Dec. 18 issue story.
BETHLEHEM, Conn. — Did you know there are towns named Bethlehem in America? Some are little, like the carol goes, and some are much bigger. Whatever the size, some Bethlehems become a destination because they try to connect in some way to that miraculous event of 2,000 years ago.
A favorite destination is the rural town of Bethlehem, Conn., and the crèche at the Regina Laudis Abbey (AbbeyofReginaLaudis.com), a community of cloistered Benedictine nuns founded after World War II.
Their early 18th-century masterpiece is displayed in a barn nearly as old and specifically donated to house this Nativity scene. Both recently received a meticulous three-year restoration by...READ MORE