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Christmas 2009

Friday, the 25th, was Christmas Day, the Christian commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated in many places around the world with prayers, singing, gift-giving and charity. Modern Christmas traditions originate from many backgrounds, combining several historic holidays and celebrations into one, the most well-known traditional story being Santa Claus, a jolly old elf who brings gifts to good children all over the world. Collected here are a handful of photographs of people observing the Christmas season this year. (34 photos total)

An Indonesian Christian holds a candle during a Christmas Mass at the Bethany Church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on December 24, 2009. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas)
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Posted by Hymynaama December 28, 09 12:10 PM

Lindo!! A celebração do momento mais grandioso de toda a humanidade!

Posted by Livia (Brasil) December 28, 09 12:36 PM

Merry Christmas from India

Posted by david sangboi December 28, 09 01:07 PM

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Posted by Gustavo Darze from Brazil December 28, 09 01:08 PM

wow Xmas is a great time for phortographers

Posted by Finn Sharp December 28, 09 01:08 PM

Pretty nice... merry x-mas !

Posted by André Weigel December 28, 09 01:16 PM

It's awesome that you included the xmas in space too!! Great collection!!

Posted by J K December 28, 09 01:43 PM

lovely lovely pics! merry xmas folks!

Posted by Injenue December 28, 09 01:53 PM

34 is breathtaking.

Posted by SCott December 28, 09 01:58 PM

These are great!

#15 - I love the expression on the girl's face!

Posted by Alessandro December 28, 09 02:00 PM

Amazing pictures to watch worldwide celebration of this holy eve.

Posted by Prabhat December 28, 09 02:05 PM

I love how there are more shots of Santa Claus than of any nativity or baby Jesus. X-ians forget that that X-Mas was a pagan holiday first, celebrating the birth of Mithras, not Christ.

Posted by Kevin December 28, 09 02:09 PM

Great photos, but the caption on no. 29 is puzzling. If it’s a “mass”, then the congregration are Catholics and this isn’t the main cathedral (Dom) in Berlin, which is Lutheran. On the other hand, if it is indeed the Dom, then this can’t be a “mass”. A detail lost in translation, or just an unconscious assumption that if it's Christian, it must be Catholic?

Posted by Impressed but Confused December 28, 09 02:23 PM

Incredibly good!
However, I would love to see at least one picture of people at the beach celebrating. Down here, Xmas happens while we are in the summer.

Posted by Andrés December 28, 09 02:36 PM

Feliz Navidad a todos desde España. Y Feliz Año 2010!!

Posted by Maria December 28, 09 02:36 PM

Awesome pictures again! Always looking forward to your blog.Too bad my birthday is Tuesday (29/12) so no blog for me :-) See you back on Wednesday, we all hope I am sure.

Posted by Nellie December 28, 09 02:45 PM

quines fotos més boniques, ens agraden moltíssim! bon nadal i feliç any nou per a tothom! Mo y Jf

Posted by jf December 28, 09 02:49 PM

I wish there was a shot of a "secular" Christmas/Hannukah. They're lots of fun because you get to make up your own tradition with your family without missing out on the classic stuff like the tree, hannukiyah, and gifts.

Posted by Mattan December 28, 09 02:51 PM

Beautiful photos and heartwarming despite all the Xmas haters. These photos let us know that around the world people can still care for one another and do good things for each other.

Posted by David December 28, 09 03:01 PM

#32: Gouda is where the cheese comes from :)

Posted by reinoboonstra December 28, 09 04:07 PM

#1 looks like a composite image. If i'm wrong, so be it, but the candle and and paper look like they've been cut and pasted on to the background.

Otherwise, great pictures!

Posted by Aaron December 28, 09 04:21 PM

Your work is awesome!

Posted by Vie Lam December 28, 09 04:26 PM

Feliz Navidad a todo el mundo!

Menos a quien no se lo merezca :)

Posted by Yo December 28, 09 04:28 PM

Thank you, what a wonderful gift you have shared with the world about he world. Blessings !

