We had a huge ice storm in Michigan this past weekend and tons and tons of friends have no power (ahhh..10 degrees today and no heat!!). They estimate it won’t be back on for a couple more days. And seeing tomorrow is Christmas, well, it just breaks my heart.
We luckily never lost power. I’m so grateful.
And I kinda feel guilty.
But, seeing so many people on Facebook talking about no power, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to have our First Annual Family Bethlehem Dinner.
I know quite a few people who do this every Christmas and rave about it being one of their children’s favorite Christmas memories.
What is Bethlehem Dinner?
Well it’s basically having dinner like we can imagine they did when Jesus was born.
You can do as much or as little as you would like to act this night out for your family.
When Jesus was born, it says:
they ate things like fish, hummus, bread, grapes, goat cheese, grape juice, etc.
There was no electricity, no power, no tables.
Just a dirty stable, with a newborn baby boy in a Manger, some animals, shepherds, gifts for the baby and probably lots of cuddling and singing.
We personally don’t eat fish. In fact, I don’t even know how to cook fish. So we had meatloaf (because that’s what was already on the menu). But we added hummus with carrot sticks and crackers, grapes, bread with dipping oil and some grape juice.
I made us some fun little Ancient Head coverings (because I didn’t have enough scrap fabric for togas).
We turned off the lights and used some candles.
Ok. They were battery operated candles. But you do what you can with babies and a kitten.
We even had a friend over and included her in our craziness.
We felt a little silly. Yeah…a lot of silly.
But Judah thought it was so cool, and he has already asked me about 15 times this morning if we can do it again tonight.
Oh, and you can’t forget about the real reason for Christmas.
You can read the Christmas Story. Sing some Christmas Songs or Happy Birthday. Give gifts to baby Jesus. Take it as far as you want. Because even if you might feel funny (almost guaranteed), your kids are going to love it!
I’ve even heard of someone that eats on the dirty floor of their garage to make it more ‘real’!
I also saw someone on pinterest that filled their basement with hay.
Now THAT mom deserves an award.
So, electricity or no electricity go have a Bethlehem Dinner tonight!
I promise you will all want to do it again next year.
Merry Christmas Eve!