White Christmas falls on Afghanistan

Posted On December 26, 2006

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Foreign troops in Afghanistan woke up to a white Christmas and snowball fights yesterday.

More than 15 centimetres of snow fell overnight on some American and NATO bases in central Afghanistan. Soldiers wearing red Santa hats and even a couple dressed as elves walked around Camp Eggers, the main US base in Kabul, as others hurled snowballs.

“The white Christmas definitely makes me feel at home,” said Navy Master Chief Ozzie Nelson, who grew up with cold winters in New York State.

Christmas has even come to Afghanistan, where merchants in Kabul can make a tidy sum selling Christmas Trees to the city’s many foreign residents.