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Now that December is here, Santa Claus and his many helpers are beginning to make appearances around the world. In anticipation of Christmas Day – barely seven days away -- people are decorating homes and town squares, gathering in churches and markets, and shopping for trees and gifts.
Customers shop at Macy's department store in New York, on November 25, 2011. Stores looking to grab as big a piece as possible of what is expected to be a middling holiday shopping season pushed post-Thanksgiving openings into Thursday evening, getting an early start on "Black Friday," the traditional start to the U.S. holiday shopping season. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfillment center process orders as they prepare their busiest time of the year, on November 24, 2011, in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfillment center is one the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and the also the world. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
A worker dressed as Santa Claus greets spectators during an aquarium show in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong) #
In a long-exposure photo, the interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by trails of candles carried by choristers during the annual "darkness to light" advent procession in Salisbury, England, on November 25, 2011. The service - which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End -is one of the most popular services of the liturgical year. The annual advent service, which takes place over three nights, is a mix of music and readings during which two great candlelit processions move around the different spaces in the 750-year-old building which, by the end, is illuminated by almost 1,300 candles and is a spectacular start to the Christmas season. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Bekah Mutchler lines up Maya Gonzalez, 2, Gracie Long, 3, and Libby Vaught, 4, against the wall as they wait for their scene during "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" dress rehearsal at Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Kentucky, on November 29, 2011. (AP Photo/The State Journal, Hannah Reel) #
Christmas lights are illuminated on Oxford Street in London, England, on November 27, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Roger Waible of Greensboro, Vermont, carries a freshly cut Christmas tree at Christmas Farms, on December 1, 2011 in Walden, Vermont. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) #
Fireworks explode around a Christmas tree during its lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, on November 26, 2011. (Reuters/Andre Durao) #
A picture taken on December 1, 2011, shows girls posing under a tree lit, part of Christmas decorations in central Sofia, Bulgaria. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images) #
Cars pass under hanging Christmas lights in a street of Madrid, on November 29, 2011. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images) #
An illuminated Ferris wheel spins at the Christmas market behind the Golden Rider, a statue of Frederick Augustus, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, known as Augustus the Strong, in Dresden, Germany, on November 27, 2011. (Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images) #
Workmen fix Christmas lights on Carnaby Street on November 29, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A Christmas tree is illuminated as the traditional Christmas market opens at the Old Town Square in Prague, on November 26, 2011. (Reuters/David W Cerny) #
A vendor serves hot wine at the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) near Strasbourg Cathedral, on November 27, 2011. Held annually since 1570, Strasbourg's Christ Child Market, known as the oldest French Christmas market, started last Saturday. The sign above reads "Mulled wine". (Reuters/Vincent Kessler) #
Mothers decorate a Christmas tree at Hostel Domus Alipio in Mexico City, on November 30, 2011. Hostel Domus Alipio, run by Catholic priest Luis Figueroa and a group of volunteers, provides shelter, medication and therapy to orphans as well as women and children from low-income families affected by HIV and AIDS. (Reuters/Carlos Jasso) #
A giant decorated Christmas tree stands on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette department store as people shop for gifts during the holiday season in Paris, on November 17, 2011. (Reuters/Charles Platiau) #