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    Faces of Santa

    See the many ways St. Nick spreads holiday cheer around the world.

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    A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit performs in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq.

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    A Buddhist monk walks past a Christmas tree during a lighting ceremony at the main gate of Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean Buddhists have been celebrating Christmas to show harmony among different religions in Korea. 

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    A member of the "Sibspas" Siberian search and rescue group dressed as Santa Claus, shakes hands with his teammate, dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, as they climb to the rock named "The Fourth Stolb" (the Fourth Pillar) at the Stolby National Nature Reserve during a training session of the Russian Emergencies Ministry outside Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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    First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. 

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    Germany

    Children at a migrant shelter stand in line to receive presents from a volunteer dressed as Santa Claus in Berlin, Germany. 

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    Runners participate in a three kilometers long charity event called "Santa Run" in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Venezuela

    People take part in the Santa Claus Run in Caracas, Venezuela.

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    Italy

    People gather near the ancient Colosseo to take part in a Santa Claus ride for charity in Rome, Italy.

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    articipants run along Castellana Street during the fourth edition of the yearly Santa Claus 'Papa Noel' race in Madrid, Spain. Around ten thousand adults dressed as Santa Claus and children dressed as elves turned out to take part in the 5.5 kilometer run, breaking the world record for the race with the most competitors dressed as Santa Claus. Part of the earnings will be donated to the Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis of Madrid. 

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    Italian stand up paddle surfer Federico Piccinaglia dressed as Santa Claus poses with his board in Levanto, Italy.

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    A South Korean diver wearing a Santa Claus costume swims with fish in a tank at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.

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    Texas, USA

    Braden Dirden asks Santa Claus what his favorite color is during a question and answer session with Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus, after being read "The Night Before Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," at the Ector County Library in Odessa, Texas. 

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    Maine, USA

    Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa take a run at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine. Skiers with full Santa outfits got free lift tickets for donating $15 to the Sunday River Community Fund. 

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    Australia

    Hundreds of runners in Santa costumes participate in a fun race at the Sydney Harbor. The Santa Claus-themed race was organised to raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and special needs children in the spirit of the holiday season. 

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    Germany

    A man dressed as Santa Claus rides a scooter on his way back from a Christmas party near Laubbach, Germany.

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    Indiana, USA

    In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo provided by Donnie Walters, Walters' son Zeke snuggles up on Santa's lap during a visit to a shopping mall in Evansville, Ind. Walters said his son fell asleep waiting in line and when they go to Santa, he asked him not to wake the boy. Santa leaned back in the big green chair with Zeke and a copy of The Night Before Christmas posing for a photo that makes it look like the pair fell asleep. (AP Photo via Donnie Walters)

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    Philippines

    A Filipino boy stands beside giant Santa Claus figures in a house lit by thousands of Christmas lights in Cainta, Philippines. The house is drawing huge crowds, especially during weekends, with visitors using the bright lights and festive Christmas decors as their backdrop for selfies with families and friends. 

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    California, USA

    Grumpy Cat and Santa attend 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.

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