People take photos near the Christmas tree erected recently in Jbeil. With Christmas approaching, decorations are being installed in several places across the country. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Azakir)
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As Lebanese, we're not exactly known to shy away from the bling, and the festive season is a great excuse to really knock ourselves out. This season, Beirut did not disappoint either. Khalil Gibran described beauty as "a light in the heart," and in these gloomy times, baubles alone can only do so much to lift the general malaise gripping the nation.In an effort to alleviate the pain and lighten the hearts of the many who are plagued by misery this winter, formidable women across Lebanon are ditching the bling and channeling their intrinsic creative flair, networking talents and resourcefulness into a charity fundraising overdrive instead.When most people are feeling the pinch, the best place for bling is in a box – and preferably a donation box. The spirit of empathy and giving is more alive than ever this Christmas.
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