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STORY: Hundreds of NATO troops stationed at a base in Kabul celebrate Christmas Eve on Monday as troops sang festive carols songs, lit candles with a church service and Christmas dinner.
Christmas is celebrated as a major festival in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian.
"Well of course the holiday season typically joyful because you get spend with your family and friends of course the situation here is a little bit different you know being in the environment … but even then there are still a lot of things to look around and to be thankful for and the other thing is I think really interesting are here is scene of the different nationalities and everybody can celebrate in their own way with make shift ….it is really cool environment," said Michael McCain, a NATO soldier.
The United States and its NATO allies are gradually pulling their forces out of Afghanistan, and handing over security responsibilities to Afghan forces by 2014.
Christmas Eve in Kabul (1:22)
Dec. 24 - NATO troops in Kabul celebrate Christmas Eve troops with festive songs, church services and Christmas dinner. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )