Pictures of the Day: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

Posted Dec. 24, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
A couple embrace in a park with snowy trees seen around, with the air temperature at about minus 17.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in Russia's southern city of Stavropol, Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
EDUARD KORNIYENKO | REUTERS
A couple embrace in a park with snowy trees seen around, with the air temperature at about minus 17.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in Russia's southern city of Stavropol, Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
A woman walks with a dog on the embankment of a river, with the air temperature at about minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
MAXIM SHEMETOV | REUTERS
A woman walks with a dog on the embankment of a river, with the air temperature at about minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
A man dressed as St. Nicholas (right) and people in traditional Bavarian attire known as &quotButtenmandl" and &quotKrampusse" march in the southern German town of Maria Gern near Berchtesgaden on Dec. 24, 2012. Buttenmandl and Krampusse consist of animal skins and masks attached to large cow-bells used to make loud, frightening noises and are worn by single young men. They follow St. Nicholas from house to house each year to bring luck to the good and punishment for the idle.
MICHAEL DALDER | REUTERS
A man dressed as St. Nicholas (right) and people in traditional Bavarian attire known as "Buttenmandl" and "Krampusse" march in the southern German town of Maria Gern near Berchtesgaden on Dec. 24, 2012. Buttenmandl and Krampusse consist of animal skins and masks attached to large cow-bells used to make loud, frightening noises and are worn by single young men. They follow St. Nicholas from house to house each year to bring luck to the good and punishment for the idle.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (left) watches a preview of her Christmas message with a pair of 3D glasses, studded with Swarovski crystals in the form of a &quotQ", with producer John McAndrew and director John Bennett (right), at Buckingham Palace in central London in a photo released Dec. 24, 2012. The Christmas message to the Commonwealth is to be broadcast in 3D for the first time.
JOHN STILLWELL | REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (left) watches a preview of her Christmas message with a pair of 3D glasses, studded with Swarovski crystals in the form of a "Q", with producer John McAndrew and director John Bennett (right), at Buckingham Palace in central London in a photo released Dec. 24, 2012. The Christmas message to the Commonwealth is to be broadcast in 3D for the first time.
A woman walks past trees covered with heavy hoarfrost and snow on the bank of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
ILYA NAYMUSHIN | REUTERS
A woman walks past trees covered with heavy hoarfrost and snow on the bank of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Dec. 24, 2012. Russia is enduring an abnormally cold winter, the most severe in more than 70 years, according to local media.
Alexander, 9, dressed as Santa Claus, walks beside his mother in Antigua, about 26 miles outside of Guatemala City, on Dec. 23, 2012.
WILLIAM GULARTE | REUTERS
Alexander, 9, dressed as Santa Claus, walks beside his mother in Antigua, about 26 miles outside of Guatemala City, on Dec. 23, 2012.
Dejected Arizona Cardinals fans sit in the stands after a 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 23, 2012.
DARRYL WEBB | REUTERS
Dejected Arizona Cardinals fans sit in the stands after a 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 23, 2012.

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