Something I enjoy at this time is looking back over the year through the many excellent press photographs published in print and online. Here are some links to a selection. You can expect to see riots, wars, tsunami, the Arab Spring, DSK, the economic crisis, Occupy, but there are many surprises too, like reindeer racing, and the space shuttle Endeavor.
The Guardian: Photographs of the Year 2011:
BBC News: Pictures of the Year 2011
The Telegraph: 2011 The Year in Pictures
Globe and Mail Toronto: The best photos from 2011
Sydney Morning Herald: The Year in Images
Wall Street Journal: Photos of the Year 2011: (by month)