Christmas Around the World

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Employees dressed as Santa Claus perform as part of a shopping mall’s Christmas celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)

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A timber truck driver dressed as Father Frost is saluted by a soldier at the Kremlin’s Spasskiye (Saviour) Gate in Moscow, Russian Federation, on December 24, 2013. (Photo by Vyacheslav Prokofyev/ITAR-TASS/ZUMA Press)

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A young Indian boy sells Christmas merchandise outside the Sacred Heart’s Cathedral in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)

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Indian people sing as they walk with a man dressed as Santa Claus ahead of Christmas in Umsning, in Meghalaya, India, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare. (Photo by Anupam Nath/AP Photo)

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An Indian boy wearing an illuminated devil horns waits for customers as he sells Christmas merchandise, outside the Sacred Heart’s Cathedral in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)

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Members of Indonesian Police bomb squad search for suspicious materials to anticipateterror attacks prior to the Christmas Eve mass at the cathedral in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Since the Bali bombings in 2002, the world’s largest Muslim country has been battling terrorists who recently operate in small groups and have targeted security forces and local “infidels” instead of Westerners. (Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP Photo)

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Pakistani Christians play cards on a roadside near their neighborhood ahead of Christmas in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Christians are a minority in Pakistan, they constitute about 1.6% of the Pakistan’s population. (Photo by B. K. Bangash/AP Photo)

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Palestinian children dressed up as Santa Claus pose for a photograph at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace ofJesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Majdi Mohammed/AP Photo)

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Christian pilgrim worshippers from Nigeria pray in the Grotto of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Majdi Mohammed/AP Photo)

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Chinese catholics attend a Christmas Eve Mass service at the official Catholic church South Cathedral in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. China and the Vatican have no diplomatic ties and the ruling Communist Party forced Chinese Catholics to sever their ties in the 1950s. China officially records about 6 million Catholics worshipping in 6,300 congregations across the country, although millions more are believed to worship outside the official church, with considerable crossover between the two in many areas. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)

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Lebanese Christians dressed as Santa Claus celebrate Christmas in Jiyeh village, south of Beirut December 24, 2013. (Photo by Sharif Karim/Reuters)

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A child is silhouetted as he watches a diver dressed as Santa Claus swim in the Coral Gardentank, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. The performance was part of the aquarium’s Christmas celebrations. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

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Choir members sing hymn during a Christmas mass at Santo Nino Church in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. The Christmas mass was held in the area devastated by the November 8 typhoon Haiyan’s ferocious winds and the tsunami-like storm surge. (Photo by Achmad Ibrahim/AP Photo)

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A couple look at the illuminated decoration to celebrate the festival season during Christmas eve in Hong Kong, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Kin Cheung/AP Photo)

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A devotee prays in front of a statue of the Jesus at a church during a special mass on Christmas day in Colombo December 25, 2013. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

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A water skier dressed as the Grinch skis in the Potomac River at National Harbor to celebrate Christmas Eve in Maryland, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters)

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Indian street children sell balloons outside a church on Christmas eve in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare. (Photo by Aijaz Rahi/AP Photo)

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An Iranian family look at the window of a shop selling Christmas ornaments in Tehran on December 24, 2013, as Christians around the world prepare for Christmas celebrations. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP Photo)

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A Palestinian youth dressed as Santa Claus holds balloons at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Majdi Mohammed/AP Photo)

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UPS delivery man Vinny Ambrosino prepares to deliver packages on Christmas Eve while wearing a Rudolf nose and antlers in New York, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Youths wait to give out free hugs to passing pedestrians, ahead of Christmas day celebrations, in Kuala Lumpur December 24, 2013. (Photo by Samsul Said/Reuters)

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Winter swimmers wearing Santa Claus hats get out of a partially frozen lake after swimming in icy water to celebrate Christmas at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province December 24, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Victims of super Typhoon Haiyan decorate their improvised Christmas tree with empty cans and bottles at the ravaged town of Anibong, Tacloban city, central Philippines December 24, 2013, a month after Typhoon Haiyan battered central Philippines. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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Christian worshippers pray inside inside the Grotto, where Christians believe Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, during Christmas celebrations at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2013. (Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters)

