Pictures of the Day: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Posted Dec. 25, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.
A hula Santa sits on top of a decorated Christmas tree along Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012. It is the 14th year in a row that this hula Santa has been on the beach on Christmas.
Larry Downing | Reuters
A hula Santa sits on top of a decorated Christmas tree along Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012. It is the 14th year in a row that this hula Santa has been on the beach on Christmas.
Tuesday's Christmas morning sunrise over the seaside Washington County community of Steuben included a most unusual spiral cloud formation that, in effect, created waves in the post-dawn sky.
Tom Walsh | BDN
Tuesday's Christmas morning sunrise over the seaside Washington County community of Steuben included a most unusual spiral cloud formation that, in effect, created waves in the post-dawn sky. Buy Photo
A woman feeds pigeons in a snow-covered park in Kiev, Dec. 25, 2012.
Anatolii Stepanov | Reuters
A woman feeds pigeons in a snow-covered park in Kiev, Dec. 25, 2012.
A student of the sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik spreads colored powder in between sand sculptures of Santa Clauses on a beach in Puri, located in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, Dec. 25, 2012.
Stringer | Reuters
A student of the sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik spreads colored powder in between sand sculptures of Santa Clauses on a beach in Puri, located in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, Dec. 25, 2012.
Families celebrate Christmas Day watching the symphony of lights and sound attraction at a park in Manila's Makati financial district on Dec. 25, 2012.
Cheryl Ravelo | Reuters
Families celebrate Christmas Day watching the symphony of lights and sound attraction at a park in Manila's Makati financial district on Dec. 25, 2012.
A boy touches stockings, representing those killed in the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Christmas morning in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 25, 2012.
Adrees Latif | Reuters
A boy touches stockings, representing those killed in the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Christmas morning in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 25, 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he blessed the crowd as he makes his &quotUrbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) address from a balcony in St. Peter's Square in Vatican Dec. 25, 2012. Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world on Tuesday to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of &quotterrorism" against Christians.
Alessandro Bianchi | Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he blessed the crowd as he makes his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) address from a balcony in St. Peter's Square in Vatican Dec. 25, 2012. Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world on Tuesday to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of "terrorism" against Christians.

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