Sunday, December 16, 2012

Main Street Bethlehem, Burnet, TX

Last Friday I went along with five friends on an outing to Burnet, TX ( ) which has a population of about 6,000 and calls itself the Bluebonnet capital of TX. Burnet, which I'm told is pronounced Burn it, durn it!, is about 90 miles north of where I live in northern San Antonio.

We left around 3 PM and stopped at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls. ( ) Oh my, oh my. Talk about good old Southern cooking!! And that fudge pie at the end. You'll just have to go and experience that for yourself!

After that meal our objective was to experience Main Street Bethlehem at the First Baptist Church in Burnet. Main Street Bethlehem was first opened in 1993 and has been up and going every year since. It starts the first Friday of December and runs for two weekends from 6-9 PM. It is obvious right away that this is a true labor of love for the church members. First of all, there is NO CHARGE! They want everyone to come and share in the experience. They dress in costumes and carry on as we suppose folks did at the time of Jesus' birth doing all the ordinary things people might have done in the town of Bethlehem.

Here are the 6 of us with one guy in line behind us sneaking into the picture like we brought him along! The guy behind me is the one brave male who came along with we 5 women!

Our group of 6 
Scenes from Main Street:

Cooking outside
Selling ducks and geese
Making butter and cheese

Bed maker

Blind beggar
Basket makers
Spinners and weavers

Bread makers gave samples
Grinding corn
Brass items for sale

Children playing a board game
Produce market
Turtledoves for sale

Basket cart
Leather workers 

Family at dinner
Old couple at home

No room at King David Inn

Getting close to the stable....


Cattle were lowing

And the highlight of all of Bethlehem....

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus complete with the bright star!
God's gift to us 

On our return trip we got to enjoy the Christmas lights along the way that it was too early to see before. WOW! The lights at the power company in Johnson City ( ) were amazing. I tried out the 'take your own photo' thing and did pretty well this time. I keep trying!

Lights in Johnson City, TX



  1. Glad you were able to see the Bethlehem re-enactment; it has been several years since I went, but it was worthwhile. The lights at Johnson City are amazing, have not been there in a long time, either. Mmh

  2. Glad to see you back online blogging! Miss you.
    JoAnn M