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Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

1. São Paulo, Brazil | Photo by Rodrigo Borges Delfim

 Parque Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park), the most famous in the city. The Christmas Tree is famous and a popular visiting spot in December - even on rainy days.

Parque Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park), the most famous in the city. The Christmas Tree is famous and a popular visiting spot in December – even on rainy days.

2. Kyiv, Ukraine | Tanya Lokot

At one of the Christmas markets in Kyiv, In a huge art gallery full of handmade holiday goodies like these tree ornaments.

At one of the Christmas markets in Kyiv, in a huge art gallery full of handmade holiday goodies like these tree ornaments.

3. Victoria, Canada | Photo by Nevin Thomson

British Columbia's Provincial legislature buildings decorated for Christmas.

British Columbia's Provincial legislature buildings decorated for Christmas.

4. Bonn, Germany | Photo by Annie Zaman

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“It's so warm here in Germany that we ended up drinking Alpen beer instead of Gluehwein. Anyone having a white Christmas this year? “

5. Maputo, Mozambique | Dércio Tsandzana

 "Happy Holidays from the Tdanszana family, directly from Mozambique."


“Happy Holidays from the Tdanszana family”. Taken right outside the Parliament House in Maputo.

6. Guatemala City, Guatemala | Photo by Renata Avila

Climate Change Santa wearing shades.

“Climate Change Santa is wearing shades.”

7. Beirut, Lebanon | Photo by Thalia Rahme

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Christmas tree decorated by Thalia's mom.

8. Lima, Peru | Juan Arellano

This is part of the XI national contest of nativity scenes. Crafted  with Shipibos,  Peruvian amazon jungle people. The textile of the cushma (tunic) depicted is typical but stylized. Among the usual nativity animals there is a jaguar.

This is part of the XI national contest of nativity scenes. Crafted with Shipibos, Peruvian amazon jungle people. The textile of the cushma (tunic) depicted is typical but stylized. Among the usual nativity animals there is a jaguar.

9. Toronto, Canada | Photo by Mahsa Alimardani

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“Merry Christmas and happy holidays! We're having a weirdly warm Christmas in Toronto (we had Arctic temperatures this time last year!). We're bbq'ing Christmas dinner for the first time (ever). That's my dad grilling.”

10. Feira de Santana, Brazil | Paula Goes

Feast prepared by Paula's aunt.

Feast prepared by Ana, Paula's aunt.

11. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | Georgia Popplewell

"Greetings from sunny Trinidad, where at least the weather isn't doing anything too abnormal, though it's probably a couple of degrees warmer than it should be in the evenings. I'm having a quiet Christmas, so sharing a photo of my little Christmas tree, made by the metal artisans of Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. The francophones should be able to figure out what the words mean."

“Greetings from sunny Trinidad, where at least the weather isn't doing anything too abnormal, though it's probably a couple of degrees warmer than it should be in the evenings. I'm having a quiet Christmas, so sharing a photo of my little Christmas tree, made by the metal artisans of Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. The francophones should be able to figure out what the words mean.”

12. Paris, France | Elise

Bon appetit! Jambon d'york en croute.

Bon appetit! Jambon d'york en croute.

13. Miami, Florida | Photo by Roberto Valencia

"My mother's house, where I'm spending Christmas. Miami, Florida."

“My mother's house, where I'm spending Christmas. Miami, Florida.”

14. Santiago, Chile | Elizabeth Rivera

"Our Christmas Turkey.  [] It's 33 Celsius in Santiago, so Santa is wearing shorts."

“Our Christmas Turkey. [ ..] It's 33 Celsius in Santiago, so Santa is wearing shorts.”

15. Lahore, Pakistan | Rai Azlan

"Greetings from Lahore"

Greetings from a hotel in Lahore.

16. San Jose, U.S.A | Mary Aviles

"Merry Christmas from my living room in San Jose, California."

“Merry Christmas from my living room in San Jose, California.”

17. Kolkata, India | Aparna Ray

Santa in a traditional dhoti. At the Christmas festival on Park Street in Kolkata.

Santa in a traditional dhoti. At the Christmas festival on Park Street in Kolkata.

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

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