For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from France, China, Cuba, Pakistan, United States and other countries from around the world.

By Lloyd Young

A man portraying Santa Claus moves between cars while greeting passengers during a Polar Express holiday train ride to the “North Pole” on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad on Dec. 19 in Portland. The Polar Express is the largest annual fundraiser for the railroad’s museum.

(Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)