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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.


Ricky Gervais 'in talks about making After Life Christmas special' [Video]

Ricky Gervais 'in talks about making After Life Christmas special'

Netflix are keen for 'After Life' creator Ricky Gervais to make a Christmas special following the successful second series of the comedy-drama.

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UPS Adds 'Peak' Surcharge, Coronavirus Fueled Spike [Video]

UPS Adds 'Peak' Surcharge, Coronavirus Fueled Spike

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) on May 31 will slap surcharges on U.S. e-commerce companies that have flooded its delivery network with shipments of everything from packaged..

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Nine-year-old raises funds for children's hospice through rescue hen eggs stall [Video]

Nine-year-old raises funds for children's hospice through rescue hen eggs stall

A nine-year-old girl from Retford is helping raise money for a Sheffield children's hospice by selling eggs from her 20 rescue chickens. Lucy Broughton hopes to raise £1,000 by Christmas for the..

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This is not 'Christmas': Dems pass $3 trillion relief bill [Video]

This is not 'Christmas': Dems pass $3 trillion relief bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a $3 trillion Democratic bill that would double the amount of aid approved by Congress to ease the human and economic toll of the coronavirus..

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Dutch PM now says 'Black Pete' tradition will disappear

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his attitude towards "Black Pete", a figure from pre-Christmas celebrations that has been criticised as a racist caricature, had undergone "great changes" in recent..
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Democrats try to hijack coronavirus stimulus for liberal Christmas in March

Every time the country faces a crisis there is a rush in Congress to pass massive bills that go far beyond responding to the matter at hand.
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Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter - and called for worldwide..
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Coronavirus pandemic, Olympic flame arrives in Japan, Christmas movie marathon: 5 things to know Friday

US-Canada border closed to non-essential trips to fight coronavirus, the Olympic flame arrives in Japan and more things to start your Friday morning.
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Coronavirus sparks holiday cheer, from a Hallmark movie marathon to early Christmas lights

The Hallmark Channel is rolling out a Christmas movie marathon in order to spread some holiday cheer amid isolation and social-distancing.
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An Iowa girl was blinded and almost killed by the flu. Now, she can see again.

An Iowa girl spent Christmas fighting to survive after a case of the flu hospitalized her and left her blind. Now, she has regained her sight.
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Why did it take months to issue an Amber Alert for missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell?

Evelyn Boswell, a Tennessee toddler at the center of a new Amber Alert, was reportedly last seen the day after Christmas, authorities said this week.
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Zoo uses old Christmas trees for animal treat

Keepers at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago repurpose the zoo's discarded Christmas trees to give some animals a post holiday treat. (Jan. 22)  
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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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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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