PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Christmas around the World:

The Christian world celebrates Christmas soon, and I thought it would be fun to show photos of Christmas around the world. Merry Christmas everyone !

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London gets decked out for the holidays.
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Christmas is so different around the world. In Japan, a bucket of KFC chicken has become a favorite dish for Christmas

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels from St. Petersburg, Russia

In Finland a big tradition that is catching on is to take the whole family to the Sauna.

A giant Santa Claus stands in the lake in front of Phu My Cathedral outside Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 23, 2018. In Vietnam, a predominantly Buddhist nation, Christmas is not an official public holiday, but many people have adopted it as both a religious festival and a new cultural tradition. #
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Some people in the Philippines celebrate Christmas for five months.

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Santa figures in the Philippines.
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The Christmas season in the Philippines lasts for almost half the year, according to CNN.
Decorations start going up in September and the holiday fervor doesn’t end until the first Sunday in January.
Many people hang up paper lanterns called paróls and eat a big family meal on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve

One Christmas tradition in Poland involves keeping a fish in your bathtub.

Holiday lights in Poland.
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Christmas in Poland is celebrated with gift giving, church services, and fasting on Christmas Eve before a 12-dish feast, which usually features carp for good luck. 
Though most people simply buy a cut of fish from the market, according to The Independent, the old tradition was for the lady of the house to keep a live carp in the bathtub for a few days before preparing it for the Christmas meal. 
This tradition is also popular in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Croatia, according to NPR. 
Here is how Christmas is celebrated in India, for the Christians in India that is.

Christmas in Croatia can involve cleaning your shoes and avoiding Krampus.

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Santa is sometimes called Djed Mraz in Croatia.
Like many places around the world, some families in Croatia celebrate Christmas with an Advent wreath made of straw or evergreen.
The wreath has four colored candles that symbolize hope, peace, joy, and love.
On the night of December 5, children in Croatia make sure to clean their boots and place them by the window for St. Nicholas to fill with treats, according to The Dubrovnik Times. But naughty kids might only receive a few twigs from the Christmas monster, Krampus.

In the United States, it is still a big tradition to go and get a “live” Christmas Tree for the house decoration.

Photo by Any Lane from Pexels

People in Greece might keep a fire burning during Christmas to ward off holiday goblins.

Photo by Oleg Zaicev from Pexels of presents that will go under that tree.

Because it’s summer in Australia, the best way they all celebrate Christmas is at the beach!

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Christmas takes place during the summer in Australia.
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Since December is a summer month in the southern hemisphere, most of Australia is bathed in balmy temps during the holidays.
Accordingly, those in Australia frequently celebrate Christmas with a lunchtime barbecue on the beach. Friends and family gather to indulge in prawns, lobster, and sweets before playing a game of cricket or taking a dip.

In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.

A Posada, via Wikimedia Commons
From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.
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In Japan, a trip to the ski slope or to just visit the local Japanese Temple

In Argentina, watching the fireworks is a big tradition

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Fireworks are part of both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve festivities in Buenos Aires.
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In Argentina, many families put up their Christmas trees on December 8 — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary — and decorate them with cotton balls to look like snow. 
Fireworks are typically launched at midnight on Christmas Eve after a late dinner, and families with children also often light paper lanterns to send into the sky.

In Big towns across the United States, a huge Christmas tree goes on display.

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Rockefeller Center in New York City puts up a huge Christmas tree every year.
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Families in the US often leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve in the hopes that they wake up to presents under the tree and in their stockings, which are hung by the fireplace.
Many families also have Christmas dinner complete with ham or roast beef and eggnog.
Cities typically put up lights and other decorations, and it’s common for families to do the same in front of their own houses. 
In New York City, people who celebrate Christmas often look forward to traditions like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. 
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Christmas in Portugal

In Europe, Santa Claus wishes everyone a Merry Christmas by boat

Christmas around the world: in pictures | Euronews
Photo by Euronews – Santa going up and down the river wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from 123PhotoGo !

And of course, the happiest place in the world, Disneyland, makes Christmas extra special !

Disneyland Christmas Ultimate Guide - Disney Tourist Blog
Video: Disneyland Christmas Secrets - Tips and Tricks/Must-Sees – /Film
Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort | Disney Parks Blog

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