I stood still at the back corner of the White Temple, bare foot as it is considered a holy place mesmerized by the number of Thai people walking in and out of the temple. A mother walking in with her son that could be two years old grabbed my attention. Then a man walked in with his daughter, who is around four. These people knelt for prayer before the murals of Buddha. The young ones mimic every action of their parents. The image of these young children mirroring their parents has been stuck in my mind since that very moment to this day.
 


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Being Buddhist doesn't hold Thais back from celebrating Christmas. It's a new, and foreign holiday for them, but if there's one thing Thais love, it's a holiday. They hang lights, put up trees, and exchange gifts. "This is my very first Christmas tree," says Arisa, a university student in Chiang Rai, Thailand. "I can't wait to go home and decorate it! I want to surprise my roommate." 
 


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