him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls of all the people of Sheth.
In the above Old Testament scripture, there was the allusion to both the promised Messiah as well as the "monster of Christmas".
Herod was indeed a monster with the horrific acts that he committed, especially towards the end of his life. He executed 3 of his sons and killed other family members. From our perspective, when Herod gave the decree to kill all the boys in the vicinity of Bethlehem that were 2 years old or younger, he was trying to "kill Christmas" before it even started!
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus got out of town and head to Egypt before the soldiers got to them. They had to travel through this area of the Judean Hills, through the Wadi Kelt (a natural rift in the Judean Hills) before they get to Egypt.