O little town of Bethlehem is much in world news every Christmas Eve.
source: Library of Congress
This photograph of the Church of the Nativity (first built in 339) is from about 100 years ago.
You can click to enlarge.
It is from the American Colony photo collection that was recently donated to the Library of Congress.
See also Christmas in the Holy Land 100 Years Ago with more historical photos of the church and Manger Square, at the wonderful blog Israel's History--A Picture A Day.
Merry Christmas to all of you out there who celebrate the holiday!
Good tidings of Christmas from the place where it all began.
UPDATE: Midnight Mass just now ended. This year it was televised from the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth (not from Bethlehem, as I had wrongly assumed).
Did you watch it on TV?
(Added to OurWorld Tuesday meme.)