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From ice swimming to fun runs, unusual ways Europeans have celebrated Christmas

origin 1Members of the Berlin Seals take their annual Christmas dip in Lake Orankese in Berlin. ©Christophe Gateau/(c) Copyright 2022, dpa (www.dpa.de). All rights reserved

About 1,500 competitors on Sunday took part in a fun Christmas run in Kosovo dressed in Santa Claus costumes.

It is the seventh time the charity event has been held in the Kosovo capital Pristina and aims to raise funds for needy families.

Event organizer Jusuf Islami said that around 200 families in total would benefit from the donations.

Meanwhile, in the German capital Berlin, members of a swimming club have dressed up for their annual Christmas dip in Lake Orankesee.

The Berliner Seals braved water temperatures of 2°C and air temperatures of 0°C.

About 40 club members took part in the ice dive. They talked about the health benefits of winter ice diving and year-round swimming.

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