It is that time of the year again when Brazilian cities begin their preparations for what Christians believe is the Birth of Christ.
Thousands were on hand to witness the lighting of the trees in both Porto Alegre and Rio with hangers-on jostling to have their pictures taken at the base of the tree in Porto Alegre and, from a distance in Rio, for that tree is floating on Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Brazil, being a Catholic country, is immersed in the Ideology and, of course, businesses have pinched in to make this a memorable occasion.
The tree on the left is in Porto Alegre, RS, and the one below, is in Rio de Janeiro. The one at the bottom of the page is in São Paulo.
Enjoy! Ah, Merry Christmas!
And this one, right here below, is in São Paulo - Ibirapuera Park.