Christmas Around The World

Australia Christmas
Australia Christmas
Surf lifesavers wear Santa hats and reindeer horns as visitors celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi beach in Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Pope Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Global Christmas
Global Christmas
Christians celebrate Christmas at St. Mary's Cathedral Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
Vatican Pope Vespers
Vatican Pope Vespers
Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a vespers service to mark the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas when the faithful mark the birth of Christ, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. The pontiff called for politicians, the media and other leaders to show more respect for human life at its earliest stages, saying embryos aren't just biological material but dynamic, autonomous individuals. This year, the Vatican urged bishops around the world to make the service a vigil for "nascent human life".(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnian woman says her prayer during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Global Christmas
Global Christmas
A model in a Christmas suit poses in front of Volkswagen's new Tiguan 2011 on display during the 2011 Taipei Automobile & Accessories Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Russia Christmas
Russia Christmas
People look at a Nativity scene outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, Russia and other Eastern Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics and Protestants and commonly used in secular life around the world. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
APTOPIX Germany Ice Swimming
APTOPIX Germany Ice Swimming
A member of the ice swimming club 'Seehunde Berlin' bathes in the frozen Oranke Lake in Berlin on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Every Christmas the club arrange a Christmas swimming session in this lake. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians
APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians
A Palestinian man walks past a portion of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Tourists from all over the world are expected to flock to Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate the Christmas holiday this month. The writing on the wall reads "Merry Christmas world from Bethlehem ghetto". (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
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Bosnian Catholic worshipers pray during Christmas midnight Mass in Banja Luka Catholic church 142 kms northwest of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)
Travel Trip Germany Christmas Markets
Travel Trip Germany Christmas Markets
People crowd around the stalls in front of the church of Our Lady and the Gothic fountain, left, during the opening of the world renowned Christmas market in Nuremberg, southern Germany, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Afghanistan
Afghanistan
A US soldier dressed up as Santa Claus distributes gifts to other soldiers during Christmas celebrations at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Britain Weather
Britain Weather
Snow decorates the statue of Britain's World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in London's Parliament Square, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Snow and freezing temperatures continued to cause holiday travel chaos for road, rail and air passengers in Britain and much of Europe Monday, raising fears that many will not get home in time for Christmas.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Catholic priest seen in reflection in oil lamp during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnian Catholic nun says her prayer during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Copa Nadal
Copa Nadal
Athletes dressed as Santa Claus react for photographers as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emiliio Morenatti)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnian worshipers seen in a reflection of a icon during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Russia Christmas
Russia Christmas
A Catholic priest leads a service at a Nativity scene outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, Russia and other Eastern Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics and Protestants and commonly used in secular life around the world.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
Britain Royal Christmas
Britain Royal Christmas
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Vinko Puljic
Vinko Puljic
The head of the Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina Cardinal Vinko Puljic deliver his speech during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo's main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Mideast Israel Palestinians
Mideast Israel Palestinians
A Palestinian man sets up an inflatable Santa Clause outside his shop in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Tourists from all over the world are expected to flock to Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate the Christmas holiday this month. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Travel Trip Germany Christmas Markets
Travel Trip Germany Christmas Markets
Visitors await the opening ceremony of the world renowned Christmas market in Nuremberg, southern Germany, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Two German elderly worshipers holding wooden cross exiting church after Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Indonesia Christmas
Indonesia Christmas
ADVANCE FOR STORY INDONESIA TOO MUCH CHRISTMAS? BY NINIEK KARMINI - In this Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 photo, a trainer in Santa costume play with dolphins at Ancol Water park in Jakarta, Indonesia. Clerics in the world's most populous Muslim country critisized the Christmas cheer Friday that employers should not be allowed to require their staff to wear fuzzy Santa outfits and red hats, saying that it's insulting to their faith. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
