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    Members of the "Berlin Seals" swim in Lake Orankesee in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 25, 2013. Swimming on Christmas day is a tradition with winter swimmers.
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    Women light candles during Midnight Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Christmas Day in New York, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    Raymond Tremblay, dressed as Santa Claus, hands out candy canes during Christmas day lunch at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa, Ontario, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    A man wearing a Santa hat prepares to cut a 201-foot cake during Christmas celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    Levi Marez runs alongside his son Kaden Fletcher, 6, left, as he learns to ride the bike he got for Christmas, Dec. 25, 2013, in Henderson, Ky.
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    Christians celebrate Christmas during a party held at the Dama Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria on Dec. 25, 2013.
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    Traditional procession of Dzed Morozy (Father Frost) and Snegurochki (The Snow Maiden) takes place in Minsk, Belarus, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    U.S. and NATO's soldiers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have a special meal to celebrate Christmas at their military base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    A Romanian woman, holding a burning candle, attends the Christmas mass in the Orthodox church of Malaia, Romania, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    A participant in fancy dress jumps into the water during the 104th edition of the Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) in Barcelona's Port Vell on Dec. 25, 2013. The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered about 400 participants on Barcelona?s old harbor.
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    A foreign volunteer dressed as Santa Claus distributes goodies during Christmas day to children-survivors of the super Typhoon Haiyan in the streets of Tacloban city, Philippines, on Dec. 25, 2013.
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    Santa Claus helps children to open their Christmas presents on Christmas Day at Brighton Beach on Dec. 25, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia. Temperatures in Melbourne on Christmas Day topped 30 degrees Celsius.
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    U.S. Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, left, poses with soldiers at Camp Clark during a Christmas visit in Khost province, eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2013. The commander of NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan spent Christmas visiting U.S. troops at bases across the mountainous region to bring them holiday greetings and gifts for a few lucky soldiers.
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    Children surround Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost), who arrived in Moscow Zoo as a part of a New Year celebration, in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 25, 2013. Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7.
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    Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 25, 2013.
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    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a traditional Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in eastern England, on Dec. 25, 2013.
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    A Christian worshiper prays during the Christmas mass at the Church of the Nativity on Dec. 25, 2013, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.
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    Georgian Santa Clauses greet children in front of the former Parliament building decorated with a Christmas tree in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 25, 2013.
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