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Christmas celebrations around the world

Pope Francis holds the baby Jesus statue at the end of the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Pope Francis holds the baby Jesus statue at the end of the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Professional dancer Karina Smirnoff (centre) gestures while helping with serving a Christmas Eve meal hosted by the Los Angeles Mission on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013, along Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP
Professional dancer Karina Smirnoff (centre) gestures while helping with serving a Christmas Eve meal hosted by the Los Angeles Mission on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013, along Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP
A woman holds blankets and presents at the Los Angeles Mission's Christmas meal service and toy giveaway along Skid Row in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A woman holds blankets and presents at the Los Angeles Mission's Christmas meal service and toy giveaway along Skid Row in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A man holds a cat wearing a Santa Claus costume at San Francisco Square during Christmas celebrations in La Paz on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A man holds a cat wearing a Santa Claus costume at San Francisco Square during Christmas celebrations in La Paz on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A Syrian Orthodox Christian prays in front of the altar at the Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church during the midnight Christmas Mass in Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A Syrian Orthodox Christian prays in front of the altar at the Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church during the midnight Christmas Mass in Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A foreign-volunteer dressed as Santa Claus distributes goodies during Christmas day to children in the streets of Tacloban city, Leyte province, on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A foreign-volunteer dressed as Santa Claus distributes goodies during Christmas day to children in the streets of Tacloban city, Leyte province, on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nato troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pose for pictures during Christmas celebrations at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Nato troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pose for pictures during Christmas celebrations at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People skate at an ice rink during an outdoor Christmas fair in central St Petersburg, late on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People skate at an ice rink during an outdoor Christmas fair in central St Petersburg, late on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A large Christmas installation is seen during Christmas celebrations outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A large Christmas installation is seen during Christmas celebrations outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Indian children dressed as Santa Claus play near a sand sculpture depicting God and Jesus Christ, and created by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, at Golden Sea Beach in Puri, some 65km away from Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indian children dressed as Santa Claus play near a sand sculpture depicting God and Jesus Christ, and created by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, at Golden Sea Beach in Puri, some 65km away from Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man sits on Bondi Beach wearing a Santa suit as light rain falls on him while celebrating Christmas Day in Sydney on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A man sits on Bondi Beach wearing a Santa suit as light rain falls on him while celebrating Christmas Day in Sydney on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A family enjoy their Christmas day swim at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A family enjoy their Christmas day swim at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

All around the world, people are celebrating Christmas in an assortment of ways.

From Australian families and tourists taking a dip in Sydney's Bondi Beach to volunteers in Los Angeles, United States, helping out at a soup kitchen, view snapshots of how people choose to celebrate the festive holiday this year.