Many regions of the Middle East are of course Muslim, so Christmas is not celebrated. There are some countries where the only holiday celebrations that are happening will be held inside the United States and other embassies.
Despite the political climate, there is one place in the Middle East where Christmas is very important. In the "little town of Bethlehem," worshippers on Christmas Eve start at the "Shepherds' Field" and then move to the Church of the Nativity, believed to be built over the place where the Christ Child was born. Attendance to the Christmas Eve Mass is by invitation only due to space restrictions, but the service can be seen on screens in Manger Square by thousands of people not able to get into the church.
Lebanon is one place in the Middle East that hosts very festive celebrations for the holiday season. The streets are bright with holiday lights, Christmas carols are played and sung, and families gather on Christmas Eve for a traditional meal of chicken or turkey. The Yule log cake, Buche de Noel ends the meal and there are midnight church services with everyone wearing new clothes. Lebanese children, just like American children, often hang a stocking by the fireplace and then wait for "Papa Noel" to bring gifts.