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After delivering mass, Monsignor Pius Kasha poses with security officials who are guarding the Syriac Catholic church in the Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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TSA workers sing at Los Angeles International Airport in this screen grab from a USA Today video. The chorus dons Santa hats during the holiday season and perform in the middle of the airport. USA Today hide caption

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White Christmas Jack Jezzro 0:59

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Honduran migrants deported from the United States wait to complete their paperwork as they return to their home country in August. Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Beegie Adair 0:30

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Christmas Wrapping Vitamin String Quartet 0:54

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Smooth Jazz All Tribute to Kanye West Smooth Jazz All Stars 0:10

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Baby, It's Cold Outside Holiday Smooth Jazz Classics 0:59

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials and Japanese journalists look at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in November. International media swarmed to cover the problems at the plant, but coverage died down before interest did. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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Christmas Swing Sellers International Brass Band, The Huddersfield Choral Society 0:20

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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Oscar Peterson 0:30

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Frankincense comes from the Boswellia sacra tree, which grows mainly in the Horn of Africa. The number of trees that produce the fragrant resin could decline by 90 percent in the next 50 years. scott.zona/flickr hide caption

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Christmas Song The Salvation Army 0:30

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