Rituals are rituals, and—when they hurt no one—following them provides a comforting predictability to our lives. This is a period of rituals, and anyone who has been reading for some time knows its Christmas rituals: for example, among others, waiting for Christmas to arrive by showing what happens in the rest of the world. There are those who are still busy preparing the dinner and the decorations, others with forgotten or last-minute gifts, while just about everywhere there are lights, decorations, lighted candles, people praying or buying. For those of you who’ve got everything all set up, or decided not to give a damn, or say they hate Christmas but it’s not true, or need reminders of the holiday in the long line at the checkout, we’ve rounded up these images of fairy lights, Christmas lights and prayers Worldwide. Yes, it’s the-usual-Christmas-things, but even those can come up with some great pictures every year.