By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sandy beaches and caipirinhas may take the place of the snow and eggnog that those from the Northern Hemisphere are accustomed to during the holiday season, but getting together with family, eating meals and exchanging gifts are some of the traditions that are similar in Rio de Janeiro.
In Rio, the holiday season typically begins with the lighting of the Lagoa Christmas tree (Árvore de Natal). This year thousands were in attendance . . .