christmas

People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimming fans gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean

Pavel Rebrov/Reuters

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, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Vadim Ghirda/AP

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 Christma...A crib made out of rubble and a Christmas tree are set on a roundabout in the regime-held Hamedieh neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs on December 22, 2014, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day. AFP PHOTO / YOUSSEF KARWASHANYOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty

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 wrap an evenly cooked roasted calf to be delivered to a buyer in Manila on Tuesday, for the busy holiday season. "Lechon", or roasted calf, 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.

Noel Celis/AFP

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

A man dressed as Santa Claus walks on the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Dusan Vranic/AP

A man dressed as Santa Claus walks along the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

.A couple sits under a street lamp in a park near Christmas lights in central Tokyo, December 12, 2014.

Thomas Peter /Reuters

A couple sits under a street lamp in a park near Christmas lights in central Tokyo on Friday

A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany.

Arno Burgi/dpa/AP

A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Legoland model maker Katrina James (R) poses with a 3kg Lego star as she places it onto the top of a 8m tall Lego christmas tree at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London. The tree is comprised of 300,000 lego bricks and took 4 weeks to build.

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Legoland model maker Katrina James (R) poses with a 3kg Lego star as she places it on top of a 8m tall Lego christmas tree at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London. The tree is comprised of 300,000 Lego bricks and took four weeks to build.

The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington...The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington, November 28, 2014.

Larry Downing/Reuters

The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday

A couple stand under light reflected from a mirrorball installation among evergreen firs as part of the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which opens officially on FridayPRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 26, 2014. Visitors to the attraction will find a host of sound and light exhibits to interact with, including a tree that will illuminate in response to someone singing to it, a bike powered display, mirrorballs and smoke effects

Ben Birchall/PA

A couple stand under light reflected from a mirrorball installation among evergreen firs as part of the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which opens officially on Friday

Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on November 26, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition, open across the country this week

Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition

Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on November 7, 2014 in New York City. The 13-ton tree will be illuminated on December 3 in a ceremony that's been held since 1933. The owners of the land that the tree was cut from intend to donate its wood to build homes for Habitat for Humanity following the Christmas season.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on Friday in New York City

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.

Ajay Verma/Reuters

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.

Noel Celis/AFP

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.

Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

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.

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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.

Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters

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

Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

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.

Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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.