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The Duchess of Cambridge (right), nee Kate Middleton, receives flowers from children after she and other members of the royal family attended Christmas services at St. Mary Magdelene Church on the grounds of Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II's Norfolk retreat, in northeast England on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, carries a statuette of baby Jesus during the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)

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A young man shows off the Nike Air Jordan shoes he got for Christmas from his parents Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Danese Kenon)

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AW-W-W: 58 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats in the Washington area "believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas" says a WTOP poll. (AP photo)

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Flood debris awaits pickup in front of a Christmas manger scene Wednesday at a West Pittston, Pa., home. Months after a tropical storm caused Susquehanna River flooding, many will be out of their homes for Christmas. (Associated Press)

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In this photo released by CBS, host David Letterman, right, and comic Jay Thomas get ready to throw footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree during the annual Late Show Holiday Quarterback Challenge on the set of "Late Show with David Letterman," airing Thursday, Dec. 23, 2011 on the CBS Television Network. Thomas and Letterman each take turns tossing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock off the giant meatball perched at its top. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

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Party: James Brown Death-Mas Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? It's not like ours was the calendar in use at the birth of common era, or that there is any scholarly evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was born in the dead of winter. There is quite a bit of scholarly evidence, however, that James Brown, godfather of soul, has an ironclad claim to Dec. 25: It is his death day. Brown was admitted to a hospital on Christmas Eve in 2006, and died the next day of complications from pneumonia. In honor of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Black Cat is throwing a James Brown Death-Mas Bash. DJ Soul Call Paul and the James Brown Revue promise to "RESURRECT the man and his music in a Christmas dance party for the ages." Dec. 25 at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Phone: (202) 667-7960. Web: http://www.blackcatdc.com/

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Visitors are reflected next to a Christmas tree on the rain-streaked Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Stella Melley of Alexandria looks at the U.S. Botanical Garden's Christmas tree, part of the "Seasons Greenings" exhibit, which she visits with her 5-year-old daughter, Quinn, and 4-year-old son, Griffin, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Children at Christ Church in Alexandria portray biblical characters during the church's Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Jack Wilmer of Alexandria holds his 16-month-old grandson, Johnny Wilmer, during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The pews are filled during the performance of the Nativity scene during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children playing angels run up the stairs at Christ Church, where President George Washington worshipped, to perform in the Nativity scene of the church's Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Girls portraying angels play on the balcony during a rehearsal of the Nativity scene of the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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At Christ Church in Alexandra, where President George Washington worshipped, Lindy, 10, plays the role of Mary during a rehearsal for the Nativity scene in the church's Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children make their way along the path en route to the Christ Church, where President George Washington once worshipped, for their performance in the Nativity scene of a Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children get into their costumes as they prepare for their performances in the Nativity section of the Christmas pageant at Christ Church in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Benjamin Hawley (center), 9, of Arlington gives his Christmas list back to his mother after visiting with Santa, played by Michael Graham, at Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Santa makes his rounds and meets with Union soldiers with Brady's Michigan Sharpshooters during the Civil War-era Christmas event called "Christmas in Camp" at Fort Ward in Alexandria on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. This holiday event, which explores how Christmas was observed during the Civil War, features living-history interpreters, a Victorian Christmas tree, period music and a Santa Claus from the 1860s. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People open their umbrellas under one of three Christmas wreaths on display at Union Station in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 6, 2011, as a steady light rain falls throughout the day. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)