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Jaipur gears up for Christmas celebrations
Jaipur has a good number of Christian institutions and a few churches, which are gearing up to celebrate Christmas on December 25. The churches here have been decked up for Christmas Eve and the festival and nativity scenes have been put up. The singing of carols in Hindi and English will be organised on the night before Christmas. Santa Claus will be distributing gifts to the poor and children to stress the value of sharing among people.

Meanwhile, some shops and malls in the city are glittering with Christmas decoration and gifts. Over the years, Christmas has always been a wonderful celebratory time of year in Jaipur, where many schools hold various events during the Christmas week. Christmas carnival has already been held in the city.

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Most hotels of Jaipur will be holding Christmas parties and special meals are served along with fun games. According to western tourists, the celebration of Christmas in Jaipur is magical and a pleasant surprise to find people of all communities celebrating the festival in a secular way.

A hotel has already publicised for X-Mas lunch and dinner stating that its buffet on December 25 will be comprising of a wide variety of exquisite dishes from various cuisines along with 6 to 8 desserts and roasted turkey as a Christmas Special. "Come on over and be a part of the festivities," says the hotel's punch line.

Here are a few quotes that aptly describe the Christmas spirit.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas - Calvin Coolidge

Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart - Freya Stark

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart - Washington Irving

When you give up yourself, that's when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that's giving that's serving others and that's when you feel fulfilled - Joel Osteen

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