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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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Animals at the Moscow Zoo get to play, eat and enjoy recycled Christmas trees

The Moscow Zoo was given over 1,500 recycled Christmas trees from the holidays, so it gave them to its animals to play with and eat them.
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Tear gas and water cannons: Hong Kong students brave the front lines to livestream the protests

It was holiday time at Hong Kong's sprawling Harbour City shopping mall, and shoppers posed for selfies next to giant presents wrapped in golden foil, while toddlers jumped into a ball pit filled with..
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▶ Videos for Christmas

Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones [Video]Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones

While much of the world was celebrating Christmas and the New Year, it was business as usual on board the International Space Station. But it wasn't all work and no play.View on euronews

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Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details [Video]Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details

Nissan's former chairman and international fugitive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters interviewers on Tuesday that he found it "amazing" to read the theories over how he escaped house arrest in Japan. But..

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Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move [Video]Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move

Towns on the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast are excited over the possibility that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become semi-permanent residents there. Olivia Chan..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas [Video]Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken of the "unbelievable" welcome they received while in Canada, and joked how their son Archie was mesmerised by the scenery. Meghan and Harry's first official..

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Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns [Video]Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns

Members of the Cabinet arrive at 10 Downing Street ahead of the reopening of Parliament after the Christmas recess. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement regarding the Iran..

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Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St [Video]Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings arrive at 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding meetings throughout the day before Parliament resumes..

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Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front [Video]Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front

A look at the post-Christmas round of Premier League fixtures as Liverpool stretch their lead at the top once more.

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Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison [Video]Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is slurring his speech and worried about dying in prison. That's according to a new report from British journalist and former Army officer Vaughan Smith. Gizmodo..

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Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice [Video]Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice

American pop star Meghan Trainor has confessed she felt "like a kid at Christmas" on 'The Voice UK'.

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Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City [Video]Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City

Pope Francis walked through the square in Vatican City to go see the large Nativity scene set up. During his walk, a woman grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. According to Reuters, the Pope..

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Native Australian animals get into festive spirit [Video]Native Australian animals get into festive spirit

Koalas and kangaroos enjoy Christmas season at Taronga Zoo Sydney

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A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems' [Video]A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems'

The Adam Sandler-led film has taken in $18.8 million since its nationwide release on Christmas.

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U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift' [Video]U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift'

The United States would be very disappointed if North Korea tested a long-range or nuclear missile and would take appropriate action as a leading military and economic power, White House national..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift' [Video]Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promised a "Christmas gift" to the US if sanctions aren't lifted. According to CNN, the Trump Administration interprets the statement to mean a weapons test. No..

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Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals [Video]Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals

A divide between young evangelicals and their older leaders over support for President Trump is exacerbating a long-term crisis facing U.S. evangelicalism. Roger Fortuna explains.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas [Video]Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas

In 1994, Susan Smith made headlines for letting her two young sons drown in a car that she let roll into a lake. Now, Smith is serving life without parole at Leath Correctional Institution in..

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McDonald's employees save woman who mouthed "help me" -police [Video]McDonald's employees save woman who mouthed "help me" -police

Police are thanking employees of a McDonald's in northern California after they sprang into action to help a women in danger on Christmas Eve. Yahaira Jacquez has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Activists distribute Christmas presents at camp for displaced Syrian children [Video]Activists distribute Christmas presents at camp for displaced Syrian children

Activists distribute Christmas presents to displaced Syrian children living in the Washukanni camp.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Trending: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Ani [Video]Trending: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Ani

In case you missed it, here's what's trending right now: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums for fans, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Aniston shares..

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A British Tabloid Accused Meghan Markle's Friend Of Photoshopping Her Christmas Card [Video]A British Tabloid Accused Meghan Markle's Friend Of Photoshopping Her Christmas Card

Meghan Markle's friend Janina Gavankar has accused British tabloid the Daily Mail of Photoshopping a Christmas card. For the card, Gavankar took a sweet snapshot of Markle, her husband Prince Harry and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Katie Price: It's hard to spend Christmas without kids [Video]Katie Price: It's hard to spend Christmas without kids

Katie Price finds it "hard" to spend Christmas Day (25.12.19) without her children, as they spent the day with their respective fathers instead.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:59Published

Jennifer Aniston honours her dad with sweet Christmas post [Video]Jennifer Aniston honours her dad with sweet Christmas post

Jennifer Aniston has paid tribute to her father John with a sweet Christmas day post.

