Christmas in Salem Crossroads
Renew the tradition...
Come to Christmas in Salem Crossroads.  Step back in time and experience once more the spiritual joy of Christmas. Take an inspirational pilgrimage, a walking journey through the past.  As you travel the road to Bethlehem, contemplate live vignettes depicting scenes from that first Christmas...the Prophecy, the Annunciation, Caesar's Decree, Mary and Joseph's journey, the Nativity.  Soft, lighted walkways, dramatic music, live animals, and the night itself will uplift you and renew the spirit of Christmas in your heart.

Camille Nehmsmann wrote this poem after she went through the Pilgrimage in December 2005.

Star of Wonder, Star of Might

Christmas in Salem Crossroads
Community re-enactment of the First Noel,
Perfect night; crisp air
Half moon bathing the sky
Carefully cleared paths traverse the old Shield's Farm,
Bisecting blankets of fresh snow.

Transported back 2000 years.
Seven scenes from Bethlehem; the first Christmas
Brought to life outdoors in a farmer's field
Live animals, real people.
On the left, scene 5, the manufactured Star of Bethlehem
Wires, metal, light bulbs perched atop a pole.
The best men could do.

But wait!  Turn to the next scene, on the right.
Look!  There!  The audience gasps in wonder.
A real star, especially bright, shining over the stable.
In the very spot ancient painters placed it on canvases long ago.
Milky moonlight across the sky blocks all other starlight, except this,
This wondrous star.  "How did they arrange that?" someone jokes.

In our head we knew it was a planet, Mars at its brightest in centuries,
But our hearts attested to a miraculous birth, promises kept, hope redindled.
There was a sense of awe among us, at how that star, (the Bethlehem star?)
Was at the perfect place at just that moment.
"Heaven and nature sing" the carolers declared.

Eyes raised heavenward, I whispered a quiet "thank you"
To the One who placed it there, perhaps just for me.

As with the Magi thousands of years ago
This lone star seemed a sign for me.
At this time of major transistion in my life
That star of wonder, star of might
Spoke of promises kept, hope in the future,
A fruitful journey down the new path before me.

I thought of Christ's successful journey
Down an untraveled path,
Made to make my own passage a fruitful one.
As with the Holy Babe beneath that Star,
We are all on a journey,
And if we permit, He will lead us.
Take the tour...

Salem Lutheran Church, located at the top of East Pittsburgh St., has their doors open and welcomes you to enjoy good food, good fellowship, and good music, amidst a beautiful, sparkling Gallery of Trees of varying themes. These festivities and creatively decorated trees are located in the John W. Hanks Education Building.
Salem Lutheran Church.
At the Trinity United Church of Christ, you can participate in an old-fashioned worship service in an 1866 sanctuary.  The Salvation Army makes it possible for children to visit with Santa Claus and see a train display.
Further on, the Delmont Presbyterian Church welcomes you with different entertainment each night. the first Saturday will be "On Our Way Home" band and the choirs will be singing special Christmas music on Sunday. On the second weekend, the Youth Ministry will feature the puppeteers on Saturday evening and the Victorian Parlor scene will be the highlight for Sunday. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be awaiting you, along with warm hospitality.
The Delmont Community Band will perform at the Faith United Methodist Church on Sunday evenings, with continuous vocal entertainment on Saturday evenings. In addition, you'll see "Ye Old Toy Store," a scene filled with delightful old/antique toys of yesteryear, and  a parlor scene with storytelling.
St. John Baptist de LaSalle Catholic Church will be celebrating Advent. Outside, visitors will enjoy a huge Advent wreath. There will be live entertainment each evening and religious articles and crafts will be for sale.
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