Mary-Sarah Dean, Emily Walsh and Emily Frew, angels, wait for their cue during a traditional Christmas Nativity on December 18, 2011, at St Mary's Church, Myton Village, England. In schools and churches around the country children busy preparing and performing in the telling of the traditional nativity story.
Credit: Bethany Clarke
A large nine-armed candleholder, a Hannoukiah, or Menorah, stands ahead of the start of the eight-day-long and annual Jewish Festival of Lights known as Chanukah, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on December 20, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The festival marks the rebellion of Maccabee Jews against the Greeks in 165 BC, which some believers say included a number of miracles pointing to divine providence.
Credit: Adam Berry
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) holds a brief news conference after a House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner said he expects the House to reject a short-term plan to extend the tax cuts for another two months that passe the Senate last week.
Credit: Chip Somodevilla
Four-year-old Aden Kahl of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, touches names on the wall as he visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) honored veterans and active-duty military personnel during its annual Christmas tree ceremony by placing the tree, decorated with homemade holiday greeting cards and ornaments sent by Americans, near the wall of the memorial.
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Members of Chapel Royal Choirboys choir attempt to skate during a photocall at the Hampton Court Ice Rink on December 19, 2011 in London, England. The event was aimed at highlighting a new charity, 'The Choral Foundation', which is hoping to raise £1.5M GBP to fund choir led music lessons for the choristers and the refurbishment of the historic organ in the Chapel.
Credit: Dan Kitwood
Trevor Hill arranges the turkeys for the Christmas Poultry Auction at Murton Livestock Center on December 19, 2011 in York, England. Consumers in the UK are reported to be likely to spend over 300 million GBP on turkey over the Christmas season.