The northern Israeli town of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the place of Jesus’ childhood, has been designated a “restricted” zone by authorities. Movement in and out of that area will be restricted or limited for at least the next few days.

(Palestinian Christians celebrate a Christmas tree lighting outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to mark the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on November 30, 2019. AP/Majdi Mohammed)

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1st comment

I wish they could meet in a group of more than 50 people but of course they have to be cautious.

2nd comment

Oh wow. At least they are still together

3rd comment

It is too bad that they can't have more people than that. I wish they could. My family is putting on a little christmas skit for extended family. I am the main character, but the skit is really funny, and I can't do my part without laughing!!! XD I will have to keep practicing!!

Yikes!

I hope things get back to normal soon. I know a church near us is canceling their Christmas Eve service, but I believe our church will still have one, sense it is very small.

btw. Has anyone read Animal

btw. Has anyone read Animal Farm? I thought it was a creepy ending lol

@N&M A

No I haven't. Is it good?

@Kiara

Well.......It's like an allegory (about the Russian revolution) but there are some parts where the animals drink alcohol, And in the end they turn Human (kind of..) it was a little strange in my opinion xD lol so I guess you would have to read it to see if you like it or not. Sorry...that was a really bad answer xD

@Naomi

Also I responded to what you asked on https://teen.wng.org/node/6244#comment-69219

@N&M.A

Yes, I read it. I think it is super good. It is supposed to have represented Russia. I recommend to those who will read how the main speaker of the pigs feeds information to the animals and the ending is also really important as well as a little sad.

Also watch how the pigs gain

Also watch how the pigs gain more control and how they become more and more like humans. You should read it.

@ ALAINA H

Yes, I read it. It *cough* kind um reminded me of...Biden's policy tbh. It was really disturbing to see all that playing out.

@N&M.A

I saw that too.

To Above

Hm?

@Above

Yes, I have read Animal Farm. It is supposed to represent Communism, or Socialisim, or whatever other fancy name people want to put to it, but it is all the same. Anyone who thinks that Communism is great, should just read that book. It is what will happen to America if Biden is president.

15th comment P.S. This is Caro

Communisim isn't great. It's a good idea but it never actully works because everyone is flawed. If everyone was perfect than everyone could have equally hard jobs and be paid the same. It just doesn't work with flawed people.

@ two above comments

Yes, so true.

@N A

I have read Animal farm actually just a few weeks ago and it totally reminds me of Biden v Trump. Trump being Snowball, Biden being Napoleon, and the MSM being Squealer.

My older sister has read

My older sister has read Animal Farm. I was thinking of maybe reading it, but I don't know. I can't stand communism. I am hoping Biden loses. But i have to admit, I feel kind of bad for him. Not that i would vote for him. No way! But he's kind of old and doesn't know what is good for him. And he has a hard time talking.

I agree, Riley D. If people do want to be a communist country, then they should totally read Animal Farm.

@ Asher

my thoughts exactly

NA

Oh, I've read Animal farm, I liked it, it is so much like communism, (which I'm totally now for) but I just like how the leaders had to have something that the other animal couldn't have or else that leader couldn't rule them well, for example when he needed the apples.

@ AE

Yes totally seeing the Trump and Biden looking like Snowball and Napoleon!

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