Scenes of the season

People walk under Christmas lights decorated in the town of Varna, east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. (AP Photo)
Amusement park employees dressed as Santa Claus skate on the ice during a class of Santa Academy as part of promotional event for the Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with over half the population being Christians. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Visitors look at the Christmas flower exhibition 'Christmas calendar pictures in the Advent' in the Mariendom, Cathedral of Mary arches, in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A huge Christmas tree is installed in Red Square,with St. Basil Cathedral, center, and Kremlin's Spassky Tower and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in the background, in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) A merry go round is seen at the traditional Christmas market which opened in Frankfurt, central Germany, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The "Unter den Linden" boulevard is illuminated with fairy lights as Christmas approaches in Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. The background shows the landmark Brandenburg Gate. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
Five year-old Raymond Jemison of Camden, S.C. talks to Santa about what he would like for Christmas as they visit Thursday Nov. 20, 2008, at Columbia Place Mall in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Susie Ohley, marketing director of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill., holds one of the Christmas tree ornaments zoo workers made from reindeer droppings as a fund raiser for the zoo, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Workers made the ornaments on their own time and donated the ornaments, which were dried and coated with several coats of paint. The ornaments sell for $5. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, David Proeber) Choristers of the folklore ensemble "Tetky z Kyjova" (Aunts from Kyjov) sing Christmas carols in front of a giant angel after the Christmas tree was lit at the start of the advent in the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/CTK, Rene Fluger)
First lady Laura Bush stands with the White House Christmas tree as it is delivered to the North Portico of the White House on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Brandon and Katharine Logan of Roseville, and Brenda Genneio of Dryden were picking out their Christmas trees, as the heavy snows began to fall at the Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm Sunday Nov. 30, 2008 in Oxford, Mich. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Charles V. Tines) A Santa Claus doll is placed in front of a Christmas ornaments shop in Hanoi's Old Quarter neighborhood, Vietnam, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Vietnam has about 6 million Catholics, the second largest in Southeast Asia after the Philippines. Santa Claus and Christmas trees are popular in Vietnam. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
South Korean Christians sing a song at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Christmas in New York by Thomas Kinkade. (PRNewsFoto/The Thomas Kinkade Company)
This undated photo provided by Lois Barber shows a female American holly plant. When the pilgrims landed on these shores, in December 1620, they may well have seen American holly (Ilex opaca), which grows all along the East Coast, from Florida to Maine, and their Christmas tradition continued. (AP Photo/Lois Barber)

A Christmas tree is illuminated on the "Alster river" in Hamburg, Germany, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer) Christmas decorations light up the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, as the Arc de Triomphe is seen in the background. The decorations are traditionally put up late November each year for Christmas. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this image provided by United Feature Syndicate Inc. VIA ABC TV, Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," a television special based on the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. (AP Photo/ABC, 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.)
Children play next to a Christmas tree at a shopping mall in Santiago, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin) People shop at Macy's department store which opened at 5:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, in New York. The nation's retailers are set to usher in the holiday shopping season Friday with pre-dawn openings and deep discounts. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Shoppers crowd an aisle at Macy's on State Street in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, seen during his first meeting with Moscow children, a month long tradition marking upcoming New Year's holiday, at the Kuzminki Park Ded Moroz' residence in the Russian capital on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. New Year's is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) Stained Glass Gingerbread cookies. There probably are very few people eating chestnuts roasted on an open fire during the holiday season, but anyone who has walked - even just once - down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue at Christmastime likely has a pleasant feeling toward the warm, nutty smell. You might also feel that way about vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie or gingerbread. There's also the ever-popular smell of a fresh-cut tree. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) Cinnamon Bird ornaments from Martha Stewart Holiday: Handmade Christmas. (AP Photo/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., Johnny Miller) President George W. Bush enters the holiday decorated Oval Office, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, as he returns from a trip to attend the Roundtable on Mentoring Children of Prisoners Initiative in Greensburo, N.C. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) A snowman and his little snow buddy stand watch outside a home in Orange Village, Ohio on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up on Capitol grounds, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, in Washington. This year's tree, a 70-foot Subalpine Fir, came from Montana's Bitterroot National Forest. