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By Fiona Hurrell, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Anyone walking by the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas around Christmas time will notice the famous Árvore de Natal (Christmas Tree) that opens on December 1st. For many, its presence signifies the coming of Christmas to Rio and the start of some much-anticipated holiday celebrations.

The tree itself, which is constructed from a collection of complex lighting aids and reaches 28 stories high, is unveiled in a ceremony of fireworks and Christmas . . .

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