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Last Saturday was Christmas Day, the day set aside by Christian faithful to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Christianity remains the largest religion in the world, with over 2 billion adherents across the globe. Christmas is celebrated in many ways by those followers, and even more ways by those who enjoy the larger, more secular traditions surrounding the modern holiday. Collected here are some glimpses of this year's Christmas observations and celebrations around the world. Members of the Berlin Seals (Berliner Seehunde) swimming club take a dip in icy Orankesee lake during their traditional Christmas Day ice swim on December 25, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Club members claim a brief dip inthe chilly waters is healthy and improves blood circulation in the body. A Hindu man has his forehand painted with a message in Hindi "Happy Christmas" on the river banks of the Ganges river on the eve of Christmas, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Franky Lewis from Bondi heads out for a surf at Bondi Beach on December 25, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.


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US specialist Charlie Labonte from Apache Troop 1-75 Cavalry 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division, seen wearing a Santa hat, walks past tents at Sabloghay camp in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 22, 2010. One year old twins Declan, left and Dylan, right, Keefe lasted about 5 seconds on Santa's lap before mom Maria Keefe had to come get them. Parents Maria and Chris, not shown, waited almost 2 hours in line to see Santa at Flatirons Mall in Broomfield, Colorado. Santa, aka Robert Ferguson, has been Santa for over 7 years. Children wearing Santa hats light candles at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Eve in New Delhi, India, Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. Christians in India make up just over 2 percent of its one billion population.


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According to the German timber industry association, Germans are expected to purchase about 29 million Christmas trees this season. Christmas is the most important holiday in Central Europe and many retailers depend on it for as much as half of their annual sales. Shoppers carry their trees at a Christmas tree farm on December 12, 2010 in Mellensee near Berlin, Germany. A mother and her children search for a tree at a Christmas tree farm on December 12, 2010 in Mellensee. Santa Claus walks with kids through a Christmas tree farm.


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From Spain to Romania to Columbia, Christmas displays light up the night. A solitary spruce tree, decorated with battery-powered holiday lights controlled by a timer, greets motorists traveling the Glenn Highway near Palmer, Alaska, on Sunday afternoon, December 5, 2010. Twin Peaks, located in the Chugach Mountains, is visible in the distance. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on November 30, 2010 in New York. Originally from Mahopac, New York,. the 12-ton, 74-foot Norway Spruce is adorned with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on more than five miles of electrical wire, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. A colourfully decorated house is iluminated with Christmas lights in the evening hours in the northern German city of Hamburg on December 15, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.


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