Daily Advent Reflection for Dec. 8

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,/ earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;/ snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,/ in the bleak midwinter, long ago.”  (v. 1 of In the Bleak Midwinter)

Sound familiar, Minnesotans?

The poet Christina Rossetti was not going for historical accuracy with this hymn.   Instead, she captures a sense of the warmth–almost the thawing–that Jesus’ birth brings to the world.

Does it ever snow in Israel?  Maybe this is a silly question, but I figured I better not assume.  I did some quick googling on the subject, and discovered that yes, it does, but mostly in high altitude regions and very rarely in Bethlehem.

Snow in Bethlehem, PA, USA

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