25/12/2012 09:05 GMT

Christmas 2012 In Pictures: From Exmouth Swim To The Royals

Some spend Christmas morning in the kitchen, preparing a feast for all the family.

Others like to open presents, or are away from home.

But for a round-up of Christmas 2012 in pictures - from the troops in Afghanistan to Santa bringing gifts to the giraffes, llamas, lemurs and meerkats of Blair Drummond Safari Park - see our slideshow below.

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Swimmers brave the bracing British winter temperatures in the sea at Exmouth

Ho ho ho! Have a very merry Christmas.