In December, much of the country is buried in snow and hunkered down for the holidays beside a warm fire in their homes.

We do things differently out here.

Come December, we have luminarias in abundance, snow gently falling in a shopping mall and goodies flying out of burst pinatas.

So, leave the heavy jacket at home, gather up some cheer, and indulge in the holiday season Tucson-style:

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