Here’s how people are celebrating the holiday

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In his message for Christmas, Scicluna said he wished that people use the occasion of Christmas to "cherish the gift of life" both at birth but also later on in life.

Christians came with offerings and sung Christmas carols as clerics preached about God's kindness, mercy and forgiveness urging Christians to emulate Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated on the day.

The governor added that: "Jesus Christ has been described as the prince of peace".

President Arif Alvi in his message has extended warmest greetings to Christian brethren in Pakistan on the joyous occasion of Christmas and has commended honest efforts of the Christian community for the socio-economic development of the country.

"We indeed faced severe challenges in 2018, but as we celebrate Christmas and our hope for tomorrow, I am convinced that God will bless our collective efforts and we will usher in better days of prosperity ahead as a nation", the statement read.

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Apostle Yoshua Masasu the leader of the Evangelical Restoration Church called upon Christians to seek salvation more than celebrations as they remember the birth of Christ.

Another resident, Danial Gambo, said he celebrated the season in a low key style in view of the harsh economic condition. Attending the mass at church, having a meal with extended family and other loved ones.

The president urged Kenyans to love one another and spread the Christmas spirit by sharing with the less fortunate. This voice is telling us: "Take care of me".

"However, we received a kind of Christianity that confined God to the Church house, so to worship God, you have to go to church", he said. Some are in the hospitals and others are nowhere to be found, " he said.

He expressed confidence that service to God with clear conscience brought about good tidings and blessings to the believers.

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