It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Now that December is here, Santa Claus and his many helpers are beginning to make appearances around the world. In anticipation of Christmas Day -- barely more than three weeks away -- people are decorating homes and town squares, gathering in churches and markets, and shopping for trees and gifts. Gathered below are recent images of this Christmas season, from London to Australia, and many places between.

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  • NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team

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  • Chris McGrath / Getty

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