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Christmas in Rome

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Christmas in Rome.

People fill the squares and streets, pass by storefront windows decorated with lights and garlands.

No longer just a religious holiday, Christmas puts everyone here in a festive mood.

[Rome Resident]:
"Christmas is expressed maybe with a single word: Happiness. It's an opportunity to get together with family, with someone close to you, who loves you."

For most Italians, it's the most important holiday of the year.

[Rome Resident]:
"Christmas is a festival very important for Italians. It is a festival where the family gets together and celebrates together. I live abroad and come every year to spend Christmas together. It's a religious holiday and then you go to church celebrates the birth of baby Jesus. It is a very important festival for children, they love Christmas, open the gifts. Perhaps it is the most important festival we have in Italy."

Some take to the streets to sing Christmas carols for passers-by.

[Christmas Carolers]:
It's an opportunity for us to meet all together, to stand united to sing, which is the thing that most gives us joy and to wish everyone a happy new year by being together singing.

But in Italy, like elsewhere in the world, Christmas is always a time for family.

[Rome Resident]:
"We celebrate Christmas with the family."

NTD News, Rome, Italy

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