Globally, Christmas differs far more than you might think. In France, if you write a letter to Santa, you are guaranteed a postcard response from La Poste, the French postal office—by order of a 1962 law. In the Czech Republic many people fast from Christmas Eve until Christmas Dinner, in the hope of being granted a vision of a golden pig. In Russian folklore, Father Christmas—traditionally known as "Grandfather Frost"—is accompanied by a glamorous assistant, a beautiful young Snow Maiden. Today, NOWNESS brings you a photographic survey of Christmas festivities worldwide, and wishes you a happy holiday, however you choose to celebrate.