Ok, which food reminds you of Christmas? Turkey? mince pies? Christmas pudding? Ok, some of these will depend of regional customs that different Christians celebrate Christmas, ie: Christmas pudding is largely a British thing I think.
Now think which food really actually could be found in the Holyland during Christmas? I have blogged before about Pomegranates before, but how about nuts?
More specifically almonds.
One of the group pointed out this tree, its got ripe nuts on it! So after shaking it quite a bit, most of the nuts fell onto one of the metal shelters next door (duh) after a few times, I got a few on the ground, and after breaking them open with a big most of them were quite nice.
Before leaving the grotto park, the garden also had strangely lots of small holes and tunnels in the ground. Didn’t see if these were natural quirky bits of geology or if they made by someone.
Below Christmas is in full swing here, decorations were mostly quite discrete and tasteful. Tourism from Christians of course is the life blood of the economy of Bethlehem.