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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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Boris Johnson to welcome new UK MPs to parliament

Their first job will be to vote on the EU withdrawal bill that the PM wants to bring back before Christmas.
BBC News - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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"

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:20Published

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

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:53Published

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

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:49Published

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

Pet owners warned to keep animals away from chocolate at Christmas

'Chocolate toxicity is a real concern,' says vet
Independent - Published

Hampshire schoolboy records Christmas climate change single

Frankie Morland is aiming for Christmas number one with his song about climate change.
BBC News - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

The school bringing forward its Christmas concert for the election

A London school used for polling re-scheduled its Christmas concert and taught the kids politics.
BBC News - Published

Lonely at Christmas: Terrence surprised with a tree

Tears as carol singers bring Christmas cheer to the door of the 78-year-old.
BBC News - Published

Christmas boxes sent to children 'who have never had presents'

Volunteers pack thousands of shoe boxes which are sent around the world.
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

Where is my nearest polling station? How to vote in the general election

Everything you need to know ahead of pre-Christmas snap vote
Independent - Published

Stowaway Izzy wants 'purr-fect' owner for Christmas

Izzy has spent months in quarantine after stowing away on a ship from Israel to the UK.
BBC News - Published

Christmas decorations and wreaths banned on Radian flat doors

The rules to "keep Christmas decorations inside your home" included food for reindeer.
BBC News - Published

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

UK weather – live: Lorries topple and Christmas markets shut as gale-force winds sweep across country

Latest updates as weather warnings for ice, wind and rain issued across Scotland and northern England
Independent - Published

Should children watch toy unboxing videos?

Millions of kids are watching toy unboxing videos in the run-up to Christmas. Should parents be concerned?
BBC News - Published

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise
BBC News - 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

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

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

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

Christmas number one: Duo bid for first vegan festive chart-topper

Peace on Your Plate say their song aims to send a positive message at Christmas.
BBC News - Published

'Secret Santa' spreads village Christmas cheer

The gifts, which have been appearing over the past two weeks, are "spreading the Christmas spirit".
BBC News - Published

Derby's 'dystopian' Christmas decorations ridiculed

The illuminated Christmas presents are due to be switched on in Derby city centre on Friday.
BBC News - Published

Southampton toy appeal sees thousands of gifts donated

A toy appeal in Southampton encourages Christmas shoppers to buy an extra gift for those in need.
BBC News - Published

Boris Johnson to hold fast-tracked Queen's Speech before Christmas if Tories win general election

The Queen's Speech will be fast-tracked and held before Christmas if Boris Johnson wins the general election, as he seeks to ram through his Brexit deal within weeks.
Independent - Published

UK's Johnson offers up new Brexit promise for Christmas

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Sunday "to get Brexit done", with his Conservative Party making an election pledge to bring his deal to leave the European Union back to parliament..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in manifesto

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise to bring his Brexit deal back to parliament before Christmas when he launches his Conservative Party's manifesto on Sunday, the cornerstone of his..
Reuters - Published

How Instagram trends wrestled wreaths from Christmas

The "picture-perfect life of Instagram" sees wreath-making explode into an "all-year trend"
BBC News - Published

General election 2019: Tories to launch manifesto 'to get Brexit done'

The Conservatives' election manifesto will pledge to bring back the Brexit bill before Christmas.
BBC News - Published

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