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