Posted by Anna Lapointe December 28, 09 04:33 PM

O Papai Noel não passou aqui em casa até o momento, mais tudo bem, deixa ele atender as criancinhas...

Posted by Anderson - Fortaleza CE - Brasil. December 28, 09 05:03 PM

I'm certain the other trees on #34 are quite jealous. Gorgeous image. Thank you for sharing these.

Posted by newfoundjoye December 28, 09 06:15 PM

Caralhos marafodam!

Posted by Paula December 28, 09 06:18 PM

Comme toujours ce sont de magnifique photos !!
Bonne année à tous !!

Posted by Bruno - Paris - France December 28, 09 06:25 PM

Comme toujours ce sont de magnifique photos !!
Bonne année à tous !!

Posted by Bruno - Paris - France December 28, 09 06:26 PM


Posted by Bergsphoto December 28, 09 06:42 PM

#1 and #31 have spectacular bokeh! Great set of photos as always!

Posted by Tomara December 28, 09 06:43 PM

Muy lindo pero como escribió Andrés la mitad del mundo vivimos la navidad saliendo de la primavera, o sea en tiempos de mucho calor.
Gran parte de nuestro planeta vive la navidad sin nieve y sin frío. Estaría bueno que lo sepan.

Kind regards.

Posted by William December 28, 09 06:54 PM

Mery X-Mas and happy new year for everybody.

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 09 06:58 PM

Just beautiful it took my breath away!

Posted by Nadine Aubin December 28, 09 07:06 PM

Wow, all that picture are absolutely awesome and peaceful, thanks very much for sharing!!

Posted by Gerson December 28, 09 07:30 PM

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Great pictures!

Posted by Gaurav December 28, 09 07:47 PM

Beautiful and moving pictures. No matter how much some may fear, dislike, or even hate those from other countries and other cultures, it's difficult to look at the faces in #11, 15, 22, 23, 26, 28, 33, and--especially--24 and not think again that all of us really do have much more in common with each other than some may care to admit. Our differences as individuals may be huge--but as fellow humans, those differences pale in comparision to our similarities.

Posted by Jim Pettit December 28, 09 07:51 PM

Lots of sweet pics of children.
"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he [Jesus] said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

-Matthew 18:2-4

Posted by Bob - Indiana December 28, 09 07:57 PM

I can't explain the caption, but #29 is the Berliner Dom. For comparison, here is a fuzzy photo from the cathedral's website:

That photo makes me appreciate, all the more, the quality of the pictures on this website. :)

Posted by Lynn December 28, 09 08:22 PM

hermosas fotografias, grandes momentos, saludos a todos.

Posted by hugo antonio December 28, 09 09:04 PM

What a great set of photo's!
Awesome to see different cultures celebrating christmass all over the world. :)
Like nr 32 in particular.. maybe because i'm Dutch ^^ :P

Anyway, i wish each and everyone a spectacular 2010!!

Posted by Roderick Rengers December 28, 09 09:07 PM

This was all a myth...

Posted by barack Obama December 28, 09 09:53 PM

Very pretty, and very fascinating!

Posted by Cheryl December 28, 09 10:50 PM

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
What a nice pics!
Greetings from Esquipulas, Guatemala!

Posted by Sergio December 28, 09 11:33 PM

absolutely gorgeous photos May God Bless all the good people in the world.!

Posted by A Mom - Grandma - Great Grandma December 28, 09 11:34 PM

beautiful scene

Posted by Anonymous December 29, 09 12:19 AM

Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año 2010! ! ! les deseamos a todas las personas en el mundo desde Venezuela.

Posted by Dan Zambrano December 29, 09 12:42 AM

Amazing collection! Loved the India one :)

Posted by Pooja_36 December 29, 09 02:00 AM

best one.......

Posted by Suraj December 29, 09 04:06 AM

Great pictures as always.

