On Christmas Eve the Christmas spirit in Bethlehem was unforgettable. I am a Scot, born and bred. And much was familiar to me: the Christmas tree in Manger Square, the crowds heading towards the churches, even the Palestinian bagpipers celebrating the festival. But as I heard the call to prayer mingled with the carols, I was reminded that I was far from Glasgow. I was reminded that Christmas in Bethlehem has a very special spirit.
In Bethlehem, the Christmas spirit means peace. Peace between Muslim and Christian neighborsAlastair McPhail