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Latvian Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree in Riga, Latvia

Christmas Tree in Riga, Latvia

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Some legends say that Riga is the site where the tradition of the Christmas tree began. A plaque even marks the spot where the first Christmas tree supposedly stood in front of Riga's House of Blackheads. Whether or not this legend is true, the Christmas tree is a part of an old Latvian tradition that involves the decoration of a fir tree during Christmas time.

Other Latvian Christmas traditions include decorating with traditional ornaments, sometimes made of straw, cooking traditional dishes, and singing Christmas carols.

Riga also celebrates Christmas with the Riga Christmas Market.

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