@40 i liked #32 in particular as well. but like you said, maybe thats because i'm dutch :-P

Posted by Dezorian December 29, 09 04:15 AM

Awesome! #34 deserves to be framed and put into a wall!

Posted by Luciano Stabel December 29, 09 04:56 AM

Merry Christmas from Malaysia! Nice photograph, thx for sharing~

Posted by Joice December 29, 09 05:05 AM

A wonderful collection of photos celebrating Christmas.
A belated Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Posted by Marilyn December 29, 09 06:03 AM

Merry X'mas from Beijing!!

Posted by Feng December 29, 09 08:14 AM

Todas as fotos do site são obras de arte. Faltam palavras para expressar tamanha grandiosidade e beleza.

Posted by Rosane Alves December 29, 09 08:14 AM

Incredible, but not as it can be mentioned.
Do someone pay people all over the worl to wear santa clothes?
Do someone pay people all over the world to be like uniform human beings without their culture? Is culture of Santa spreading the whole world?
I can not believe and don't try to make me believe this story. Even if you show people from Java wearing Santa clothes I will not believe that they also copy your culture.. FAKE

Posted by Peter December 29, 09 08:15 AM

Awesome pictures !

Posted by Rini December 29, 09 08:50 AM

Merry Christmas :) for everybody!

Posted by E December 29, 09 08:56 AM

Unlike North American schools where Christmas has been banned, it's great to see Christmas celebrated all over the rest of the world, even in a zoo! GREAT work!

Posted by Fred December 29, 09 09:40 AM

Picture no.17 is awesome.. beautiful couple :)

Posted by Veronika December 29, 09 09:45 AM

Absolutely breath taking. It's wonderful to see the world celebrate Santa and the season, but more importantly it's heartwarming to see that people have not forgotten that Jesus is the reason.

Merry Christmas to all, no matter what you celebrate, rejoice.

Posted by FreskaJo December 29, 09 11:10 AM

Absolutely wonderful!

But how about photos depecting Christmas celebration in the Philippines? It's one of the only two predominantly Catholic country in Asia, the other being East Timor. You have featured scenes on this blog countries like Indonesia (a very Muslim country), South Korea, Vietnam, India, and China, yet these merely represent a small percentage of the population being Catholic Christians who really celebrate Christmas like devoted Filipinos do, aside from the fact that Santa is more frequently seen than a nativity depecting the reason why we have Christmas, Jesus Christ. It's as if they celebrate it just because the rest of the world does, and the true meaning of it is rather lost, or perhaps, less meaningful.

It's frustrating to see that the Philippines, where the world's longest Christmas celebration is held, didn't have a space on this recent blog entry.

Posted by Ronald Menchavez December 29, 09 11:52 AM

I was surprised and glad to see the Christian symbols in the Zvezda module in the Space Station.

Posted by VMD December 29, 09 01:28 PM

Mary,the virgin mother of Jesus (upon them be peace)had to undergo much pain and trials,the trial of childbirth,the trial of being wrongly accused by her people of being unchaste,but she faced them bravely and God rewarded her by placing her among the highest of the women of Paradise,when she finally came to her people carrying the child in her arms,her people said""Verily your father was not a bad man,nor was your mother unchaste".But she pointed to her babe.they said"Shall we speak to the one who is still in the cradle"He spoke out"I am a servant of God,He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet.He has made me blessed whereever I maybe.He has enjoined prayer and charity as long as I am alive.He has made me kind to my mother and not overbearing or miserable.Peace be upon the day I was born and the day I die and the day I am raised up again.""(Quran)

Posted by with hardship comes ease December 29, 09 02:20 PM

A delight, a delight, a delightful trip around the Christmas world. Clearly, Christmas is for children.

Posted by Bruce December 29, 09 02:49 PM

Mithras, schmithras.....I haven't seen him visit any sick children in a hosital recently.
Great pictures..

Posted by Anonymous December 29, 09 03:43 PM

#16 scares me!