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Soldier gets the best Christmas gift imaginable

This soldier has prayed for one particular gift for years. Finally, at Christmas time, his prayers were answered.  
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UK's Prince Harry and Meghan say 'thank you' to Canada after holiday

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visited Canada House in London on Tuesday to thank the High Commissioner for the hospitality they received during their Christmas holiday.
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Ex-Packers DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, two followers banned from school after gun incident at Christmas show

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who is in the Packers Hall of Fame, banned from his kids' school after his religious followers took guns to Christmas pageant.
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Moving Truck With Possessions of 3 Military Families Stolen on Christmas, Police Say

Officials said the families were relocating from the East Coast when the truck with their belongings, valued at more than $100,000, was stolen in Stockton, Calif.
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AP Top Stories January 3 P

Here's the latest for Friday, January 3rd: Trump says Soleimani killed to stop a war; Ayatollah Khamenei visits Soleimani family home; McConnell has little interest in hearing witnesses in impeachment..
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'I was queasy': Couple finds cooked snake in oven while baking pizza

The Helms said their oven had been snake free when they baked a ham on Christmas but plan on bringing in experts to find out how it got there.  
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Muslim women spread Christmas cheer in Gaza

Muslim women in the Palestinian Gaza Strip have been hand-crafting gifts for the approaching Orthodox Christmas as part of a project to empower a traditional community.
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Hong Kong to end year with multiple protests, kick off 2020 with big march

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
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Hong Kong to end 2019 with multiple protests; big march planned for Jan. 1

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
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McDonald's workers' quick actions keep woman safe from man who threatened her, police say

Police in California say McDonald's workers' Christmas Eve actions helped arrest a man who had previously abused and threatened the woman.  
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What did President Donald Trump give Melania Trump for Christmas?

Donald Trump and first lady Melania spent Christmas in Palm Beach, the same city where John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy spent their last Christmas.
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Legendary radio host Don Imus dies at age 79 after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve

Legendary radio personality Don Imus died Friday at the age of 79. He was hospitalized on Christmas Eve.
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Shelter set up for pets left homeless by Chilean wildfire

A fire that swept through a poor community of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve has left not only people but hundreds of pets without homes.
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Wider image: Mexico Mormon family has tearful Christmas after cartel murders

Surrounded by dozens of his descendants, Adrian LeBaron gave thanks to God as he prepared to celebrate Christmas for the first time since suspected Mexican drug cartel hitmen murdered his daughter and..
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Chelsea Clinton responds to Republican congressman's Christmas tweet about her parents

Chelsea Clinton responded to a video Republican Congressman Paul Gosar tweeted of her parents, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
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George Michael's sister Melanie died on Christmas Day, family says

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou died on Christmas Day, the third anniversary of the pop singer's death, her family said on Friday.
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George Michael's sister dies at 55 on third anniversary of singer's death

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou, 55, died Wednesday, Christmas Day, the third anniversary of the singer's death.
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North Carolina couple's 'Family Feud'-inspired Christmas proposal goes viral, warms hearts

A North Carolina couple's "Family Feud"-inspired proposal has gone viral. Joshua Powell and Kiana Myrick have garnered over 1.7 million views.
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Netflix show that insinuates Jesus is gay sparks controversy, attack investigation in Brazil

Brazil's police were investigating a video on social media that shows a gasoline bomb attack targeting the makers of a Christmas program on Netflix.
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Viral proposal: Boyfriend pops the question during game of 'Family Feud'

A North Carolina man used a game of "Family Feud" during a Christmas gathering to ask a very important question.
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Falling redwood kills hiker in California park on Christmas Eve

A Minnesota man visiting Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco was killed by a falling redwood tree during a Christmas Eve hike with his sister and her boyfriend, the sheriff's department and..
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Death toll reaches 28 as Philippines recovers from Christmas typhoon

The death toll from a Christmas typhoon that tore through the central Philippines rose to 28 on Friday, with 12 people missing, the disaster agency said, as authorities moved to restore power and..
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Jennifer Aniston shares childhood throwback photo with dad John Aniston: 'Love you, papa'

Jennifer Aniston gifted her 22 million Instagram followers with an epic throwback picture from her childhood Thursday in honor of Christmas.
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Police probing deaths of four in New Mexico home as murder-suicide

