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Lots of legwork: Above, holiday shoppers were on the move Friday along the concourse at Boulevard Mall in Amherst. At right, Karen Galli of Amherst looks over personalized ornaments while shopping at the mall.
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Delicate beauty: Catherine Collins and three of her grandchildren, from left, Dylan, 3, Zaire, 8, and Jayden, 7, Harris, all of Buffalo, check out her butterfly tree on Friday. It is one of more than a dozen Christmas trees in her Buffalo home.
Ritual of anger: A masked Palestinian demonstrator throws rocks at Israeli soldiers on Friday during a weekly protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah.
Author's reading: President Obama reads to students during an unannounced visit to Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, Va., on Friday. Obama read, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," a book the president wrote, and "Twas The Night Before Christmas."
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Warm and tasty: Brady Greenough, 4, of Cherry Creek, sips hot chocolate during a visit to East Aurora on Friday.