PHOTOS: Christmas trees across the globe

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  • A picture shows the Christmas tree next to the obelisk at St Peter square on December 24, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Christmas tree decorated with soccer balls and flags is seen as the sun goes down on the eve of the Brazil 2014 FIFA Football World Cup final draw, in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, on December 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A huge 43,500 LED light display in the shape of a Christmas tree (C) is seen on the window frames of a hotel building in Tokyo on November 13, 2013. The hotel began the illumination on November 13 which lasts until December 25 as a main feature during the Chrismas season. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Iraqi Kurdish Christians stand near a huge decorated tree as they attend Christmas eve celebrations in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, on December 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The Gerbrandy tower is seen at twilight near IJsselstein, on December 8, 2013. During the Christmas season lamps are put on the guying of the TV and radio transmission tower to create the largest Christmas tree of The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO/ANP BAS CZERWINSKI netherlands out (Photo credit should read BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Christmas decorated trees in Beijing on December 11, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: The lights on a large Christmas tree are seen at Christmas Square on December 8, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
  • Workers place ornaments onto a huge Christmas tree outside a shopping mall in Beijing on November 26, 2009. China's economy could grow by over 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 spurred by massive investment and rising consumption, the state press said, citing a top government think tank. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A huge Christmas tree was placed beside Mexico City's cathedral at Zocalo main square on December 22, 2008 as part of free entertainment provided by the local goverment. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
  • People visiting the House of Sustainable Development in Montreal on December 5, 2012 look at a Christmas tree built by students of a secondary school of Laval, Canada, with 700 recycled soft drinks cans. According to the House of Sustainable Development, recycling one hundred aluminium cans represents a gain of energy big enough to feed a televison set for 22 days, or provide the electricity needs of a home for one full day, or save two gallons (7,6 litres) of gasoline. AFP PHOTO/MICHEL VIATTEAU
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 02: A snow-covered christmas tree stands in front of the Quadriga statue of the Brandenburg Gate on December 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The German capital was hit with the season's first big snowstorm and temperatures are expected to fall to -20 degrees Celsius around the city in what meteorologists claim is Germany's coldest beginning of December in 100 years. Winter weather has covered much of northern Europe with ice and snow. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
  • The lights in the christmas tree on the central square in Gouda are switched on during the traditional candle-evening in Gouda, Netherlands, on December 13, 2013. During the event, hundreds of candles burn behind the windows of the houses and the town hall. Gouda is well-known for its candle factory. AFP PHOTO / ANP / KOEN VAN WEEL ***netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)
  • People walk around a giant Christmas tree on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France on the opening day of the city's Christmas market, the largest and one of the eldest French Christmas markets. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A picture taken on December 15, 2011 at Galeries Lafayette Paris department store, shows a big Christmas tree decorating the central ground floor. AFP PHOTO LOUIS GARDEY DE SOOS (Photo credit should read LOUIS GARDEY DE SOOS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Christmas tree in a shopping mall plaza beneath footage of a whale swimming by from a huge LED sky screen on cold winter's night in Beiijng on December 21, 2008. The sky screen at the retail center in the city's Central Business District (CBD) is 2,296' long, 88' wide and 80' high and the viewing surface is clad entirely with LED modules, making the square-footage result a close second to the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, the largest single screen in the world.
  • TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - DECEMBER 24: Survivors cheer after a Christmas tree they built using storm debris is lighted on Christmas eve on December 24, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Haiyan has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
  • An Afghan florist decorates a Christmas tree for sale in Kabul on December 24, 2013. Florists along Kabul's well-known Flower Street keep stock of live and plastic Christmas trees for the large foreign community based in the Afghan capital for the holiday season. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Children stand in front of a Christmas tree in Asuncion on December 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Norberto Duarte (Photo credit should read NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A huge 43,500 LED light display in the shape of a Christmas tree (C) is seen on the window frames of a hotel building in Tokyo on November 13, 2013. The hotel began the illumination on November 13 which lasts until December 25 as a main feature during the Chrismas season. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • People pass by a poster announcing the Christmas lottery as a giant Christmas tree illuminates the Puerta del Sol in the centre of Madrid on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • This picture taken on December 23, 2013 shows the Christmas lights and Christmas trees in front of the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 20: Lights shine on a 20m solar-powered Christmas tree in King George's Square on December 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane's annual lighting of the Christmas Tree is in its 122th year. The tree is the largest solar-powered tree in the southern hemisphere featuring 16,000 christmas light blubs. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
  • A decorated Christmas tree and lights are shown in Covent Garden, central London on December 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A passer-by takes a snapshot of the eco-friendly Christmas tree set up at the Basilica de San Francisco explanade in La Paz on December 18, 2013. The tree of 14 meters high was made with some 50,000 plastic bottles. AFP PHOTO / JORGE BERNAL (Photo credit should read JORGE BERNAL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Christmas tree stands in Piazza Venezia, central Rome on December 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Asian Christian worshipers pose for a photograph in front of a huge Christmas tree erected close to the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus Christ's birth, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 18, 2013.AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL-SHAER (Photo credit should read MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Children skate on am ice rink around a Christmas tree at a Christmas market in front of the St Stephan Basilica in Budapest on December 19, 2013 in the heart of the city. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Christmas tree stands in front of the Colosseum in Rome on December 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine or fir, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. An artificial Christmas tree is an object made to resemble such a tree, usually made from plastic.

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