A group of girls skiing and wearing red bikinis to welcome Christmas in Yuzhou, Henan, China. (TPG/Top Photo - Corbis)

International POW: 23-29 December

Take time during the rush of the holidays to enjoy the things in life that really matter. Take time to take in the quite moments spent with friends and loved ones. And may the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the season.

A group of girls skiing and wearing red bikinis to welcome Christmas in Yuzhou, Henan, China. (TPG/Top Photo - Corbis)

A group of girls skiing and wearing red bikinis to welcome Christmas in Yuzhou, Henan, China. (TPG/Top Photo – Corbis)

A legion of the UK’s hardest working Father Christmases were spotted strutting their stuff in red Speedos and sunnies on the iconic Santa Monica beach yesterday as they took a well-deserved holiday following an exhausting Christmas period. The Californian Christmas Day sunshine that at times hit 21 degrees, couldn’t come soon enough for the 20 handpicked Santas whose trip of a lifetime was revealed to be a gift from Virgin Holidays as the company declared its winter sale officially open. (Mikael Buck)

A legion of the UK’s hardest working Father Christmases were spotted strutting their stuff in red Speedos and sunnies on the iconic Santa Monica beach yesterday as they took a well-deserved holiday following an exhausting Christmas period. The Californian Christmas Day sunshine that at times hit 21 degrees, couldn’t come soon enough for the 20 handpicked Santas whose trip of a lifetime was revealed to be a gift from Virgin Holidays as the company declared its winter sale officially open. (Mikael Buck)

 Santa Claus, or Baba Noel as he is called in the local Arab Christian language, walks on the Old City walls, Jerusalem, Palestine. The Jerusalem municipality and the Jewish National Fund distributed Christmas trees to the Christian population at the Jaffa Gate. (Nir Alon / Zuma Press)

Santa Claus, or Baba Noel as he is called in the local Arab Christian language, walks on the Old City walls, Jerusalem, Palestine. The Jerusalem municipality and the Jewish National Fund distributed Christmas trees to the Christian population at the Jaffa Gate. (Nir Alon / Zuma Press)

The spectacular ice sculptures at the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World festival have been illuminated for the first time during a preview in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. The annual Harbin Ice and Snow World will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (REUTERS)

The spectacular ice sculptures at the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World festival have been illuminated for the first time during a preview in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. The annual Harbin Ice and Snow World will be officially opened on January 5, 2015. (REUTERS)

Cinema manager Brandon Delaney changes the sign on the front of the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia after the cinema announced it would show the controversial movie 'The Interview' beginning on 25 December 2014. (ERIK S. LESSER / EPA)

Cinema manager Brandon Delaney changes the sign on the front of the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia after the cinema announced it would show the controversial movie ‘The Interview’ beginning on 25 December 2014. (ERIK S. LESSER / EPA)

Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer pose for pictures during an event to celebrate Christmas at a shopping mall in Tokyo. (Yuya Shino / REUTERS)

Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer pose for pictures during an event to celebrate Christmas at a shopping mall in Tokyo. (Yuya Shino / REUTERS)

A Thai elephant and mahout dressed as Santa Claus entertain pupils and distribute presents during Christmas celebrations at a school in the world heritage city of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, Thailand. (RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPA)

A Thai elephant and mahout dressed as Santa Claus entertain pupils and distribute presents during Christmas celebrations at a school in the world heritage city of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, Thailand. (RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPA)

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with an Israeli border policeman during a demonstration against Israeli settlements and demanding free movement for the Palestinians during Christmas near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Mussa Qawasma / REUTERS)

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with an Israeli border policeman during a demonstration against Israeli settlements and demanding free movement for the Palestinians during Christmas near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Mussa Qawasma / REUTERS)

Feeder Li Hongliang wears the costume of Santa Claus and feeds monkeys at Yunnan Wild Animal Park. (ChinaFotoPress)

Feeder Li Hongliang wears the costume of Santa Claus and feeds monkeys at Yunnan Wild Animal Park. (ChinaFotoPress)

Using his walking staff as a makeshift hockey stick, Michael Grant, "Philly Jesus," skates at Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela / REUTERS)

Using his walking staff as a makeshift hockey stick, Michael Grant, “Philly Jesus,” skates at Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela / REUTERS)

Choiristers take a break after rehearsals for Christmas services at Salisbury Cathedral. (David Hartley / REX)

Choiristers take a break after rehearsals for Christmas services at Salisbury Cathedral. (David Hartley / REX)

Hot air balloons fly over Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province, known for the fairy chimneys, during the winter season. (Anadolu Agency)

Hot air balloons fly over Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province, known for the fairy chimneys, during the winter season. (Anadolu Agency)

A man sells a bubble toy to tourists, in front of the iconic Gateway of India. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP - Getty Images)

A man sells a bubble toy to tourists, in front of the iconic Gateway of India. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP – Getty Images)

Boats are rowed across the Buriganga river during a nationwide dawn to dusk strike. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, along with 19 other opposition parties, called the strike to stress their demand for new elections. (Abir Abdullah / EPA)

Boats are rowed across the Buriganga river during a nationwide dawn to dusk strike. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, along with 19 other opposition parties, called the strike to stress their demand for new elections. (Abir Abdullah / EPA)

 Women show their passports as they ask for permits to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border, Gaza Strip. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for people coming from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

Women show their passports as they ask for permits to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border, Gaza Strip. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for people coming from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

A young Palestinian wearing a Santa outfit harvests strawberries, Gaza Strip. (Majdi Fathi / NurPhoto)

A young Palestinian wearing a Santa outfit harvests strawberries, Gaza Strip. (Majdi Fathi / NurPhoto)

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