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Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 05:21 GMT
Picture gallery: Christmas cheer
Around the world, different cultures are marking Christmas Day. But while most gather among family, a few are heading out and making a splash of their own...

Sunbathers on Bondi Beach
Revellers on Sydney's Bondi Beach have to improvise when building a "snowman"

Swimmers entering the Irish Sea near Dublin
No snowmen in Dublin either, but the sea here is a tad colder

Cuban pushes sidecar in Havana
Water is more unwelcome in Havana, Cuba, celebrating its fourth modern Christmas in a downpour

Japanese delivery man
Perhaps better to stay at home and order in, with the help of a Tokyo santa

Orthodox service in Istanbul
Istanbul's Orthodox Patriarchate engaged in more spiritual pursuits

Re-enactment of the journey of the magi through Bethlehem
And Bethlehem saw the return of the Three Wise Men, 2,000 years on

Nelson Mandela meets children at Christmas party
Nelson Mandela showed true Christmas spirit at his yearly children's party
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