Police in New Mexico are investigating the Christmas Day shooting deaths of four family members in a suburban Albuquerque home as a triple murder and suicide, authorities said on Thursday.
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Officer fights back tears with special Christmas gift, tribute to his K-9 who passed away

Pasco, Washington Police Officer Madsen is moved by a special gift in tribute to his former K-9, Lemon. who died three weeks prior.
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In California: Cleaning up tornado damage after Christmas storm

Rain, snow and a tiny twister? It's wild weather that Californians just aren't used to. Also, is the Real ID sexist?  
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'Christmas Day tragedy': Mom, 2 kids die in likely murder-suicide at Boston parking garage

The parking garage has been the site of two other suicides this year, authorities say. Five people have died the garage in the last seven months.
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Deaths of Boston mother and children likely murder-suicide, official says

The deaths of a 40-year-old woman and her two young children who fell from a Boston high-rise parking structure on Christmas Day were apparently a murder-suicide, the local district attorney said on..
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Snow, rain in Southern California for holiday

A powerful winter storm brought a deluge of rain and snow to Southern California, triggering tornado warnings and bringing post-Christmas travel to a halt on major routes early Thursday. (Dec. 26)  
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The best after Christmas sales you can shop right now

These after Christmas sales at Nordstrom, Amazon, L.L.Bean, and other major retailers are the perfect way to save on gifts you really want for yourself.
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Grinch visits kids on Christmas and they aren't fans

These kids don't like the Grinch too much outside of the movie.
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Wildfire in Chilean port city of Valparaiso leaves 700 homeless

More than 245 homes have been destroyed and 700 people left destitute after a forest fire tore through a low-income area of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.
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'Stay cautious:' Airbnb to reimburse family after they say Christmas presents were stolen

Airbnb refunded a family's stay and is working to reimburse them for stolen property after the family says their Christmas presents were taken.
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Large brawl causes chaos at beef jerky store inside mall on Christmas Eve

A large brawl broke out at a mall in Albany, New York at a beef jerky store.
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All he wanted for Christmas was hands. How the wish came true for a Tennessee 11-year-old

Gavin Sumner was born without fingers or thumbs. But thanks to 3-D printer technology and a company willing to try, a Christmas wish came true.  
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Why did Trump ditch his church in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve for evangelical service?

The president and first lady ditched the liberal church in Palm Beach where they were married and headed to a conservative Baptist-affiliated church.
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'Special' moment for endangered species: Baby black rhino born on Christmas Eve at Michigan zoo

Black rhinos are critically endangered, and births in captivity are relatively rare. The species' population grew by one this Christmas Eve.
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Martin Scorsese's daughter trolls him with 'Avengers' wrapping paper after Marvel controversy

Martin Scorsese's 20-year-old daughter trolled the director with "Avengers"-themed wrapping paper this Christmas after the director was met backlash.
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Winter storm moves across California, bringing rain, snow, wind

A winter storm that arrived late Christmas Day moved across California with rain, wind and snow.
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Spate of shootings leaves two dead, seven wounded in North Carolina city

Police in High Point, North Carolina, searched for clues and suspects on Wednesday in a spate of shootings that have left two people dead and seven others wounded over two days, including a Christmas..
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Hong Kong marchers target malls in third day of Christmas protests

Hundreds of protesters marched through festive Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, aiming to disrupt business in the Asian financial hub for a third day over the Christmas holidays, with riot police..
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Woman and 2 kids, found on Boston sidewalk, die

A woman and two young children have died after being found unconscious on a sidewalk near a Boston parking garage on Christmas Day. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said both children appeared..
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Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, 'Santa Lady,' disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states

Bedbugs eradicated from City Hall in Arizona, postal worker saves Christmas in Kansas, and more
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Santa grants soldier's daughter's Christmas wish

Ella's one wish for Santa is for him to bring home her deployed dad for Christmas.
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Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines

A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 13 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday.
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Lindsey Vonn proposes to P.K. Subban: 'Men should get engagement rings too'

Lindsey Vonn proposed to P.K. Subban on Christmas Day, explaining her belief that men should also be the recipient of engagement rings.
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'We're all family now': Protesters gather for free Christmas dinner in Hong Kong

Hundreds of anti-government protesters and their supporters gathered outside a tiny restaurant in Hong Kong for an unconventional Christmas dinner, sharing paper plates piled high with food under neon..
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