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‘Walk Through Bethlehem’ one to see

By Staff | Dec 5, 2018

To the editor:

“Fast away the old year passes” as the traditional Christmas carol says. It is time to finalize your holiday planning as November is fast disappearing. I have found it prudent to keep only a carefully curated collection of holiday activities on my calendar. It makes for a serene time instead of the frenzy you see in people’s eyes when “the holidays” are mentioned, as if the very Sword of Damocles, suspended by one hair of a horse’s tail, were the to do list hanging over their heads.

To mitigate the frenzy, I have eliminated holiday baking altogether. I rotate the types of Christmas decorations I put up on a five-year basis, eliminating the need to set up the Christmas village every year. Other more well-loved activities, such as Christmas stockings, I skip once every five years. My Christmas cards are now all sent out electronically and set to be emailed ahead of time.

My pick this year for a holiday event is the Sanibel Community Church’s “Walk Through Bethlehem” production on Dec. 6-7. The free event starts at 5 p.m., but arrive when you can after work. This trendiest of plays has the audience walking through the scenes and interacting with the players, instead of the scenes changing and the audience sitting still.

So, leave the plastic Santas in the attic this year and Google a local live nativity event if you are not near Sanibel. Not only does the experience bring home the true meaning of Christmas, but it connects us to an ancient unrushed time and culture, bringing history to life.

The Sanibel Luminary Stroll is also Dec. 7, so come early to take in both.

Parking is available at the church, at 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

See sanibelchurch.com/events/walk-through-bethlehem-3/ for more details.

Jackie Mulrooney