This Christmas, visit Bethlehem . . . in Burnet Texas . . . as the ancient city of Christ’s birth comes alive again.
Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps.
Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town’s fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time . . camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.
Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace; the revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers, and beggars all seeking money, or position, or revenge.
Search for the inn, only to find it full (as others did long ago). Then follow the trail to the cave where a road-weary couple has moved in with the animals, their place in God’s plan and secular history to be made secure on this night. For the child in their arms was the incarnation of God Himself, come to the world that all who would place their faith in Him might enjoy eternal fellowship in His presence.
2016 Dates: December 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 9th, 10th, 11th
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. each evening
Main Street Bethlehem is located two blocks east of the town square. (300 E Washington St., Burnet TX 78611)
Admission is free (donations are accepted). Tour buses are welcome. Free cookies and hot chocolate/coffee are served at the exit. Friday and Sunday night visitors may experience a shorter waiting time than on Saturday night.
As this is an outdoor presentation, it is canceled in rainy weather.
Please note: BACKPACKS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE GATES.
Please note that NO PETS are allowed inside the gates (certified service dogs are allowed).
Absolutely NO VENDORS or solicitation is allowed on church property during this event (includes all parking lots).
(Compliments of First Baptist Church of Burnet, Texas and with the permission of the baker, Luis Herrera)
2 1/2 lbs. all purpose flour
2 1/4 cups of milk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 pkgs. Yeast
9 tablespoons of sugar
Prepare cookie sheets with non-stick spray and set aside.
Warm milk to room temperature. Mix sugar, salt and yeast with milk, making sure there are no lumps.Place flour in large mixing bowl and create a “well” in the middle of the flour. Pour the above mixture into the “well”, begin mixing, gradually
adding shortening until all is thoroughly mixed. Knead dough until smooth and firm.
Remove dough from bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Pinch only one piece of dough (approximately marble-size) form into a ball and drop into a tepid glass of water. Rest of dough will be rising while you wait until ball floats to the top of the water (approx. 35-45 minutes).
At this point, cut dough into piece approximately the size of a lemon. Allow to set for an additional 15 minutes.
Coat dough pieces with a very small amount of oil to keep dough pliable and moist.
Flatten dough into a strip approximately 2″ x 6″. Using a sharp knife, cut down the center leaving 1″ on each end. Picking up the dough at each end, make a figure eight, bringing the ends back into the center. Dip top of roll into sugar and place on cookie sheet. Allow dough to rise for 3 hours. Bake in preheated conventional oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
May the peace of God be with you!
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