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Figures in the nativity scene, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, wear face masks in a shop in the H1N1-hit city of Naples November 5, 2009. Italy has reported 26 victims of the H1N1 influenza virus have died, and 41,000 people have been vaccinated in the country by the start of November. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Renna/Agnfoto

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A Christmas Nativity Scene, which was made in a nut, is displayed during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village, southeastern France, December 14, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Eric Gaillard

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A woman makes the final touch to a cats' Christmas Nativity Scene during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village, southeastern France, December 14, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Pope

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of a nativity scene at the end of his weekly audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 16, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

Friar

Friar Cesare Bonizzi, also known as Fratello Metallo (Metal Friar), walks past nativity scenes in his monastery in Novara November 17, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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A man and his daughter look at a nativity scene display in Madrid December 7, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Vincent West

Actors

Actors take part in a re-enactment of a nativity scene at Nazareth Village in northern Israel December 21, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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A couple takes a picture with sand figures depicting the nativity scene as part of Christmas celebrations, at La Pineda beach in Salou, near Tarragona December 20, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

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A woman walks past a street decoration portraying a Christmas nativity scene, as part of Christmas celebrations on Reforma Avenue in Mexico City December 16, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Henry Romero