Christmas Shopping and Decorating in Rio

By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Christmas in a different part of the world can often seem like a daunting prospect. Not only is the climate a far cry from the usual December weather, where snow and frost symbolize the coming of the winter vacation, but for newcomers, it can seem like a obstacle course when faced with the challenge of finding festive decorations and gifts for friends and loved ones.

Nevertheless, Christmas spent in the Cidade Maravilhosa need . . .

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