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Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) A ceremonially illuminated christmas tree is seen at downtown Oberammergau on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of Oberammergau woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Norwegian Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is the City of Oslo's traditional Christmas gift to the City of Westminster as a token of thanks for British support during the years of occupation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Lord Major of London Susie Burbridge Speaks as The Norwegian Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is the City of Oslo's traditional Christmas gift to the City of Westminster as a token of thanks for British support during the years of occupation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Christmas tree is illuminated on Downing Street after the lights were turned on by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, and Blue Peter Badge winners on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The tree was grown by Andrew Ingram on Christmas Common near Thame in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
GERMANY, BERLIN - DECEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL DECEMBER 24) In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office a star with a child's wish ("Ich wünsche mir, dass meine Eltern mehr Zeit für mich haben" - "I wish my parents would have more time for me") is seen at a Christmas tree after German President Christian Wulff delivers his annual Christmas speech at Schloss Bellevue Palace on December 21, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Bundespresseamt-Pool via Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Christmas tree is illuminated on Downing Street after the lights were turned on by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, and Blue Peter Badge winners on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The tree was grown by Andrew Ingram on Christmas Common near Thame in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 20: Christmas lights illuminate the Town Hall at La Grande Place on December 20, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives In Plaza
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives In Plaza
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Workers raise the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on November 11, 2011 in New York City. This year's tree is a 74-foot Norway Spruce and was cut down November 9 in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania and then moved to Manhattan on a flatbed trailer. The lighting of the tree is the traditional start to the holiday season in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 20: Christmas lights illuminate La Grande Place on December 20, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Santa waves beside the Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building on November 28, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Santa landed at the Sydney building and will set up inside the shopping centre to greet Children until Christmas Eve. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Annual Tree Lighting and SCC Grant Ceremony
Annual Tree Lighting and SCC Grant Ceremony
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage (R) and Santa Claus pose for a group photo with children from the Boys and Girls Club after lighting the tracks Christmas tree during the Annual Tree Lighting and Speedway Children's Charity Ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway on November 29, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. The charity surpassed the $8 million mark in grants distributed since its inception in 1997. (Brandon Wade/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives In Plaza
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives In Plaza
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Workers raise the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on November 11, 2011 in New York City. This year's tree is a 74-foot Norway Spruce and was cut down November 9 in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania and then moved to Manhattan on a flatbed trailer. The lighting of the tree is the traditional start to the holiday season in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Lord Major of London Susie Burbridge Speaks as The Norwegian Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is the City of Oslo's traditional Christmas gift to the City of Westminster as a token of thanks for British support during the years of occupation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) A ceremonially illuminated christmas tree is seen at downtown Oberammergau on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of Oberammergau woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Christmas tree is illuminated on Downing Street after the lights were turned on by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, and Blue Peter Badge winners on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The tree was grown by Andrew Ingram on Christmas Common near Thame in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Santa waves beside the Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building on November 28, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Santa landed at the Sydney building and will set up inside the shopping centre to greet Children until Christmas Eve. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: People walk past a giant Christmas tree in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping mall on November 30, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. With the German economy strong, retailers in Germany are hopeful that positive consumer confidence will mean a solid holiday shopping season despite the current Eurozone debt crisis. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Berlin Christmas Markets Open To The Public
Berlin Christmas Markets Open To The Public
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21: A frog and a pig hang as ornaments on a Christmas tree at the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt square on the market's opening day on November 21, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets, which usually sell Christmas tree ornaments, gluhwein, ginger bread and hand-made crafts, are an intrinsic part of central European Christmas tradition. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Christmas Tree Vendors Set Up Shop On New York City's Sidewalks
Christmas Tree Vendors Set Up Shop On New York City's Sidewalks
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: A man walks past Christmas trees for sale December 17, 2010 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Retailers across the country are hopeful for a rebound in Christmas-related sales as the economy slowly improves. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) A ceremonially illuminated christmas tree is seen at downtown Oberammergau on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of Oberammergau woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
The Lights On The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Are Switched On
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Norwegian Christmas tree lights up Trafalgar Square on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is the City of Oslo's traditional Christmas gift to the City of Westminster as a token of thanks for British support during the years of occupation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
Prime Minister David Cameron Switches On The Lights Of The Downing Street Christmas Tree
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: The Christmas tree is illuminated on Downing Street after the lights were turned on by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, and Blue Peter Badge winners on December 1, 2011 in London, England. The tree was grown by Andrew Ingram on Christmas Common near Thame in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Annual Tree Lighting and SCC Grant Ceremony
Annual Tree Lighting and SCC Grant Ceremony
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage (R) and Santa Claus pose for a group photo with children from the Boys and Girls Club after lighting the tracks Christmas tree during the Annual Tree Lighting and Speedway Children's Charity Ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway on November 29, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. The charity surpassed the $8 million mark in grants distributed since its inception in 1997. (Brandon Wade/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
GERMANY, BERLIN - DECEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL DECEMBER 24) In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office a star with a child's wish ("Dass die Eltern mehr Zeit mit den Kindern verbringen" - "Parents should spent more time with their children") is seen at a Christmas tree after German President Christian Wulff delivered his annual Christmas speech at Schloss Bellevue Palace on December 21, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Bundespresseamt-Pool via Getty Images)
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
President Wulff Delivers Christmas Speech
GERMANY, BERLIN - DECEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL DECEMBER 24) In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office a star with a child's wish ("Ich wünsche mir, dass meine Eltern mehr Zeit für mich haben" - "I wish my parents would have more time for me") is seen at a Christmas tree after German President Christian Wulff delivers his annual Christmas speech at Schloss Bellevue Palace on December 21, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Bundespresseamt-Pool via Getty Images)
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
Santa Lands At Sydney's Iconic Queen Victoria Building
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Santa waves beside the Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building on November 28, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Santa landed at the Sydney building and will set up inside the shopping centre to greet Children until Christmas Eve. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: People walk among Christmas trees and decorations in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping mall on November 30, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. With the German economy strong, retailers in Germany are hopeful that positive consumer confidence will mean a solid holiday shopping season despite the current Eurozone debt crisis. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
Christmas Lights Illuminate La Grand Place In Brussels
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 20: Christmas lights illuminate La Grande Place on December 20, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
Southern California Recovers From Days Of Heavy Rains
Southern California Recovers From Days Of Heavy Rains
HIGHLAND, CA - DECEMBER 23: A stuffed animal lies in the mud next to a Christmas tree after flooding December 23, 2010 in Highland, California. Residents throughout southern California were hit hard by storms this week, with one of the hardest hit being Highland with several homes flooded. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
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