Christmas in the Holy Land, 1949

 

December 25, 1949: Israel and Jordan ease armistice restrictions so pilgrims can attend Christmas services in Bethlehem. Most people in the Holy Land are UN personnel and diplomats, because Jordan prohibits other pilgrims from returning directly to Israel.

Shown here is a 13p stamp issued by Great Britain in 1979 picturing Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem.

bethlehem - great britain 1979

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