In many places around the world, it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Santas are making appearances from Beijing to Beirut, and the traditions of the season can be seen all over - the trees, the lights, the shoppers, the devout and more. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of people enjoying and celebrating this year's Christmas Season as it hits full swing. [Editor's note: This year, I'll be inviting you to submit your own Christmas 2010 photos, starting December 26th.
Staff at the Amazon.co.uk Swansea fulfillment center process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record on November 26, 2010 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfillment center is the largest of Amazon's six in the UK.
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Jonathan Fernandez, 6, sleeps in his parents shopping cart after entering a Best Buy store at dawn on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which commenced the holiday gift-buying season on November 26, 2010 in Naples, Florida.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on November 30, 2010 in New York. Originally from Mahopac, New York,. the 12-ton, 74-foot Norway Spruce is adorned with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on more than five miles of electrical wire, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star.
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A running ferry wheel on a Christmas market is pictured on December 1, 2010 in Berlin near the landmark TV tower (C).
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In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010, Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster traps on Beals Island, Maine. Some of the top lobster-fishing ports in New England are claiming bragging rights about who has the biggest and best Christmas tree created from lobster traps. The groups that put up the trees say they draw attention to the ports' maritime heritage, bring people together and raise money for good causes. The tree in Beals helps raises money for the Beals-Jonesport Fourth of July festivities and the one in Gloucester benefits a nonprofit devoted to the arts.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
An illumination resembling a Christmas tree set at the monument to St. George at the Freedom Square in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
(AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
Girl plays in the water source illuminated with Christmas lights on December 4, 2010 in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia.
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Fireworks explode over a floating Christmas tree as it is lighted for the holiday season in Lagoa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A solitary spruce tree, decorated with battery-powered holiday lights controlled by a timer, greets motorists traveling the Glenn Highway near Palmer, Alaska, on Sunday afternoon, December 5, 2010. Twin Peaks, located in the Chugach Mountains, are visible in the distance.
(Bill Roth/Anchorge Daily News/MCT)
Santa Claus gets a hug from Make-a-Wish Foundation child Emma Mere, 8, at Macy's in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, New York on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.
(AP Images for Macy's/Don Heupel)
A walrus named "Nuka" snacks on a holiday cake at the New York Aquarium in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Dec. 6, 2010. Aside from being a tasty snack, the cake serves as an animal enrichment exercise. Aquarium staff introduce unusual items into an animals environment from time to time in order to provide it with mental and physical stimulation.
(AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)
A girl walks among headlights in a neighborhood in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on December 7, 2010, during the celebration of the Day of the Candles, one of the most traditional festivals in Colombia, which is celebrated by Catholics on the night of Dec. 7, the eve of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays in the country.
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People attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. This year's tree, a 67-foot Engelmann spruce, came from Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. As part of the U.S. Capitol's commitment to save energy, strands of energy-efficient LED lights and hand-made ornaments made by Wyoming residents decorate the tree.
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A man stands beside the grave of his mother illuminated by lanterns at the cemetery "Jardines de la Aurora" in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on December 7, 2010, during the celebration of the Day of the Candles, one of the most traditional festivals in Colombia, which is celebrated by Catholics on the night of Dec. 7, the eve of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays in the country.
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A doll representing the Devil is burned during the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception Day celebrations in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. These celebrations mark the beginning of the Christmas Season in Guatemala.
(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A child stares at Christmas lights in the Transylvanian city of Cluj, central Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, backdropped by the Orthodox Metropolitan cathedral and the statue of the 1848 revolution hero Avram Iancu, seen at right.
(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Shoppers queue up for taxis as trees along a street are decorated with lights outside a shopping mall in Beijing on December 8, 2010. Christian culture, though still unfamiliar to most Chinese, continues to spread, and according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, over 23 million Christians now live in China, a significant jump over the past three decades, has help to popularize the Christmas holiday.
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Santa Claus Larry Durian is screened by TSA agents before entering a secure area of the Akron Canton Airport Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in Green, Ohio. Santa planned to spend seven hours at the airport greeting passengers for their customer appreciation day.
(AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel)
A Christmas tree is on display, with a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the background, at a square of the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia on December 9, 2010.
