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**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during his annual "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the City and to the World") message at the Vatican on Christmas 2010. (Associated Press)

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ChurchAds.net U.S. and British faith and pro-life groups have sponsored thousands of Christmas billboards featuring "Mary's blessed ultrasound."

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Children naughty and nice still write and mail letters to Santa, but a growing number of them send their Christmas wish lists via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

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** FILE ** Security lines grow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the 2010 Christmas season. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama waves from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Wednesday before departing for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

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Students from Brooklyn's P.S. 105 wear Santa hats while on a field trip to view Christmas window displays at Macy's and other Manhattan department stores on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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People walk past a street vendor selling Christmas decorations in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Church officials in Iraq say they have canceled some Christmas festivities in two northern cities over fears of insurgent attacks. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Colter Schoer, 10, of Denver shows some Christmas spirit with a Santa hat as he waits in a long line for a security check. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI, framed by Christmas decorations, delivers his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Associated Press photographs Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, was the target Wednesday of a verbal jab by the Senate majority leader regarding the lame-duck session impinging on the Christmas season.

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Protesters throw Molotov cocktails in Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, as hundreds of demonstrators clashed with riot police across the center city, smashing cars and sending Christmas shoppers fleeing during a massive labor protest against the crisis-hit government's austerity measures. (AP Photo/Alkis Konstantinidis)

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President Barack Obama with his family, from left, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, obscured and Malia Obama, greet performers and Andrea Bocelli, right, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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The first family, from left, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and Malia Obama, applaud during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation, at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Annie Lennox performs Dec. 12 during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington. (Associated Press)

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The first family, from third from left, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson watch the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama, front left, assists children dressed like elves he and his family, from back left, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, obscured, first lady Michelle Obama, and the first lady's mother Marian Robinson, attend the taping of the Annual 2010 Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in Washington Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama, with his family first lady Michelle Obama, left, and their children Sasha Obama, obscured, and Malia Obama, third from left, are joined by from third right, Matthew Morrison, Mariah Carey, and host Ellen DeGeneres, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation, at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Paper decorations hang from the vandalized Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree which has been hacked down and reduced to just a stump in Glastonbury western England Friday Dec. 10, 2010. The tree, a major Christian landmark in England, was vandalized just weeks before Christmas Day. The tree is said to be linked to the arrival of Saint Joseph of Arimathea in England after the crucifixion of Jesus. It draws hundreds of visitors each year.

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Pope Benedict XVI is framed through Christmas decorations as he delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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A couple with a dog walking towards an illuminated Christmas tree in front of a manor house in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. Germany faces ice cold temperatures and snow. (AP Photo/Martin Meisner)