Christians in Israel with a hankering for the Yuletide spirit can now bring out their Christmas lights and decorations. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced Wednesday that it would be distributing free Christmas trees to local churches, monasteries, embassies, foreign journalists and the general public.
According to a statement released by the JNF, the distribution will take place in central and northern Israel, according to lists provided by the Ministry of the Interior and the Jerusalem Municipality. Private individuals can buy a tree as well, for a fee of NIS 80.
The trees, Arizona cypresses, are of a selected variety especially suited to serve as attractive Christmas decor, the JNF said.