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  • Writer's pictureCortnie Brooks

Christmas Stories from Bethlehem, Palestine

As the Christmas season approaches, I want to recommend a channel that inspired and informed me so much while I was completing my Master's research earlier this year.

Follow this podcast. It's called Stories from Palestine, and you can follow it on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or wherever you listen to podcasts. (Listen on Apple Podcasts)


Listen to the voices of Christian Palestinians in Bethlehem, and hear their stories about how they celebrate Christmas.


0:00 Introduction

2:30 Meet two Christian Palestinians

3:15 Star Street

5:23 Bethlehem's history as a Christian town

7:10 How do Palestinians celebrate Christmas?

9:00 What happens on Christmas Eve?

9:30 Mass at the Roman Catholic Church

19:30 Syriac Orthodox Church

30:10 The Manger Square

35:00 The Humble Door

37:50 The Grotto

43:00 Saint Catherine Church

44:30 Christmas wishes from Christians in Palestine


Was Jesus born in a stable or a cave?

Bethlehem from the view of a child. Here is a short video from a Palestinian child's perspective that explores some of the historic sites in Bethlehem from the very first Christmas. This video is made by the daughter of Kristel, who hosts the Stories from Palestine podcast.


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