- Deseret News - Friday, December 19, 2014

The holiday season is packed with colored lights, inflated snowmen and piles of snow. It’s picturesque and familiar, joyous for adults and children.

There are Nativity scenes, statues and menorahs — all religious symbols to remind people how the holidays connect back to their faith.

And Americans are OK with that. According to the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of Americans are fine with religious holiday displays, like crosses, menorahs and Nativity scenes, on public and government property. And they feel that way for all faiths, since, they feel, the holiday season is about all religions.

But Americans aren’t the only ones celebrating the holiday season. People across the world build up their homes and towns for the holidays.

Here are 15 of the coolest religious holiday displays from around the world.

Vatican Nativity scene


Lithuania Christmas tree


Macedonia Christmas


Toshiba digital Christmas tree


Vatican Christmas tree


Chanukah menorah in North Dakota


Obama Hanukkah


Germany festival of lights


Hanukkah Candelabrum at Brandenburg Gate


Poland Christmas


Poland Christmas 2


Greece Christmas


Greece Christmas 2


Vatican Christmas tree


Spain Nativity underwater

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