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A pandemic Christmas: Churches shut, borders complicated

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 12:32:34-05

ROME (AP) — Curfews, quarantines and even border closings have complicated Christmas celebrations for countless people around the globe, but ingenuity, determination and imagination helped keep the day special for many.

One newlywed couple in Bangkok, quarantined in a hotel, ordered up a Christmas tree they decorated with mementos from their travels together.

But in Colombia, border closures meant many migrants from Venezuela couldn't go home to see families for Christmas as they have in the past.

Due to a virus resurgence in Italy, Pope Francis delivered his Christmas speech from inside the Vatican instead of from his balcony over St. Peter's Square. He urged world leaders to make sure the most vulnerable and needy are first in line to get coronavirus vaccines.