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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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Teens arrested in weekend mall shooting

Police say they have arrested two teenagers in connection with a shooting that wounded one man in a busy suburban Atlanta mall food court in the height of the Christmas shopping season. (Dec. 15)  
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Boris Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to 'get Brexit done'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will "get Brexit done" by Jan. 31 and then agree on a new trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on..
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Videos for Christmas

Riccardo Muti conducts Christmas concert in Italian Senate [Video]Riccardo Muti conducts Christmas concert in Italian Senate

Christmas Concert in the Italian Senate with world-famous director Riccardo Muti conducting the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra.View on euronews

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


Mum spends December doing the school run in a different festive fancy dress costume every day [Video]Mum spends December doing the school run in a different festive fancy dress costume every day

A fun-loving mum-of-five has found the perfect way to outshine the yummy mummies at the school gates this festive season, by dropping her children off dressed as everything from a sprout to an elf or a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:29Published

Police scuffle with protesters amid Hong Kong's Christmas shoppers [Video]Police scuffle with protesters amid Hong Kong's Christmas shoppers

Small groups of anti-government protesters gathered in Hong Kong shopping malls on Sunday (December 15) amid sporadic scuffles with police.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

Kim Kardashian West releases family Christmas card [Video]Kim Kardashian West releases family Christmas card

Kim Kardashian West has shared her annual family Christmas card featuring her husband Kanye West and their four children North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:54Published

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' celebrates 35th anniversary [Video]Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' celebrates 35th anniversary

Wham!'s "Last Christmas" celebrates its 35h anniversary on Friday (December 13). The hit released in December 1984 was written and produced by British singer George Michael, who rose to fame in the

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

UK retail stocks boosted by election result [Video]UK retail stocks boosted by election result

Britain's retail sector was boosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's resounding general election victory on Friday, as investors factored in expectations of a step-up in consumer sentiment and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

NBA star Hachimura celebrates Christmas with kids [Video]NBA star Hachimura celebrates Christmas with kids

Wizards' star Rui Hachimura hands out holiday presents to Washington area kids on Thursday (December 12).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

UK general election: "Some say his going to push Brexit through Parliament before Christmas" [Video]UK general election: "Some say his going to push Brexit through Parliament before Christmas"

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Wizards' star Rui Hachimura hands out holiday presents to Washington area kids [Video]Wizards' star Rui Hachimura hands out holiday presents to Washington area kids

Washington Wizards player Rui Hachimura hands out holiday presents to local area kids at charity event

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Day 8 of France national strikes as unions vow to continue through Christmas [Video]Day 8 of France national strikes as unions vow to continue through Christmas

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Brave girl to spend Christmas Day in hospital isolation room [Video]Brave girl to spend Christmas Day in hospital isolation room

A brave little girl who has been battling leukaemia for three years is determined to have a laugh on Christmas Day, despite having to spend it in isolation in hospital. Diagnosed with acute..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:22Published

Masked devils march through Czech village in pre-Christmas tradition [Video]Masked devils march through Czech village in pre-Christmas tradition

"The tradition is long-standing, beautiful and you can't find it anywhere else," said a villager.View on euronews

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

UK PM Johnson heads for victory but poll race tightens [Video]UK PM Johnson heads for victory but poll race tightens

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on course to win Thursday's election, but a leading poll shows the race has tightened. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:43Published

Robbie Williams jokes Ayda Field didn't make the cut for Christmas duet [Video]Robbie Williams jokes Ayda Field didn't make the cut for Christmas duet

'Angels' singer Robbie Williams has joked he had to cut wife Ayda Field from his new festive collection.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:41Published

Jack Black forgot he starred in Christmas classic The Holiday [Video]Jack Black forgot he starred in Christmas classic The Holiday

Jack Black needed a little reminder that he starred in one of the most popular Christmas films, 'The Holiday'.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:17Published

PM makes his 'oven ready' Brexit pie [Video]PM makes his 'oven ready' Brexit pie

Boris Johnson helped make a beef and ale pie during a campaign visit to a Derby catering firm. The prime minister then pulled out a separate pie that had already cooked and said: "This is the..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:16Published

Giant and red pandas join in on Christmas celebrations at German zoos [Video]Giant and red pandas join in on Christmas celebrations at German zoos

Festive decorations get giant pandas and red pandas in the mood for Christmas at Zoo Berlin and Tierpark Berlin

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 01:45Published

Lauren Conrad is creating new Christmas traditions with her sons [Video]Lauren Conrad is creating new Christmas traditions with her sons

Lauren Conrad is looking forward to starting new Christmas traditions with her young sons and her husband William Tell.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:03Published

House Democrat accuses Trump of violating oath of office [Video]House Democrat accuses Trump of violating oath of office

The head of a U.S. congressional panel leading the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Monday accused him of putting himself before his country and violating his oath of office.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published

