A Christian Christmas Story
for the whole family
Do You Know This Amazing
Christian Christmas Story?
Bethlehem the Beginning is your child's introduction to what happened on that Christmas day long ago. Join the animals of Bethlehem as they sing and declare their personal view of the birth in the stable.
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Read The Christmas Story As A Family.
This whimsical book brings the family together as you dive into the holy land as something new and exciting is happening! Your children will listen with awe as the characters describe the excitement of that special night.
Teach Your Children The Origins Of Christmas Through A Christian Lens.
There is no better way to enjoy the Christmas Holidays than through music. Bethlehem the beginning has 11 original songs and 11 traditional Christmas carols woven into the dialogue and story line.
Experience The Christmas Story of the Nativity In a Whole New Way
The beautiful illustrations and music will draw you and your children into the story. The personalities of the characters literally pop off the page as the story comes to life on stage. The musical presentation of the story is a theatrical delight.
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The History of
Bethlehem the Beginning
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Margo and Alan Armstrong her son invite you to experience the origin of Christmas in their new book “Bethlehem the beginning…an oft told story.”
This Christian Christmas story is unlike any you have read or heard before. You and your children learn about the wonder and excitement of the birth of a new born baby on Christmas day, but not from the characters you would expect.
In this delightful Christmas story, you get to meet all the funny animal residents in Bethlehem. Mr Mouse, the lamb and her mother the Ewe and father the Ram, the 3 camels Jasmina, Lily and Bettima and of course grandpa sheep an irascible self-proclaimed Jewish scholar, all of whom share their reactions and unique points of view.
The story was actually created by accident. Margo was a very prolific song writer and every year for over 15 years she would write a new Christmas song which she and Alan would perform at their family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration. In 2001 Alan decided it was time to record a simple Christmas album of all Margo’s Christmas songs. As the project began to unfold, one morning over coffee he told Margo that one of her songs The Oft Told Story inspired him and he had an idea about a Nativity story using animals to sing about the birth of the Christ child. Two years later the story was finished and Alan gathered 18 actors/singers into a studio and recorded the audiobook “The Oft Told Story”. There were 6 original songs and 14 traditional Christmas Carols that all lyrically fit with the dialogue of the narrative. Soon thereafter, it was suggested that this would make a great musical production so in 2003, the first live production of The Oft Told Story was produced and Margo’s song writing talent was finally recognized by an adoring audience.
Unfortunately in 2007 after several significant productions, Margo passed away. The story has continued to evolve over the years and Alan has gone on to write several new songs to compliment a new book and a screenplay for an animated 3D feature film.
Christmas today is very commercialized which makes it easy to forget the origins of this celebration. What we know as Christians, is that what we believe about Christmas day shapes our own personal story.
Bethlehem the beginning helps parents bring the story about how Jesus was born and the reason we celebrate Christmas into their lives. Your child will discover that this is no ordinary baby being born. There is something special about the baby Jesus that continues to reverberate in their lives 2000 years after that first Christmas day.
By putting Christ back into Christmas with this entertaining funny musical story, we are certain that children of all ages will once again celebrate the most joyful time of the year with a new perspective and appreciation for the values this child brought into this world.
WHERE ARE WE TODAY
Almost 20 years later, Bethlehem the beginning is still evolving. Our dream is to create a beautiful animated film version of this delightful story. As a result, the main character Miles the mouse’s character arc needed to be developed more.
Subsequently, new characters and new songs emerged. We are excited about the changes and have rewritten the book, “Bethlehem…an oft told story” to include Miles’ journey from an adventurous young mouse to a leader of a rat gang to the hero of this thrilling tale.
We are preparing the original musical production, “Bethlehem the beginning” for licensing to churches and theaters around the country and we have a new narrated audiobook in the works for 2019.
Click here for photos of the musical performance in 2017.
The original musical soundtrack is available on Amazon to purchase or download.
A simple coloring book will soon be available on line for FREE.
With the re-creation of our website and social media contacts, you will be able to keep up with our progress and new product releases.
The Musical production is happening this year at Arts 464 Center for the Arts located at First Unity Spiritual Campus in St Petersburg, Florida on December 13th and 14th 2019.
This is an exciting year for the Bethlehem project as we fine tune all our products and prepare for the future. We hope this excites and thrills you as well and that you will follow our growth and development as we redefine for children what Christmas is really all about.
Please keep in touch and let us know what you love about the story and our products.
WHAT’S TO COME?
The next step in the evolution of Bethlehem the beginning will be an animated feature film, destined to become a Christian Christmas Classic.
Animated films today and in the future are an effective medium to bring core values to our children and to impress upon them the love, compassion and gratitude we so desire for them to incorporate into their daily lives.
That is why the Nativity Story is so important. It’s where it all began. It is the birth of the Christ child and the introduction of unconditional love to the planet. It is peace, harmony, joy, and good will all rolled into one day.
We want to share this magical story with children of all ages so that they remember why Christmas is so special and what it really stands for. The birth of Christ.
Statistics indicate that a growing number of young couples do not have any church affiliation and as a result their children grow up totally unaware of the Nativity Story and subsequently the life and teachings of Jesus.
The music of Christmas is a huge component in our celebration of the holidays and the fact we have 11 original songs and 11 traditional Christmas carols woven into the dialogue further enhances the enjoyment of the message. There are additional original songs in the film due to the creation of more animal characters that expand the story further. Therefore, we intend to produce a more comprehensive soundtrack as we produce the film.
The original musical “ Bethlehem the beginning” will continue to be presented as is and the plan is to license the show to churches and theaters beginning in 2020.
The book, “Bethlehem the beginning ….an oft told story” will be available by the end of 2019 as a downloadable ebook. This format allows the reader the possibility to listen to the music as they read along on their ipad, smart phone or computer. A fully narrated version will also be available.
We hope you will follow us on facebook and Instagram as we continue to evolve the various parts of this wonderful project. It’s just THE BEGINNING!