THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Holiday celebrations, home schooling and Kelsi Poe

Sunday, December 4, 2011 | 9:58 p.m. CST; updated 8:46 a.m. CST, Monday, December 5, 2011

Images of holiday festivities and Kelsi Poe's recovery were among the week's best photos by Missourian staff photographers.

In this photo by Katie Currid, Lizzie Bryan selects a song on the jukebox during Santacon on Saturday at McNally's Irish Pub and Grill. Bryan is the organizer of the event, which encourages attendees to abide by these rules on the group's Facebook page: "A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit. Get creative." 

Since her accident in September 2010, Kelsi Poe has achieved one unexpected goal after another, first by living and then by speaking, swallowing, walking and taking classes. On Wednesday, Poe ran on a treadmill for one minute. Currently, she's working toward driving, living independently and one day playing softball. This photo was taken by Nick Michael.

In this photo by Sarah Hoffman, MU freshman Hannah Alexander sings during an early Kwanzaa celebration Thursday at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. The African-American and Pan-African holiday has seven principles and emphasizes family, community and culture.

In this photo by Jeremy Jardine, Rock Bridge High School senior Sarah Henzel high-fives a girl through the glass at Glik's during the Living Windows Festival on Friday. Hendel gave high-fives and fist bumps to younger attendees throughout the night.

In this photo by Michael, Liam Fogle plays a ragtime tune he arranged himself at his home in Ashland on Oct. 26. Liam took piano lessons for four years, and although he is now taking a break from lessons, he plays from memory and by ear and composes his own arrangements.

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