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The 11 Most Marvelous Christmas Tree Designs From Around the World

Christmas is around the corner – and these Christmas trees are making us feel the vibe!

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, and the malls and stores are bustling with people on their last-minute shopping for gifts and food for Christmas. Amidst all these ruckus to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ are the wonderful Christmas decorations that add to the already contagious holiday vibe. And in most places around the world, the centerpiece of these decorations is none other than… (drum roll)

Yep, you guessed it right. The Christmas Tree!

Standing tall and colorful, this symbol of the holiday season takes on various and interesting designs. From sparkling lights to literally ‘man-made’ trees, I bet you wouldn’t help but be awestruck by the marvelous Christmas tree designs around the world. Check out these marvelous photos!

1. Paris, France

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A 25-meter upside down Christmas tree decorates Galeries Lafayette, a French shopping center.

2. Melbourne, Australia

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Photo credit: Chris Hopkins

It’s a Lego Christmas! This tree is made out of half a million Lego pieces. Imagine the patience of the makers of this tree and the rewarding feeling when they finished it!

3. Vilnius, Lithuania

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Photo credit: Mindaugas Kulbis

This Christmas tree in the Cathedral Square may not be your ordinary Christmas tree design, but a charming one nevertheless.

4. New York, USA

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Photo credit: Li Muzi

A classic and extravagant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

5. Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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Photo credit: Reveal.co.uk

Made of about 3000 people, this human Christmas tree made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, thanks to its size and uniqueness.

6. Gubbio, Italy

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Photo credit: alberodigubbio

This stunning Christmas tree that rests on Mount Ingino has a height of approximately 650 meters, allowing the residents of Gubbio to appreciate its beauty from anywhere in the city. The tree entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991.

7. Taipei, Taiwan

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Photo credit: Craig Ferguson

This Christmas tree is designed with LED lights and stands tall at 36 meters. Beginning one month before Christmas, a light show is displayed every half hour after sunset.

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Standing at 82 meters, these floating Christmas trees are among the tallest in the world. The trees are erected on a floating platform in the Lake Lagoa, each being decorated differently every year. Light shows and fireworks display add to the wonderful view.

9. Washington, USA

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Photo credit: Paul Morigi

This is the country’s national Christmas tree. If you live in Alaska and you wish to see this tree, you’ll have to travel about 7,000 kilometers. No sweat, eh?

10. Byblos, Lebanon

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Photo credit: Patrick Baz

This extraordinary Christmas tree has a height of 35 meters and is located at the oldest port in the world.

11. Turin, Italy

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Photo credit: Pacific Press

Truly one of a kind, this Christmas tree in Turin lights up Piazza Castello.

Do you know of other spectacular Christmas trees? Don’t hesitate to share with us photos and your thoughts about this post!

Happy Christmas!

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Scientist Discovers “Hidden Portrait” Underneath the Mona Lisa

French scientist Pascal Cotte — who has been involved in the digitization project of the Mona Lisa — claims that there are other portraits hidden underneath the famous painting.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the world's most well-known works of art. The 16th century portrait of a woman believed to be Lisa Gherardini has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

The painting of the lady with the enigmatic smile has been the subject of various investigations throughout the year, so it's quite a surprise to find out that it's been keeping even more "secrets."

French scientist Pascal Cotte — co-founder of Lumiere Technology — has been involved in the digitization project of the Mona Lisa. He has made a claim that has fired up the world of art. He says he has found other portraits hidden underneath the Mona Lisa....

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33 Illustrations That Prove We’ve Become Slaves To Modern Technology

One way or another, we’re all guilty as charged!

Aside from pen and paper, being observant counts as one of the most important tools of an effective artist. The artworks below, illustrated by Jean Jullien, are obviously drawn by a keen observer. In these series of illustrations, you will see how all of us have somehow become slaves to modern technology – particularly the smartphone.

Sure, we can all justify how we all use gadgets to communicate faster with our loved ones but, as captured in some of these drawings, we should likewise admit that technology sometimes gets in the way of simple joys such as enjoying nature or real-life interactions.

Scroll down and you’ll see what I mean…...

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The 20 Best Movies of 2015

What was your favorite movie this year?

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Most of us are looking forward to next year’s movie line up now that 2015 is nearing its end. I mean, who wouldn’t? Next year, exciting films such as Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and Leonardo de Caprio’s The Revenant will hit the big screen.

2015, however, has been a remarkable year for the movie industry as well, and we’ve watched several films that were nothing short of entertaining. This year, theaters were graced with epic historical dramas, comedy, romantic fairy tales, and science fiction films that touched our hearts and captured our imaginations.

Let’s take a look at 20 of the best films of 2015 once again. And if you happened to miss it, this holiday season might be the best time to catch up....

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