At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse. – Banksy

A high wave hits the waterfront at the corniche al-Manara in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Fireworks explode during the ceremonial lighting of the main Christmas tree in Tripoli. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Santa Claus delivers gifts to homeless people in the streets of Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban)

Fireworks are set off during the inauguration of the Christmas tree in front of the al-Amin Mosque in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Christmas traffic chokes Beirut streets. (Marwan Assaf)

Christmas decorations are seen in downtown Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Men dressed as Santa Claus parade in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Christmas decoration in the city of Tyre. (Marwan Tahtah / Al-akhbar)

A funeral of Hezbollah’s militant Youssef Qataya, killed alongside government forces in Syria. (AFP)

Michel Aoun, Nabih Berri, and Saad Hariri posing with members of the newly-formed government, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda. (DALATI NOHRA)

President Michel Aoun (C) with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (L) and PM Saad Hariri (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda. (DALATI NOHRA)

An almost deflated Santa Claus balloon, ridiculed on social media by saying it was praying before his long night of Christmas eve, Tyre.

An activist carries a placard reading in Arabic ‘stop war on Syrian people’ during a protest in solidarity with civilians in Aleppo in front of the Russian embassy in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

President Michel Aoun (L) posing for a photo with a T-shirt for Brazilian football team signed by Roberto Carlos (R) at the presidential palace. (DALATI NOHRA)

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