Take a look at 31 awesome photos from December 2014

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Take a look at 31 awesome photos from December 2014
A man jumps over a bull during a 'recortadores' bullfight at the Canaveralejo bullring in Cali, Department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on December 21, 2014. The recortadores bullfight is an ancient tradition in which men try to dodge the bull without a cape or sword. Bulls are not killed during this type of bullfight. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Poland's Dawid Kubacki soars through the air during the men's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competition in Engelberg, central Switzerland, on December 20, 2014. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump on the Mediterranean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain Sunday, Dec 25, 2011. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emiliio Morenatti)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Ariana Grande performs as Elsa Hosk walks the runway at the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
A girl makes soap bubbles in Rome's historic center on November 18, 2014. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
BYBLOS, LEBANON - DECEMBER 10: Byblos streets are illuminated ahead of Christmas despite of economic and political problems in Lebanon, on December 10, 2014. (Photo by Bilal Jawich/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) is pushed out of bounds by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Jamell Fleming (30) before reaching the end zone, during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, two dogs gather on a visitors car at the Vafa Animal Shelter in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. The shelter also struggles to find homes for dogs, with only around six being adopted each month. Iranians, like many other prospective dog owners, prefer purebreds to strays, something the shelter is trying to change. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
In this photo taken on Dec. 16, 2014, a volunteer holds a repaired skull before placing it inside a box during an exhumation of a mass grave at the cemetery of Puerto Real, Spain. Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves _ a legacy of Spain’s fascist past during the time of General Francisco Franco. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to deliver toys and gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign on December 10, 2014 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. The gifts were donated by staff of the presidential office. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Large waves crash over the harbour wall in the town of Whitehaven in Cumbia, north west England on December 10, 2014. Energy companies were working Wednesday to restore power to around 17,500 homes in the west of Scotland affected by stormy weather and high winds. (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais Camille Cerf (C) is congratulated by Miss Ile de France 2014 Margaux Savarit (L) and Miss Auvergne 2014 Morgane Laporte after Cerf won the Miss France 2015 beauty contest on December 6, 2014 in Orleans. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn takes a selfie with a calf on the podium after winning the FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Downhill on December 20, 2014 in Val d'Isere, French Alps. (PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
Arkansas's Michael Qualls, top, tumbles into Clemson's Sidy Djitte (50) while shooting a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
An unidentifyed surfer rides a wave off Praia do Norte in Nazare, central Portugal on December 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
People skate on the ice rink hosted on the eiffel tower's first floor on December 15, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' French forward Yacine Bammou flips as he celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Lorient (FCL) vs Nantes (FCN) on December 20, 2014 at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France. (JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A Capybara bathes in the hot spring water at the Saitama Children's zoo in Higashi Matsuyama city, Saitama prefecture on December 21, 2014. Seven capybaras in the zoo, originally from South America, enjoyed the hot spring water on the chilly winter day in Japan. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

A worker watches clashes between policemen and students during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Thousands of union workers and students staging a general strike marched Friday through more than 50 Italian cities to protest government reforms that they say erode workers' rights. The general strike, shutting down basic services across Italy, is the first ever by two of Italy's largest union confederations against a center-left government, which have traditionally cozied up to unions. Premier Matteo Renzi said the right to strike must be protected, but insisted his tougher line is necessary to return the economy to growth and create jobs. 

Photo Credit: Luca Bruno, AP Photo

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, of Finland, is scored on by Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
ALTERNATIVE CROP A child runs in front of Ferris wheel on December 16, 2014 in downtown Nice, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.

Photo Credit: Rob Griffith, AP Photo

A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees along the wall of Jerusalem's Old City, on December 22, 2014, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker (Centre L) arranges watermelons at a market in Manila on December 28, 2014. Filipinos believe that displaying 12 different round-shaped fruits - one representing each month of the year - at home before New Year's Day welcomes prosperity. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog plays with a ball in the Orangerie park covered in snow, on December 30, 2014 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Heavy snowfall brought both chaos and joy across Europe, created idyllic conditions for skiers in France, but also havoc for holidaymakers rushing to and from ski resorts for their end-of-year vacations. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian commuters make their way along a fog affected road in Allahabad on December 28, 2014. Many parts of northern India are experiencing dense foggy cold days with the resulting low visibility affecting road, rail and air traffic. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

A girl stands next to an art installation depicting a gorilla entitled 'Silver Back' by artist David Mach, as she poses for the photographers during a press preview of a themed auction that features the animal as artistic inspiration, entitled 'Creatures Great and Small', in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The two-meter tall gorilla by the Turner Prize nominated artist is the third of an edition of three, the first of which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest art installation made entirely from coat hangers. The sale scheduled for Dec. 17, 2014, explores animals across a diverse range of mediums and styles, from intricate carving details in 19th century furniture through to contemporary sculpture, according to Christie’s auction house.

Photo Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Photo

An helicopter takes off from as the carcass of a poached and mutilated white rhino is seen laying on the banks of a river at Kruger National Park during a forensic investigation on September 12, 2014. As investigators comb a scene of a dehorned rhino in South Africa's Kruger National Park, its horn is likely to have already been smuggled out of the country to Asia, highlighting the extent of organised poaching cartels threatening the endangered species. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
Salsa dancers perform in the 'Salsodromo' parade, which marks the start of the 57th Fair of Cali, on December 25, 2014, in the Colombian city of Cali. Some 1,500 salsa dancers from different dance schools in Cali danced in the streets, staging different steps of salsa music through history, as the fair runs from December 25 to 30. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A double-decker bus travels over Standedge between snow-covered fields at dusk near the village of Diggle, northern England, on December 27, 2014. Overnight flurries left parts of Britain blanketed in snow on December 27, causing power shortages and delays at airports. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of beach goers pack Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. With temperatures reaching over 40 degrees celsius, (104 Fahrenheit), Rio beaches were packed on the last weekend of the year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


As the month and the year draw to a close, take a moment to look back at the defining imagery of the year's final weeks. Photos from around the world highlight the season and all of its symbols. Santa and Christmas trees were prevalent, of course, along with wintry scenes, the occasional amusing moments, like Ariana Grande being taken out by a Victoria's Secret model's giant angel wing while performing on stage and the heart-wrenching crisis wrought by rhinoceros poachers in South Africa.

Humans got some serious air, too. Whether it was a matador in Colombia leaping over a charging bull, or a World Cup ski jumper with a breathtaking view in Switzerland, or a somersaulting soccer player in France, people showed off their hops in December -- and cameras were there to capture the moments.

And if winter's chill is already getting to you, be sure to see the last photo of the slide show above. It shows the scene in Rio de Janeiro where a heat wave gripped the famed vacation spot this week.

Until 2015, we bid you adieu. Happy New Year!

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