‘Tis the season to be jolly

By Maverick Life Editors 4 December 2020

Panda Wang Wang opens his Christmas gifts at Adelaide Zoo in Adelaide, Australia, 23 December 2019. Animals at Adelaide Zoo received an early Christmas treat in the form of animal enrichment gifts crafted by the zoo's Behavioural Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals volunteer group. EPA-EFE/KELLY BARNES

Here is an incomplete yet highly enjoyable gallery of images of Christmas through the years and around the world.

In this handout image provided by Taronga Zoo, a meerkat rests inside a Christmas present at Taronga Zoo on December 23, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rick Stevens/Taronga Zoo via Getty Images)
A penguin wears Christmas clothes to stand at Harbin Polarland on December 23, 2017 in Harbin, China..(Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)
Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes are seen at Everland, South Korea’s largest amusement park, on December 19, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Runners dressed as Father Christmas are seen waiting for food before the start of the Santa fun run on December 04, 2005 in Newtown, Powys, Wales. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
23rd December 1969: A baby screams in the arms of a traditional English Santa Claus. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Malabon Zoo owner Manny Tangco (L) and thirteen-year-old orangutan named ‘Pacquiao’ (R), both dressed in Santa Claus costumes pose for pictures in front of Philippine brown deers during the ‘Animal Christmas Party’ at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, 21 December 2015.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO
A chimpanzee named Minnie eats licorice off of a Christmas tree at the San Francisco Zoo December 22, 2005 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Activists dress up as Santa Claus holds a banner as he takes part in a global climate march at City Hall on November 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Tamara Beckwith and pygmy goat Mushroom launch the World Vision’s Alternative Gift Catalogue, a one-week Christmas charity promotion, at Harrods Knightsbridge on November 14, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
circa 1950: Santa Claus (Father Christmas) plays with Rudolph on the John Zumstein reindeer farm near Redmond, Oregon, the largest reindeer farm in America. (Photo by Vermilya/Three Lions/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump pets a horse while he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Two men dressed as Santa Clauses wait for a commuter train on November 27, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
An early arrival at Spitalfields Market, London, puts a youthful shoulder to the task of carrying a Christmas tree home, 14th December 1946. (Photo by Monty Fresco/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Polar bears nibble on fruit snacks hanging on a christmas tree at Hannover Zoo’s ‘Yukon Bay’ on December 22, 2014 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
Barbary macaques eat treats from a Christmas tree in their enclosure in the Tierpark Zoo, in Berlin, Germany, 04 January 2019. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON
Dromedaries eat from Christmas trees decorated with apples and carrots in an enclosure in the Tierpark Berlin animal park in Berlin, Germany, 03 January 2020. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN
Asian elephants Louise and Frosja pick pieces of red paprika hanging from a Christmas tree at Tierpark Berlin zoo on January 04, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump attend the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service at the Ellipse near the White House, on December 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on December 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
In this handout provided by the White House, President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a formal portrait in front of the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Lawrence Jackson/White House via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Larry, the number 10 Downing Street cat, sits in front of the annual Christmas decorations on December 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Shylah Gordon, aged 8, attach a bauble to a Christmas tree during the opening of the Queen Elizabeth II centre at CORAM on December 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A diver wearing Santa Claus costume swims with fishes in the tank at COEX Aquarium on December 7, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
A South Korean diver clad in Santa Claus costume swims with sardines at the Coex Aquarium on December 6, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Benny and the Elevators perform on Christmas during a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets on December 25, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
A Christmas display shows Santa Claus stuck in a chimney December 18, 2001 in Mission Viejo, CA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Barbary macaque eats treats from a Christmas tree in its enclosure in the Tierpark Zoo, in Berlin, Germany, 04 January 2019. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON
Thirteen-year-old orangutan named ‘Pacquiao’ reaches for the tip of his Santa Claus hat during the ‘Animal Christmas Party’ at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, 21 December 2015. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO
Red trees line the East Colonnade during a viewing of the 2018 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 November 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
The East Colonnade is decorated for Christmas at the White House December 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The National Christmas Tree is lit up outside the Ellipse park south of the White House on December 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
People watch the cast members of the Alliance Theatre perform in the final dress rehearsal of their socially distanced drive-in show ‘A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play’, at the Georgia State University stadium parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 03 December 2020.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER
President Donald Trump leaves his Merry Christmas Rally at the Kellogg Arena on December 18, 2019 in Battle Creek, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A warm thank you to Kim McCarthy from Gallo Images for her generous help in the production of this image selection. DM/ ML

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  • What a strange choice of photographs under the title ‘Tis the season to be jolly. More than 10 pics of animals in zoos, and another few of Donald Trump. No, Daily Maverick – those are awful.


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