Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’. – Bing Crosby

A 37-meter high Christmas tree, named as the tallest tree in Lebanon, has been officially lit up at the entrance of Bnachii lake in Zgharta North Lebanon. It has a new feature of using the stairs, steps to joy, to reach the star on top of it. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A 37-meter high Christmas tree, named as the tallest tree in Lebanon, has been officially lit up at the entrance of Bnachii lake in Zgharta North Lebanon. It has a new feature of using the stairs, steps to joy, to reach the star on top of it. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A Christmas tree is pictured in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A Christmas tree is pictured in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A boy rides a two-wheeled self-balancing scooter near to a war-ravaged building decorated for Christmas, in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A boy rides a two-wheeled self-balancing scooter near to a war-ravaged building decorated for Christmas, in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
Workers set up a giant Christmas tree opposite Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Workers set up a giant Christmas tree opposite Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Workers set up a giant Christmas tree opposite Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (Ali Alloush / Al Modon)
Workers set up a giant Christmas tree opposite Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (Ali Alloush / Al Modon)
Freed soldier George al-Khoury, who was kidnapped by jihadist groups in early August 2014 in the eastern border town of Arsal, celebrates his release in his hometown of al-Kobaiyat. Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and police held for more than year in exchange for the release of prisoners and delivery of aid, authorities said. (IBRAHIM CHALHOUB / AFP)
Freed soldier George al-Khoury, who was kidnapped by jihadist groups in early August 2014 in the eastern border town of Arsal, celebrates his release in his hometown of al-Kobaiyat. Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and police held for more than year in exchange for the release of prisoners and delivery of aid, authorities said. (IBRAHIM CHALHOUB / AFP)
Relatives and Lebanese army soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Mohammad Hamieh, who was killed in captivity by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, during his funeral in Taraya village, in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. The body of Hamieh was received by a Lebanese security agency and the Red Cross on Tuesday along with 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Hassan Abdallah / REUTERS)
Relatives and Lebanese army soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Mohammad Hamieh, who was killed in captivity by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, during his funeral in Taraya village, in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. The body of Hamieh was received by a Lebanese security agency and the Red Cross on Tuesday along with 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Hassan Abdallah / REUTERS)
Rosa-Maria Ryyti, Miss Finland 2015; Cynthia Samuel, Miss Lebanon 2015; and Toria Nichole, Miss Bahamas 2015; pose in Yamamay swimwear upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. (DARREN DECKER / The Miss Universe Organization / AFP)
Rosa-Maria Ryyti, Miss Finland 2015; Cynthia Samuel, Miss Lebanon 2015; and Toria Nichole, Miss Bahamas 2015; pose in Yamamay swimwear upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. (DARREN DECKER / The Miss Universe Organization / AFP)
A group of recyclable garbage collectors push their cart past a pile of garbage burning on the side of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (JOSEPH EID/ AFP)
A group of recyclable garbage collectors push their cart past a pile of garbage burning on the side of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (JOSEPH EID/ AFP)
A paraglider takes off from the hills of Ghosta toward the city of Jounieh north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A paraglider takes off from the hills of Ghosta toward the city of Jounieh north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Lebanese bikers and members of Lebanon Chapter, Ladies of Harley, Suzan Khalaf (L) and Noamat Harouni pose on their Harley Davidson at the capital Beirut's sea front. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
Lebanese bikers and members of Lebanon Chapter, Ladies of Harley, Suzan Khalaf (L) and Noamat Harouni pose on their Harley Davidson at the capital Beirut’s sea front. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
A rainbow is seen above al-Amin mosque (R) in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A rainbow is seen above al-Amin mosque (R) in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
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