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The bottom of the tree selected for the state Christmas tree has instructions as it arrives at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. The community of Bennington will again provide the state Christmas tree this year but the tree won't make it all the way to the nation's capital. This year's blue spruce will stand in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier. The tree was cut Monday from private property in Old Bennington. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Municipal workers put decorations on a huge Christmas tree in Manezh Square outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. A double headed eagle is seen on the roof of the State Historical Museum. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) A diver, dressed as Santa Claus, feeds a stingray and other fishes at the Manila Ocean Park, the Philippines largest oceanarium Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, in Manila. The diver donned the Santa costume to attract tourists for Christmas holidays. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) People look on from office windows as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 76th annual lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 76th annual lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, in New York. The 80-year-old Norway spruce, which stands 72 feet tall, is decorated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. The tree will stay lit through Jan. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) A traditional dressed man holds a star as he stands beside a Christmas crib during an annual competition of Christmas cribs on the Market Square in Krakow, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Pawel Ulatowski) Philippine Senator Miguel Zubiri, left, reacts as he is presented with a solar-powered Christmas lantern by environmentalist group Greenpeace Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at the Philippine Senate in Manila. The presentation was made ahead of the Dec. 6 Global Day of Action to coincide with the United Nations climate meeting in Poland. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) The 62nd annual Christmas Tree from Norway is lit in Trafalgar Square, in London, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. Every Christmas since 1947 the City of Oslo has give a Christmas tree to London in gratitude for the help Norway was given by Britain during World War II. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Workers lower a star atop a giant Christmas tree near the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Ahmad Omar) Trees are illuminated at Lake Geneva in the center of Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. 12 artists from Switzerland, France and Belgium decorated trees in prominent positions around the city center and lakeside during the 'Trees and Lights Festival', an art gathering aimed at bringing contemporary art to the streets. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, left, and pop singer Britney Spears go Christmas Caroling in Los Angeles, in a segment for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," taped Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. This segment will air on Tuesday, Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Michael Rozman) An illuminated tree is seen in front of the Christmas market in Duisburg, western Germany, Friday Dec. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Wood carver Juergen Weinrich works at a Christmas pyramid in his studio in Glashuette, eastern Germany, 25 miles south of Dresden, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. The traditional wooden Christmas pyramids manufactured in the Erzgebirge mountain region are sold all over the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)  A woman walks her dog on a snowy way in the Olympic park in Munich, southern Germany, during winter weather with temperatures around the freezing point on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Christof Stache) Children of a day-care center in Stuttgart wearing Santa Claus caps make a round on a miniature railway on the christmas market in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, as driver Marcel Tamas glances at his passengers. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle) A Thai chef decorates a Christmas tree with sugar candy sticks at a hotel in Bangkok on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. The festive tree, which is 6 meters tall and weights 779.14 kilograms, is made of about 38,900 pieces of sugar sticks, according to the chef. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Palestinian children hold candles as they stand in front of the Christmas tree after it was lit next to the Church of Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, as part of Christmas preparations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. The biblical West Bank town is readying to greet thousands of tourists for the Christmas festivities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) A New Year's tree stands in Moscow Poklonnaya Gora (Hill) memorial and amusement park, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, with a poster depicting Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, left, and his traditional companion, Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), in the background. New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, and is followed by the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze) A New Year's tree rises in the Moscow GUM State Department store, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, and is followed by the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) This video image provided by the White House shows President George W. Bush talking to Barney in the "Barney Cam" holiday doggie video. (AP Photo/White House) This video image provided by the White House shows first lady Laura Bush with Barney and Miss Beazley appearing in the "Barney Cam" holiday doggie video. (AP Photo/White House) Gingerbread houses decorate a dining area for Christmas aboard the U.S. Navy ship USS Iwo Jima, which is docked in Manama, Bahrain, on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Palestinian bride Sandy walks with her father through a door inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during her wedding ceremony in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. The biblical West Bank town is readying to greet thousands of tourists for Christmas celebrations. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)