Heckler shouts 'Trump is innocent' at House evidence hearing [Video]Heckler shouts 'Trump is innocent' at House evidence hearing

A heckler at the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on Monday could be overheard shouting "Trump is innocent" before he was escorted from the room. The panel will formally review evidence from..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published

Little Mix: One I've Been Missing perfectly sums up Christmas feelings [Video]Little Mix: One I've Been Missing perfectly sums up Christmas feelings

Little Mix say their Christmas single 'One I've Been Missing' is "very relatable" because their hectic lives means the festive season is one time they know they'll be home.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:59Published

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

 

Brexit law to return to parliament before Christmas: deputy FM Sunak

Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to bring back Brexit legislation to parliament before Christmas, deputy finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday, adding that shortly thereafter the government..
Reuters - Published

French union calls for break in transport strikes over Christmas

France's CFDT union is opposed to transport strikes over the Christmas period but will call for new actions in January if the government does not drop a pension reform proposal that would encourage..
Reuters - Published

Queen Elizabeth to set out UK PM Johnson's agenda on Thursday

Queen Elizabeth will set out on Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson's legislative agenda following his election victory, including a pledge to bring the EU Withdrawal Agreement bill back to..
Reuters - Published

Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a cage: Political nativity scenes are causing a stir across the US

Churches across the country are using Christmas nativity scenes to make political statements about the border crisis, climate change and more.
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Dad of Sandy Hook victim writes emotional message about Christmas without his son

Mark Barden says he honors his son by fighting against gun violence, a goal of the advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise, which he co-founded.
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How a Jewish Santa helps 'repair the world' at Christmas

For 45 years, Art Hoffman has made Christmas happier for children, undeterred by logic that says, "Not your religion, not your holiday."
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Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.
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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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Santa gets chopper ride to remote Alaska village

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard flew to a rural village recently with a special mission, delivering some early Christmas cheer and a visit from Santa Claus to schoolchildren and their..
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Church nativity scene depicts Holy Family as caged refugees

A Methodist church in Southern California has turned a classic Christmas tradition - the Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus - into a statement about immigration by putting the Holy Family in..
Reuters - Published

Christmas Pyramid Lights Up Alabama City

Cullman, Ala., has displayed a 30-foot-tall wooden Weihnachtspyramide, or Christmas pyramid, to celebrate the city’s German roots.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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)  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)  
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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.
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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.
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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..
Reuters - Published

'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
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Amazon called out for selling Auschwitz-themed Christmas items

The Christmas items feature images of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where more than one million people were killed during the Holocaust.
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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.
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Leaving Thanksgiving leftovers out too long linked with holiday spike in food poisoning

'Tis the season for food poisoning. Cases spike around Thanksgiving and Christmas, thanks in part to mishandled holiday leftovers.
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Die-hard fans of Christmas movies say it's not about the plot

Thanksgiving marks the unofficial kick-off of the holiday movie season, but for die-hard fans, it started even earlier. Lifetime and Hallmark began premiering Christmas movies back in October. Between..
CBS News - Published

Why America is crazy for Christmas movies

Between Hallmark and Lifetime, there will be 70 new holiday movies out by New Year's Day
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Santas in London go back to school to learn how to spread holiday cheer before Christmas

At the Ministry of Fun, these Santas are learning about reindeer, presents, costumes, and how to wish people a "Merry Christmas" in multiple languages.
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What to stream: "Merry Happy Whatever," "The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show," "Servant"

TV Guide senior editor Krutika Mallikarjuna joins CBSN to talk about the best shows to stream this week, including a Christmas special to get you in the holiday spirit and some psychological horror to..
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Mariah Carey breaks three world records with 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

Christmas queen Mariah Carey has set three Guinness World Records with "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Find out which ones.
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Christmas parade canceled after 'love everybody' float sparks threats in Tennessee town

Troy, Tennessee, might not have a Christmas parade this year after some residents responded to a "love everybody" float with vitriol and threats.  
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Best Christmas movies ever, ranked (from 'White Christmas' to 'Scrooged')

Whether they're holiday classics ('A Christmas Carol') or spirited debates ('Die Hard'), we're ranking the 20 best Christmas movies of all time.
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From Clark Griswold to Cousin Eddie, babies recreate scenes from 'Christmas Vacation'

Photographer Amy Haehl made Christmas movie magic when she recreated scenes from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" with adorable babies.
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Veteran, 88, saves girl from 'vicious' pit bull by hitting it with Christmas decoration

Leonard Miller's instincts kicked in, and he didn't hesitate to help the girl. After the attack, the dog's owner has the option to surrender the dog.
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AP Top Stories November 25 P

Here are the top stories for Monday, November 25th: Trump defends actions in Navy Seal case; Trial set for Epstein guards accused of falsifying records; Tbilisi protesters march for new elections;..
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