September 1, 2015


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Christmas Day around the world

Skate traffic at Assiniboine Park on Christmas Day. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press)
Cousins Derek (left) and Karen Pieper play a game of Christmas Day pond hockey on Brown's Inlet in Ottawa.  (The Canadian Press)
Moses Gibson dances to choir songs after receiving his Christmas Day lunch at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press)
Tatyanna Prince, 2, digs into her Christmas dinner while eating with family during Brandon's annual traditional Christmas Dinner at the Keystone Centre on Christmas Day.  (Tim Smith / Brandon Sun)
Santa and Mrs. Claus ride the waves off of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Mike Stocker / Tribune Media MCT)
Levi Marez runs alongside his son Kaden Fletcher, 6, left, as he learns to ride the bike he got for Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Henderson, Kentucky.  (The Associated Press)
Santa hits the slopes Wednesday during the Ski Free with Santa event on Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Mich.  (CP)
A boat containing George Washington, played by John Godzieba, approaches the riverbank on the New Jersey side after a crew of re-enactors crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J. During the crossing 234 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton.  (The Associated Press)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children as the Duchess of Cambridge looks on after members of the royal family attended a Christmas Day Service at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's royal estate in Norfolk, England, Wednesday. (The Associated Press)
What better way to mark Christmas than take a dip in the ocean, in Australia? Lucy O'Grady, Tanya O'Grady and Lid O'Grady, all from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, splash around at Bondi Beach as they celebrate Christmas Day in Sydney. (The Associated Press)
Lucy O'Grady hugs her little sister Poppie O'Grady, to keep her warm as the visitors from Birmingham in the United Kingdom celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach. (CP)
Shoppers pose for photos with a man in Santa Claus costume on Christmas Day at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (The Associated Press)
Children surround Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost), who arrived at the Moscow Zoo as a part of a New Year celebrations, in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. (The Canadian Press)
Filipino family members have a meal at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines as they celebrate Christmas Day. Christmas is one of the most important holidays in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (The Associated Press)
In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis delivers his
Priests and nuns lead displaced children in a dance during a special Christmas Day mass for children at a monastery serving as a camp for the displaced, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 200,000 people remain displaced in the capital alone, and more than half of those are children. Many of the displaced lack even basic shelter from the elements, while hunger is rampant and insecurity growing in the overcrowded and rudimentary camps. (The Associated Press)
Costumed members of the Berlin Seals go to swim  in Lake Orankesee in Berlin, Germany Wednesday. Traditionally, the group meets  for swimming on Christmas Day.  (The Associated Press)
Christian worshipers pray during Christmas mass at a Church in Khartoum, Sudan. (The Associated Press)
Pakistani Christian children enjoy a ride to celebrate Christmas in Islamabad, Pakistan. Christians are a minority in Pakistan and constitute about 1.6% of the country's population.  (The Associated Press)
An Indian child poses for a photograph with a cut-out poster of Santa Claus as other children wait for their turn, during Christmas Day celebrations at a mall in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Christmas is a national holiday in India, marked by millions of all religions and faiths. (The Associated Press)
An Iraqi Orthodox Christian refugee attends a morning Christmas mass at the Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday. Syrian and Iraqi Orthodox Christian families attended morning mass of Christmas and pray for peace in their countries. (The Associated Press)
Visitors enjoy artificial snow spraying over a Christmas tree at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR Walk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.  (The Associated Press)
A Georgian police officer stands at St. George Monument decorated with illumination resembling a Christmas tree set for New Year celebrations in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.  (CP)
A boat illuminated with Christmas lights is reflected on the water in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday , Dec. 25, 2013. Debt-crippled Greece is gearing up for its fourth austerity Christmas, amid hopes that 2014 may see a token return to economic growth after a six-year depression that has seen unemployment exceed 27 per cent and left thousands depending on food handouts.  (The Associated Press)
Skate traffic at Assiniboine Park on Christmas Day. - (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press)
Cousins Derek (left) and Karen Pieper play a game of Christmas Day pond hockey on Brown's Inlet in Ottawa. - (The Canadian Press)
