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Singing, Dancing and Other Seasonal Merriment

Singing, Dancing and Other Seasonal Merriment

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: There is a broad choice of ways to celebrate the holidays in New York.
GTT ★

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Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around Texas this week.

Christmas packages stolen from Calgary woman's doorstep

A young woman who recently moved Calgary is not going to have a very merry Christmas. Stephanie Anderson moved from P.E.I. into a basement suite in the southwest community of Oakridge in November. Her family sent her two separate Christmas packages through Canada Post and, according to the tracking....

Art & Entertainment News 19/12

Christmas concert with Hanoi Ensemble. Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate the special occasion, Manzi and Hanoi Ensemble have teamed up to present a special chamber concert. Come, sip some mulled wine and enjoy some favourite Christmas tunes – classical, folk, contemporary and popular.

Fresh Christmas Trees Will Cost More

1 MONTHS AGO
Fresh Christmas Trees Will Cost More
A real Christmas tree this year is going to cost more thanks to a new “fee” imposed by the Obama administration to fund marketing of real Christmas trees. Just as the government pushes milk and meat the new program proposes to push real C...

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Do They Know It’s Christmas Gets Reworked for Ebola

1 MONTHS AGO
Do They Know It’s Christmas Gets Reworked for Ebola
The words to ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ has been reworked to address the Ebola virus. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure who organized the original hit thirty years ago, were present at a Notting Hill recording studio earlier to oversee th...

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U.S. Postal Service Announces Holiday Shipping Deadlines

1 MONTHS AGO
U.S. Postal Service Announces Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas. It’s also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards. To make sure your packa...

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Federal Workers Want the Day After Christmas Off

1 MONTHS AGO
Federal Workers Want the Day After Christmas Off
Most people do not know that Christmas as a national holiday in the United States came about because of a labor dispute with federal workers. Society at large hardly worked on Christmas in 1870 and federal workers were jealous that they didn’t ...

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Utah Town Brings Halloween and Christmas to Sick Little Boy

1 MONTHS AGO
Utah Town Brings Halloween and Christmas to Sick Little Boy
In a close-knit Utah town where time has become a precious commodity for one family, the Christmas lights are already up and Halloween is in full swing 10 days early. The town of West Jordan has come together to ensure that a 4-year-old boy with only...

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Eggnog Sticker Shock Awaits Americans

2 MONTHS AGO
Eggnog Sticker Shock Awaits Americans
A recent poll found food prices overall putting the pinch on American spending plans for Christmas but grocers are bracing for the coming backlash for one of the priciest increases in holiday food costs: eggnog. Common pricing in stores early in the ...

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National Christmas Tree Lighting Event Details Announced

2 MONTHS AGO
National Christmas Tree Lighting Event Details Announced
The National Park Service and National Park Foundation have announced that the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting on the White House Ellipse will be held on December 4th. The event is traditionally hosted by the President and First Family and usua...

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It’s a Wrap!

6 DAYS AGO
Day 13 – It’s time to lock yourself in a bedroom or private space and get as much wrapping done as possible.  How do you handle presents under the tree? When do you begin wrapping presents? Visit the 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page.

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Gift & Card Check-In

7 DAYS AGO
Day 14 – There is little time to finish your gift buying or gift-making. You will save yourself time and stress if you don’t wait until the very last minute. If you are sending Christmas cards, it is time to get them in the mail.  Tell us your ...

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Get your Ingredients

8 DAYS AGO
Day 15 – Create your grocery list from the recipes of the dishes you plan to prepare for your Christmas meal. Be sure to include every ingredient that you will need.  What are your best holiday grocery shopping tips? Visit the 100 Days to Chris...

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The Goose is Getting Fat

9 DAYS AGO
Day 16 – Plan out details of Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas breakfast, and/or a Christmas day meal. Create a menu or use ListPlanIt’s Holiday Menu Planner*. Don’t forget to include a main dish, side dishes, bread or rolls, drinks, and of cours...

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Christmas Day Preparation

10 DAYS AGO
Day 17 – Begin to plan out the final days before Christmas. By setting goals and deadlines for yourself, you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be accomplished and when each task should be scheduled in the next two weeks. Consider final gif...

