Christmas Scenes From Around The World

See how people around the world are celebrating this CHristmas.

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A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish at Hefei Ocean World in Hefei, China. Though Christmas is not officially celebrated in China, the holiday is becoming increasingly popular as Chinese adopt more Western ideas and festivals. Click to see more.
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A competitor dressed up as Santa Claus jumps into the sea during the 103rd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup at the Old Harbour of Barcelona on December 25, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The Copa Nadal is organised by the Barcelona Swimming Club and involves competitors swimming across some 200 meters of water.
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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi to the city and to the world is recognized as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope focusing this year on the conflict in Syria, calling for a political solution.
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Nuns gather at St. Peter's square for the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican.
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Harley-Davidson drivers dressed as Santa Claus parade to celebrate Christmas on December 24, 2012 in Shanghai, China.
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An elephant dressed in a Santa Claus costume perform for students ahead of the Christmas festival at a school in Ayutthaya province on December 24, 2012. The event was held as part of a campaign to promote Christmas in Thailand.
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Competitors in Christmas fancy dress enjoy the atmosphere prior the 103rd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup.
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Hundreds of people brave the North Sea to raise money for charity during the annual Christmas Day dip at Lowestoft Beach on December 25, 2012 in Lowestoft, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II hands flowers to Princess Eugenie as they leave St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King's Lynn, England.
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Indian schoolchildren dressed as Santa Claus ride on a cycle-rickshaw through a street in Amritsar on December 24,2012, ahead of Christmas Day. Despite Christians forming a little over 2 percent of the billion plus population in India, with Hindus comprising the majority, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare and zeal throughout the country.
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A girl kisses a doll featuring "Jesus" in a crib during a Christmas service at a Catholic cathedral in Minsk, on December 25, 2012.
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Santa Claus visits Wuhan International Plaza
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Spending christmas in Finland, Kai Kubierske from Bonn in Germany swims in a hole made in the ice at the Gulf of Finland on December 25, 2012 in Lauttasaari, Helsinki.
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Workers dressed as Santa Claus feed a giraffe at Jinan Zoo on December 24, 2012 in Jinan, China.
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US soldiers take their food during a special meal on Christmas Day at Kabul International Airport on December 25, 2012. There are presently around 100,000 US-led NATO troops fighting a decade-long Taliban led insurgency in Afghanistan.
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A woman dressed as Santa Claus serves paella to poor or lonely people, in front of a restaurant in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on December 25, 2012. This restaurant has served more than 1,000 plates of paella every Christmas for the past 19 years.
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People skate beneath the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink on Christmas Eve on December 24, 2012 in New York City.
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Children dressed as Santa Claus, participate during the Christmas Carnival special X-Mas parade at The Great India Place on December 25, 2012 in Noida, India.
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People dressed as Santa Claus dance 'Gangnam Style' on Christmas Eve December 24, 2012 in Wuhan, China. Though Christmas is not officially celebrated in China, the holiday is becoming increasingly popular as Chinese adopt more Western ideas and festivals.
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Minority Pakistani Christians walk on an alley past Christmas decorations in Islamabad on December 24, 2012. There is a tiny Christian minority in Pakistan, where only three percent of the population of 167 million are estimated to be non-Muslim.
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A social activist, Harkirat Singh clean Ganga in his Santa Clause uniform on December 24, 2012, in Allahabad, India. The step symbolizes the drive launched by saints and social activists to clean Ganga in view of the forthcoming Mahakumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Santa Claus water-skis on Potomac River with a "reindeer" December 24, 2012 at National Harbor in Maryland,near Washington, DC, during th 27th Annual Water Skiing show. This unusual annual event features a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.
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Japanese three-year-old boy Kaito Yamauchi smiling as he receives a Christmas gift from a Santa Claus from Finland in Miyagi prefecture on Christmas eve. The Santa Claus visited disaster stricken area in northern Japan, where a massive earthquake and tsunami killed 19,000 people on March 11, 2011.
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This picture taken on December 24, 2012 shows Japan's top figure skaters dressed in Santa Claus costumes performing at an exhibition after the Japan Figure Skating Championships in Sapporo. Mao Asada won the women's singles and Yuzuru Hanyu won the men's singles of the championships.
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A young girl stands next to the unveiled baby Jesus prior to the celebration of the Christmas mass by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, in Vatican City on December 24, 2012.
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Pope Benedict XVI (2nd R) celebrates Christmas mass at St. Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, in Vatican City on December 24, 2012.
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A black-capped squirrel monkey unpacks a christmas gift in its enclosure at the zoo in Frankfurt, western Germany, on December 24, 2012 during a gift giving for the animals.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus skates at the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink on Christmas Eve on December 24, 2012 in New York City. Christians around the world are gearing up for Christmas festivities on December 25.
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FOSHAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: (CHINA OUT) People dressed as Santa Claus march on Christmas Eve December 24, 2012 in Foshan, China. Though Christmas is not officially celebrated in China, the holiday is becoming increasingly popular as Chinese adopt more Western ideas and festivals. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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