Posted by Ziggy December 29, 09 04:35 PM

Feliz Navidad y prospero ano a todo el mundo desde Chihuahua, Mexico

Posted by Jesus Salas Galindo December 29, 09 05:34 PM

This is a wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Funcle December 29, 09 06:29 PM

#18... stop using IE6. You are part of the problem.

Posted by Anonymous December 29, 09 06:55 PM

This is so awesome! Thank you for these great photos!

Posted by AndrewM December 29, 09 07:07 PM

Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year from Singapore!

Great Pics all in all!

Posted by Adrian December 29, 09 08:13 PM

Good job. Lights are surprisingly difficult some times. like the tree at the end and the doctor as Santa.

Posted by goofydg1 December 29, 09 08:58 PM

Amazing pics as always... thanks for sharing !!!

Posted by Ashvin December 29, 09 09:12 PM

Bah Hum Bug!

Posted by Marcosss December 29, 09 10:24 PM

amazing pics

we are different nations ...have different toungs .... with different traditions... but we have one faith ... one way and one Jesus....
This is the heaven on earth

Posted by Amany December 30, 09 12:15 AM

pour une fois elles ne sont pas très belles ces photos

Posted by Alizé December 30, 09 01:46 AM

Jesus wasn't born on December was and still is a pagan holiday.

Posted by Lucienne December 30, 09 03:09 AM

Looking at her face #24 knowing no worries I so wish to be a child again.

Posted by Diana December 30, 09 03:36 AM

Great Photography and real festival flavor photos

Posted by Anil Kumar Alapati December 30, 09 04:34 AM

I never thought there were churches in mainland China. What do you expect from atheist heathens.

Anyway, merry christmas to all who believe in the Lord.

Posted by EZ December 30, 09 05:38 AM

what, oh what ever happened to Mary?

Has man finally learned the secret of [virgin] birth - a bit of economic prosperity drawn from Santa Claus' pouch, our last icon of hope in the goodwill towards men (sic)?

Have the men had enough yet? Capitalism is on its last legs,and being international perpetual children-based does not do much to prevent the meltdown. But, of course, Santa doesn't need gas, that old gasser.

Posted by edith hughes December 30, 09 05:55 AM

The vastness of the world and its unity in celebrating Christmas is beautifully overwhelming. Thank you for sharing these insights into the world that I didn't know existed.

Posted by Vanessa December 30, 09 06:22 AM


no 1 is the result of using a spectacularly high aperture lens
perhaps a canon 85mm f1.2 or similar.
I'm also willing to bet that more than a few of these are taken with nikon D3 or D700. Particularly the policeman since nothing can best these cameras for clean images in low light at high iso settings

Posted by Doug December 30, 09 06:34 AM

Glædelig Jul - From Denmark

Posted by The Dane December 30, 09 09:08 AM

awesome images, loved all of them :)

Posted by harshita sharma December 30, 09 10:00 AM

This was aswsome! Thank you for posting !

Posted by Kinga Dyrda December 30, 09 10:13 AM

Beautiful..........there is still much that is good in the world and there are still many good people who give selflessly of themselves at this festive time of the year. Wonderful to see!

Posted by utah December 30, 09 10:20 AM

Lindas fotos mostram um momento único de paz na humanidade !!!

Posted by NETO December 30, 09 02:14 PM


Posted by Sheila Torres December 30, 09 02:17 PM

#37 explains the truly sense of Christmas

Posted by edu segura December 30, 09 03:40 PM

This is a wonderful collection. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Marta Hicks December 30, 09 04:50 PM

#20 is the best shot of Xmas ever. 8-)

Posted by Thomas Corriol December 30, 09 07:41 PM

Happy Birthday Jesus.

Posted by Alisson December 30, 09 08:22 PM

Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year from Brazil!!

