In the spirit of the season, a young boy held onto a teddy bear that was delivered by the Costa Mesa Fire Department, who gave toys and gifts to underprivileged families on Dec. 22.
On Christmas Day, volunteer firefighter Edward Manley set a star on top of a tree in Queens, NY, where residents are still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Sandy.
With the first lady at his side, President Barack Obama spoke to military men and women in Kane'ohe Bay, HI, on Christmas Day.
In Spain, Santa-clad competitors jumped into the sea for the 103rd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup on Dec. 25.
On Dec. 27, the words "come together" were written on a Starbucks cup in Washington DC — a message to divided lawmakers regarding the fiscal cliff, according to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
People gathered in New York City's Times Square on Dec. 21 for the Imagine Peace Event, where Yoko Ono's video billboard film is played nightly throughout December.
On Dec. 26, Cirque du Soleil performed in the streets of London to open the Winter sale at Harrods in England.
A man and his son lit a candle during the Christmas Eve memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.