The Nativity of Jesus is certainly one of the most important Christian feasts of the year. Christmas pageants, crèche scenes, Mass and special meals have a significant place in the celebration in many countries. Still, Catholics in different cultures, usually on the basis of very long-standing traditions, are fairly diverse in the emphasis they place on various liturgical feasts celebrating the incarnation, and in the particular ways they celebrate these days. Globalization is bringing Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Christmas presents and snowman images all over the world, but these are not indigenous to most Catholics’ practice. Many older practices still endure as major religious, social and cultural events.
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