Celebrating Christmas 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Christmas is in the air in Rio, from the decorations in the major shopping centers to the Santas (Papai Noels) appearing in full traditional costumes. The European and American representations of Christmas might look a bit out of place in the tropical heat, but the holiday is still a celebration of food, family, lights, gift-giving and for some, religion in Rio.

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