University of Haifa International School Student Blog
Can you believe it? Did you think you would ever live to see the day when it SNOWED in the Middle East??? I thought I was escaping snow for a while by coming to Israel, but apparently not even the Middle East is safe from crazy snow storms. For everyone in Israel and surrounding countries that also had snow, this was one for the history books and a story to the kids and future generations. Jerusalem literally shut down because of the snow and in a country that isn’t used to snow to that extent, it’s pretty scary and wild. But luckily, as far as I know, everyone and everything is a-ok.
Well after that once-in-a-life-time snow storm that we just had, it’s almost Christmas! Now being the nice Jewish girl that I am from the US, OBVIOUSLY I went to Nazareth to check out the Christmas market, eat chocolate-Santa shaped candy, and sing along to jingle-bells, silent night, and my favorite winter song, Frosty the Snow Man! It was beautiful! If you have the chance to go, I HIGHLY recommend that you should. I saw wonderful would-be Christmas presents for people and stared in awe at the lovely Christmas tree that was decorated with care.
The most unexpected part about my adventure was my encounter with a few celebrities. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking big-time show-stoppers. Papa Smurf and his fellow smurfs, a clown (he juggled and was funny), and the main event, SANTA! For those of you that have seen the Will Ferrel movie, Elf, then you probably remember when Buddy sees Santa and screams “SANTA! I KNOW HIM!” I was almost as excited as Buddy when I saw (and got a picture with) Santa. It was a wonderful, glorious moment of meeting the famed man that so many of my friends somehow all know and love. Even though our meeting was brief, it was life changing. I have decided that being in Nazareth over Christmas is something everyone must experience at least once in their life!
Nazareth is also beautiful and is a quick bus ride from Haifa. We walked around part of the city today, stopped at a restaurant for lunch, and realized how weird it is to sing Frosty the Snowman when there’s no snow on the ground. So if you are looking for some last minute gifts, or just really want to see what Christmas is like in Israel, GO TO NAZARETH! It is well worth the trip.