World Christmas News Roundup 3

1.  North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri website says that lighting the first Christmas tree is a form of psychological warfare and would trigger an “unexpected consequence.”

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It’s no secret that North Korea does not like Christianity. But, as reported in Forbes, it’s hard to fathom anyone would go to war over Christmas trees.

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2.  Christmas shopping the pawn shop instead of the mall?

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Apparently so.

Pawn shops are giving malls a run for the Christmas dollar this season.

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3.  Top 5 Christmas Sports Events this year include skiing, skating, snowflake dancing, and…

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…a surfing, scuba-diving Santa?

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4. Christmas treats stuffed in shoes instead of stockings?

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Of course!

In Iceland.

There, children excitedly line windowsills with their shoes in anticipation of the13 Yule Lads, who, thirteen days before Christmas, leave treats tucked into the toes.

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5.  South Africa’s Masibambisane Centre near Johannesburg holds a rare Christmas party for local orphans and impoverished children.

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6.  In a controversial Nativity Christmas display in Venezuela, the country’s president, Hugo Chavez, co-stars with baby Jesus.

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Like Christianity, the revolution is all about love,” says Women’s Ministry worker, Yasmina Ereu. “Some people are fascinated. Others don’t like it. But this is a democratic country. Everyone is welcome to their opinion.

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