Pope in Vatican, Santas on the beach: Here’s how the world celebrated Christmas (PHOTOS)

 by Rachel Ogbu

Here’s just about everything to do with Christmas and Santa Claus and how Christmas is celebrated around the world

From Diddy’s amazing Christmas tree to fun seekers dressed in Santa’s costumes running in the beach and the Pope celebrating mass at the Vatican.
What did you get up to, well check out how the rest of the world celebrated the birth of Christ:


Santa Clauses perform in a student play in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh- Photograph-Ajay Verma-Reuters


A host of Santa Clauses enjoy a traditional Christmas swim in Monaco. Photograph-Valery-Hache-AFP-Getty-Images

Deception Island, Antarctica. Photograph-LA-Arron-Hoare-British-Ministry-Of-Defence-EPA


Santa Claus directs traffic-in-Pasay-City-south-of-Manila-PhilippinesPhotograph-Francis-R.-Malasig-EPA


Christmas in Liverpool, students hit the town in festive fancy dress

Santa Claus carries Christmas gifts to sell in Harare, Zimbabwe


Revellers-in-Trafalgar-Square-attempt-to-find-out. Photograph-Leon-Neal-AFP-Getty-Images


Santa submits to full-body-search-on-Capitol-Hill. Photograph-Win-McNamee-Getty-Images.



Diddy’s Christmas tree

Jessica Alba was hanging out with bets pal Kelly Sawyer and a new friend in the form of Santa Claus


The annual “Santacon” is a Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London every December, inviting hundreds of revellers dressed in Santa outfits to Trafalgar Square (Reuters)


Khin Maung Win/AP
Myanmar Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Saint Mary Cathedral in Yangon.
Indian Christians, who form only a little more than two percent of the billion-plus population, gather at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi.
Rick Rycroft/AP
British tourists strip off and celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Russians gather outside Moscow’s cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception to attend a carol service, despite freezing temperatures of -21C.
NATO soldiers stationed in Afghanisatan take their Christmas feast at a staff canteen in Kabul.


Abed Al Hashlamoun/AP
Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem holds a representation of the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas night mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

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