How do YOU celebrate Christmas? What are some of YOUR traditions? Over the years and especially through blogging, I've come to realize people celebrate Christmas differently throughout the world. There are so many beautiful customs, values and traditions. I'm thinking about incorporating some of them into my own Christmas traditions. Have you ever done that? Other cultures fascinate me. I love looking at Christmas through other people's pictures and written words. Some customs may include decorating the tree the day before Christmas, a nativity scene (creche) instead of a Christmas tree, giving gifts on St. Nicholas Day instead of Christmas Day, advent and advent calendars, attending midnight mass, opening presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. It may even be a warm Christmas for some people in the world. Christmas trees may be called Trees of Light. Santa Claus may be called Saint Nicholas, Svaty Mikalas, Father Christmas, or Pere Noel. Remember to respect others traditions, values and beliefs. No matter where you are in the world! No matter what your beliefs! One thing is certain. People gather together and celebrate with loved ones. No matter the combination, Christmas is a time for celebration. It's a time to come together, be thankful, give, love, praise, rejoice and enjoy. I thought a great way to capture this essence, would be through art. I found these beautiful Christmas paintings on a site called Saatchi. They feature artists from around the world! It's awesome to see Christmas through an artist's eyes. Especially artists from different parts of the world. They're different, yet the same!