A young person crosses in front a sculpture of sand showing a seasonal nativity scene, designed by Russian artist Pavel Zadanyuk, at Las Canteras beach on the Canary island of Las Palmas, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.
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An estimated 12,000 people dressed as Santa make their way around the streets of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Sunday, Dec, 9, 2007, in aid of various charities and in an attempt to achieve a world record.
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A Christmas tree and decorations light up Seoul City Hall in South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.
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Christmas lights decorate the Medellin river, in Medellin, Colombia, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.
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The Sacre Coeur of Montmartre is seen through illuminated trees in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. The decorations are traditionally put up late November each year for Christmas.
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A Christmas tree is surrounded by fireworks during the lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007.
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Pedestrians look at the Christmas lights that illuminate the Linden trees on the boulevard "Unter den Linden" in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. The trees are decorated with lights every year at Christmas.
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Children climb on an illuminated Santa Dec. 2, 2007, in Berlin. As soon as the Christmas decorations come out of storage, the perennial German debate heats up -- whether or not to shop on Sundays. While most of western Europe allowed stores to open on Sunday years ago, it remains a highly sensitive issue.
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Passers-by walk around a Christmas pyramid that was lighted on Nov. 29, 2007, in the center of Hanover, northern Germany, where several Christmas markets attract visitors and holiday shoppers.
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A giant Christmas tree is illuminated on the wall of a Tokyo hotel Nov. 6, 2007.
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Fireworks explode in the sky as a crowd gathers to watch the official lighting of the city Christmas tree in Elephfteria Square in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007.
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A couple looks at a Christmas tree in a hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
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People look at fireworks around a large decorated Christmas tree during a Christmas parade in the downtown Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.
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A Christmas tree made of 216 pounds of potatoes is seen during a food exhibition in Lima, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. In Peru there are around 300 varieties of potatoes; most of them only grow at in the Andes at high altitudes.
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A woman photographs Tokyo's Shiodome district decorated with Christmas lights Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. Called the "Blue Ocean," about 300,000 LED bulbs were spread all over a plaza of the office complex near Tokyo Bay, marking the fifth anniversary of its opening.
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A giant Christmas tree decorated with 400 teddy bears and over 5,000 diamonds with 135 carats is displayed at a shopping mall in Beijing, Dec. 3, 2007.
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