Beit Sahour tree lighting

Bethlehem and the surrounding towns are approximately 80% Christian and 20% Muslim. The tree lighting ceremony in Beit Sahour was a big deal, with visitors, public speeches by visiting dignitaries, street food, and traffic jams.

Celebrations of Christmas in the West Bank are a little different, and more community-oriented than they are in the US; gifts are delivered by store employees in Santa costumes to children in their homes, and families gather in public places such as churches and community centers to eat and spend time together on Christmas Day.

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