2013년 12월 19일 목요일

세계의 크리스마스 시즌: 'Tis the Season

With fewer than 10 days until Christmas, holiday celebrations and decorations are on display around the world. Mother Nature has contributed with snowfall from North America to the Middle East, as Santa's helpers busy themselves everywhere from small markets to massive warehouses. Today's essay is a peek at some of the scenes of the season so far. 

Grumpy Cat, acting as Friskies "spokescat", sits on Santa's lap at a promotional event at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, on December 10, 2013. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies) 

The Christmas tree in the central square is lit during the traditional candle-evening in Gouda, Netherlands, on December 13, 2013. During the event, hundreds of candles are lit in the windows of the houses and the town hall. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images) 

A man carries a child on his shoulders as they search for a Christmas tree to cut at the Rum River Tree Farm in Anoka, Minnesota, on December 8, 2013. (Reuters/Eric Miller)

People attend a Christmas light illumination along the Medellin River in Medellin, Colombia, on December 9, 2013.(Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Christmas lights illuminate the banks of the Medellin River in Medellin, Colombia, on December 9, 2013.(Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) 

Runners gather at the start line for the annual "Santa Speedo Run," a charity race through the streets of the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, on December 14, 2013. (Reuters/Gretchen Ertl)

Adam Lopez passes a giant pair of boots outside North Star mall, in San Antonio, Texas, on December 5, 2013. The 40-foot tall boots are decorated with holiday lights annually. (AP Photo/Eric Gay

Children enjoy one of the many festive window displays in Selfridges department store in London, England, on December 14, 2013.(Dan Dennison/Getty Images) 

Volunteers construct bikes for TurningWheels for Kids' Big Bike Build at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, on December 7, 2013. Silicon Valley's Big Bike Build brings out 1,000 corporate volunteers to build over 2,500 bikes as holiday gifts for needy kids. (Jed Jacobsohn/AP Images for Turning Wheels for Kids) 

Sara Cervantes takes pictures of Christmas decorations at Pershing Square, on December 6, 2013, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Mark Hughes and son Emmet toboggan during a snow storm in Toronto, on December 14, 2013. (Reuters/Aaron Harris) 

A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snow storm in Jerusalem, on December 13, 2013. The snowstorm of rare intensity blanketed the Jerusalem area, choking off the city and stranding hundreds in vehicles on impassable roads.(Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Saudi men walk as their footprints are seen after a rare snowstorm in Alkan village, west of Saudi Arabia, on December 13, 2013.(Reuters/Mohamed Alhwaity) 

A Palestinian youth makes a snowman in the West Bank town of Nablus, on December 13, 2013. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Hordes of Christmas shoppers walk beneath festive lights on Regent Street on December 14, 2013 in London, England. As Christmas Day approaches, London's central shopping districts attempt to lure shoppers into stores with last minute deals in an effort to pull sales away from online outlets. (Dan Dennison/Getty Images)

Revelers in Santa costumes set of through the streets as they takes part in the annual "Santacon" in central London, on December 14, 2013. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Looking up, from inside a giant Christmas tree illuminated in the Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid, on December 9, 2013.(Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images) 

In Sydney, Australia, the 2013 Lights Of Christmas are launched at St Mary's Cathedral on December 12, 2013.(Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) 

People carry the Peace Light of Bethlehem at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in Brno, Czech Republic, on December 15, 2013. Each year, a young boy from Austria gathers a flame from the grotto in Bethlehem, returning home with it, where the flame is passed onto other European countries and North America with a message of Peace.(Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images)

Miles of aisles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center on "Cyber Monday", in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 2, 2013.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The first family, from left, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha Obama greet children dressed like elves at the National Building Museum in Washington, on December 15, 2013. The first family was attending the taping of the annual 2013 Christmas in Washington, celebrating its 32nd year anniversary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) 

People gather to watch Illuminations during a seasonal event ahead of Christmas in Tokyo, Japan, on December 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) 

A couple skates on the frozen waters of Lake St. Moritz during a sunny winter day in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz, on December 14, 2013. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

Young Matias Arango walks in front of a figure representing the Devil to be burned during the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala, on December 7, 2013. These celebrations mark the beginning of the Christmas Season in Guatemala.(AP Photo/Luis Soto) 

A figure representing the Devil is burned during the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala, on December 7, 2013. The celebration marks the beginning of the Christmas Season in Guatemala. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Jesse Sodergren, 2, of San Clemente, California, is held by her father James as she looks at an underwater Santa Claus at the Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 8, 2013. The underwater Santa and his helpers greet visitors and take present requests from inside the casino's 117,000-gallon aquarium on weekends in December until Christmas. (Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus) 

Boys from the central Romanian region of Transylvania make noise using whips at the Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania, on December 15, 2013. Children's groups from across Romania performed Christmas and New Year's traditional songs and dances during a two-day festival in the Romanian capital. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) 

A little girl meets Santa Claus at the German Christmas Market being held on the South Bank in London, England, on December 13, 2013. Running from November 15th to December 24th the Southbank Center German Christmas Market sells food, drinks and a range of gifts to Christmas shoppers. (Dan Dennison/Getty Images)


A tourist lights a candle at the Church of Nativity, revered as birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Dec. 18.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A man uses his mobile device to take photographs of a Christmas tree in front of the landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Dec. 18. Malaysia is 60 percent Muslim and Islam is the state religion. Only about nine percent of the poulation is Christian.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Visitors pass Christmas decorations on a house in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 16.


Visitors walk through the holiday lights display,"ZooLights," at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago on Dec. 17.


