When I read through the account of the birth of Jesus, I often wonder how inconvenient things were. No room in the inn, traveling a long distance, barnyard animals, etc. So it should not have been such a surprise to experience the inconvenience firsthand.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of rain and seasonably cold temps were not going to diminish the awesomeness of visiting the birthplace of Christ (above). In fact, the bad weather made the experience all the more real. Was it this cold for Mary and Joseph? Perhaps the grotto/cave offered a break from the harsh winter conditions.
We also visited the Herodian Fortress, the Shepherds Fields (where the angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds), the Nissan Brothers olive wood factory, and the Bethlehem Bible College. It was a great first day in the Holy Land, even if the weather made things a little inconvenient. Or perhaps authentic?