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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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Drug dealer who returned home for Christmas jailed

Alexander Cornish escaped to France from Devon for 14 years before being arrested at an airport.
BBC News - Published

A Guernsey boy and his pet dinosaur

The belated Christmas gift that was a bit bigger than expected.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Christmas


Australia couple risk lives to protect kangaroos [Video]Australia couple risk lives to protect kangaroos

When bushfires landed on the doorstep of Gary Wilson and Julie Willis' kangaroo sanctuary they decided not to flee, but stay and defend their property and protect the 50 or more animals taking refuge...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Zoo uses redundant Christmas trees to give animals a treat [Video]Zoo uses redundant Christmas trees to give animals a treat

A zoo near Chicago in the US used its redundant Christmas trees to give animals a post-holiday treat. View on euronews

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

Back in vogue? ASOS beats Christmas forecasts [Video]Back in vogue? ASOS beats Christmas forecasts

British online fashion retailer ASOS has shown signs of recovery with strong Christmas sales results, increasing confidence that management has addressed the issues which plagued it in 2019. Adam Reed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Canadian shopkeeper who served Harry glad he has returned ‘home’ [Video]Canadian shopkeeper who served Harry glad he has returned ‘home’

A Canadian shopkeeper who shared a hug with the Duke of Sussex when he visited her home decor store before Christmas said she is happy he has returned “home”. Chris Stephen owns Lilaberry in..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

N. Korea says no longer bound by nuclear pledge [Video]N. Korea says no longer bound by nuclear pledge

North Korea on Tuesday said the United States ignored its year-end deadline for nuclear talks, and therefore it no longer felt bound by commitments, which included a halt to its nuclear testing and the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones [Video]Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones

While much of the world was celebrating Christmas and the New Year, it was business as usual on board the International Space Station. But it wasn't all work and no play.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:33Published

Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details [Video]Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details

Nissan's former chairman and international fugitive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters interviewers on Tuesday that he found it "amazing" to read the theories over how he escaped house arrest in Japan. But..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move [Video]Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move

Towns on the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast are excited over the possibility that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become semi-permanent residents there. Olivia Chan..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas [Video]Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken of the "unbelievable" welcome they received while in Canada, and joked how their son Archie was mesmerised by the scenery. Meghan and Harry's first official..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns [Video]Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns

Members of the Cabinet arrive at 10 Downing Street ahead of the reopening of Parliament after the Christmas recess. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement regarding the Iran..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:26Published

Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St [Video]Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings arrive at 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding meetings throughout the day before Parliament resumes..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:29Published

Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front [Video]Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front

A look at the post-Christmas round of Premier League fixtures as Liverpool stretch their lead at the top once more.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:33Published

Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison [Video]Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is slurring his speech and worried about dying in prison. That's according to a new report from British journalist and former Army officer Vaughan Smith. Gizmodo..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice [Video]Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice

American pop star Meghan Trainor has confessed she felt "like a kid at Christmas" on 'The Voice UK'.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:56Published

Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City [Video]Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City

Pope Francis walked through the square in Vatican City to go see the large Nativity scene set up. During his walk, a woman grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. According to Reuters, the Pope..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Native Australian animals get into festive spirit [Video]Native Australian animals get into festive spirit

Koalas and kangaroos enjoy Christmas season at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:54Published

A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems' [Video]A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems'

The Adam Sandler-led film has taken in $18.8 million since its nationwide release on Christmas.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 01:06Published

U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift' [Video]U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift'

The United States would be very disappointed if North Korea tested a long-range or nuclear missile and would take appropriate action as a leading military and economic power, White House national..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift' [Video]Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promised a "Christmas gift" to the US if sanctions aren't lifted. According to CNN, the Trump Administration interprets the statement to mean a weapons test. No..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals [Video]Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals

A divide between young evangelicals and their older leaders over support for President Trump is exacerbating a long-term crisis facing U.S. evangelicalism. Roger Fortuna explains.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas [Video]Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas

In 1994, Susan Smith made headlines for letting her two young sons drown in a car that she let roll into a lake. Now, Smith is serving life without parole at Leath Correctional Institution in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

 

Amazon Christmas sales soar as rivals struggle

Sales were up 20% over the festive season in sharp contrast to weakness at other retailers.
BBC News - Published

Family 'dumbfounded' by support for boy who got meningitis

Luke Mortimer lost his hands and legs to meningococcal meningitis when he fell ill before Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Fontainebleau palace 'plot': Chinese mafia link probed

French police hold six suspects after the alleged plot on Fontainebleau just after Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Skipton rugby player loses limbs to meningitis

More than £25,000 has been raised for seven-year-old Luke Mortimer who fell ill over Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Tear gas and water cannons: Hong Kong students brave the front lines to livestream the protests

It was holiday time at Hong Kong's sprawling Harbour City shopping mall, and shoppers posed for selfies next to giant presents wrapped in golden foil, while toddlers jumped into a ball pit filled with..
Reuters - Published

Stolen Colchester KFC Colonel Sanders found under bed

The colonel was stolen from the KFC in Colchester High Street over Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Police officer in court 'for having sex with woman in patrol car on Christmas Eve'

Sergeant Lee Cocking claims he faced threat if he did not participate
Independent - Published

UK's Prince Harry and Meghan say 'thank you' to Canada after holiday

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.
Reuters - Published

Cat found after Birmingham to London drive to be rehomed

The cat, renamed Tinsel, was found on Christmas Day, but it has not been possible to trace an owner.
BBC News - Published

Tyne and Wear Metro drivers offered 18.5% pay rise

The 60-station network was hit by a two-day stoppage before Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Premier League fixture congestion 'absurd' as teams count Christmas cost

