These images from In Focus on The Atlantic website, made me pause. Even in countries that don’t celebrate, Christmas time is magical around the world. See for  yourself.

Father and son picking out a Christmas tree

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Father and son picking out the perfect Christmas tree at a tree farm in Minnesota.

Christmas tree in church square

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Candlelit ceremony in the church square in Gouda, Netherlands.

Santa Marathon

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Likely very exhilarating! Santa Speedo Run in Boston.

Muslim Snowman

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An early snowfall in the WestBank is the perfect excuse for this Palestinian man to have some fun.

Christmas lights in Japan

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Contemporary light installation in Tokyo.

Kids looking in show window at Christmas display

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Window shopping at Selfridges in London.

Swimmer in hotel pool while snowing

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A rare snowstorm in Jerusalem won’t spoil this person’s swim.

Happy holidays.