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People stand in front of a 2018 sign in Octyabrskaya Square decorated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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People take photos in front of a house lit up by christmas light installations in Rizal, metro Manila, Philippines December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
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Egyptians look at Santa Claus toys in a Christmas decoration shop, on the eve of Christmas, while the capital is on high security alert, in Cairo, Egypt December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit waves to people from a fisherman's boat on Christmas Eve along the coast of Valparaiso, Chile, December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
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A couple share a moment among Christmas trees installed at the Manezhnaya square as Moscow decorated for New Year and Christmas celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier poses after the recording of the traditional Christmas message at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, December 21, 2017. Picture taken December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool
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Belgium's King Philippe poses as he delivers his traditional Christmas speech at the Royal Castle in Brussels, Belgium December 19, 2016. Picture taken December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Dirk Waem/Pool
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Inflatable Santa Claus toys hang among other toys during a Christmas bazaar at a central Athens square, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
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People take photos inside a house lit up by christmas light installations in Rizal, metro Manila, Philippines December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, London, on December 13, 2017 after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth. / AFP / POOL / John Stillwell
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Men and women wearing Ded Moroz costumes (also known as Santa Claus, or Father Frost) run during a Christmas run competition in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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A girl poses for a photo inside a house lit up by christmas light installations in Rizal, metro Manila, Philippines December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
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US President Donald J. Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2017. "NORAD Tracks Santa" is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm
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First Lady Melania Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2017. "NORAD Tracks Santa" is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm
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An Indian man pedals a cycle cart past inflatable Santas and other Christmas decoration items displayed for sale at a roadside shop in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, Dec.19, 2017. Though Christians make up only about 2 percent of India's 1 billion-plus population, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
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Bikers wearing Santa Claus costumes ride their bikes during a Santa Claus parade as they travel to children's hospital to deliver toys to patients, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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A man dressed as Santa Claus visits and gives Christmas presents at a family's home on the Christmas Eve in Espoo, Finland on December 24, 2017. Finland OUT / AFP / Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen
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Pakistani children from a Christian community walk in an enclosure specially decorated for Christmas celebrations, at a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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People dressed as Father Frost and Snow Maiden take part in a march celebrating the coming Christmas in Minsk, Belarus December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Girls wearing Santa Claus hats take a selfie inside a church during the Christmas celebrations in New Delhi, India, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal
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People stroll at a shopping mall decorated to celebrate the festival season during Christmas eve in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Huddersfield Town - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - December 23, 2017 Southampton fans in christmas fancy dress before the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
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Indonesian Christians attend a parade during Christmas celebrations in Karo, North Sumatra on December 25, 2017. / AFP / IVAN DAMANIK
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People walk along the street, decorated with Christmas trees and festive lights prior to the New Year and Christmas holidays, in central Moscow, Russia December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Indonesian Christians take part in a parade during Christmas celebrations in Karo, North Sumatra on December 25, 2017. / AFP / IVAN DAMANIK
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Joel Arena walks his boss' dog Elise through Frontier Park in St. Charles, Mo., as snow falls on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. Arena planned to spend Christmas Eve at his grandmother's house after leaving work at the Bike Stop Cafe on Main Street (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
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A man dressed as Santa Claus with Superman t-shirt takes part in the traditional New Year's Santa Claus race in Skopje, on December 24, 2017. / AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI
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Syrians dressed in Christmas outfits roam the streets of the capital Damascus as they celebrate Christmas eve on December 24, 2017. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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A Palestinian shop keeper dresses plastic models outfitted as Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) outside his shop in Gaza City on December 25, 2017. / AFP / Mohammed ABED
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A participant, wearing a Santa Claus costume, takes a selfie before a fun run ahead of Christmas Eve at Chaoyang park in Beijing, China December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Indonesian Christians attend a parade during Christmas celebrations in Karo, North Sumatra on December 25, 2017. / AFP / IVAN DAMANIK
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A man dressed as Santa Claus, right, poses for photos on Christmas day at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Shopping malls in Malaysia have been decorated with Christmas trees, Santa Claus figures and illuminations to attract year-end shoppers. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)
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A woman and her daughter look at Christmas trees installed at the Manezhnaya square as Moscow decorated for New Year and Christmas celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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A men dressed as Santa Claus gesture as they take part in the traditional New Year's Santa Claus race in Skopje, on December 24, 2017. / AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI
Updated 25 December 2017

Christmas celebrations around the world

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