I've been out and about all day and in some parts of Jerusalem's Old City there's a lovely spirit of anticipation for Christmas.
It seems there are many Europeans are here this year as one walks the streets and hears the multitude of language.
Perhaps this is as close as we can get today to the feelings of the shepherd's that first Christmas eve… they knew the King had come – their Deliverer, and they went to worship the Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in a manger.
As you prepare to worship the Christ-child, I send you all the most joyous of Christmas blessings from here in the Holy Land!
Middle East Correspondent