As I check out the pictures coming into our picture database today, many show the Christmas season getting underway with tree and street lighting ceremonies around the world.
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Christmas lights were turned on to mark the start of the Christmas season in Madrid Nov. 26.
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A giant Christmas tree stands in the middle of Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris in the French capital Nov. 26.
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Every year, Germany's traditional markets, such as the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt in medieval Nuremberg, draw millions of visitors, both local and foreign. The first official record of this pre-Christmas market dates back to 1628. They open before the first Sunday of Advent and continue until December 24 at 12 noon.
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Spectators watch fireworks over the newly lit Norwood Spruce Christmas tree that stands about 60 feet tall from Lloyd Hurst of Wooster, Ohio during ceremonies for the Annual Tree Lighting at Fountain square Friday, Nov. 26, in downtown Cincinnati.