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A ballerina from the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” smiles as she tours the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Christmas Eve in New York, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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A shop on Market Street in Manchester advertises its sale, as shoppers buy last minute items before Christmas Day, on December 24, 2013. (Photo by Dave Thompson/PA Wire)

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In this Monday, December 23, 2013 photo, Indian Christians illuminate a 23 feet (7 meter) huge star on the terrace of their residential building in Ahmadabad, India. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the Indian population but Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate. (Photo by Ajit Solanki/AP Photo)

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Santa and Mrs Claus, aka Roray Kam and Victoria Burgess, ride the waves off of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Mike Stocker/MCT/ZUMA Press)

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A Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christian girl dressed in Santa Claus stands outside the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City on December 22, 2013, as preparations for Christmas celebrations get underway. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP Photo)

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Pope Francis holds the crib effigy of the infant Jesus as he attends the Christmas night mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrates the first Christmas of his pontificate. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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The crib scene next to a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, 24 December 2013 ahead of Pope Francis’ appearance for the traditional midnight mass. (Photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA)

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A diver dressed as Santa Claus surfaces after swimming in the Coral Garden tank, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. This is part of the attraction’s Christmas celebrations. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

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More than 1,000 volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)

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Ruben Torres, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, wave to people from a boat along the coast of Valparaiso city, about 75 miles northwest of Santiago, Chile, on December 24, 2013. Every year, fishermen in Valparaiso organize a Santa Claus boat trip as people wait on the shore to receive their Christmas presents and well-wishes. (Photo by Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

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Children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled World Peace by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik at a beach in Puri, India, on December 24, 2013. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)

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A couple participates in a kissing competition to celebrate Christmas in Wuhan, Hubei province December 24, 2013. The competition required the attendants to kiss in different postures for a prize worth 15,000 Yuan ($2,470), local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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People take in the elaborate holiday light designs at the Blossoms of Light, which trails around the grounds of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Monday December 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Christians attend mass on the eve of Christmas at a church in Libyan capital Tripoli, December 24, 2013(Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

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A diver dressed in a Santa Claus costume swims with fish at Qingdao Underwater World on December 24, 2013 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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NATO troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pray during a Christmas Eve mass at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, early December 25, 2013. (Photo by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

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Iraqi Christians attend a mass on Christmas Eve at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad December 24, 2013. (Photo by Ahmed Saad/Reuters)

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Women wear festive hats while traveling on the subway through Midtown, Manhattan on Christmas Eve in New York December 24, 2013. (Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters)

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People gather at San Francisco Square in front of a Christmas tree, in La Paz, Bolivia, on December 24, 2013. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

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James Morgan, 2, plays on surfboards at Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia, 25 December 2013. Sydney-siders celebrated Christmas Day under wet and cloudy, but warm conditions. (Photo by Dan Himbrechts/EPA)

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Visitors play with shredded papers with Christmas decorations to celebrate the festival season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Monday, December 23, 2013. (Photo by Kin Cheung/AP Photo)

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Members of Harts the Butchers sell off surplus meats during the annual Christmas Eve meat auction at Smithfield Meat Market in London, England, on December 24, 2013. (Photo by Peter Kollanyi/i-Images/ZUMA Press)

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Priests process to attend the Christmas celebration midnight mass at the Cathedral-Basilical in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Mindaugas Kulbis/AP Photo)

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Families and those without enjoy their Christmas Eve meal hosted by the Los Angeles Mission on December 24, 2013 along Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. The LA Mission was established in 1936 as a soup kitchen and Christian outreach to the homeless and today, with the help of many volunteers, a Christmas celebration was made possible for the impoverished and marginalized members of society. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP Photo)

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A man takes a bath beside a giant Christmas star fashioned into a Philippine flag on Christmas Eve in Tacloban, on December 24, 2013. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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