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Christmas around the world

Christmas around the world
A group of girls dressed up as Santa Claus walk down the Spanish Steps in central Rome. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
Choristers from the Salisbury Cathedral Choir practice ahead of the services that will be held in the Cathedral marking Christmas Eve. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
The Empire State Building is lit in green and red Christmas colours to celebrate Christmas. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
Indian schoolchildren wear Santa Claus outfits as they listen to their teacher at St Paul's School in Amritsar. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
South Koreans wearing Santa Claus outfits wrap Christmas gifts at the 'Santa factory' in Seoul. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
Palestinian Christians light votive candles in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, where tradition holds Jesus was born, in Bethlehem, West Bank. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
A child sits with Santa for a family photo session at Tyson's Corner mall in McLean, Virginia. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
A young Palestinian Christian boy wears his Santa outfit as he lights votive candles with his father in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Getty Images)
Christmas around the world
A woman watches as a Christmas carp is weighed out in Prague, Czech Republic. Deep-fried carp with potato salad preceded by carp tripe soup is the traditional Czech Christmas dinner. (Getty Images)