A visitor reacts at the sight of an illuminated teddy bear at the holiday lights display,"ZooLights," at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago on Dec. 17.

Destin, Fla.

The colorfully-decorated Buccaneer Pirate Cruise ship lights up the harbor on Dec. 15 during the 27th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade in Destin, Fla.

Kansas City, Mo.

Christmas lights outline towers at the Country Club Plaza shopping center as the sun sets Dec. 15 in Kansas City, Mo. About 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outline the buildings and towers in the shopping district.


Catholics shelture under umbrellas as they attend the traditional 'Misa de Gallo' (Dawn Mass) during a downpour in front of a church in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, the Philippines, on Dec. 16. The Dawn Mass is held for nine consecutive days prior to Christmas Day.


A Christmas tree sits at the Martyrs' Square next to Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut on Dec. 14


Christmas shoppers mingle on London's Carnaby Street on Dec. 14.


People stroll below Christmas lights reflected on the ground in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, on Dec. 13.


The lights in the Christmas tree on the central square in Gouda are switched on during the traditional candle-evening in Gouda, Netherlands, on Dec. 13. During the event, hundreds of candles burn behind the windows of the houses and the town hall. Gouda is well-known for its candle factory.


A woman watches an illuminated rotating Ferris wheel at a Christmas market in Essen, Germany, on Dec. 13.

Dominican Republic

People gather around the lights of the 'Bright Christmas' display in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 12.


"The Lights of Christmas" display is projected onto St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney on Dec. 12. The graphics depict the story of Christmas and will run nightly until Christmas night.


The ceiling of the Marktkirche ("The Church on the Marketplace") is bathed in color for a Christmas light display on Dec. 9, 2013, in Hanover, Germany.


A girl poses for a picture at the Christmas lights display in Medellin, Colombia, on Dec. 9.

10 Downing Street

Guests gather next to a Christmas tree outside 10 Downing Street, the office of Britain's prime minister, in central London on Dec. 9 after the holiday lights were turned on.


Streets of the New Jdeideh neighborhood are illuminated for the holiday season in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 9.


A man photographs Christmas trees in front of a church in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Dec. 8. The display contained one tree for each of the 47 victims of a train derailment carrying crude oil that burned most of the historic downtown in July.


Holiday lights birghten Via Del Corso in Rome on Dec. 8.


A 20-meter-high (65 feet) Christmas tree stands in Market Square in Wroclaw, Poland, on Dec. 8.


Visitors admire the "Christmas in the Sea" display in Tokyo's Shiodome on Dec. 7.


Children play in a holiday light display on Royal Treaty Street in Warsaw, Poland, on Dec. 7.


The facade of a building is lit up for The Festival Of Lights in Lyon, France, on Dec. 7. The event began as a tribute to the Virgin Mary as part of a promise made when an outbreak of plague subsided in 1643.


A child plays under lit mushrooms in the "Light Labyrinth" in the Wilanow Palace Garden in Warsaw, Poland, on Dec. 6. The labyrinth, made of over 150,000 colored lamps and based on themes from "Alice in Wonderland," is a winter attraction for children.


An installation by artist Damien Fontaine illuminates buildings during the rehearsal for the Festival of Lights in central Lyon on Dec. 5. The event began as a tribute to the Virgin Mary as part of a promise made when an outbreak of plague subsided in 1643.


A couple walk through illuminated holiday decorations in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec. 5.


Adam Lopez passes a giant pair of illuminated boots outside the North Star Mall on Dec. 5 in San Antonio, Texas. The 40-foot tall boots are decorated with holiday lights annually.


Trees are bathed in red light at the Chinese Corner installation by artist Li Li during the rehearsal for the Festival of Lights in central Lyon, France, on Dec. 5.

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit Dec. 4 in New York. Some 45,000 energy-efficient LED lights adorn the 76-foot tree.

Rockefeller Center

Angels made of wire and light frame the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after it was lit Dec. 4 in New York City.


Israel Electric, the main supplier of electrical power in Israel, creates an interpretation of a menorah using cranes, as they try to create the world's largest menorah to celebrate Hanukkah in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on Dec. 4. The menorah consists of nine aerial platforms: the Shamash (the "attendant" candle) crane will rise to a height of 28 meters (92 feet) and the other eight cranes will stretch their arms to a height of 22 meters (72 feet). The Hanukkah holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods.


People walk by a giant Christmas ball displayed in Nice, southeastern France, on Dec. 4.


A visitor passes by an artistic Christmas tree created by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on display during the exhibition 'Les Sapins de Noel des Createurs' (The Designers Christmas Trees) at the Hotel de Rothschild, in Paris on Dec. 3. Every year, renowned personalities from the world of fashion, design or architecture, offer their vision of a Christmas tree for a charity auction.

U.S. Capitol

The National Christmas tress stands lit near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 3.


Tourists visit the Christmas market in Prague's Old Town Square on Dec. 3.


People walk near a Christmas tree in front of the Vendome Column as part of holiday season decorations at Place Vendome in Paris on Dec. 2.


A Christmas tree stands at the Christmas market in Prague's Old Town Square on Dec. 2. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations, opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend.


Santa Claus attends the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree on Dec. 2 in Nashville.


An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays and lights candles on the fifth night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the festival of light, at the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Sheaarim on Dec. 1 in Jerusalem. Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC following the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire when there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day, but miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.


A man holds a child in front of a Christmas tree that was lit during a ceremony outside the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Dec. 1.


A Santa Claus lights up Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm, the main shoping boulevard, on Dec. 1.


A woman takes a picture of herself in front of holiday decorations in Berlin on Dec. 1.

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