It would be a shame to end the year without a festive map! Jack Harrison (@jacksfeed) is studying for a research masters in “Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation” at UCL. I teach on the course and it obviously hasn’t worked Jack hard enough this term as he has had time to slack off and produce this great map of Christmas festivities based on information from Wikipedia. As with all good maps, it speaks for itself and I think it is a great way of showing the difference in celebrations, especially as the Anglo-American view of Christmas is (unsurprisingly) so dominant. It also serves as a splendid last post on the blog for this year. Merry Christmas, and see you in 2012!




  1. Great Map! I have one comment: Macau was a Portuguese colony.


    Macau was a Portuguese colony in 1887, and is both the first and last European colony in China.[7][8] Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operates with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer.[9]

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