Photos of the Week (12/27/20)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) A look at the scene around Second and Commerce in Nashville Christmas Day morning following an explosion that occurred around 6:30 a.m. Photo: The Tennessean

2) Far-right protesters break the door to the Capitol building during a protest against restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Salem, Oregon, Dec. 21, 2020. Photo: Reuters

3) Jupiter and Saturn appear close together during a planetary conjunction alongside the Statue of Liberty in New York City, December 21, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Bjoern Kils/New York Media Boat

4) Jupiter, left, and Saturn, right, are seen during the “great conjunction” where the two planets appear a tenth of a degree apart from one another, Dec. 21, 2020, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: NASA. Another look from southern Spain. Reuters

5) A view of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the sky over Santa Pola, Alicante, in eastern Spain. Photograph: Manuel Lorenzo/EPA

6) The Milky Way with Saturn and Jupiter viewed from Koh Chang, Thailand. Photograph: Chakarin Wattanamongkol/Getty Images

7) A plume rises near active fissures in the crater of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Photo: AP

8) Workers remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the US Capitol overnight on Sunday, December 20 in Washington. Lee’s statue had been one of 13 statues in the Crypt of the Capitol, representing the 13 original colonies. Photo: CNN

9) A giraffe receives Christmas treats at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia December 9, 2020. Photo: Rick Stevens/Taronga Zoo Sydney via REUTERS

10) Poland’s Piotr Zyla of Poland competes during the men’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Engelberg, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters

11) Romain Vandendorpe tries to break the world record for the longest full body contact with ice cubes, in Wattrelos, northern France, Dec. 19, 2020. Photo: AFP

12) A Palestinian scouts band parades in front of the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the Biblical city. In a normal year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flood the Palestinian city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But with coronavirus restrictions making travel to Bethlehem all but impossible for foreign worshippers, the Church of the Nativity has been eerily calm. Photograph: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

13) The Very Rev Dr Derek Browning, the former moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland, puts the Christmas Day order of service on socially distanced chairs inside Morningside parish church. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

14) Fairview Cemetery Division Manager Cathy Maroney places the last of the approximately 1,100 Christmas wreaths on the Veterans headstones in the back of the cemetery on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, for its annual Veteran’s Holiday Wreath Program in Bowling Green, Ky. Photo: Bowling Green Daily News

15) Members of the Slovenian Cave Rescue Association descend as Santa Claus to entertain patients at a pediatric hospital. Photograph: Borut Zivulovic/Reuters

16) People dressed in Santa Claus costumes play beach volleyball in Tel Aviv. Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

17) A scuba diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds a sting ray during a performance show at Aquaria KLCC aquarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP

18) A man in a Santa Claus costume flies over the countryside on his trike with motorized paraglider and an illuminated reindeer in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. As in previous years, the man, dressed as Santa Claus, can be seen in the sky with his curious flying machine in good weather in the run-up to Christmas. Photo: AP

19) Chad Mayhew, 47, decorates his auto body repair shop’s tow truck during the holiday season and drives it through Georgia at night, parking at various shopping malls and cranking up Christmas music on large speakers. “I love bringing Christmas to to folks, and the kids love our big rig. It makes my heart feel good to see people dance and laugh and enjoy it, especially during all this Covid stuff.” Photograph: Robin Rayne/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

20) Models and dancers dressed as Christmas trees and baubles put on a display in a shopping mall in Bangkok. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

21) Two-year-old Sofia Fox is nuzzled by a donkey wearing a Santa hat in a shopping street in Galway, Ireland, December 22, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne  

22) Mini-Santas visit a church in Hanoi. Although Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, it has increased in popularity. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

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