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A congregation of 4,000 fill the main church as Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads the Solemn Mass of Christmas Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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An elephant holds a Christmas tree on Jan. 4, 2013, at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees. (Associated Press)

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An elephant holds a Christmas tree on Jan. 4, 2013, at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A Christmas wreath is displayed on the second-floor porch railing of a home adjacent to the fire-damaged zone in the Breezy Point section of the New York borough of Queens on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. More than 100 homes burned to the ground during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early on Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, as they visit memorials to shooting victims near the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early on Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, as they visit memorials to shooting victims near the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Christmas shoppers walk past a store at a mall in Salem, N.H., on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Christmas shoppers walk past a store at a mall in Salem, N.H., on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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The usual bustle of after-Christmas crowds did not appear Wednesday at stores across the nation. With the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon, this holiday season is shaping up to be the weakest since the economic uncertainty of 2008. (Associated Press)

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The usual bustle of after-Christmas crowds did not appear Wednesday at stores across the nation. With the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon, this holiday season is shaping up to be the weakest since the economic uncertainty of 2008. (Associated Press)

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Holiday ornaments, but not last-minute shoppers, filled malls as Christmas approached. Consumer sentiment plunged this month after hitting four-year highs in November, dampening sales for retailers despite deep discounts and other incentives. (Associated Press)

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Kiki Infante checks out the merchandise for her Christmas presents in Miami, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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This Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 photo shows a damaged hall at Trinity Episcopal Church as residents clean up and assess the damage from a Christmas Day tornado in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

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Murphy High School teacher Leland Howard tries to salvage items where his algebra classroom once stood in a temporary building at Murphy High School as residents clean up and assess the damage from a Christmas Day tornado Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

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Tim Clarke, in black jacket, carries antiques from the the damaged home of family friend Anne Zieman (not pictured) as residents clean up and assess the damage from a Christmas Day tornado Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

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Murphy High School athletic custodian Mike Gill, left, and maintenance man Stewart Lynch, right, asses the damage caused to the school by a Christmas Day tornado as residents clean up at first light Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Christmas stockings with the names of shooting victims hang from railing near a makeshift memorial near the town Christmas tree in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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A church attendant closes her eyes during a prayer as the Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads the Solemn Mass of Christmas Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Lucas Martinez and his dad, Nick Martinez hit the hill at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas for Christmas Day fun in the snow Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ben Noey Jr.)

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PHotographs by andrew harnik/the washington times A processional makes its way to the altar as Catholic Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl (below) celebrates Mass for more than 3,500 — including Chidubem Nwabineli (right), 6, and his sister, Chinemelum, 8, of Bowie — on Christmas Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.