What Christmas Looks Like In the Middle East


A favorite Christmas song heard on radios and digital media players this time of year is “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

How many times have you joined in singing when you’ve heard Bing Crosby, or Michael Bublé croon that tune?

But what does Christmas look like throughout the Middle East this year?

Unlike us in America, many Christians won’t witness their children’s faces all aglow as they decorate their Christmas trees, or as they gleefully fix their eyes on strands of blinking LED lights. Fewer this year will open neatly wrapped packages, devour honey glazed hams, snuggle around a crackling fire with a loved one, or sing Christmas carols with the church choir on Christmas Eve.

–In Egypt, Coptic Christians still grieve the loss of 25 people—mostly women and children during an Islamic terrorist bombing at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral. Some may fear attending Christmas worship in their churches this year. It seems members of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood love to murder innocent Christians during the Advent and Lenten seasons.

–In Iraq, many Christians, Yazidis and Muslims are still unable to return to villages liberated from ISIS during the Mosul offensive which began this fall.  Tens of thousands will spend this Christmas living in tents struggling to stay warm as temperatures drop below freezing. CBN is helping many of them. Take a look here: CBN Iraq Relief.

— And in Aleppo. At least ten thousand people were evacuated lasts week as Syrian government troops finished their fight to rid Syria’s largest city of jihadist rebels. The evacuations were halted, but reportedly started up again at the direction of the U.N. Most Aleppo evacuees will spend this Christmas living in tents in Turkey or other neighboring countries.

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