Greetings from Riga Latvia Northern/Eastern Europe. Growing up in the State of Washington, I have fond memories of Christmas time. Snow, family get togethers, cutting the Chtistmas Tree, ice skating on the frozen ponds and going out with my facter in the fire truck playing Christmas music over load speakers on top of the truck.
Now I am living in Latvia which looks very much like Washington State.
I just wanted to share that the first record of a Christmas Tree was in the city of Riga Latvia in the year 1510
http://www.firstchristmastree.com < --- Lots of Christmas photos links at bottom of page
Happy holidays to all.
Regards, Mike an American living in Riga