Bethlehem is especially silent this year. The Palestinian town is biblically famous for being the birthplace of Jesus. In a typical year, that would mean thousands of Christmas tourists, staying at hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at Bethlehem's stores. But the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many people home. Around the world, Christmas is looking different this year. In Frankfurt, Germany, a bakery put its 2020 spin on Santa Claus, crafting chocolates in his likeness with face masks.
At a press conference Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined some of the COVID-19 safety measures in place to avoid crowds at this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The lighting ceremony will be closed to the public and tickets will be required to visit the tree. Watch the mayor's remarks. During a press conference, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new guidelines for viewing this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and advised people to watch the televised lighting instead of coming to see it in person. Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Marcus Spears debate whether the Kansas City Chiefs would dominate this year's Pittsburgh Steelers team.
✔️ Happiest Season and The Christmas House are among the holiday movies released this year showcasing same-sex relationships.