Countries and their Christmas Traditions

Challenge #61 in the Just Because series. Hosted by AussieJo.
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Show me how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Please state the name of the country the photo is from (mandatory), and if you want to put more details in the description to explain more of the traditions it would be a great learning experience for us all (optional).
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New York City in the United States of America has the tree displayed at Rockefeller Center. Hundreds of thousands come to see the tree, ice skate at the rink below it and many have their portrait made with the tree in the background.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 3rd January, 2012 22:00 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 24th December, 2011
Focal length: 32 mm
Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 1250
Notes: Hand held image holding my camera as high above my head as possible. Focus point was the second trumpet.
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