It all began here, approximately 15 kilometers south to Jerusalem, in a small cave in the city of Bethlehem.
Christians all over the world adopt the 25th in December as the date that Jesus Christ was born.
Joseph and Marry arrived to the city in order to take a part of the roman census.
The city was full of people and they didn’t book a room in a hostel.
They found a small stable to spend the night and that was the place where Marry gave birth.
Christmas tree, Santa Claus and the presents are relatively new tradition.
If you really want to feel the holyday atmosphere look for one of the Christmas masses in Jerusalem.
You can find a midnight mass in German in the Austrian hostel, via Dolorosa 37, in the old city that begin at 22:00.
On the same time another mass in German is taking place in the Dormitian abbey on mount Zion.
A midnight mass in France will take place in Saint Etien church, Nablus road 83, at 21:30.
Another one in France is taking place at the village in Abu Ghosh, outside Jerusalem in the Benedictine monastery.
The Franciscan church will conduct the mess in Italian, Latin and Arabic. Saint Savior is located in 1 St. Francis road,
close to the New Gate. An international mass will take place in the church of the Notre Dame hotel at midnight.