ITALY The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, adorned with Christmas lights, is pictured in downtown Milan. One of the biggest ways to celebrate the holiday in Italy is by displaying the Nativity crib scene. Many families display the cribs in their homes and place a baby Jesus in it on the night of Dec. 24.
Christmas traditions in the UK are much like the US. Christmas trees, holly and mistletoe are used as decorations. One difference: instead of milk and cookies, the children in London often leave mince pies and brandy for Father Christmas.
The "Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree" catalog cover ... from a wonderful store in the charming downtown of Spruce Pine, NC ... close to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The shop features crafts, handmade ornaments and decorative items that celebrate local traditions and the legacy of the wonderful, classic illustrated book, "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by Gloria Houston..
Traditional holiday decorations on the historic buildings downtown Fredericksburg, Texas help give the Christmas celebration a German flavor. Part of the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail. Photo: Trish McCabe-Rawls/Fredericksbur, Courtesy Photo / SA