The World is Waiting for Christmas

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An abstract light installation replaces the traditional Christmas tree at the Grand Place in Brussels. Traditionally, a 65 ft. pine tree from the forests of the Ardennes decorates the city’s central square, the Grand Place. This year, it has been replaced with an 82 ft. construction. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press)

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Scuba Santa pets a sea turtle swimming by at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. (Al Behrman/Associated Press)

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A Christmas tree decorated in a rainbow of colors sits next to a statue of President Lincoln in the East Garden Room of the White House, and an ornament for the first dog, Bo, hangs on another White House Christmas tree. (Associated Press, The New York Times)

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The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes perform before the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)

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CeeLo Green performs with the Muppets at the 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony. (Charles Sykes/Invision)

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, covered with more than 30,000 lights and topped by a Swarokvski star, is lit during the tree lighting ceremony. The 80-foot Norway spruce came from the Mount Olive, N.J., home of Joe Balku. It had been there for years, measuring about 22 feet tall in 1973 when Balku bought the house. It’s now 50 feet in diameter and weighs 10 tons. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)

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Angel decorations frame the tree after it was lit. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)

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Hundreds of people gather in the rain to attend the opening of the traditional Christmas Market on Roemerberg Square in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Probst/ssociated Press)

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Visitors look at a Christmas illumination lit by 280,000 LED lights at the Tokyo Midtown business and commercial complex. (Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press)

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Snow-covered trees stand on a meadow in Winterberg, near Zurich, Switzerland. (Keystone, Associated Press)

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