This Christmas I tried to find Christ where people usually look for him in this season, yet I did not find Him. I searched for Christ at a big festival in the middle of more than fifteen thousand people dancing in front of the Nativity Church, but he was not there either. Bethlehem does not differ from New York anymore; I found nothing but lights, music festivals, wild parties, shopping, “Happy Holidays” banners, religious/ political customs and traditions. Disappointed I was, until I stopped searching, it was then that I found it.
I found Christmas in the eyes of little kids, in their innocent smiles. I found it the eyes of an artists singing for a little girl at Rock to Bethlehem music festival. Watching my friend from Germany whom is a famous artist spraying on the Separation Wall along side with a dozen of kids from the refugee camp was where I felt Christmas and found Christ too, even if spraying on the wall isn’t a Christmas activity. I found Christ in conversations with friends, I felt Christmas looking at my parents hugging out side in a cold night listening to melodies of peace.
Those moments and many more I captured this Christmas, and I would like to share some of those moments with you.