All Around the World: The most fun and beautiful Christmas trees from the Vatican to the Rockefeller Center
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With Christmas season comes the rapid purchasing of gifts, large family meals and decorated Christmas trees. We all know how elaborate some people decorate their trees in America, but what about the rest of the world?
Sydney's historic Strand Arcade featured a tree that held 2,000 baubles, 1,000 fairy lights and 200 butterflies (StrandArcade.com).
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christmas trees are generally decorated with an assortment of ornaments, sparkling lights, and topped with a star, but what about the more elaborate ones? What about the simple but stunning decorations?
Outside the Rockefeller Building in New York a 78-foot tree weighing ten tons can be found (Alamy stock photo).
In 1931, during the depression-era construction of the Rockefeller center, workers decorated a 20-foot balsam fir with "strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans," thus starting the tradition of erecting a Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center each year!
Christmas Baobob Tree in Johannesburg South Africa (Pinterest).
Each Christmas season in Johannesburg is hot, so in place of hot chocolate and egg nog, South Africans indulge in milk tarts and chilled sparkling wine.
The Vatican's Christmas tree is also known as Saint Peter's Christmas Tree (Alamy Stock Photo).
Paris' elaborate and colorful hanging Christmas tree (Alamy Stock Photo).
The over-sized ribbons and beads create the illusion of a finely decorated gift, while the baubles and pink lights beneath complete the image as they appear to be a sort of wrapping for the large tree.
Japan's Godzilla-shaped Christmas tree (Hayata-san)
Though the Godzilla tree isn't a regular sighting in Japan, several kinds of decorations can be found there.
Irish Christmas trees traditionally held wax candles, and today several families still use real candles in place of electric lights!
Some trees, called "Bride's Trees," feature special ornaments to ensure a better life for married couples.
There are 12 specific ornaments of particular significance: God's guidance is featured in the image of an angel, birds represent joy, fish depict Christ's blessing, flower baskets offer good wishes, fruit baskets bequeath generosity, hearts represent love, a house ornament symbolizes protection, a pine cone for fruitfulness, a rabbit for hope, a rose to mean affection, Santa Claus as goodwill and a teapot for hospitality.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro is the world's tallest Christmas tree (Alamy Stock Photo).
It is lit by 3.3 million lights and holds the Guinnes World Record for being the largest floating Christmas tree in the world at 278-feet-high.
Filipino Christmas tree features star lanterns (Parol).
Each Christmas, it is Filipino tradition to decorate with paról, star-shaped lanterns. These represent the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to Jesus' birth.
Sydney's LEGO Christmas Tree (Sydney/Instagram).
Though traditionally Australia decorates with "Christmas bush," which is a native Australian tree with small leaves and cream flowers, this tree features the artistry of Dale Chassy, who worked on the project with a team in the United States before transporting the 70,000-brick model.
The Christmas tree at Grand Place in Brussels stuns (Alamy Stock Photo).
The Grand Place serves as a stunning background for this beautifully simply-decorated Christmas tree.
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