And the Associated Press has the very pleasant details, including, but not limited to,
The traditional birthplace of Jesus is celebrating its merriest Christmas in years, as tens of thousands of tourists thronged Bethlehem on Friday for the annual holiday festivities in this biblical West Bank town. Officials said the turnout was shaping up to be the largest since 2000. Unseasonably mild weather, a virtual halt in Israeli-Palestinian violence and a burgeoning economic revival in the West Bank all added to the holiday cheer.
Visitors entering the town must cross through a massive metal gate in the separation barrier Israel built between Jerusalem and Bethlehem during a wave of Palestinian attacks last decade.
Maybe one day the Bethlehem (West Bank) Wall will suffer the same fate as the Berlin Wall. As it stands now, it’s a perfect symbol- along with the Ministry of Tourism signs on it – of the irony of life today. Peace- with walls…
- Tourists, faithful converge on Bethlehem for Christmas (ctv.ca)
- Festive crowds pack Bethlehem on Christmas Eve (theprovince.com)
- Tourists, pilgrims and clergy converge on Bethlehem (thestar.com)
- Bethlehem mayor complains about Israeli limits (seattletimes.nwsource.com)