Christmas tree giveaway in J'lem 311.
(photo credit: Ben Spier)
It's Christmas time in Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Municipality gave out free Christmas trees last Wednesday by the
Jaffa Gate of the Old City, to celebrate the upcoming holiday. However, the
holiday spirit of giving quickly gave way to a chaotic dash by local residents
to grab as many free trees as possible.
Nina Asbeck, who recently moved
to Jerusalem from Germany with her husband and three children for business
reasons, was surprised by the chaos.
Despite failing to grab a tree
during the chaos, Nina was luckily given one later, by a man dressed as Santa
for the occasion.
The municipality expressed its apologies over the
incident, and stated that it had given out about 100 fir trees over the course
of the morning.