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Summit story of pain and loss

In Everest Untold, journalist Patrick ConroyConroy sheds new light on the infamous climbing season in 1996. Here's an extract from the book... The year was 1996. Journalist Patrick Conroy arrived at Base Camp, Mount Everest, to cover South Africa’s first attempt to climb the world’s highest peak.

Letters from Santa Delivered from North Pole (ICYMI)

NORTH POLE – If a letter from Santa Claus would make your child's Christmas, then the U.S. Postal Service can help you out by delivering the jolly old elf's reply to your child’s letter complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for children to get a letter back from Santa: Have your....

ICYMI: Anonymous Donor Drops Diamond Ring Into Waltham Salvation Army Pot

WALTHAM, MA – It could've been a generous Watch City dweller, a mysterious out-of-towner, or St. Nick himself. No one knows who anonymously dropped a diamond ring into the Salvation Army kettle outside of Market Basket in Waltham on Nov. 22, and the random do-gooder is remaining mum.

Office Christmas gifts - is separate but equal okay?

I want to give the same Christmas gift to two of my team members, and a different gift to the third. Plus, the gift would be a rerun for one of the two, as it would replace the same item I gave her previously, which got broken. Should I do this, or move on to a different gift idea entirely? Specifics inside. Two years ago I gave my two team members decorative wireless mouses for Christmas. The gifts were functional, pretty, and I believe they were appreciated by the team. Since then, staf...

Office Christmas gifts - is separate but equal okay?

1 HOUR AGO
I want to give the same Christmas gift to two of my team members, and a different gift to the third. Plus, the gift would be a rerun for one of the two, as it would replace the same item I gave her previously, which got broken. Should I do this, or...

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Christmas Crackers with non-awful gifts

19 HOURS AGO
Crackers are a christmas tradition in my family, we all like the bad hats and bad jokes but I always hate the silly cheap toys, especially because every year some child gets excited by their cracker present and then dissapointed when they try and pl...

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How do I Christmas?

1 DAY AGO
This will be my first Christmas season without my mother, and I am not sure how to celebrate. My mother passed last February, and this is my first holiday season without her. Despite a limited budget, we made as much of Christmas as we could - nothin...

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If it's ___________, it must be Christmas!

2 DAYS AGO
In need of a fancy, unique, special or otherwise singular dish to serve on Christmas morning. (Cinnamon rolls need not apply.) My husband's family tradition was cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Now that we have a little one, I'd like to continue ...

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If I can't get the shoes, how about a nice um-ber-ella?

3 DAYS AGO
For Christmas my wife is interested in a pair of the upcoming Puma by Rihanna velvet creepers. I know that the previous releases in this line have sold out in hours. Now that it has been named Shoe of the Year and this release is dropping in primo ho...

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Is there such a thing as a science kit for adults?

3 DAYS AGO
I want to get my girlfriend something crafty or hands-on for Christmas. I know she has a secret fascination with geology, and we've talked about how she wishes she'd been able to play with science kits when she was a kid. So I really want to get her ...

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Post-Christmas/New Years Getaway

3 DAYS AGO
Where can I go on such short notice? I found out that I might be getting the week between Xmas and New years as paid vacation, and I'm not one to waste vacation time! But it's pretty late to book stuff, so I was wondering if the hivemind had any dest...

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Tourists Flock to Dyker Heights Christmas Lights ‘On Steroids’

14 HOURS AGO
In December, the Brooklyn neighborhood swells with visitors drawn to the ornate Christmas decorations adorning house after house, and the parking problems grow.

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An Eclectic Holiday Mix That for Decades Has Skipped the Cheese

1 DAY AGO
Bill Adler, a fixture of the New York music industry, has compiled a CD of seasonal songs, including soul, R&B, jazz and much more, annually since 1982.

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Gifts That Make a Difference

2 DAYS AGO
You can give a present with more impact than a tie.

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Getting Your Home Holiday-Ready

7 DAYS AGO
If you act now, there is still time to make your home feel fresh and festive — without a major overhaul.

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DVD, TV and Video Game Gift Suggestions

8 DAYS AGO
The season offers a bounty of DVDs, TV-series box sets, streaming-service subscriptions, and games for the tube watcher or Nintendo/PlayStation jockey in your life.

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Gifts for the Discerning Theater Fan

8 DAYS AGO
Simon McBurney’s hypnotic one-man show or Cate Blanchett’s daredevil acting? There are also cast albums like “Bright Star” and “A New Brain.”