Aston Villa lost players for nearly 500 days and Newcastle felt the force of festive fixtures, but who else now has a busy treatment room?
BBC News - Published

Community 'reinvents Christmas' for ill girl

Melanie Moffatt says she became "miserable" after she spent the day alone with daughter Matilda.
BBC News - Published

Christmas rescues: RSPCA helps stuck deer and sick seal

More than 7,000 animals in need of help were reported to the RSPCA over Christmas.
BBC News - Published

Muslim women spread Christmas cheer in Gaza

Muslim women in the Palestinian Gaza Strip have been hand-crafting gifts for the approaching Orthodox Christmas as part of a project to empower a traditional community.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong to end year with multiple protests, kick off 2020 with big march

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong to end 2019 with multiple protests; big march planned for Jan. 1

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
Reuters - Published

'He has a distinctive walk': Firefighter who went missing after pub crawl before Christmas 'seen in newly released CCTV footage'

Police say they will continue search for father of four until they get answers on disappearance
Independent - Published

Flamur Beqiri: Family of man shot on Christmas Eve 'in shock' after witnessing Battersea killing

'To have so much sadness at this time of the year is heartbreaking'
Independent - Published

Battersea fatal shooting: Flamur Beqiri's family speak of heartbreak

Swedish national Flamur Beqiri was killed in front of his wife and child in Battersea on Christmas Eve.
BBC News - Published

Single father wins £1m scratchcard jackpot and still turns up for Christmas Day shift at pub

'It's not my money really, it's all his,' Didzis Pirags says of his five-year-old son
Independent - Published

Shelter set up for pets left homeless by Chilean wildfire

A fire that swept through a poor community of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve has left not only people but hundreds of pets without homes.
Reuters - Published

Wider image: Mexico Mormon family has tearful Christmas after cartel murders

Surrounded by dozens of his descendants, Adrian LeBaron gave thanks to God as he prepared to celebrate Christmas for the first time since suspected Mexican drug cartel hitmen murdered his daughter and..
Reuters - Published

George Michael's sister Melanie died on Christmas Day, family says

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou died on Christmas Day, the third anniversary of the pop singer's death, her family said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Battersea fatal shooting: Flamur Beqiri 'may have had criminal links'

Swedish national Flamur Beqiri was killed in front of his family in Wandsworth on Christmas Eve.
BBC News - Published

Falling redwood kills hiker in California park on Christmas Eve

A Minnesota man visiting Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco was killed by a falling redwood tree during a Christmas Eve hike with his sister and her boyfriend, the sheriff's department and..
Reuters - Published

Death toll reaches 28 as Philippines recovers from Christmas typhoon

The death toll from a Christmas typhoon that tore through the central Philippines rose to 28 on Friday, with 12 people missing, the disaster agency said, as authorities moved to restore power and..
Reuters - Published

Police probing deaths of four in New Mexico home as murder-suicide

Police in New Mexico are investigating the Christmas Day shooting deaths of four family members in a suburban Albuquerque home as a triple murder and suicide, authorities said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Deaths of Boston mother and children likely murder-suicide, official says

The deaths of a 40-year-old woman and her two young children who fell from a Boston high-rise parking structure on Christmas Day were apparently a murder-suicide, the local district attorney said on..
Reuters - Published

'Very lucky' tortoise saved from Christmas Day fire he started in his owners' home

'This 45 year old tortoise might look angry but it's his lucky day'
Independent - Published

Wildfire in Chilean port city of Valparaiso leaves 700 homeless

More than 245 homes have been destroyed and 700 people left destitute after a forest fire tore through a low-income area of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.
Reuters - Published

Swedish man shot in front of family in London

Neighbours described hearing gunshots on Christmas Eve and a woman screaming "desperately" for help.
BBC News - Published

Battersea shooting: Man shot dead in front of wife and child outside their home on Christmas Eve

Neighbours describe 'desperate' wife screaming for help
Independent - Published

Costa del Sol: Man and two children who drowned at resort named

Three members of the same British family died in a Costa del Sol swimming pool on Christmas Eve.
BBC News - Published

Two die in separate Christmas Day crashes in Lincolnshire

The man and woman were killed in two crashes within hours of each other in Lincolnshire.
BBC News - Published

Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton 'gutted' to spend Christmas away from former Love Island host

'I want this all to be over,' writes tennis player
Independent - Published

Spate of shootings leaves two dead, seven wounded in North Carolina city

Police in High Point, North Carolina, searched for clues and suspects on Wednesday in a spate of shootings that have left two people dead and seven others wounded over two days, including a Christmas..
Reuters - Published

British warship scrambles to respond to Russian vessel moving into Channel

'Leaving our families at this time of year is especially difficult, but national security doesn't stop for Christmas,' says ship's commanding officer
Independent - Published

Hong Kong marchers target malls in third day of Christmas protests

Hundreds of protesters marched through festive Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, aiming to disrupt business in the Asian financial hub for a third day over the Christmas holidays, with riot police..
Reuters - Published

Man found dead in Luton street on Christmas Day

Police in Luton say they are treating the death of the man, in his 50s, as unexplained.
BBC News - Published

Nut allergy: Family renews warning for Christmas

A severe reaction to nuts left a woman in her 20s with brain injuries.
BBC News - Published

Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines

A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 13 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

'We're all family now': Protesters gather for free Christmas dinner in Hong Kong

Hundreds of anti-government protesters and their supporters gathered outside a tiny restaurant in Hong Kong for an unconventional Christmas dinner, sharing paper plates piled high with food under neon..
Reuters - Published

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