While North Pole, Alaska, was named with a financial future in mind,
Bethlehem was born on Christmas Eve, 1741, founded by missionaries who
set up a commune on the banks of Pennsylvania's Lehigh River.
Today, Bethlehem is known as "Christmas City, USA," and it keeps a
91-foot-tall star (made of Bethlehem steel) lit from 4:30 p.m. until
midnight every day of the year.