Christmas Dips Celebrate the Holiday: Photos
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How did you celebrate the season? Dinner with friends and family? An exchange of gifts? A few carols sung by the fire? Some people stripped down to their skivvies and headed for cold water. Around the world, thousands of people showed their Christmas spirit with a Yuletide plunge. Here are a just a few images to get your blood flowing. In Nice, France, a man dressed as Santa Claus gets ready to wade into the chilly Mediterranean Sea as part of the annual Christmas swimming event, Bain de Noël.
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Members of the Berlin Seals swim association take a bath in the Orankesee lake in Berlin, Germany, during their traditional Christmas Swimming.
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Winter swimmers tread water in the Vltava river during the traditional Christmas Swimming event.
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A family enjoys their Christmas day swim at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Australian families and tourists visited Bondi beach to celebrate the Christmas festivities.
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Members of the Serpentine Swimming club leave the water after taking part in the annual Christmas Day morning 100 yards 'Peter Pan Cup' race in Hyde Park, London.
The annual charity Christmas swim for 'Amore Psy' association, support by the diver Pierre Frolla, took place at Larvotto Bay in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
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One of Switzerland's oldest holiday traditions, the annual Coupe de Noel swim took place in Lake Geneva.
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A Chinese swimmer jumps into the water like the Superman at 14 degrees Fahrenheit during a winter swimming session to celebrate Christmas in Jinan city, east China's Shandong province.
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Competitors jump into the sea during the 104rd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup at the Old Harbor of Barcelona on December 25, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The Copa Nadal is organized by the Barcelona Swimming Club and involves competitors swimming across some 656 feet of water. Launched in 1908 the event has only been suspended three times when the Spanish Civil War interrupted proceedings between 1936 and 1938.