Posted by Tali December 30, 09 09:23 PM

está de parabéns ...
tanto a qualidade quanto a essência das fotos estão ótimas

It is of congratulations ...
So much the quality regarding photos essence are good

Posted by Romário December 30, 09 09:47 PM

Thank you so much for the post !!! :) Excellent pics..
Brings up the Chirstmas mood :)

Posted by Vijayanand A December 30, 09 11:02 PM

It's awsome pictures and a big family of our Lord Jesus Christ so let's celebrate and keep His holy name ( Christ ) in Christmas. I know the meaning of X and everything but His Name is sweet and Holy aren't you agree with me or not?

Posted by Magda December 31, 09 12:22 AM


Posted by DIEGO December 31, 09 04:35 AM

So pretty...

Posted by Thatah' December 31, 09 05:25 AM

soooo beautifull!!!! very nice!!

Posted by may December 31, 09 03:16 PM

splendid scenes from around the world

Posted by balaji January 1, 10 04:41 AM

Where is a photo from Brazil?

Posted by Cristiano January 1, 10 08:24 AM


Posted by LUIS January 1, 10 09:07 PM

Belíssimas fotos... Adorei!

So beautifull!!!!! Very nice photos!

Posted by Larissa de Paula - Goiânia, Goiás - Brasil January 2, 10 07:06 PM


Posted by Rafaella Malta January 3, 10 10:38 AM

merci pour ces toujours trés belles photos

Posted by daniel (poitiers;;france) January 3, 10 11:30 AM

All the pictures are spectacular, as usual, but I especially like the ones of people helping others who are less fortunate. And va va va voom to the space station! Belated Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it around our world.

Posted by Lynn January 3, 10 08:39 PM

Santanorad it fantastic !!!!!

Posted by fernando (italy) January 4, 10 02:31 PM

i went to school where number 10 was taken. small world. Thanks.

Posted by Butler January 4, 10 04:41 PM

I am from Ottawa. Nice my hometown made an appearance. It is summer where I live now! Looking at these photos reminds me how diverse our planet is even as we all celebrate the same holiday. Photos say so much. They are great!!

Posted by Mark January 5, 10 08:38 PM

Me encantaron todas!!
All are wonderfull!!

Posted by Isi January 6, 10 09:11 AM

Happy new year from Amazon!! Wonderful pics!

Next time, I'd like to see brazilian photos too... =)

Posted by Marcia - Manaus - Amazonas - Brasil January 6, 10 12:36 PM

Wonderful pics!

Posted by greenn January 9, 10 03:42 AM

Last one is just AMAZING

Posted by ritu January 12, 10 02:29 AM

en admiration devant ces photos ! --- M e r c i !

Posted by Dora January 12, 10 09:31 AM

Absolutely awesome. Such great pictures from all over.

Posted by sumi January 18, 10 05:34 AM

Great pictures. I agree the last one is really amazing and the baby on the third picture is so cute!!

Posted by Amanda January 19, 10 10:18 AM

Xmas is more than a commercial event, it's also a way to be juste with the personnes that you love and the whole spiritual things are also cool.
Both are a good way to have some presents

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 10:24 AM

these pictures are beautiful and these childrens are so cute.

Posted by rachel January 19, 10 11:05 AM

the last picture is beautiful!

Posted by louison Berak January 19, 10 11:15 AM

The children are so cute and the landscape is very beautiful. it's a very good picture

Posted by Timotime January 19, 10 11:16 AM

Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing :)

Posted by alexa January 20, 10 01:26 PM

Muy buenas fotos (as usual!).

Posted by oojjllrr January 23, 10 10:03 AM

very beautiful- picuture, it's imazing

Posted by prakash June 19, 10 11:54 PM

The center of the Dutch city of Gouda is lit by many candles during the 54th edition of Candlenight on December 15, 2009. Every year, Kaarsjesavond (night of candles) is celebrated on the second Tuesday of December at the Gouda marketplace and around the City Hall.

How is-it possible ? The second tuesday of december can't be after the 14. If it's the 15th, it's the third tuesday of december, is'nt it ?

Posted by Vincent November 26, 10 09:06 AM
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