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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, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • 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, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • Christian worshippers visit the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • Christians hold candles during Christmas eve mass service at the cathedral in Bali, Indonesia, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • A worker carries a roasted pig to be served during Christmas eve dinner outside a store in Quezon city, Philippines, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • 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.
  • People dressed as Santa Claus ride a horse cart ahead of Christmas celebrations in Lahore, Pakistan, Dec. 23, 2013.
  • A diver dressed as Santa Claus surfaces after swimming in the Coral Garden tank at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • A staff member dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photo with Christmas decorations to celebrate the festival season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Dec. 23, 2013.
  • A house in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn is seen lit up with Christmas decorations in New York, Dec. 23, 2013.
  • Workers of a gas station celebrate with friends and clients after winning the second prize of the Christmas lottery “El Gordo” (“The Fat One”) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, Dec. 22, 2013.
  • Under rolling clouds, tourists remove their jackets as they visit the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, Dec. 22, 2013.

People Around the World Get Ready for Christmas

Published December 24, 2013


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