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Holiday originating in Christianity, usually celebrated on December 25 (in the Gregorian or Julian calendars)

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Christmas: Holiday originating in Christianity, usually celebrated on December 25 (in the Gregorian or Julian calendars)
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.

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Brentwood teenager's Christmas lights show thrills crowd

Ben Charles has creating a light and sound extravaganza for the fifth Christmas running.
BBC News - Published

We went to the world's largest Christmas maze. Here are 3 things we loved and 3 we disliked

Enchant Christmas, which touts itself as the largest Christmas light maze in the world, came to Washington, D.C. It's also in Florida and Seattle.
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for Christmas


Peloton 'wife' pops up in new advertisement [Video]Peloton 'wife' pops up in new advertisement

The actress who appeared in a widely criticized Christmas advertisement for exercise bike maker Peloton has a new role selling gin for actor Ryan Reynolds. Colette Luke has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:48Published

The White House Christmas Decorations You May Have Missed [Video]The White House Christmas Decorations You May Have Missed

On Monday, First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2019 White House Christmas decorations. Several historic rooms in The White House are adorned in their theme this year—"The Spirit of America."..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

UK PM vows to chase 2030 World Cup bid if elected [Video]UK PM vows to chase 2030 World Cup bid if elected

Boris asks Santa Claus for Brexit this Christmas as he plays soccer with kids as he promises a joint 2030 World Cup bid with Ireland and support for the grassroots of the game.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:11Published

I want Brexit for Christmas, Boris Johnson says [Video]I want Brexit for Christmas, Boris Johnson says

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he would like Brexit for Christmas when asked by a man dressed as Santa on the election campaign trail. Mr Johnson had a kick-about with young football fans at the..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:38Published

What a Senate impeachment trial could look like [Video]What a Senate impeachment trial could look like

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to engage with the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry but is expected to adopt a very different strategy in the likely event of a trial in the..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:39Published

"Super Trouper": ABBA exhibition opens in London [Video]"Super Trouper": ABBA exhibition opens in London

From a superfan's shrine to a replica of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest stage where they triumphed with "Waterloo", a new exhibition opening in London on Friday (December 6) looks back at the huge

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:20Published

Jo Swinson gets in festive spirit with Christmas sing-along [Video]Jo Swinson gets in festive spirit with Christmas sing-along

Jo Swinson joined the residents of Manor Grange Care Home in Edinburgh for a Christmas sing-along on Thursday. The Lib Dem leader met and talked with residents and carers over a cup of tea as they..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:59Published

Pelosi calls for impeachment articles against Trump [Video]Pelosi calls for impeachment articles against Trump

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday (December 5) said she has instructed the House Judiciary panel to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:40Published

Liam Payne to reunite with Cheryl for Christmas [Video]Liam Payne to reunite with Cheryl for Christmas

'Strip That Down' hitmaker Liam Payne has spilled that he will be reuniting with Cheryl at Christmas for their son Bear.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:56Published

The women transforming a white Christmas into a colourful one [Video]The women transforming a white Christmas into a colourful one

These women are hoping to add a splash of colour to a white Christmas with a new range of Christmas ornaments - March Muses.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:06Published

Peloton lowers monthly price amid ad controversy [Video]Peloton lowers monthly price amid ad controversy

Exercise equipment company Peloton dropped the price of its digital monthly subscription, causing its share price to drop for a second straight day after some consumers complained its Christmas ad is..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:58Published

Jeremy Corbyn says he 'doesn't watch television very much on Christmas Day' when quizzed on Queen's Speech [Video]Jeremy Corbyn says he 'doesn't watch television very much on Christmas Day' when quizzed on Queen's Speech

Courtesy: ITV Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to admit during an interview with ITV's Julie Etchingham that he did not know when the Queen’s message is aired on Christmas Day. Mr Corbyn also..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Hafod Hardware releases touching Christmas advert [Video]Hafod Hardware releases touching Christmas advert

An emotive Christmas advert for a small hardware store in Wales has been released, encouraging viewers to be a kid this Christmas.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 02:02Published

Melania Trump visits Salvation Army centre in London [Video]Melania Trump visits Salvation Army centre in London