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Christmas Around the World

13 DAYS AGO
Day 20 – Tomorrow is St. Nick’s Day.  Do you celebrate St. Nick’s Day? Have your children written their letter to Santa yet?  If not, St. Nick’s Day is the perfect day to do it.  What are your family’s unique Christmas traditions? V...

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Shake & Bake

14 DAYS AGO
Day 21 – Have you chosen your favorite Christmas cookies to bake this season?  Do you have your ingredients?  Today is a great day to put on your favorite Christmas tunes, pour yourself a cup of eggnog, and warm up the kitchen with some Christm...

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Hunt defends A&E data suspension

12 HOURS AGO

NHS staff should not be forced to work over Christmas to publish A&E waiting time figures, Jeremy Hunt has said, amid claims of a festive "news blackout". Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham insisted it was "simply unacceptable" for the publicat...

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The definitive ranking of Christmas number ones - where's your favourite?

16 HOURS AGO

We've probably all got fond childhood memories of classic Christmas number ones. Maybe you even spent your hard-earned pocket money trying to bump up your favourite band's sales figures.

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Sony cancels release of 'The Interview' after threats

17 HOURS AGO

Sony canceled its Christmas release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, after almost all of the large theater chains in the United States announced they wouldn't show the film over concerns about terrorist threats. The decision comes a day after the ano...

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Ariana Grande, Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"

21 HOURS AGO

After you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration , airing on ABC. The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts , will feature Ariana Grande performing fro...

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PHOTOS: Tyga & Kylie Jenner Hand Out Toys Together

1 DAY AGO

Tyga and his rumored girlfriend Kylie Jenner are giving back to the community this holiday season. On Monday, the two teamed up to give Christmas presents to sick children at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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Dave Ramsey: When children steal money

1 DAY AGO

I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. While she was there with our 6-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money.

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Family home is festive lights feast

1 DAY AGO

A quiet suburb has become something of a Christmas attraction as one house's festive lights draws in growing crowds each year. For Lee and Paul Brailsford, Christmas starts in October as they gear up for their charity light display.

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Santa’s Sleigh is Ready

14 HOURS AGO
Santa’s Sleigh is Ready
Happy Christmas everyone! As we’ve been telling you all season one of the least worries this year has been with Santa’s Sleigh. Elf Quinton had his design by Santa approved more than a month ago and since that time he and his team have prepared every...

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Test Flight Chased from Iran

18 HOURS AGO
Test Flight Chased from Iran
Breaking News! Evidently the Iranians are serious about getting Santa’s sleigh out of Iran. They have just fired a missile of some sort at it. Elves in the Tracking Center assure me that the sleigh is in no danger. Elf Vernon is not only moving at bl...

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Tracking Department Warns of Weather Issues

1 DAY AGO
Tracking Department Warns of Weather Issues
Merry Christmas, All! With a week to go until Christmas Eve we are starting to get detailed weather warnings from the Tracking Center. Elf Billy, head of the weather over there, says we could be in for some trouble. Storms are lining up that will aff...

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Elves Sent for Training in Explosives

2 DAYS AGO
Elves Sent for Training in Explosives
An odd bit of breaking news here today: Santa has assembled a team of six elves to leave today for Houston, Texas in the United States for training in explosives. No explanation has been given for this training and why it needs to happen now when it ...

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Elves from Medical Center Sent to the Workshop

2 DAYS AGO
Elves from Medical Center Sent to the Workshop
Hi everyone! Elf Dr. Lionel P. Spock showed up at Santa’s Workshop today with his whole crew of doctors and nurses offering their help. “We didn’t have many elves to treat this year anyway,” Elf Lionel told me. “Everyone is very healthy”. Elf Bernard...

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Santa to Make Night Time Visits This Week

3 DAYS AGO
Santa to Make Night Time Visits This Week
Breaking News just in from the Tracking Department. Personnel there have been made aware of three night-time flights this week Santa will be making to three locations: somewhere in Europe, somewhere in Malaysia, and somewhere in the Middle East. Ther...

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Workshop Falls Further Behind

3 DAYS AGO
Workshop Falls Further Behind
Merry Christmas Everyone! We begin the last full week that we have before Christmas….and things are in a bit of a panic here at the North Pole. Elf Bernard had a little meltdown in the production meetings this morning. He told Santa that if he doesn’...

