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An Acehnese child plays on Syiah Kuala beach on the 10th anniversary of a tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The day is marked by ceremonies to remember the devastating tsunami that killed some 5,000 people in Thailand, many of them vacationing foreigners.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hotli Simanjuntak / EPA

A Thai student places candles on a sand sculpture during commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP/Getty Images

Thai schoolgirls from the tsunami-devastated and now rebuilt village of Ban Nam Khem, join the community to let hundreds of lanterns go from the beach with wishes of hope for the future on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Walton / EPA

Ty Conrad catches some air while riding his boogie board down the sand dune at the Hermosa Beach Pier as the sun sets on Christmas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The sun sets behind the Manhattan Beach Pier on Christmas Eve.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Armenian Brigade motorcycle club and Vet Hunters volunteer and Marine Corp. veteran Naomi Kuhlman, left, talk with a homeless man, right, who did not want to give his name, on Skid Row during Operation Winter Wonderland in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A Chelsea fan dressed as Santa is seen in the crowd ahead of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Kington / AFP/Getty Images

The hounds of the Heythrop Hunt arrive to greet hunt supporters gathering in town square in Chipping Norton in England. Although it its more than 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed by Parliament, thousands of people across England and Wales are expected to show their support for hunting on the biggest day of the hunting calendar - the Boxing Day meet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

A young boy smiles as he raises his face toward the sky while snow flakes fall in Kleinmachnow, Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ralf Hirschberger / EPA

Shoppers get their photo taken as Harrods opens its world famous Winter Sale in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Phillips / Getty Images Europe

Indian Sikh performers demonstrate their skills during a road show ahead of a three-day event to mark the birth of Guru Gobind Singh in Allahabad, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sanjay Kanojia / AFP/Getty Images

Workers put the finishing touch to a snow sculpture at Jingyuetan National Forest Park in China.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Getty Images

Volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in downtown Seoul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

Santa Claus waves from his sleigh as he carried over the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP/Getty Images

Newborn babies are wrapped in red Christmas stockings, continuing a more than 50-year hospital tradition, at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital in Long Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Some 27,000 people take part in the annual Christmas carol singing event at the stadium of German second division Bundesliga football club in Berlin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER MEHLIS / AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian girl dressed in a costume with "Santa's princess" joins a Christmas Eve celebration at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated Press

Christian pilgrims from Nigeria in the 'Grotto' in the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPA

A Christian girl wearing a Santa Claus outfit lights candles in a section of the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPA

Members of a Lebanese water ski club wearing Santa suits, one with a national flag, perform in the bay of Jounieh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK BAZ / AFP/Getty Images

People hold up their money as they try to buy meat from butchers at the annual Christmas Eve auction at Smithfield Market in central London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP/Getty Images

A worker in Santa Claus costume cleans windows outside a shopping mall along Tokyo's waterfront.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP/Getty Images

A child walks past a three-dimensional painting entitled "Santa's Christmas Gift," presented by the interactive art museum "Art in Island" in Manila, as another child poses for a photo. The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia and has one of the longest Christmas seasons in the world, lasting from Dec. 16 to Jan. 6.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty Images

Children dressed as angels take part in a Mass on Christmas Eve at the South Cathedral the official Catholic church in Beijing. Estimates for the number of Christians in China range from the conservative official figure of 23 million to as many as 100 million by independent scholars, raising the possibility that Christians may rival in size the 85 million members of the ruling Communist Party.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated Press

A displaced Christian boy wearing a Santa Claus costume walks during a celebration at a school that was turned into a shelter a day before the Christmas holiday in Baghdad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Associated Press

Pakistani Christians gather in an alley of a Christian neighborhood decorated with festive lights for Christmas in Islamabad, Pakistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Joselyn Ordonez, 4, tries out her new wheelchair, delivered to her home in Corona by the Corona Police Department and the San Diego Down Syndrome Society, after her chair was stolen last week from the family's front porch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki, head minister of Konko Church of Los Angeles, smiles at a member of his congregation after presiding over the monthly Mitama service that honors the dead in Boyle Heights. The 85-year-old church is one of four Japanese churches that remain in Boyle Heights.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Surfers have their hands full with the big waves being generated at Huntington Beach and along the rest of the California coast due to king tides. King tides are caused by Earth's alignment with the sun and moon, creating extreme swells that can flood low-lying areas and make for great waves for surfers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

People take photos of Lake of Geneva near the Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux, Switzerland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anthony Anex / Associated Press

People gather at the traditional Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany. The market that runs until Monday lures thousands of tourists every year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Probst / Associated Press

