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December 24, 2012
Christmas displays light up the night

Christmas displays light up the night around the world.

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Trees are decorated with lights to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians. AP / Ahn Young-joon
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The traffic moves along the Champs Elysees looking towards the Place de la Concorde, Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 in Paris. Trees are lit - along with a big wheel - in the Tuileries gardens for Christmas. AP / Jacques Brinon
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A giant lit Santa Claus is displayed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. AP / Lionel Cironneau
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Christmas lights are displayed on the "Place Massena" in Nice, southern France, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. AP / Lionel Cironneau
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A Christmas tree set up for the festivities next to Emanuele arch at the Duomo square is lit up in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. AP / Luca Bruno
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Dec. 3, 2012 - London, England United Kingdom - One of the decorated Christmas window displays in Harvey Nichols department store in Knightsbridge. Many prominent retailers in the capital have produced elaborate festive window displays to entice Christmas shoppers with less than one calendar month remaining before Christmas Day. ZUMA24.com / Tal Cohen
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Supporters of Berlin's second devision soccer club 1. FC Union hold candles as they attend the annual Christmas singing at the club's home Alte Foersterei a day before Christmas Eve in Berlin, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. ( AP / Markus Schreiber
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Christmas lights on the blades of windmill De Hoop, or The Hope, reflect in a canal in Bunschoten, central Netherlands, Thursday Dec. 20, 2012. Bunschoten's old wheat mill was leveled in 1967 after it fell into disuse, De Hoop was rebuilt and finished in 2009. AP / Peter DeJong
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Christmas decorations are illuminated on a house near Stansstad, central Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. AP / Urs Flueeler
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A Christmas tree is lit up to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday in front of City Hall at the Sol square in Madrid, Spain on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. AP / Emilio Morenatti
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People walk past a Christmas tree at the Grote Markt in the city center of Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. The Grote Markt lies in the heart of the old city and is beautifully surrounded by the Town Hall and the houses of the Guilds. AP / Virginia Mayo
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A child walk past a Christmas decoration resembling gifts on the Zamkowy Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec 23, 2012, one day ahead of Christmas Eve. AP / Alik Keplicz
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People enjoy the Christmas illuminations at the Royal Treaty street in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. AP / Czarek Sokolowski
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People walk past a Christmas tree in Red Square, with the GUM State Department Store at right, in Moscow, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. A heavy snow fall hit Moscow early morning but it melts in the above-zero temperature. AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Indians visit an illuminated All Saints Cathedral on the eve of Christmas in Allahabad, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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Fireworks explode over Christmas illuminations at Tokyo Bay area in Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. AP / Koji Sasahara
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Visitors enjoy Christmas illuminations at Tokyo's Shiodome district, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. AP / Itsuo Inouye
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Chinese men walk past illumination set up for an event with a Christmas theme in Beijing Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. While not traditionally celebrated in China, retailers welcome the gift giving festival as a chance to boost year end sales. AP / Ng Han Guan
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A Christmas tree is lit up to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday in front of City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Lee Jin-man
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Fireworks explode over the floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake at the annual holiday tree lighting event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The Christmas tree is believed to be one of the largest in the world decorated with millions of Christmas lights. AP / Silvia Izquierdo
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People leave after attending a lighting Christmas tree ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. AP / Eraldo Peres
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo, people walk past Christmas decorations in Independence Square in central Dakar, Senegal. As Christmas approaches in mostly Muslim Senegal, vendors ply the streets selling tinsel, artificial trees, and inflatable Santas, and the main boulevards are all aglow in holiday lights. Senegal, a moderate country along Africa's western coast, has long been a place where Christians and Muslims coexist peacefully and share in each other's holidays. AP / Rebecca Blackwell
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, a Senegalese man uses his smart phone to photograph a display of Christmas lights in the shape of a giant tree, in central Dakar, Senegal. AP / Rebecca Blackwell
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Palestinians watch the lighting of a Christmas tree at the Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi
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Snow falls over the fortification walls while people skate in Place Youville, decorated with Christmas lights Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Quebec City, Quebec. The Canadian Press / Jacques Boissinot
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In this Dec. 19, 2012, photo, Christmas lights fill the yard at the Orlob residence in Kenai, Alaska. Peninsula Clarion / M. Scott Moon
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In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 photo holiday lights from a bridge are reflected in the canal waters in the Venice section of Los Angeles. AP / Mark J. Terrill
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In this Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 photo, Adriana Leiss and her daughters Gabriella and Amelia replace burned out light bulbs on their 1965 Chevy pick-up truck decorated for Christmas at their house, on what is known as "Candy Cane Lane" in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles. AP / Richard Vogel
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In this Dec. 9, 2012 photo, a lone Saguaro cactus is adorned with Christmas lights in front of a home in Laveen, Ariz. AP / Ross D. Franklin
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Christmas lights and ornaments adorn a house on Castro Street in San Francisco. AP / Jeff Chiu
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 a firehouse along the Embarcadero is lit up with Christmas lights in San Francisco. In the background is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. San Francisco's fireboats are also housed at the station. AP / Eric Risberg
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The home on 9326 Dovewood Court displays imagery from the holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Colorful lights and elaborate displays have been a holiday tradition for 30 years on Orangevale's Dovewood Court. But this year's festivities are colored by a still-struggling housing market. Neighbors have pitched together to decorate vacant homes on their cul-de-sac that have gone up for auction or were lost to foreclosure. The Sacramento Bee / Jose Luis Villegas
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Spring Point Ledge Light is trimmed with Christmas lights as a Casco Bay Lines ferry crosses Portland Harbor, Thursday evening, Dec. 6, 2012, off South Portland, Maine. AP / Robert F. Bukaty
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With the White House in the background, the National Christmas Tree is lit during the lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Washington. AP / Alex Brandon
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The annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was held Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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This Dec. 4, 2012 photo shows spectators viewing an elaborately decorated home belonging to Lucy Spata in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Each holiday season, tour operator Tony Muia takes tourists from around the world on his "Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour" visiting the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, where locals take pride in over-the-top holiday light displays. AP / Seth Wenig
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This Dec. 4, 2012 photo shows Erik Hall of Rochester, N.Y., looking up at the elaborate holiday displays during a tour in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP / Seth Wenig
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This Dec. 4, 2012 photo shows Lyvia Markle, 11, of Rochester, N.Y., taking photos of holiday displays in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP / Seth Wenig

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