Holiday celebration shows off four cultures Christmas celebrations

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Annual Christmas Around the World service and celebration brought together four different cultures to show attendees how they each celebrate Christmas.

Performances included a Hispanic Christmas, a Tabernacle Christmas, an African Christmas and a Swedish Christmas. Organizers say this tradition is a special one and brings together the community just in time for the holidays.

Major Mark Martsolf of The Salvation Army of Winnebago County says, "We do it because we want to celebrate the diversity that we worship together and the various cultures who have come to join together as one community. Christmas really is celebrated in all parts of the world and its reflective here."

For attendees and Salvation Army staff like Barbara Higgins, she has been attending events like this since her childhood and was able to bring her grandchildren to the service this year. She says, "People just start to weep because it reminds them of their youth, their home country and their traditions that are being carried out in our culture today. It's overwhelming. This is such a blessing that there is so much room at the table for every nationality, every person."

At the end of the services, attendees continued the celebration with a multicultural food tasting, from different countries all around the world.