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The creche on Bethlehem’s town Green is the centerpiece of the town’s two-day Christmas Town Festival, which will take place this year on Friday evening, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Photo by George Murdock

All Roads Lead to Bethlehem: ‘Connecticut’s Christmas Town’

Named after the birthplace of Jesus, Litchfield County’s little town of Bethlehem lives up to its reputation as “Connecticut’s Christmas Town.” Each year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, thousands of visitors from near and far converge on this quaint, rural community of about 3,500 residents to partake in beloved holiday traditions.


“The Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel (shown in this 1736 painting by Thomas Hudson), has become a highlight of the holiday season. Image courtesy of Brittanica

‘Hallelujah,” It’s Time Once Again for ‘The Messiah’

You don’t have to love choral music or even classical music — or even Christmas — to love G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” I would count myself as fairly uneducated when it comes to the glories of great music but even for me, “The Messiah” is a delight to listen to.


Even a simple walk in the woods can have hazards. A few precautions (such as wearing bright orange clothing) can help keep you safe. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Think Pink (and Orange) During Hunting Season

Autumn is a time when I think of the color orange,not only because of the falling leaves and not only because I associate the fall and winter months with eating citrus fruit but also because it is now hunting season and it’s important to wear orange if you’re out in the woods.


Pottery by Judy Fisher and other artisan work will be featured in a sale on the weekend after Thanksgiving in Goshen, Conn. Photo submitted

Artisan Sales for Holiday Gifts

With supply chain interruptions delaying shipment of mass market products, this is an outstanding year to shop local whenever possible for holiday gifts.

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