Wherever Christians live around the world, the routines of daily life are coming to a stop as people pause to celebrate Christmas, sometimes in unique ways.It is an annual tradition in Thailand — elephants dressed as Santa Claus on parade, handing out toys to school children. And it is not just the children who get excited.
“Oh this is the best day of the year. This is the best day of the year when the elephants come,” St. Clair said.
Halfway across the world in Mexico, Santa takes a human form, going for a swim with the fishes, delighting children at a zoo in Guadalajara.
Elsewhere in Mexico, for the 115th year they are celebrating “Noche de Rabanos” – Night of the Radish – with Christmas sculptures carved out of, what else, radishes.
“It is brilliant how the artisans transform this pieces into magic, they make you dream and make your thoughts shine and transport them somewhere else with their images,” said tourist Enedina Corona.
In frozen Moscow it is cold … but not too cold for Grandfather Frost to make an appearance by bus and even call on a bit of holiday magic.
In Germany, families warm up before heading into the forest to cut down their own Christmas trees … and lug them back home.
Wherever you go there is plenty of shopping to do. American shoppers are packing into stores hoping to find last-minute gifts and deals.