Jerusalem municipality giving out free Christmas trees to Christian residents

(  The Jerusalem municipality, with the support of the Jewish National Fund, will distribute free Christmas trees to Christian residents of the city on Dec. 22, three days before the holiday.

A Christmas tree in Nazareth, Israel. Credit: PikiWiki Israel.

“As the home of the three Abrahamic traditions, Jerusalem is dear to over 3.5 billion people of varying faiths around the world. Our city is proud to be an open city, with freedom of religion for all residents,” a press release from the Jerusalem municipality said.

The Jerusalem Development Authority will help local residents in the Christian Quarter of the Old City decorate for Christmas. There are also several special events scheduled throughout Jerusalem to mark Christmas, including a Christmas Eve concert at Jerusalem’s historic YMCA, a Christmas Eve dinner at the American Colony Hotel, tours, and Christmas Mass at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other churches.

Posted on December 19, 2013 .