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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San Francisco Civic Center
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The Civic Center in San Francisco (California, USA) is decked out in Christmas colors. The fenced off section to the right was set up for sledding on artificial snow and speaker stands were set up for music in the plaza.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 16:49 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 17th December, 2011
Focal length: 25 mm
Shutter speed: 4 sec
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 160
Notes: RAW capture using tripod and processed in Adobe Camera Raw and Elements 9
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