December 25, 2012

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Bethlehem Christmas

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (2nd R) carries a statuette of baby Jesus during Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Catherine, which is connected to the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (Reuters)

Vatican Christmas

Swiss guards arrive for Pope Benedict XVI’s traditional Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. (AFP)

Egypt Protest

Egyptian women cut their hair during a demonstration in Tahrir Square, Cairo, to protest against the Islamist-oriented constitution. (AP)

China Seal

A spotted seal swims in a partly frozen lake at Dongpaotai Park in Yantai, Shandong province, China. (Reuters)

Georgia Christmas Decorations

A Georgian woman sells chichilaki – an ancient traditional Christmas tree made of hazelnut wood, in Tbilisi. Georgians believe a chichilaki resembles the beard of St. Basil, who is widely revered in the Orthodox Christian ex-Soviet nation. (AP)

India Santa Claus Sculptures

A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume walks past sand sculptures of Santa Clauses created by the artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and his students as part of Christmas celebrations on a beach in Puri, located in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. (Reuters)

Ukraine Weather

A woman feeds pigeons in a snow-covered park in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters)

Australia Christmas

British travelers celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. (AP)

Pakistan Christmas

A police officer stands guard while Pakistani Christians arrive to attend mass on Christmas day in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters)

China Ski Festival

Workers shape a snow sculpture prior to the annual Vasaloppet China Ski Festival at Jingyuetan Park in Changchun, Jilin province, China. (Reuters)

Bulgaria Christmas

People light candles during a Christmas Eve mass in Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Reuters)

US Arlington Cemetery

Graves adorned with Christmas wreaths are seen in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, USA. (AFP)

Lithuania Christmas

Fireworks light up the sky above a 326-meter tall Christmas tree decoration, illuminating the TV tower in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Christmas Day. (AP)

Germany Weather

A woman and her daughter go for a walk as temperatures reached 12 degrees Celcius in Petersdorf, Germany. (AFP)

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