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Red Berries

3 MONTHS AGO
Red Berries
Red Berries Ornament
Rosewood Manor
The Gift of Stitching Magazine, December 2006
36 ct Edinburgh Linen, DMC Floss, Unknown Beads from my stash
Stitched by Carol S.

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Noel 2008

5 MONTHS AGO
Noel 2008
Noel 2008 Ornament (adapted to 2014)
Ravenelle - chart found here
32 ct Steel Gray Belfast Linen, DMC B5200 Floss
Stitched by Carol S.

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How to Deal With Holiday Issues

-3 DAYS AGO
How to Deal With Holiday Issues
Holiday issues: those sexist in-laws; what music to listen to on the way and whether to confess about those non-vegan cookies.

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Singing, Dancing and Other Seasonal Merriment

-1 DAYS AGO
Singing, Dancing and Other Seasonal Merriment
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: There is a broad choice of ways to celebrate the holidays in New York.

Read more...

GTT ★

-1 DAYS AGO
GTT ★
Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around Texas this week.

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Santa Apps Bring Fun and Order to the Holidays

19 HOURS AGO
These apps offer Christmas-themed diversions and recipes, as well as ways to organize your gift plans.

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A Gift So Right, She’ll Know You Got Help

19 HOURS AGO
A Gift So Right, She’ll Know You Got Help
Professional shoppers gird for their busiest time of year.

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Openings, Sales and Shopping Events in New York City

19 HOURS AGO
A book signing, a Holiday Antiques show and more shopping news.

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A Diva and a Holiday, Intertwined

1 DAY AGO
A Diva and a Holiday, Intertwined
Mariah Carey is performing mostly Christmas music during her six-show run at the Beacon Theater.

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The 'X' In Xmas Literally Means Christ. Here's The History Behind It

3 DAYS AGO
You've probably heard the phrase "Keep Christ in Christmas ," either on a church sign, or a Facebook wall. You might have even heard it this month. The idea is always the same: let's not rub out the religious roots of this holiday by saying "Xmas," i...

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Your Christmas Tree Has Lived Through One Hell Of An Adventure

3 DAYS AGO
Inside Oregon's high-stakes Christmas tree industry, from fertilizer to ornaments.

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We Wish Decorating The Christmas Tree Was This Easy

6 DAYS AGO
Every time we try this we end up breaking all of our ornaments. Then our parents don't give us any roast beef during Christmas dinner. We like roast beef.

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Kimmel Ruins Another Christmas Classic

6 DAYS AGO
"The Year Without A Santa Claus" + "Prison Wives" = a very sad Christmas for the whole family.

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People Getting Puppies For Christmas

7 DAYS AGO
Here are our favorite videos of parents, kids, significant others and grandmas getting puppies for Christmas .

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Begun The Christmas Tree War Has

7 DAYS AGO
When it comes to Christmas trees, which kind of symbol do you prefer — real or artificial?

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Christmas , In Numbers

9 DAYS AGO
Did you know that 1.4 billion cards are sent each year in the U.S.? And that exactly zero people are happy with receiving fruitcake?

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Chirstmas in NOLA

1 HOUR AGO
We decided to not worry about the in-laws this year and booked a last-minute Christmas trip to New Orleans instead. So where do we eat on Christmas? We'll be in New Orleans from the 23rd-27th, and are staying at Bienville and Bourbon. What's going t...

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General Purpose Gifts Under $8?

11 HOURS AGO
What low cost item has changed your life recently? I'm looking for gifts that you could give to anyone; male or female, 20 to 60 years of age. Preferably in the $5-$10 range. I'm hoping to build a box of useful gifts that I can keep on hand for last ...

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Dreaming of a clear Christmas - get the yellow off my icicles

1 DAY AGO
My lovely clear plastic icicles have aged through the years and I need help returning them to their pristine wintry looks. I have some nice clear plastic (acrylic I think) icicles that I hang on my porch roof edge every Christmas. Looks nice and wint...

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"Even though I'm a Jew..."

2 DAYS AGO
Try to find a Christmas song I saw on YouTube years ago. It's sung by a young woman, I think in a big city, I remember coffee cups, possibly Starbucks reds, and that there was a lyric about liking Christmas "even though I'm a jew..."

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Help Us Light the World with Tiny Glowing Screens for Christmas

2 DAYS AGO
What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year? Background:

We currently have 4 lines with AT&T, with hardware running from iPh...

