Aquarium diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with a school of fish

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Aquatic claus

A South Korean diver wearing a Santa Claus costume swims with sardines on Dec. 8 at The Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.

Although the majority of South Koreans are either Buddhist or secular, about 30 percent of the population identifies as Christian, making Christmas one of the biggest holidays to be celebrated in the country.

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Obama family hugs children dressed as elves

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Christmas in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs children dressed as Christmas elves on Dec. 9 while attending the 'Christmas in Washington' concert at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, the concert benefits the National Childrens Medical Center.

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Runners dressed as Santa Claus

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Run, Santa, run

Thousands of people wearing Santa Claus costumes take part in the annual Glasgow Santa Dash 5k on Nov. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Family hauls a Christmas tree they chopped odwn

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Cut your own Christmas tree

A family carries Christmas trees through the snow after choosing and cutting them down on Dec. 8 in a forest in Fishbach, Germany.

Forestry officials in the state of Saxony open the forest up to people who want to retrieve their tree rather than just buying it already cut.

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A home decorated with Christmas lights

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Christmas in the English suburbs

People gather to observe a home extravagantly decorated with Christmas lights on Dec. 8 in Melksham, England.

As the brainchild of householder and electrician Alex Goodhind, the display utilizes more than 100,000 bulbs and has raised thousands of pounds for charity to benefit a local hospice, Dorothy House.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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