Tokyo, Japan Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty
Workers dressed in Santa and reindeer costumes clean windows outside of the 'Decks Tokyo Beach' shopping mall
Does this mean Santa and his reindeer are getting lazy or that they're working extra-hard? I'm not sure...
—Matthew Rosza, breaking news writer
Hazer Camp, Iraq Ammar Awad/Reuters
A young Iraqi boy sits in a wheelbarrow at the Khazer refugee camp after fleeing war-town Mosul
In a few days half the world will be celebrating the (alleged) birth of a child, born not far from where this kid is running from. And yet, when it comes to living children that need help today, we seem to shy away from it.
—Mireia Triguero Roura, editorial assistant
Stonehenge, England Matt Cardy/Getty
A crowd gathers in the center of Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice and watch the sunrise, despite a forecast of clouds and rain
Pagans, witches, druids, people who probably love renaissance fairs; unite! Today marks the annual Winter Solstice. To most, only recognized as the shortest day of the year; but to some, it is known as Yule, the day marking the re-birth of the Sun God who brings fertility and life to the Earth. Stonehenge, an ancient neolithic monument, aligns with the midwinter sunset and midsummer sunrise solstitial axis, making it the perfect destination for revelers who can't wait celebrate ancient rituals and party sun worshippers.
—Jillian Kestenbaum, office manager
Karachi, Pakistan Asif Hassan/Getty
A group of Pakistani women wearing santa hats pose for a selfie on the streets of Karachi
Christians make up a small portion of Pakistan's population, but December 25th is a public holiday (though in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan) and Christmas still inspires the wearing of jaunty Santa hats, the perfect fashion choice for seasonal selfies.
—Melanie McFarland, TV critic