Christmas

Holiday originating in Christianity, usually celebrated on December 25 (in the Gregorian or Julian calendars)

Christmas is an annual festival of pagan origin. It was celebrated in many pagan cultures as a mid winter fiest, and to mark the beginning of a new year as the sun turned at winter solstice. In Christian tradition, it commemorates 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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The Speaker said she was instructing House committee chairmen to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump, escalating a partisan..
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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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How good is Christmas? Overdue actually, according to some 300 Coalition MPs and staff who arrived at the Prime Minister's Courtyard in Parliament House on..
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The rich list and political inner circle gathered for Lachlan Murdoch's Christmas drinks, including the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and other business and..
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After almost a decade of war, the very name Syria seems synonymous with conflict and destruction. Yet a short video filmed at a Christmas market in Damascus..
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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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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..
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Exercise bike and treadmill maker Peloton Interactive Inc's latest Christmas advertisement has been widely criticized on social media as being "sexist" and..
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Exercise bike and treadmill maker Peloton Interactive Inc's latest Christmas advertisement was widely criticized on social media as being "sexist" and..
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France is bracing itself for a widespread transport strike starting on Thursday, December 5. This looks set to be the most comprehensive strike the country has..
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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..
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The school in Grantham has said it will be removing its Christmas cards post box.
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Everything you need to know as pre-Christmas snap poll looms
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Canadian firefighters will leave freezing conditions in their homeland to help fight bushfires in Australia, giving up Christmas with their families to do so.
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The Apple AirPods' unique selling point is their wireless design, affording users unparalleled freedom. However, anxiety over losing the tiny in-ears prompted..
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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.
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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'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..
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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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The first lady released photos and a video of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue decorated for Christmas with the theme "The Spirit of America."
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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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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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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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First Lady Melania Trump adds some finishing touches to the White House's holiday decor.
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Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise
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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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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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Christmas ornaments and bottle openers featuring the site of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp that were for sale on Amazon have been removed from the site...
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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..
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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;..
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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..
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A fragment of wood reputed to be from the manger where Jesus was laid after his humble birth arrived in Bethlehem from the Vatican on Saturday, kicking off..
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Is there still time to bag a bargain? (Picture: Ella Byworth) Black Friday has been and gone, with many people all over the world taking advantage of big savings..
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Christians await the return of the thumb-sized relic, which spent almost 1,400 years in Rome.
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"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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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..
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The men had planned to use machetes and explosives to maximise casualties in central Melbourne.
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Three men convicted over a conspiracy to plot an attack in Melbourne's Federation Square will spend between at least 16 and 28 years behind bars.
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Peace on Your Plate say their song aims to send a positive message at Christmas.
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'Tis the season for food poisoning. Cases spike around Thanksgiving and Christmas, thanks in part to mishandled holiday leftovers.
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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..
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Between Hallmark and Lifetime, there will be 70 new holiday movies out by New Year's Day
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The gifts, which have been appearing over the past two weeks, are "spreading the Christmas spirit".
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The illuminated Christmas presents are due to be switched on in Derby city centre on Friday.
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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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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..
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A toy appeal in Southampton encourages Christmas shoppers to buy an extra gift for those in need.
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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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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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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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Photographer Amy Haehl made Christmas movie magic when she recreated scenes from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" with adorable babies.
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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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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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