APTOPIX Bosnia Christmas
APTOPIX Bosnia Christmas
Bosnian worshipers are seen in a reflection of an icon during the Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Pakistan Christmas
Pakistan Christmas
Pakistani girls wearing new dresses celebrate Christmas in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Global Christmas
Global Christmas
In this Thursday Dec. 23, 2010 picture, choristers, aged between 10 to 13, proceed from the nearby King's College School to the chapel at King's College, Cambridge, to take part in final rehearsals for the annual Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Enthusiasts camped on an icy pavement to be sure of a place in the congregation at the annual festival - first staged in 1910 - which attracts fans from around the world and is broadcast to millions by the BBC. (AP Photo/PA, Sean Dempsey) UNITED KINGDOM OUT: NO SALES: NO ARCHIVE:
Copa Nadal
Copa Nadal
Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump on the Mediterraean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emiliio Morenatti)
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnia Christmas
Bosnian Catholic nun says her prayer during Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
India Christmas
India Christmas
Santa Claus distributes sweets to children on the occasion of Christmas, at the hotel Le Meridien in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Christians in India make up just over 2 percent of its 1 billion population. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)
Vinko Puljic
Vinko Puljic
The head of the Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina Cardinal Vinko Puljic, seen in a reflection of oil lamp holds a Christmas midnight mass in Sarajevo main Cathedral, Bosnia, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Roman-Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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APTOPIX Bulgaria Christmas
A Bulgarian man waits in front of a shop with Christmas decorations in Sofia, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. According to a recent survey Bulgaria, as one of the EU's poorest countries based on income per person, has qualified as one of the world's "saddest" places. (AP Photo / Valentina Petrova)
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Sound Bites Holiday Music
Sound Bites Holiday Music
In this CD cover image released by Putumayo World Music, a holiday release of various artists, "World Christmas Party," is shown. (AP Photo/Putumayo)
Germany Europe Weather
Germany Europe Weather
Two women walk with their horses at the beach of Schoenberg at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany, as temperatures reach minus six degrees Celsius (21.2 Fahrenheit) on Christmas Day, Dec.25, 2010. Germany was hit by heavy snowfalls and icy temperatures during the last days. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)
Vatican Pope Vespers
Vatican Pope Vespers
Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a vespers service to mark the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas when the faithful mark the birth of Christ, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. The pontiff called for politicians, the media and other leaders to show more respect for human life at its earliest stages, saying embryos aren't just biological material but dynamic, autonomous individuals. This year, the Vatican urged bishops around the world to make the service a vigil for "nascent human life".(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Mideast Israel Palestinians Christmas
Mideast Israel Palestinians Christmas
Franciscan monks pray inside the Grotto where many Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Tourists from all over the world are expected to flock to Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate the Christmas holiday this month. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Pope Christmas
People gather to listen to Pope Benedict XVI delivering the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Indonesia Christmas
Indonesia Christmas
ADVANCE FOR STORY INDONESIA TOO MUCH CHRISTMAS? BY NINIEK KARMINI - In this Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 photo, trainers in Santa costume dance with a sea lion at Ancol Water park in Jakarta, Indonesia. Clerics in the world's most populous Muslim country critisized the Christmas cheer Friday that employers should not be allowed to require their staff to wear fuzzy Santa outfits and red hats, saying that it's insulting to their faith. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Swiss guards leave following Pope Benedict XVI's "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message, in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Pope Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians
APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians
A Russian pilgrim passes through a ray of light inside the Church of the Nativity, where many Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Tourists from all over the world are expected to flock to Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate the Christmas holiday this month. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Mideast Israeli Palestinians Christmas
Mideast Israeli Palestinians Christmas
Christian nuns watch a large Christmas lit at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Tourists from all over the world are expected to flock to Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate the Christmas holiday this month. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Christmas 2010 Disney World
Christmas 2010 Disney World
Vatican Pope Christmas
Vatican Pope Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Global Christmas
Global Christmas
A model in a Christmas suit poses in front of Volkswagen's new Tiguan 2011 on display during the 2011 Taipei Automobile & Accessories Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
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