December 25: It's December 25th and I'm in the Vatican City, the head of Catholicism/Christianity in Italy. Today is Christmas where Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I see Christmas trees, evergreen trees decorated with lights and ornaments, I see the Nativity scenes of Jesus' birth. After I settle in to my hotel, I go to St. Peter's Basilica. This is a large cathedral where St. Peter was crucified. When I walk in, I see a mass starting. This is a worship service for Catholic Christians. All along the walls are huge stained glass windows. After I left the church, around the city I could see many local structures with similar architectural characteristics as the cathedrals. Also many tourist attractions like hotels and gift shops. Later that day I ran into someone while I was exploring and they told me how they were here on a pilgrimage, to reflect and pray in the holy land. I could see that the scared sites here in Vatican city really brought people in, changing the cultural landscape around it.