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Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer clean windows at a shopping mall in Tokyo’s Daiba bay area Photo AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Actors dressed as shepherds mingle with the audience, ahead of a performance of the Nativity at Wintershall Guildford, England. Photo Leon Neal/Getty
This photo shows a Japanese cargo ship before it arrives with Christmas gifts to the International Space Station. The capsule contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies. NASA said there also are Christmas presents for the two Americans, three Russians and one Frenchman on board. Nasa/AP
A worker decorates bulbs on a wire as balloons on display to celebrate upcoming Christmas season over the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea.Photo Ahn Young-joon/AP
A general view of the conveyor belts and systems that handle the hundreds of thousands of items of mail that pass through the Royal Mail’s Worldwide Distribution Centre in Slough, England. The festive season sees a huge spike in postal items coming through the centre from all over the United Kingdom, destined for international destinations. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cuddle together as they participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington.
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A shopfitter hoovers the floor of a Selfridge’s Christmas window display at the flagship store on Oxford Street. The 2016 Selfridges Christmas window displays are were unveiled for the first time today and are often the first to do so in London. The 2016 theme is titled ‘Shine on’ and features Father Christmas in many of the windows. Photo Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty
Members of the ‘Radio City Rockettes’ perform during their annual ‘Christmas in August’ event outside of Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue in New York City. The Rockettes performed ‘Sleigh Ride’ in the street while traffic was stopped on 6th Avenue
A Palestinian wood carver works on a figurine of an angel at an olive wood factory next to the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem today
Zookeepers dressed in Santa Claus costumes feed penguins during a Christmas event as part of a promotion for the upcoming Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea today
An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Thursday
Christmas lights and other ornaments decorate a home on December in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York
Farm worker Charlie Blount carries a noble-fir Christmas tree on the family run Caulstown Christmas tree farm, Co. Meath, which is open to visits from the public in the run up to Christmas
People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimmers gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean port of Yevpatoriya on Wednesday
A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building’s steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year’s period.
A crib made out of rubble and a Christmas tree are set on a roundabout in the regime-held Hamedieh neighbourhood in the Syrian city of Homs
Workers in Manila wrap an evenly cooked roasted calf to be delivered to a buyer. “Lechon” has always been regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations