Christmas Around the World

See how countries around the world are celebrating Christmas in 2008!

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Christian pilgrims light votive candles in the Church of the Nativity on Christmas day in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank.
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An Iraqi Christian boy holds a candle during a Christmas mass at the Virgin Mary church in Baghdad. More Christians are celebrating Christmas as security continues to improve in the Iraqi capital.
3/19
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Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates the Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican early Christmas Day.
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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal carries a baby Jesus following the Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity December 25, in Bethlehem, West Bank.
5/19
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Christians are seen inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, on Christmas Day, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
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Belarusians dressed as Fathers Frost compete during festive celebrations of Christmas and the forthcoming New Year in Minsk, Belarus.
7/19
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Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England.
8/19
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British travelers, Yana Holdsworth, left, Megan Adams, Kim Deighton, center, and Laura Mew, right, frolic with their American friend Amanda Good, second right, as they celebrate Christmas on Sydney's Bondi Beach, Thursday, Dec. 25.
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Pakistani policemen stand guard outside a Christian church in Lahore on Christmas Day. Pakistan, an Islamic nation of 145 million people, has a minority of around four million Christians.
10/19
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Santa is showing up all over the world to celebrate Christmas. Here he is pictured at Macy's in New York lecturing 2 children on the importance of being good.
11/19
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A Mickey Mouse character poses in front of a giant Christmas tree installed in front of the National Stadium for Christmas in Beijing, China. Christmas is not a public holiday in China, but it is celebrated across the country as more and more western traditions have become increasingly popular with Chinese people.
12/19
AP
Children wearing Santa Claus costumes attend a Christmas celebration at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
13/19
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A group of youngsters wearing Christmas hats wait for the unveiling ceremony of the crib in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
14/19
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Belarus girls hold candles during a Christmas service at the Red Catholic temple on Christmas eve in Minsk.
15/19
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An Iranian Christian woman prays during the Christmas Eve mass at the St. Grigor Armenian Catholic church in Tehran, Iran. Iran's population of 70 million includes about 110,000 Christians.
16/19
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Belarusians dressed as Fathers Frost compete during festive celebrations of Christmas and the forthcoming New Year in Minsk, Belarus.
17/19
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U.S. soldiers sing carols during a ceremony on Christmas Eve at a U.S. airfield in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.
18/19
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Sgt. Keith Fetsurkan of Philadelphia, right and Spc. Bryant Cedrick, with C company, 1-68 Armor, 2 BCT, 4th Infantry Division, search a house during a weapons patrol in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad on Christmas Day.
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Spc. Wade Sasheim of Baltimore, MD, of 4th Infantry Division wears a Santa Claus mask during Christmas celebrations at combat outpost Ford in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday.
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