IN PICTURES Christians in the Holy Land Prepare for Christmas

Christians from the Philippines and Africa take part in an annual joint celebration of Christmas and Hannukah.

Foreign migrant workers from the Philippines celebrate an annual Christmas-Hannukah party in Tel Aviv this week, while others prepared for their Christmas celebrations.

Tens of thousands of Christian foreigners from the Philippines and Africa have developed a religious subculture in southern Tel Aviv, what founders called the first Hebrew city. The city's Mesila foreigner aid organization helps them celebrate by throwing an annual Christmas-Hannukah party to help bridge between the migrants' backgrounds and the Jewish culture their children learn in Israeli schools.

In Jerusalem, the city municipality handed our Christmas trees at a distribution centre near the walls of the old city.