The Best Pictures of Christmas Across the World, Polar-Bear Mermaids Included

Dec. 26, 2013, 7:07 a.m.

How can the same date on the cal­en­dar, the same hol­i­day, prompt such vary­ing tra­di­tions as jump­ing in­to cold wa­ter with a Santa suit and ar­ran­ging ve­get­ables in the shape of the moun­tain, as well as in­spir­ing sol­emn mo­ments of pray­er?

Well, that’s Christ­mas, truly a world hol­i­day, which ad­apts with the di­versity of loc­a­tions it is cel­eb­rated in.

Here are our fa­vor­ite shots from the day.