This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the Christmas event "Winter Magic" in Amsterdam. The so called "Magere Brug" (bridge) and some thirty boats have been decorated with Christmas lights.
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Fireworks light up the sky above at Christmas tree during a lighting up ceremony at Cathedral square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.
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Christmas lights shine behind a tree in Nervion in Seville on December 11, 2010.
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During the annual Santa Speedo Run, which started at the Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant, these runners take up the rear of the race on December 11th, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(John Tlumacki/Boston Globe)
A trumpeter plays in front of a Christmas tree at the Bergparade (Mountain Parade) during heavy snow flurry in Seiffen in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), Germany, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.
(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Christians hold candles during a Christmas mass at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 11, 2010. Approximately a hundred thousand Christians gathered for the celebration in Jakarta's biggest stadium.
Cars drive under Christmas lights above a street of Madrid on December 14, 2010. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations.
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Christmas lights are illuminated on South Moulton Street on December 15, 2010 in London, England. Despite the global economic downturn and cold weather, high street retailers have generally been experiencing good Christmas trading which has been attributed in part to January's rise in VAT from 17.5% to 20%.
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Bright lights outline the facade of the Roman Catholic chapel in Las Pinas district in Manila as Filipinos attend the first of nine dawn masses signalling the official start of the Christmas season on December 16, 2010. The tradition of dawn masses dates back to the Spanish era. It culminates on Christmas Eve and it is a belief that anyone who completes the chain will have his wish granted.
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Christmas festive lights are displayed on a house at The Boulevard Christmas lights display in the suburb of Ivanhoe on December 16, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. Families from across Victoria descend on the suburb to see the residential display that attracts 10,000-20,000 people per night.
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The sun sets behind the Hanois Lighthouse near the Island of Guernsey off the coast of Normandy, France on the winter solstice, 2010.
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Frost clings to spiderwebs and the statue of Lord Alfred Tennyson as freezing fog surrounds the tower of Lincoln Cathedral as plummeting temperatures continue to grip the UK on December 20, 2010 in Lincoln, United Kingdom.
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Snow-covered bicycles stand in front of the central train station in Heidelberg, Germany on December 20, 2010.
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This image made available by the University of Dundee shows a satellite view of a snow covered United Kingdom taken from a NASA satellite named Terra, Monday December 20.
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A Kashmiri boatman breaks the frozen surface of water to make way through the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
(AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Sky-gazers take in the view from Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska during the lunar eclipse on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
(AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)
With the city lights of Anchorage, Alaska behind him, Drew Morris tries to photograph the lunar eclipse from the Glen Alps trailhead area of Chugach State Park on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
(AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)
Sister Monica of the Benedictine abbey of the castle Dinklage, northwestern Germany walks through the snow on December 21, 2010.
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The Winter Solstice lunar eclipse, seen from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories on December 21st, 2010 while the Earth's shadow completely covered the moon.
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A swan tries to break free of the ice on the frozen lake at the Fairburn Ings Bird Sanctuary near Castleford, England on Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010, as the deep freeze in the Britain continues.
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A woman begs for money during heavy snowfall in central Moscow, Russia on December 21, 2010.
On the outskirts of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, schoolboys dressed as Father Frost remove snow in a courtyard owned by veteran of World War Two Nikolay Klipachev, 87, while the air temperature dipped to about -35 degrees Celsius (-31 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 21, 2010. The youngsters took part in the action to draw attention to the problems of elderly people.
A swimmer dives into the icy water as the roof of a tower is reflected in the Houhai Lake during winter in central Beijing, China on December 21, 2010.
Chief druid Arthur Pendragon (center) leads incantations during a winter solstice ceremony at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England December 22, 2010.
A couple kiss and embrace at a sunrise service at Stonehenge on December 22, 2010 in Wiltshire, England. Hundreds of people gathered at the famous historic stone circle to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
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- "Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" | The Big Picture | Boston.com
- "A chilly solstice (and lunar eclipse)" | The Big Picture | Boston.com
- "Christmas lights illuminate the night" | The Frame | SacBee.com
Hope yours was a Merry one. ♥