The First Lady of the United States visited the Salvation Army in Clapton in London during the Nato summit. Melania Trump met with local school students from the Baden Powell School to create Christmas..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:27Published

Lea Michele's perfect gift from husband [Video]Lea Michele's perfect gift from husband

Lea Michele's husband gave her a "wedding survival guide" for Christmas last year to take the stress out of planning their big day.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:03Published

How your Smart TV could be spying on you [Video]How your Smart TV could be spying on you

The FBI warned consumers this week that their smart TVs may be collecting extensive data about them.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:40Published

Scarlett Moffatt enjoying Christmas build-up without Extra Camp role [Video]Scarlett Moffatt enjoying Christmas build-up without Extra Camp role

Former 'I'm A Celebrity: Extra Camp' host Scarlett Moffatt is happy to step down as she can finally enjoy the build up to Christmas.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:58Published

Ruth Jones won't rule out more Gavin and Stacey [Video]Ruth Jones won't rule out more Gavin and Stacey

Ruth Jones won't rule out making more episodes of 'Gavin and Stacey', although there are currently no plans after the Christmas special.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:05Published

Cities across world finding unique ways to celebrate Christmas [Video]Cities across world finding unique ways to celebrate Christmas

Christmas festivities officially started in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. The season to be jolly is upon us and cities across the world have turned on their festive lights. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:50Published

During holiday shopping period, pope blasts 'virus' of consumerism [Video]During holiday shopping period, pope blasts 'virus' of consumerism

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to resist the excesses of consumerism in the period leading up to Christmas, calling it a virus that attacks faith and offends the needy. Roger Fortuna has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:03Published

Pope gifts relic of Jesus' manger to Bethlehem [Video]Pope gifts relic of Jesus' manger to Bethlehem

A fragment of wood reputed to be from the manger where Jesus was laid after his humble birth arrived in Bethlehem on Saturday as a gift from the Pope, kicking off Christmas celebrations. Conway G...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

London Bridge attack: Sadiq Khan urges shoppers not to be put off coming to capital [Video]London Bridge attack: Sadiq Khan urges shoppers not to be put off coming to capital

London mayor Sadiq Khan says London Bridge suspect and convicted terrorist Usman Khan should not have been released from prison and urges Christmas shoppers not to be put off coming into the capital.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:03Published

 

Join my Christmas ban-wagon ... first up, price hikes on puddings

Tis the season to be jolly-well turned off by grating tunes, work parties and general unnecessary excess.
The Age - Published

No Christmas retail cheer but hopes for the new year

Retailers are expecting a tough Christmas but pin their hopes on a better 2020.
The Age - Published

Is it really the happiest time of the year?

is it really the happiest time of the year?
Christmas arrives like a decorative package full of grief triggers: empty chairs, missing faces and silent voices can often haunt the holidays: what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year for..
WorldNews - Published

Peloton 'wife' pops up in new advertisement

The actress who appeared in a widely criticized Christmas advertisement for exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc has a new role selling gin for actor Ryan Reynolds.
Reuters - Published

It's that time of year ... the left are trying to steal Christmas!

Can you believe that Naomi Wolf tried to kill Christmas? It depends how much weight you give to Angus Taylor's word, I suppose.
The Age - Published

'Heartbroken' girl wants stolen therapy dog back for Christmas

Stolen Lottie is a therapy dog and "best friend" to 11-year-old Chloe Hopkins.
BBC News - Published

Trump impeachment inquiry, Taylor Swift drops new Christmas song, St. Nicholas Day: 5 things to know Friday

Trump to decide whether to participate in the House impeachment inquiry, Taylor Swift's new Christmas song and more things to start your Friday.
USATODAY.com - Published

Nearly 1 million children under 11 face Christmas without warm home or fresh food this year, research suggests

More than one in 10 young children likely to spend festive season without the basics, charity warns
Independent - Published

Police armed with assault rifles to patrol Australian airports over Christmas

Anti-terror officers armed with assault rifles will patrol Australian airports this Christmas.
SBS - Published

