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La Crosse church recreates Bethlehem 2,000 years ago

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – English Lutheran Church is letting people step back in time by recreating Bethlehem at the time Christ was born.

It took a cast and crew of about 300 people to put together The Bethlehem Event.

They recreated the smells, sites, and the people seen on city's streets more than 2,000 years ago. There were even live animals.

It's the first time the church has hosted the event since 2008.

"People have said it's been very inspirational, that they have a great appreciation for the kind of struggle that life represented and also for the hope that Jesus represented to that community," said Paul Sannerud, The Bethlehem Event's committee chairman.

The Bethlehem Event is free of charge. It runs again Sunday, Dec. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at English Lutheran Church at 1509 King St.

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