Here in the Jewish parts of the Holy Land you would never know that Christmas starts tomorrow evening.
So for you, gentle readers, I made a trip into Jerusalem today and walked through the Christian Quarter of the Old City in search of red and green of the season.
Right inside the city wall a life-size Santa robot was singing and talking, bowing and waving.
A picture was hung from the New Gate proclaiming "Glory to God in the Ela and on earth peace and happiness in people."
Ela? I guess that means something like "highest"?
This seems to be a translation from Arabic.
The baby's halo looks none too comfortable to sleep on.
(All these photos can be twice enlarged.)
The big Palestinian school had a big tree and a big picture near their gate.
Collège des Frères is one of over 1,000 schools world-wide that is owned
and operated by the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian
Schools, also known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers, based in Rome.
Christ Church had a Christmas tree, albeit a rather scrawny one.
Our Keren Kayemet/JNF distributes Christmas trees to the Christian population of Jerusalem every year just before the holiday.
See my impressions of that happy event here .
More blog pictures of local Christmas 2008-2011 are here. Welcome.
Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends out there!