Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS writer tells of 'Christmas Where It Happened'
Los Angeles Times 11Dec99 P2
By K. Lubeck Peterson
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- LDS Church member Kathleen Lubeck Peterson
has again written an article for the Times' On Faith column, this time
covering her experience in Israel during Christmastime. Peterson, a
former seminary teacher in her ward, reminisces about the trip,
contrasting how different Christmas in the U. S. is with the Christmas
she spent in Israel, and how that Christmas must have been different
than the night of Christ's birth.
Peterson observes that her Christmas in Israel didn't have the glitz of
a U.S. Christmas -- no lights, no carolers, no Christmas Trees, no
Santa. She attended the annual "shepherd's fields" event of the local
LDS congregation, taking place outside of Bethlehem. The event led her
to reflect on the night of Christ's birth, where his family didn't have
heating, or bed sheets or doctors to attend to the birth. But the warmth
of her experience in Israel that Christmas remains with her.