By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter
* originally published on December 21, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the end of the year approaches, Christmas seems to be everywhere in Rio, from the shopping malls' lavish holiday decorations to the shining Christmas lights hanging from Carioca's apartments. Likewise, this is the time when many Brazilians and foreigners here get started with the arrangements for the Christmas dinner.

Due to the strong Iberian heritage and the remaining Catholic influence in the country, Christmas has become a great cultural event in Brazil's calendar, also being celebrated by families who are . . .

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