An armed Turkana man guards his camels at a water point, Monday, March 13, 2006, in Oropoyi in northwestern Kenya. It hasn't rained in northwestern Kenya in more than a year.


It's the time of year when twinkling lights brighten the December dark, when red and green decoratons sparkle against boughs of pungent pine, and when peals of "Ho, Ho, Ho" ring out amid the notes of Christmas carols. What follows is a sampling of the sights and sounds of Christmas 1999. Happy Holidays!

A Special Christmas In The Vatican
The Vatican will welcome the 2000th anniversary of Christ's birth with more than champagne and fireworks. Papal observer Greg Burke shared his insights on The Early Show.

'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Recitation of this 19th century Clement C. Moore classic is a Yuletide tradition in many homes, including the White House.

Deck The White House Halls
The White House is ready for Christmas, with wreaths, ribbons and an 18 1/2-foot fir tree from Washington state delivered by horse-drawn sleigh.

Bethlehem Celebrations Begin
Thousands of Christian pilgrims have gathered in Bethlehem to mark the 2000th birthday of Jesus. But security concerns may have put a damper on the celebrations.

Michael Jordan Scores Again
Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan is making Christmas a little brighter for Chicago-area boys and girls. CBS station WBBM-TV has details.

How Pokemon Stole Christmas
The strange little Japanese toy knowas Pokemon has mushroomed into a true international phenomenon, and it's dominating Christmas wish lists throughout the world.

A Look at Christmas Past
The Library of Congress has issued a new book, I'll Be Home For Christmas, drawn from its World War II archives.

Jingle Bells In The Beltway
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the nation's capital, where President Clinton turned on the lights for the National Christmas tree at the annual holiday pageant.

Campaign Stories Yule Love
At least two of the nation's highest-profile political candidates were talking holidays - not policy - in their public appearances.

The 30 Days Of Christmas
In a countdown to Christmas Eve, The Early Show looks at new and unusual toys for children of all ages.

Lights Shine As Collectibles
Electric Christmas lights have been around for about 100 years. The Saturday Early Show's Collectibles Expert Tony Hyman explains those old Christmas decorations may be worth more than you think.

I'm Rrrrrready For My Closeup!
Everybody likes dogs. Everybody likes Santa. So it stands to reason everybody will like this picture.

Scrooge & Co.'s Holiday Films
There are at least 20 filmed productions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and this year's New York cast names their favorites along with other holiday films on The Early Show.

Amy Grant's Darling Christmas
Grammy-winning artist Amy Grant performs a hidden track from her new holiday CD, A Christmas to Remember, on The Early Show.