In the US, around 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are purchased every year – but after the Christmas season, many are simply discarded on the streets and eventually find their way to landfill.
The celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us," Pope Francis says in his Christmas message.
As people around the world get ready to ring in the Christmas festivities, TRT World wishes a Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating.
The annual World Santa Claus Congress, now in its 60th year, has drawn attendees from a dozen countries, most sporting traditional red coats and white beards despite the warmer-than-winter weather.
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