Moses Gibson dances to choir songs after receiving his Christmas Day lunch at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa. - (The Canadian Press)
Tatyanna Prince, 2, digs into her Christmas dinner while eating with family during Brandon's annual traditional Christmas Dinner at the Keystone Centre on Christmas Day. - (Tim Smith / Brandon Sun)
Santa and Mrs. Claus ride the waves off of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - (Mike Stocker / Tribune Media MCT)
Levi Marez runs alongside his son Kaden Fletcher, 6, left, as he learns to ride the bike he got for Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Henderson, Kentucky. - (The Associated Press)
Santa hits the slopes Wednesday during the Ski Free with Santa event on Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Mich. - (CP)
A boat containing George Washington, played by John Godzieba, approaches the riverbank on the New Jersey side after a crew of re-enactors crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J. During the crossing 234 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. - (The Associated Press)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children as the Duchess of Cambridge looks on after members of the royal family attended a Christmas Day Service at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's royal estate in Norfolk, England, Wednesday. - (The Associated Press)
What better way to mark Christmas than take a dip in the ocean, in Australia? Lucy O'Grady, Tanya O'Grady and Lid O'Grady, all from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, splash around at Bondi Beach as they celebrate Christmas Day in Sydney. - (The Associated Press)
Lucy O'Grady hugs her little sister Poppie O'Grady, to keep her warm as the visitors from Birmingham in the United Kingdom celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach. - (CP)
Shoppers pose for photos with a man in Santa Claus costume on Christmas Day at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. - (The Associated Press)
Children surround Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost), who arrived at the Moscow Zoo as a part of a New Year celebrations, in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. - (The Canadian Press)
Filipino family members have a meal at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines as they celebrate Christmas Day. Christmas is one of the most important holidays in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. - (The Associated Press)
In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, 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, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Pope Francis on Christmas day is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict. Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday to tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining in the song of Christmas angels with all those hoping "for a better world," and with those who "care for others, humbly." - (L'Osservatore Romano)
Priests and nuns lead displaced children in a dance during a special Christmas Day mass for children at a monastery serving as a camp for the displaced, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 200,000 people remain displaced in the capital alone, and more than half of those are children. Many of the displaced lack even basic shelter from the elements, while hunger is rampant and insecurity growing in the overcrowded and rudimentary camps. - (The Associated Press)
Costumed members of the Berlin Seals go to swim in Lake Orankesee in Berlin, Germany Wednesday. Traditionally, the group meets for swimming on Christmas Day. - (The Associated Press)
Christian worshipers pray during Christmas mass at a Church in Khartoum, Sudan. - (The Associated Press)
Pakistani Christian children enjoy a ride to celebrate Christmas in Islamabad, Pakistan. Christians are a minority in Pakistan and constitute about 1.6% of the country's population. - (The Associated Press)
An Indian child poses for a photograph with a cut-out poster of Santa Claus as other children wait for their turn, during Christmas Day celebrations at a mall in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Christmas is a national holiday in India, marked by millions of all religions and faiths. - (The Associated Press)
An Iraqi Orthodox Christian refugee attends a morning Christmas mass at the Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday. Syrian and Iraqi Orthodox Christian families attended morning mass of Christmas and pray for peace in their countries. - (The Associated Press)
Visitors enjoy artificial snow spraying over a Christmas tree at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR Walk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. - (The Associated Press)
A Georgian police officer stands at St. George Monument decorated with illumination resembling a Christmas tree set for New Year celebrations in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. - (CP)
A boat illuminated with Christmas lights is reflected on the water in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday , Dec. 25, 2013. Debt-crippled Greece is gearing up for its fourth austerity Christmas, amid hopes that 2014 may see a token return to economic growth after a six-year depression that has seen unemployment exceed 27 per cent and left thousands depending on food handouts. - (The Associated Press)

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