"It is a mix of sadness and happiness," says Bishop Mussa Shemali before a Christmas eve ceremony at Mar Shimoni church, in Iraq, which has been badly damaged, with crosses taken down and statues of saints defaced.”
"We are sad to see what has been done to our holiest places by our own countrymen, but at the same time we are happy to celebrate the first mass in two years."
Yet there are celebrations.
So are they in the homes of the Chibok girls freed from Boko Haram in Nigeria.
"I didn't think I would ever see her again," says the grandmother of Goni, one of the lucky girls as she dances around the house.
Israel, on the other hand is on the verge of confusion as Rabbis ban Christmas trees.
Revelers take a selfie as they part in the annual SantaCon event in Manhattan, New York, United States.