Snow Unlikely in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Pilgrims dreaming of a white Christmas probably shouldn't go to Bethlehem.

High temperatures this week have been around 70 degrees, and snow is rare in the Holy Land.

But Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the traditional site of Jesus' birth, is preparing to celebrate the holiday with worshipservices, and Manger Square is ablaze with Christmas lights.

The West Bank city outside Jerusalem is expecting 30,000 tourists and pilgrims after years of Mideast violence that frightened away visitors.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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