Digital images are projected for the first time on the cathedral of Nantes in western France. The show, called "illumi'Nantes" is inspired by the work of French painter Alain Thomas, a native of Nantes and considered to be the leader of the so-called "primitive naive" painting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP/Getty Images

Members of the public lay floral tributes near the scene of a big rig crash in Glasgow, Scotland. Six people were killed and eight injured after a big rig careered out of control on Queen Street in the city center and plowed into pedestrians out Christmas shopping on Dec. 22.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

French doctors lie on the ground with signs reading "I was a health practitioner" during a protest in Lyon against an upcoming health bill, prompting fears that hospitals already bracing for a busy Christmas period will be seriously overrun.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP/Getty Images

A Christian worshiper looks inside the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSA AL-SHAER / AFP/Getty Images

A worker applies oil to roasting pigs in Manila for the busy holiday season. "Lechon," or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year's celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume receives assistance from medics after he was overcome by tear gas thrown by Israeli Border Police, during scuffles at the wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPA

An immigration officer holds handcuffs during a repatriation program for undocumented Indonesian immigrants at Subang Airport in Malaysia. About 494 undocumented Indonesian immigrants were flown home from Royal Malaysia Air Force base in Subang.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAZRY ISMAIL / EPA

Students gather for a school event to mark the upcoming Christmas celebrations in Bhopal, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SANJEEV GUPTA / EPA

Paper pandas, 1,600 in all, are displayed in front of the Malaysian prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The pandas were created by French artist Paulo Grangeon. The creations, which were made in six different shapes and sizes, will visit more than 15 iconic landmarks in Malaysia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAZRY ISMAIL / EPA

Dwayne Ross, right, 8, greets Santa Claus in front of the Fred Jordan Mission on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, where thousands of impoverished inner city boys and girls received new toys.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

David Santamaria, dressed as Santa Claus, gets into the holiday spirit while riding down Broadway with son David, 5, in tow in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A diver wearing Santa Claus clothes feeds rays and fish for a special underwater season show at Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kimimasa Mayama / EPA

A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees along the wall of Jerusalem's Old City, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty Images

A man dressed up as Santa Claus hangs from a cableway as he delivers Christmas gifts to visitors in a gondola at a scenic area in Yueyang, central China's Hunan province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

South Korea's Bukhan San Mountain Rescue Police members wear Santa Claus costumes while rock climbing during an event marking the Christmas holiday season on Buckhan mountain near Seoul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPA

Malaysian women take a photograph with a backdrop of a colorful fountain at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. Every year as Christmas approaches, shopping malls across Malaysia are decorated with beautiful light displays and offer year-end discounts to lure shoppers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manan Vatsyayana / AFP/Getty Images

Choristers of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir rehearse for their Christmas carol service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

A child looks at a street artist dressed as little Santa Claus in a cradle in Rome.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Filippo Monteforte / AFP/Getty Images

An Iranian chador clad woman passes by a Santa Claus shop in Tehran, Iran. There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes. As children are attracted by the tradition, many Muslim families have adopted some of the customs and buy presents for the kids and even Christmas trees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA

A Chinese soldier's eyelashes are covered with frost during physical training in minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit weather in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The northeastern Chinese town borders Russia, and is one of the coldest places in China.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

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Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. This week, countries in Asia are observing the 10th anniversary of the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. On the morning of Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.3 earthquake off Indonesia’s western coast generated a series of massive waves that killed more than 220,000 people across 14 countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Somalia. Read story

Chipping Norton, Britain: Although it has been more than 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed by Parliament, thousands of people across England and Wales are expected to show their support for hunting on the biggest day of the hunting calendar: the Boxing Day meet.

Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistani Christians gather in an alley of a Christian neighborhood decorated with festive lights for Christmas.

Seoul: Volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor.

Tokyo: A diver wearing a Santa Claus outfit feeds rays and fish for a special underwater show at Sunshine Aquarium.

Jerusalem: A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Seoul: Members of the Bukhan San Mountain Rescue Police wear Santa Claus costumes while rock-climbing during an event marking the Christmas holiday season.

London: Members of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir rehearse for the Christmas carol service.

Hermosa Beach: Ty Conrad catches some air while riding his boogie board down a sand dune near the Hermosa Beach Pier as the sun sets on Christmas Day.

Long Beach: Newborn babies are wrapped in red Christmas stockings, continuing a more than 50-year hospital tradition at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

Los Angeles: Marine Corps veteran Naomi Kuhlman talks with a homeless man on skid row during Operation Winter Wonderland.

Add stops in Bethlehem, Baghdad, Manila, Switzerland, France, and Beijing to round out the report.

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