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    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
    • Hope, Joy, and Little Baby Jesus: Christmas Celebrations Around the World
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    Musician dressed as Santa Claus takes a photo with passengers in a bus decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations in central Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    Billions of people across the world celebrate the birth of Christ, with many of them attending Christmas Mass in their local churches.

    Catholics, Protestants, and some Orthodox groups celebrate the holiday with solemn ceremonies: the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis led the traditional Midnight Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, drawing thousands of believers, while numerous Christians also attended Holy Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been over 2000 years ago.

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