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  • British travelers, left to right, Liam Skalley, John Arthurs, Ben Saunders, Sam Hope and Liam Fillingham kick up their heels as they celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      British travelers, left to right, Liam Skalley, John Arthurs, Ben Saunders, Sam Hope and Liam Fillingham kick up their heels as they celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

  • British travelers, left to right, Isolde Lewis, Spencer Sullivan, Damon Hull, Lewis Conlon and Daniel Strange celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      British travelers, left to right, Isolde Lewis, Spencer Sullivan, Damon Hull, Lewis Conlon and Daniel Strange celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
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  • U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. George Rzasowsk, center, leads a Christmas service for soldiers and service members with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. George Rzasowsk, center, leads a Christmas service for soldiers and service members with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A worker, center, serves cake to a soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during Christmas dinner at a dining facility at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      A worker, center, serves cake to a soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during Christmas dinner at a dining facility at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
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  • Soldiers and service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wait to be served Christmas dinner at a dining facility at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Soldiers and service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wait to be served Christmas dinner at a dining facility at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • An Indian Muslim vendor sells balloons in front of St Joseph Cathedral during Christmas celebrations in Hyderabad, India, early Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

      An Indian Muslim vendor sells balloons in front of St Joseph Cathedral during Christmas celebrations in Hyderabad, India, early Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.
    Associated Press

  • Indonesian devotees hold holy water inside clay water containers as they attend a traditional Javanese Christmas mass in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Indonesian devotees hold holy water inside clay water containers as they attend a traditional Javanese Christmas mass in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A Pakistani child, center, sleeps on her mother's lap, while she and other women pray during an outdoor Mass on Christmas Day, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      A Pakistani child, center, sleeps on her mother's lap, while she and other women pray during an outdoor Mass on Christmas Day, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A Pakistani man, right, stands inside his grocery story which id decorated with festive lights, for the Christmas holiday in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

      A Pakistani man, right, stands inside his grocery story which id decorated with festive lights, for the Christmas holiday in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A Bangladeshi priest performs rituals during a Christmas mass at a Catholic Church in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      A Bangladeshi priest performs rituals during a Christmas mass at a Catholic Church in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A man dressed as Santa Claus blesses a child at a Christmas Day party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      A man dressed as Santa Claus blesses a child at a Christmas Day party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Bosnian Croats attend a Christmas Mass in a church in the village of Morancani, near Tuzla 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Bosnian Croats attend a Christmas Mass in a church in the village of Morancani, near Tuzla 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Bosnian Croats attend a Christmas Mass in a church in the village of Morancani, near Tuzla 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Bosnian Croats attend a Christmas Mass in a church in the village of Morancani, near Tuzla 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams leaves Canterbury Cathedral after delivering his final Christmas Day sermon at the Christmas day service in Canterbury Cathedral, England, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012.

      Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams leaves Canterbury Cathedral after delivering his final Christmas Day sermon at the Christmas day service in Canterbury Cathedral, England, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012.
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  • Swimmers take to the sea at Exmouth, south western England, for the annual Christmas Day swim, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012.

      Swimmers take to the sea at Exmouth, south western England, for the annual Christmas Day swim, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughters Princesses Beatrice, right, and Eugenie, left, hold flowers the Queen received from children after attending the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughters Princesses Beatrice, right, and Eugenie, left, hold flowers the Queen received from children after attending the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children after attending the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children after attending the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • The son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex and their daughter Louise arrive for the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      The son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex and their daughter Louise arrive for the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Father Abe Anthony prays during Christmas Mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

      Father Abe Anthony prays during Christmas Mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Fireworks light up the church during a "Parranda" celebrating Christmas in the village of Remedios, Cuba, late Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Remedios' parrandas evolved from a priest's attempt to attract residents to his Catholic church's Christmas Mass, and with time, it converted into the town's street party where residents compete in firework and Christmas displays.

      Fireworks light up the church during a "Parranda" celebrating Christmas in the village of Remedios, Cuba, late Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Remedios' parrandas evolved from a priest's attempt to attract residents to his Catholic church's Christmas Mass, and with time, it converted into the town's street party where residents compete in firework and Christmas displays.
    Associated Press

  • Fireworks shoot off from a display full of firecrackers during an outdoor community Christmas "Parranda" in the village of Remedios, Cuba, early Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Remedios' "parrandas" evolved from a priest's attempt to attract residents to his Catholic church's Christmas Mass, and with time, it converted into the town's street party where residents compete in firework and Christmas displays.

      Fireworks shoot off from a display full of firecrackers during an outdoor community Christmas "Parranda" in the village of Remedios, Cuba, early Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Remedios' "parrandas" evolved from a priest's attempt to attract residents to his Catholic church's Christmas Mass, and with time, it converted into the town's street party where residents compete in firework and Christmas displays.
    Associated Press

  • An illumination resembling a Christmas tree is set for New Year celebrations at St. George Monument in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

      An illumination resembling a Christmas tree is set for New Year celebrations at St. George Monument in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
    Associated Press

 

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