Christmas in Palestine 2011



A  tourists visits on December 10, 2011 Bethlehem's Church of the  Nativity, where the annual Christmas Eve mass is held, as preparations  for the Christian holiday began in the biblical West Bank town where  Christians believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL-SHAER




A  tourist has her photograph taken in the Church of Nativity, the site  revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem  November 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




A  man walks through the Church of Nativity, the site revered as the  birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 4,  2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




Greek  Orthodox alter boys take part in a procession before mass at the Church  of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on the second Sunday of  Advent December 4, 2011. The church is the site revered as the  birthplace of Jesus. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




Custodian  of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (2nd R) ceremonially  launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the  Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank  city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad




Custodian  of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (R) ceremonially  launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the  Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank  city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad




Franciscan  monks attend a mass to ceremonially launch the beginning of Christmas  season at the Church of the Nativity,the site revered as the birthplace  of Jesus, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad




Franciscan  monks take part in a ritual mass ceremony of the Franciscan Fathers at  Santa Cathrina Church at the compound of the Church of the Nativity in  the biblical West Bank City of Bethlehem on November 26, 2011, to  decleare the start of the Christmas celebrations next mont. AFP  PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER




Custodian  of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (C) ceremonially  launches the beginning of the Christmas season at the Church of the  Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank  city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad




A  Franciscan monk carries a crucifix as he takes part in a mass to  ceremonially launch the beginning of Christmas season at the Church of  the Nativity,the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West  Bank city of Bethlehem November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad




Franciscan  monks take part in a ritual mass ceremony of the Franciscan Fathers at  Santa Cathrina Church at the compound of the Church of the Nativity in  the biblical West Bank City of Bethlehem on November 26, 2011, to  decleare the start of the Christmas celebrations next mont. AFP  PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER




Palestinian  municipal workers decorate on December 10, 2011 the central Christmas  tree set up in Bethlehem's Manger Square with a mosque in the  background. Preparations for Christmas have begun in the biblical West  Bank town where Christians believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA  AL-SHAER




Palestinian  municipal workers decorate on December 10, 2011 the central Christmas  tree set up in Bethlehem's Manger Square outside the Church of the  Nativity, where the annual Christmas Eve mass is held. Preparations for  Chritmas have begun in the biblical West Bank town where Christians  believe Jesus was born. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL-SHAER




A  Palestinian man works on Bethlehem's Christmas tree in Manger Square,  outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to  be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)




A  woman photographs a man holding children in front of a decorated  Christmas tree during the annual lighting ceremony of the tree at Manger  Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




Christian  nuns take their photos next to a large Christmas tree after it was lit  at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in West Bank town  of Bethlehem,Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)




A  general view of Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the  site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, is seen during the annual  lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree in the West Bank town of Bethlehem  December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




A  Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Nativity, the site  revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem  December 15, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




A  Palestinian girl lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the  site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of  Bethlehem December 15, 2011, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Mohamad  Torokman




People  watch fireworks during the annual lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree  at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered  as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December  15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman




A  Palestinian boy scout marching band plays during the annual lighting  ceremony of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, outside the Church of the  Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank  town of Bethlehem December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman


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