The Washington Post has the story:
JERUSALEM — Christmas season in the holy city of Jerusalem is very low-key, which might surprise many. You have to look hard for a Christmas tree here.
The Jerusalem shopping malls have no Christmas sales; the stores are not decked in holly; the materialistic aspects of the holiday season are mostly absent. There is no big Claus culture; The fa-la-la is muted.
Christians comprise less than 2 percent of the population of Jerusalem, where the Bible says Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Christmas is just another day in Israel, so everyone trundles off to work and school.
Read the full story at the Washington Post.