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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.


UK election likely before Christmas: Labour leader Corbyn

UK opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday said there was a strong possibility of a national election before Christmas.
Reuters - Published

2009 Christmas Day underwear bomb maker killed, White House confirms

The confessed terrorist wore an underwear bomb aboard a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas Day in 2009.
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for Christmas

Hamleys reveals top toys for Christmas [Video]Hamleys reveals top toys for Christmas

London's flagship toy store Hamleys marks its annual Christmas showcase with a selection of this year's top picks for the most sought-after toys - with a particular focus on technological twists for..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:14Published

Christmas already!? Hamleys embrace interactive tech toys [Video]Christmas already!? Hamleys embrace interactive tech toys

British toy retailer Hamleys unveiled its top 10 toys for Christmas 2019 on Thursday in an event at its flagship London store, which showcased the company's interactive tech merchandise. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Sainsbury's boss latest to warn of hit from no-deal Brexit [Video]Sainsbury's boss latest to warn of hit from no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit would "inevitably disrupt" fresh food supplies in Britain because delays at ports would throw just-in-time deliveries into chaos, the chief executive of supermarket group Sainsbury's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published

Could we have a Christmas general election? [Video]Could we have a Christmas general election?

With Parliament suspended until October 14, the likely date of a snap general election has moved closer to Christmas. The earliest date for polling day is probably Thursday November 28.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published

Ferrari chases growth with flurry of car launches [Video]Ferrari chases growth with flurry of car launches

Ferrari is having its busiest ever year for new car launches, with two more revealed just on Monday. For the Italian brand, it's all part of a drive for growth. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published


Hallmark Christmas movies begin before Halloween! Here's how to watch all 40 new titles

Hallmark is ready to get into the holiday spirit with 40 brand new Christmas movies for 2019. Here's the schedule so you can watch them all.
USATODAY.com - Published

Don't dawdle: It's time to start shopping for Thanksgiving, Christmas flights

AAA says the best time to start shopping for holiday flights is Sept. 25. You should book before Halloween.
USATODAY.com - Published

California truckers brace for new 'gig worker' rules

California trucking companies that haul everything from summer strawberries to cars and Christmas toys say they are under threat from a bill that could turn so-called gig workers into employees.
Reuters - Published

Father accuses fertility clinic of heartbreaking sperm mix-up

A new lawsuit accuses an Ohio fertility clinic of a sperm mix-up with heartbreaking consequences. Joseph Cartellone says he recently found out he is not the biological father of his 24-year-old..
CBS News - Published

'We may lose Christmas': escalating Hong Kong protests taking bigger toll on shops, economy

Months of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong are taking a growing toll on the city's economy, weighing on confidence and scaring away tourists from one of the world's most vibrant shopping..
Reuters - Published

South Africa to deploy army to quell violent crime in Cape Town

South Africa will shortly deploy a battalion of soldiers to help police quell a surge in violence in gang-infested parts of Cape Town, a step normally only taken over the Christmas and New Year period..
Reuters - Published

California racing course refuses to close after two more horses die

The Santa Anita Park horse racing track near Los Angeles will not close before season-end as requested by regulators, its owners said on Sunday, after media reported that two more horses died at the..
Reuters - Published

Alabama executes 46-year-old man convicted of killing minister in 1991

Alabama on Thursday executed a 46-year-old man convicted of killing a minister and wounding his wife with a sword and dagger while robbing their home three days before Christmas in 1991, the state's..
Reuters - Published

Want to book holiday flights? Southwest to start selling Thanksgiving, Christmas tickets this week

Unlike other major airlines, Southwest opens it schedule in shorter increments. On Thursday, it will start selling tickets through Jan. 5.
USATODAY.com - Published

These stores and restaurants are open Easter Sunday: Photo gallery

While it's easier to find restaurant and store chains open Easter than Christmas, some locations may not be open because of state or local laws.
USATODAY.com - Published

Alabama man convicted of sword-and-dagger Christmas killing of minister faces execution

An Alabama man convicted of killing a minister and wounding his wife with a sword and dagger while robbing their home three days before Christmas in 1991 faces execution on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Supreme Court halts execution of 'Texas 7' member

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of an man who was a member of the “Texas 7,” a group of inmates convicted of killing a police officer on Christmas Eve in 2000 after they..
Reuters - Published

Dolly Parton's kind of busy: 'Heartstrings' on Netflix this fall; '9 to 5' 'progressing'

Dolly Parton's presence on Netflix will get much bigger in 2019 with her upcoming series "Heartstrings" and a new Christmas musical.
USATODAY.com - Published

Walt Disney World raises ticket prices, making Christmas, other holidays the most expensive

According to Disney's website, a one-day, one-park ticket is now $159 plus tax, a $30 increase, for dates from Christmas to New Year's.
USATODAY.com - Published

German prosecutors charge friend of Christmas market attacker: Die Zeit

German prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Russian man, an acquaintance of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attacker, with planning to carry out a separate attack in Germany, Die Zeit newspaper..
Reuters - Published

Girl from viral Taco Bell video celebrates birthday at fast food joint

The girl who went viral for getting a Taco Bell gift card for Christmas just celebrated her 5th birthday at the fast food joint – and it was epic.
CBS News - Published

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