Hundreds of people gather around a merry-go-round at the traditional Christmas market in Frankfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008.
Credit: AP Photo/Michael Probst
A huge Christmas tree is installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008.
Credit: AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel
People celebrate during the lighting ceremony of the biggest Christmas tree in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.
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Tens of thousands of people gather around a Christmas tree, newly lit for the start of the Christmas season, in the Old Town square in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.
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The traditional Christmas tree in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is illuminated on Sunday evening, Nov. 30, 2008.
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South Korean Christians, bottom, sing a song at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.
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Christmas decorations light up the Champs Elysees in Paris, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, as the Arc de Triomphe is seen in the background.
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The Peace Tower and Parliament Hill are lit with giant snowflakes during the Christmas Lights Across Canada illumination ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.
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Fireworks explode over a 230-foot-tall Christmas tree in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008.
Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner
Shoppers gather around the Christmas decorations at a shopping mall in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. The spirit of Christmas is felt very much in Muslim-dominated Malaysia as shopping malls and hotels have started decorating with Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus and carols to capture the mood of the season.