Christmas is celebrated all over the world, but the way people mark the holiday varies widely from place to place. The Japanese erect vast electric light spectacles. Merchants of Gavle, Sweden, build a four-story-tall straw goat—and many years some vandal burns it down. In Austria, St. Nicholas is accompanied by a demon known as Krampus, while in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas is assisted by "Black Pete," a black-faced character who has prompted charges of racism. And in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where the faithful believe the child Jesus at the heart of Christianity was born two millennia ago, the Church of the Nativity is undergoing renovations. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)
This article was originally published on December 17, 2013.
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