GERMANY CHRISTMAS SALUTE

Fire flashes from the muzzle of a hand-held mortar as Bavarian highlanders in traditional dress fire a salute on Christmas eve in the mountain village of Schoenau near Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday December 24, 1999. The handcrafted mortars are used traditionally in this area to welcome Christmas holidays and the new year. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)