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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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China's Christmas city loses its seasonal cheer [Video]

China's Christmas city loses its seasonal cheer

Yiwu is the Santa's workshop of China, where some 80% of the world's Christmas goods are produced. But the health crisis has slashed demand from international buyers, leaving the city's factories and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published
Mariah Carey disappointed classic Christmas track wasn't used in Mean Girls [Video]

Mariah Carey disappointed classic Christmas track wasn't used in Mean Girls

Mariah Carey is disappointed that Tina Fey didn't use her classic holiday tune All I Want for Christmas is You in her teen comedy Mean Girls.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:58Published
Hancock: I want us to have "Christmas people yearn for" [Video]

Hancock: I want us to have "Christmas people yearn for"

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that to have the "Christmas people yearn for" this year the public must adhere to social distancing and hygiene guidance to prevent a second wave of coronavirus..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:00Published
Labour warns against lifting ban on evictions [Video]

Labour warns against lifting ban on evictions

Shadow Housing Secretary Thangam Debbonaire has hit out at the government as the ban on automatic evictions of tenants comes to an end on Monday. Homelessness charities fear thousands of renters could..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:44Published
Hallmark Channel Will Include LGBTQ Stories In Christmas Lineup [Video]

Hallmark Channel Will Include LGBTQ Stories In Christmas Lineup

The Hallmark Channel is making it's annual holiday movie celebration more inclusive this year. According to CNN, "Countdown to Christmas" and "Miracles of Christmas" lineups will include LGBTQ..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says being able to lift the Premier League trophy at Anfield on Wednesday will be "like Christmas".
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Liverpool will not give Premier League appearances like "Christmas presents" to young players despite having already won the title, says boss Jurgen Klopp.
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PM Mark Rutte no longer sees the blackface Christmas character as a harmless Netherlands tradition.
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Shropshire mum turns isolation into second Christmas

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Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing

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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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