Spirits festive for Christmas in Bethlehem

At St. Peter’s, pope urges space for God in busy lives

Posted: December 25, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.

Nine-month-old Carter Chance isn't too happy about having her photo made with Santa Claus at Park Plaza Mall on Monday afternoon. Afternoon crowds for last minute shoppers was a little lighter than normal at Park Plaza.

Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born.

Santa Readies for Midnight Ride

On Christmas Eve after months of busy preparations, the Finnish Father Christmas loaded his sleigh in Lapland with presents made in his workshop, and set off to deliver them to all the good boys and girls around the world. (By AP)
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