By David Furlong/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Christmas has been a source of cultural tension for centuries, but this year has become a different time, as the United States grapples with a divisive race and a national health crisis.
In the United Kingdom, the state of emergency that came into effect in March has forced schools to close for the holiday and many businesses have closed to conserve energy.
In Germany, which is home to some of the largest Muslim populations in Europe, more than a dozen people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque on Christmas Day in the city of Wuppertal.
In France, the countrys second-largest city, Christmas markets and events are canceled and bars are closed.
The United States has also seen protests in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The order has caused chaos in airports, businesses and in some parts of the nation.(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mark Heinrich)