According to the BBC the Colombian army claims has struck a crippling blow against Farc rebels... by installing a giant Christmas tree in rebel-held territory.
Special forces infiltrated the remote Macarena mountain range to dress a 25m (82ft) high tree with 2,000 lights. Movement sensors will make the tree light up when guerrillas approach.
The army says it will put up trees in nine other rebel-held zones to spread the message that Christmas is a good time to abandon armed struggle.
"Operation Christmas," as it was code named, was carried out by elite troops. The Christmas tree was installed near a rebel supply route in the region where the Farc military leader, Mono Jojoy, was killed in a large-scale military assault in September.
As well as lights, it was decorated with slogans saying "Demobilize, at Christmas everything is possible" and "If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home".
The leftist Farc rebel group has suffered severe setbacks in recent years, with several of its top commanders killed. Thousands of guerrillas have been captured or killed or have deserted rebel ranks. But it still has thousands of fighters and remains a powerful force in some rural areas.
Well if it works then it can’t be a bad thing. I’m not sure if it will bring the rebels flocking in in for midnight mass and a steady job…