Missing this Christmas:
1. Arabic Christmas carols by the wonderful Fairouz, especially Laylet Eid (Christmas Night- the Arabic version of "Jingle Bells") and Najmet al Eid (Star of Christmas- the Arabic version of "Angels We Have Heard on High"):
Ya sama tetloj ash'aar oo salaam
"Oh the sky is snowing poems and peace!"
2. Walking/driving around the beautifully decorated Al-Qassaa' neighbourhood while people walk to the churches for the midnight mass.
* Picture: Al-Zaitoun (Olive) Church, one of the oldest in Damascus.