Tourists dressed as Santa hit Jerusalem for Orthodox Christmas | AFP

Some 50 people from around the world descend upon Jerusalem dressed as Santa Claus to celebrate Orthodox Christmas. The tour of the Holy Land included a swim in the Dead Sea, south of the West Bank city of Jericho.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, December 24th: Trump dismisses NKorea nuclear test; Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong; Authorities work to contain diesel spill in the Galapagos; Real-time Santa tracker is back on Christmas eve.

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Santa water-skis on Potomac River in annual event

On Christmas Eve, Santa and his helpers water-skied along the Potomac River shore as they have every year since 1986. (Dec. 24)

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NORAD tracks Santa Claus on trip around the world

For the 64th time, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress. And this year, NORAD is offering even more high-tech ways for children and parents to follow along. (Dec. 24)

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Why Rich New Yorkers Created Santa Claus

Santa Claus dominates the media during the holiday season as a big-time brand influencer. But the corporate-shill Santa we know today wasn’t always like this. He used to be a poor monk in Turkey who initially wasn’t even associated with Christmas. But this all changed when a few upper-crust New Yorkers decided to rebrand the holiday as something more “tasteful.” They used poetry and political comics to make Santa the face of Christmas, and he has been ever since.

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NORAD started tracking Santa’s journey across the world. (Dec. 24)

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Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland | AFP

Record numbers of holidaymakers are now visiting Finland’s northern Lapland region in winter, in search of an authentic Christmas experience. But despite the economic benefits, the tourism boom faces backlash over concerns about the impact on the area’s indigenous Sami people, and implications for the environment in the vulnerable Arctic region.

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Paragliding Santas delight children in Armenia | AFP

Paragliding enthusiasts dressed in Santa outfits in Armenia fly down Mount Atis to the nearest village to entertain children and give presents.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday December 12th: Impeachment hearing nears vote, Officials investigate New Jersey shooting as domestic terrorism, Greenpeace scale EU headquarters ahead of climate meeting, Divers dress as Santa, angel to feed fish in Berlin.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 11th: Jewish market was targeted in Jersey city shooting; FBI watchdog caught in political crossfire; Teen activist Greta Thunberg named Time’s ‘Person of The Year’; And Santa gets a ride to Alaska.

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Santa gets chopper ride to remote Alaska village

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard flew to a rural village recently with a special mission, delivering some early Christmas cheer and a visit from Santa Claus to schoolchildren and their families. (Dec. 11)

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro lands ahead of Mercosur summit | AFP

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lands in the Argentine city of Santa Fe ahead of the Mercosur trade bloc summit. IMAGES

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The end of Christmas for Brazil’s Santa impersonators

Santa Claus impersonators gather in Rio de Janeiro for an event called “Barbas de Molho” (“Beards at rest”), where they trim their beards to mark the end of the duties after the Christmas celebrations.

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Santa made of 10,000 plastic bottles sends green message

Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Christmas installation at Puri beach in the state of Odisha using 800 tonnes of sand and 10,000 plastic bottles, as footage filmed on Monday shows. The sculpture, which is nine metres (30 feet) high and 30 metres (100 feet) wide, was made under two hashtags – #ReadyToChange and #BeatPlasticPollution.

According to the artist, he made this world record attempt to spread the awareness of plastic pollution.

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Children call President, First Lady for Christmas

(25 Dec 2018) President Donald Trump and his wife Melania fielded children’s telephone calls in the White House on Christmas Eve. In a tradition going back to 1955, kids phoned to locate Santa. (Dec. 25)

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Santa waterskis by Virginia town in annual Christmas tradition

Santa exchanges his sleigh for a pair of water-skis, as he and his reindeer and elves cruise past a crowd gathered along the waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia, for the 33rd annual Waterski Santa Christmas show. Despite the DC suburb’s chilly winter temperatures, the show is the longest continuously running waterski Christmas show in the world.

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(24 Dec 2018) Here are the top stories for Monday, Dec. 24th: Stocks dive as year nears end; Body count rises from Indonesia tsunami; Crowds flock to Bethlehem for Christmas; Volunteers track Santa’s whereabouts around the world.

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NORAD tracking Santa for children around the world

(24 Dec 2018) Volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms are taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. (Dec. 24)

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Santa sends Christmas message from Lapland

(24 Dec 2018) As Santa Claus prepares to deliver presents to good little girls and boys around the world, he’s making a stop in Santa Claus village in the Finnish town or Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, to deliver his own Christmas message. (Dec. 24)

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Santa submerges in Florida Keys marine sanctuary

(24 Dec 2018) Santa took some time off from getting ready for Christmas to dive amid the marine life at Pleasure Reef off Key Largo. (Dec. 24)

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