Israel's release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, a bargaining tool towards the peace talks that continue in Jerusalem tomorrow, has begun tonight in the Middle East.
The prisoners are being driven towards their homes in the West Bank and Gaza, where they will be greeted as returning heroes.
ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent, though, found their freedom has stirred real emotion on both sides:
More top news
It will be a frosty Christmas morning across the UK but any chance of snow is limited to the Scottish mountains.
Fainting dogs, dancing grooms and an attacker who picked on the wrong girl all featured highly in our most-read stories of the year.
Some dogs have been at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for more than a year. Can you make their Christmas and give them a new home?