Anti-terror cop squads to patrol airports

Bomb-detection dogs and anti-terror officers armed with assault rifles will patrol Australian airports this Christmas.
SBS - Published

Fearing protests, North Carolina town cancels Christmas parade featuring Confederate group

Wake Forest, North Carolina, said it canceled its annual Christmas parade over fears of violence and protest of a Confederate group's participation.
USATODAY.com - Published

Johnson urges voters to help him ‘change punctured Parliament’

johnson urges voters to help him ‘change punctured parliament’
Boris Johnson has pleaded with voters to give him a House of Commons majority in seven days to help change the “punctured Parliament” he claims has frustrated his vision for Britain. The Prime..
WorldNews - Published

Pelosi Says House Will Begin Drafting Impeachment Charges Against Trump

The Speaker said she was instructing House committee chairmen to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump, escalating a partisan confrontation that could lead to a vote by..
NYTimes.com - Published

Taylor Swift to release Christmas song (at midnight!) and a music video 'made from home videos'

In a video sent to "Good Morning America," Taylor Swift, 29, announced she is releasing a new Christmas song and music video.
USATODAY.com - Published

Morrison plays Santa in a merry start to festive season break

How good is Christmas? Overdue actually, according to some 300 Coalition MPs and staff who arrived at the Prime Minister's Courtyard in Parliament House on Wednesday for the annual Christmas knees-up.
The Age - Published

Lachlan Murdoch's smoky Christmas drinks attracts a who's who of Sydney elite

The rich list and political inner circle gathered for Lachlan Murdoch's Christmas drinks, including the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and other business and media heavyweights.
The Age - Published

VIDEO of Christmas market in Damascus shows the side of Syria you won’t see in Western media

video of christmas market in damascus shows the side of syria you won’t see in western media
After almost a decade of war, the very name Syria seems synonymous with conflict and destruction. Yet a short video filmed at a Christmas market in Damascus reveals that peace – and joy – are..
WorldNews - Published

Capitol Christmas tree gets lit in Washington

A tree from the Land of Enchantment better known as New Mexico, is this years Christmas centerpiece in front of the Capitol. (Dec. 4)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50

The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Peloton's Christmas ad mocked as sexist

Exercise bike and treadmill maker Peloton Interactive Inc's latest Christmas advertisement has been widely criticized on social media as being "sexist" and "dystopian".
Reuters - Published

Peloton Christmas ad tagged 'sexist' on social media

Exercise bike and treadmill maker Peloton Interactive Inc's latest Christmas advertisement was widely criticized on social media as being "sexist" and "dystopian".
Reuters - Published

France looks set for potentially its biggest strike in decades

France is bracing itself for a widespread transport strike starting on Thursday, December 5. This looks set to be the most comprehensive strike the country has experienced in decades. Many are..
France 24 - Published

Melania Trump hands out Christmas presents to London children

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump was greeted by dozens of school children in northeast London on Wednesday when she attended a Salvation Army event to hand out Christmas presents and decorate the tree.
Reuters - Published

Grantham school asks pupils not to send Christmas cards

The school in Grantham has said it will be removing its Christmas cards post box.
BBC News - Published

General election: When is the vote and which candidates are running?

Everything you need to know as pre-Christmas snap poll looms
Independent - Published

Canadian fireys volunteer to help battle Australian bushfires over Christmas

Canadian firefighters will leave freezing conditions in their homeland to help fight bushfires in Australia, giving up Christmas with their families to do so.
SBS - Published

‘We’ve come full circle’: Twitter balks at $60 AirPod carrying straps that defeat original purpose of in-ears

‘we’ve come full circle’: twitter balks at $60 airpod carrying straps that defeat original purpose of in-ears
The Apple AirPods' unique selling point is their wireless design, affording users unparalleled freedom. However, anxiety over losing the tiny in-ears prompted e-tailers Nordstrom and Amazon to sell..
WorldNews - Published

Bethlehem set for a Happy Christmas: more rooms, more inns and part of its manger back

As the Christmas decorations go up in Manger Square, Bethlehem is preparing for its best Christmas for two decades, the town's mayor and hoteliers say.
Reuters - Published

North Korea warns U.S. must chose its own "Christmas gift"

