* WINNERS: The many Americans with the true spirit of the holiday season. Like four-year-old Noah Moss of Chicago, who got a Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger for Hanukkah but gave up the hottest, hardest-to-find toy of the season to brighten the Christmas of a paralyzed boy he had never seen. Or like the affluent but anonymous benefactor who handed out $15,000 to needy people in Los Angeles.

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* WINNERS: The Russian people - for abandoning atheism in droves. A survey shows a third of the Russians who once considered themselves atheists have come to believe in God.LOSERS: The people of East Germany. Despite the downfall of communism, there has been no reversal of the decline in their religious faith. How sad.

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