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Santa got it really wrong this year.

2 DAYS AGO
The Grandparents sent our kids gifts that are ridiculously wrong for them. Do I return them ASAP and buy things they would actually like? Do I address this with them? Our relationship with my in-laws has been strained this year but I have tried to ma...

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ISO perfect Christmas tree decorating album!

2 DAYS AGO
Mom and I have been searching for a choral Christmas album that we love since our favorite Christmas tape died. Naturally, snowflakes follow. This MUST be:

* traditional, classical music
* primarily choral--some instrumentation is okay, but I hate ...

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Christmas packages stolen from Calgary woman's doorstep

1 HOUR AGO
A young woman who recently moved Calgary is not going to have a very merry Christmas. Stephanie Anderson moved from P.E.I. into a basement suite in the southwest community of Oakridge in November. Her family sent her two separate Christmas packages t...

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Art & Entertainment News 19/12

1 HOUR AGO
Christmas concert with Hanoi Ensemble. Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate the special occasion, Manzi and Hanoi Ensemble have teamed up to present a special chamber concert. Come, sip some mulled wine and enjoy some favourite Chris...

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Sober up for month after festive excess

1 HOUR AGO
Drinkers are being urged to take a month off alcohol after indulging over Christmas. Twice as much alcohol will be bought today as on an average Friday on what has been dubbed the “Black Friday of booze”, with the emergency services on high alert. Pr...

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Abundant Living Faith Center Christmas Celebration play opens Friday in El Paso

1 HOUR AGO
El Pasoans will have a chance to take a journey around the world and see how the different countries get into the Christmas spirit. Abundant Living Faith Center is revamping its annual Christmas Celebration with a new 90-minute play that includes a n...

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Air strike may hit holiday travellers

1 HOUR AGO
Airport staff at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester have threatened to go on strike on for two days starting on Christmas eve. Almost 500 ground handlers and check-in staff have voted to walk out over a pay dispute. The trade union Unite said its membe...

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FG cautions citizens over viewing centres during Yuletide

1 HOUR AGO
Nigerians have been warned to be security-conscious, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Coordinator, National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, made the call while addressing newsmen at national briefing centre in Abuja. He...

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Musings on love

1 HOUR AGO
Love your enemies — Matthew 5:4. Man is a social animal who dislikes his fellow man –Eugene Delacroix. The Christmas season is here again, and just like other festive seasons, it is that time of the year when most members of the human species pause b...

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Sara Evans Announces New Christmas Album

1 MONTHS AGO
Country superstar Sara Evans has announced that her new album titled “At Christmas” will debut on November 17th. The CD features nine classic Christmas and one original work, including a song where she sings with her daughters. “I w...

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Dukes of Hazard Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
It has been 35 years since the debut of Dukes of Hazard. So it’s time to come out with a Christmas album, right? John Schneider and Tom Wopat — that 70s era duo who played Bo and Luke Duke — sing lead on a brassy, big-band backed al...

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LeAnn Rimes Releases Her First Chapter of Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
Pop star LeAnn Rimes is out with her “first chapter” of Christmas — which we assume to mean there is more. On this first one, she releases these six songs of Christmas: One Christmas: Chapter 1 1. Silent Night Holy Night 2. I Want A...

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Earth, Wind And Fire Releasing Christmas Album

2 MONTHS AGO
Legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire has announced they are releasing a Christmas album later this month to be called “Holiday”. “Holiday” features seasonal standards like “Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh ...

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Paul McCartney Releasing Christmas Duet with Jennifer Hudson

2 MONTHS AGO
Paul McCartney is to record a Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson. The ex-Beatle and the Oscar-winning singer will join a host of celebrities for a version of A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something’, according to The Sun. The ...

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Pentatonix Releasing a New Christmas Album

2 MONTHS AGO
Last season’s viral Christmas music video belonged to Pentatonix with their groundbreaking taking on the classic, Little Drummer Boy. Building on the success and on an already strong offering of Christmas staples the group has announced a new C...

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Alan Jackson Getting Ready for Christmas

3 MONTHS AGO
In a year soft on new Christmas music country superstar Alan Jackson will capitalize by re-releasing his Christmas album, Let It Be Christmas. Jackson is celebrating his 25th Anniversary and this album is just another part of that celebration. He’ll ...

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