Kim Jong Un's regime has warned it will chose a "new path" if the U.S. doesn't offer new terms for a nuclear disarmament deal by the end of the year.
CBS News - Published

North Korea says up to U.S. to decide what 'Christmas gift' it will get: KCNA

North Korea's foreign ministry warned again that its year-end deadline for the United States to change it "hostile policies" is approaching and said it was up to Washington to decide what "Christmas..
Reuters - Published

Neighbor gives witty response to extravagant Christmas decoration next door

This neighbor had the perfect response to the over the top Christmas light display that the next door neighbors put on.
USATODAY.com - Published

Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

The first lady released photos and a video of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue decorated for Christmas with the theme "The Spirit of America."
CBS News - Published

Christmas shipping deadlines 2019: The last day to send gifts with FedEx, UPS and USPS

If you want your Christmas gifts to arrive on time, here are the key dates you need to know for the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Amazon.
USATODAY.com - Published

White House unveils 2019 Christmas decorations

The White House has unveiled its 2019 Christmas decorations. First Lady Melania Trump announced "The Spirit of America" as this year's theme. (Dec. 2)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Melania Trump unveils traditional decorations for Christmas 2019 in the White House

A year after controversy over her red Christmas trees, first lady Melania Trump debuted more traditional decorations for the 2019 holiday season.
USATODAY.com - Published

The White House decks the halls with patriotic Christmas decorations

First Lady Melania Trump adds some finishing touches to the White House's holiday decor.
USATODAY.com - Published

Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise
BBC News - Published Also reported by •CBS News

'Shark Tank' recap: Entrepreneur puts a bow on wrapping paper device deal with sharks

Christmas came early on Sunday's "Shark Tank." A young entrepreneur wants to revolutionize gift wrapping with a device to make cutting paper a breeze
USATODAY.com - Published

Christmas ornaments with images of Auschwitz removed from Amazon

christmas ornaments with images of auschwitz removed from amazon
Christmas ornaments and bottle openers featuring the site of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp that were for sale on Amazon have been removed from the site. The products were taken off the Amazon..
WorldNews - Published

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, pope condemns 'virus' of consumerism

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to resist the excesses of consumerism in the period leading up to Christmas, calling it a virus that attacks faith and offends the needy.
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories

Here's the latest for Friday Saturday 30th: Iraq's Prime Minster is resigning after 40 protesters killed; Police increase patrols in London after attack; Protesters demanding Israel Prime Minister..
USATODAY.com - Published

A relic of Jesus' manger, Christmas gift from pope to Bethlehem

A fragment of wood reputed to be from the manger where Jesus was laid after his humble birth arrived in Bethlehem as a gift from the Vatican on Saturday, kicking off Christmas season at the town..
Reuters - Published

Are any Black Friday deals still on and when is Cyber Monday?

are any black friday deals still on and when is cyber monday?
Is there still time to bag a bargain? (Picture: Ella Byworth) Black Friday has been and gone, with many people all over the world taking advantage of big savings offered by major brands as the..
WorldNews - Published

Jesus manger: Relic to return to Bethlehem in time for Christmas

Christians await the return of the thumb-sized relic, which spent almost 1,400 years in Rome.
BBC News - Published

A Kentucky mom couldn't find a Christmas story about a brown boy. So she wrote her own

"I like this book because it makes me feel like Christmas. And I like feeling like Christmas," said Nick Cummings, whose mom wrote a book inspired by him.
USATODAY.com - Published

Australia jails three for decades over Christmas bomb plot in 2016

A court in Australia sentenced three men on Friday to decades in prison for plotting bomb attacks on Christmas Day in 2016 at key sites in the southeastern city of Melbourne, police said.
Reuters - Published

Melbourne terror plot: Trio jailed for planning Christmas attack

The men had planned to use machetes and explosives to maximise casualties in central Melbourne.
BBC News - Published

Trio jailed over plot to commit 2016 Christmas Day terror attack in Melbourne

Three men convicted over a conspiracy to plot an attack in Melbourne's Federation Square will spend between at least 16 and 28 years behind bars.
SBS - Published

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