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Children dressed in Santa Claus costumes wave as they travel in a vehicle after attending Christmas celebrations at a church in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 23, 2013.

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Children dressed in Santa Claus costumes wave as they travel in a vehicle after attending Christmas celebrations at a church in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh

A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on December 23, 2013 for the busy holiday season. 'Lechon', or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippines Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January.

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A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on Monday for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A Meerkat opens a wrapped present at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.

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A Meerkat opens a wrapped present at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.

Life-size cartoon characters of the Pink Panther and Raving Rabbit (Lapin Cretin) pose on the stairs of the Elysee Palace at the end of the Elysee Palace Christmas party, in Paris.

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Life-size cartoon characters of the Pink Panther and Raving Rabbit (Lapin Cretin) pose on the stairs of the Élysée Palace at the end of the Élysée Palace Christmas party in Paris

A woman tries on a fur outfit at the "Christmas Art Fair-2013" in Almaty December 13, 2013.

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A woman tries on a fur outfit at the Christmas Art Fair in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday

An aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo

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An aquarium staff member dressed as Father Christmas hugs a zebra shark at the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo.

The Choristers rehearse for Advent services and concerts at St Paul's Cathedral on December 9, 2013 in London, England.  Each year nearly two million people visit St Paul's Cathedral for services and concerts in the run up to Christmas.

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Choristers rehearse at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday in London, UK. Each year about 2m people visit the cathedral for services and concerts in the run-up to Christmas.

Johnathan Glisson, top, and Ben Davidson, workers for Clark Sales Display, Inc., Tavares, erect the frame of a 48-foot Christmas tree, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in North Straub Park, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The tree consists of 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 29. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT

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Johnathan Glisson, top, and Ben Davidson, workers for Clark Sales Display erect the frame of a 48 ft Christmas tree in North Straub Park, St Petersburg, Florida. The tree will have 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A ceremony to light the tree will be held on Friday. 

Geese of the Landi GmbH poultry farm are driven to their barn on October 21, 2013 in Veckenstedt, central Germany. The company brings up around 8,000 geese per year. Roast goose is a traditional dinner in Germany at Christmas and Martinmas.

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Geese on the Landi poultry farm in Veckenstedt, central Germany, are driven to their barn on Monday. The company rears about 8,000 geese per year for the Christmas table.