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.

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A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis' 78th birthday at the Vatican. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter's Square for a milonga. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)

International POW: 16-22 December

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good. — Charles Dickens.

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Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon POW: 11 – 17 December

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? — Bill Watterson

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A woman dances in front of riot police during a demonstration in the Kadikoy neighborhood of Istanbul against the eviction of a squatted building. The building was converted into a social meeting center by activists following last year's Gezi Park protests that led to supporting protests across Turkey. (OZAN KOSE / AFP - GETTY IMAGES)

International POW:9-15 December

Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history. — Edward W. Said

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