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Bear in mind that New Year's Eve in Tel Aviv is a bigger deal than Xmas and if you anticipate a night on the town that begins at one of the city's hottest 22 restaurants, consider making that reservation now.
On another Christmas-y note, it is distressing to hear that the Pope is a little under the weather. Since he owes so much of his vocation to the Holy Land, I recommend that he take the four-hour sleigh ride from Rome to Tel Aviv Tuesday for DJ Nati Natan's Hanukkah party at Apolo, Tel Aviv's newest gay bar, for some Judas remixes and ecumenical high jinks to fortify that Christmas Mass straight talk we await all year. In the spirit of clean, all-purpose holiday cheer.