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Gift Ideas for Classical Music Fans

8 DAYS AGO
Gift suggestions this season include works by Mozart, but also a classical-themed pillow and books.

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Belief In Santa Could Affect Parent-Child Relationships, Warns Study

9 DAYS AGO
In an article published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, two psychologists have raised the spectre of children’s moral compass being permanently thrown off-kilter by what is normally considered a magical part of the Christmas tradition.

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The Strange Permanence Of Hess Toy Trucks

10 DAYS AGO
Hess gas stations may be a thing of the past, but the Hess toy truck has, somehow, remained a Christmas mainstay for decades.

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Thanksgiving, A Celebration Of Inequality

10 DAYS AGO
For over a decade, Fox News has made it a talking point that Christmas is under siege from liberals.

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Jony Ive Designed A Christmas Tree And It Sucks

10 DAYS AGO
In true Jony Ive fashion, the tree — which appears to be entirely unadorned — isn’t just a tree. In fact, the press release describes it as both “much more than a Christmas tree” and an “all-enveloping magical experience.”

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80,000 Reindeer Reported Dead In Latest Christmas Setback

14 DAYS AGO
A pair of extreme weather events in 2006 and 2013 caused mass starvation among reindeer in Arctic Russia. Researchers have now linked these episodes to climate change and the associated loss of sea ice.

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That Time FDR Moved Thanksgiving

15 DAYS AGO
In 1939, the fourth Thursday was set to fall late, on November 30. FDR worried that was too close to Christmas , and wouldn’t give people enough time to, ahem, stimulate the economy. So he up and moved Thanksgiving to the 23rd.

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Convince Your Friends Your Butt Generates Electricity

15 DAYS AGO
Well, here's how to light your ass up like a Christmas tree, if that's something that interests you.

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How Great Thou Art as Christmas Music

4 DAYS AGO

We continue to witness great songs of praise coming out as Christmas music this year. Below is a viral video from vocal band Home Free with their rendition of How Great Thou Art, on this year’s re-release of their Christmas album, Full of Cheer – The...

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This Christmas and Jingle Bells Mashup by Anthem Lights

7 DAYS AGO

Something old and something new…ish. The video below by Anthem Lights is a mashup of Jingle Bells (old) and This Christmas (newish). Surprisingly, it’s a good fit with this talented arrangement: Anthem Lights is a Christian pop group base...

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Songs of Praise as Christmas Music

7 DAYS AGO

In the most recent episode of the Merry Podcast we discuss a trend in Christmas music that sees traditional songs of praise released on Christmas albums. Here is a great example of that in the latest video from Peter Hollens and his new Christmas alb...

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The Best Christmas Carol You Have Never Heard

8 DAYS AGO

Some Christmas carols are so old it is hard to tell which is older — the lyrics or the tune. Below is a carol thought to be one of the oldest Christmas tunes ever. Few today know it well and it is presented here as something new and fresh to Ch...

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Perils of Playing Santa

8 DAYS AGO

The cat-and-mouse game of hiding the Christmas presents begins as soon as a black Friday bargain is found. Whether you are hiding gifts from your significant other or your children the game can be intense. Take, for example, the year of the drum set....

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Kenzie Nimmo Releases Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

9 DAYS AGO

Kenzie Nimmo kicks off the rush of new Christmas music videos with this minimal and stirring version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Take a listen: Singer-songwriter Kenzie Nimmo is well known for her cover songs which she posts to her eno...

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Real Onion Dip

9 DAYS AGO

The staple of all dip standards when it comes to year round entertain is the timeless combination of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix with sour cream. Have that and your dips will be a hit. But what if you want an onion dip with a little zing…a li...

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It's looking a lot like Christmas after Deptford tree lighting (PHOTOS)

1 HOUR AGO
-- Deptford is welcoming the holiday season following the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. On Friday at 6 p.m., Deptford Township officials hosted the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Deptford Township Recreation Center for residents of a...

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Summit story of pain and loss

1 HOUR AGO
In Everest Untold, journalist Patrick ConroyConroy sheds new light on the infamous climbing season in 1996. Here's an extract from the book... The year was 1996. Journalist Patrick Conroy arrived at Base Camp, Mount Everest, to cover South Africa’s f...

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Letters from Santa Delivered from North Pole (ICYMI)

1 HOUR AGO
NORTH POLE – If a letter from Santa Claus would make your child's Christmas, then the U.S. Postal Service can help you out by delivering the jolly old elf's reply to your child’s letter complete with a North Pole postmark. Here are the steps for chil...

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ICYMI: Anonymous Donor Drops Diamond Ring Into Waltham Salvation Army Pot

1 HOUR AGO
WALTHAM, MA – It could've been a generous Watch City dweller, a mysterious out-of-towner, or St. Nick himself. No one knows who anonymously dropped a diamond ring into the Salvation Army kettle outside of Market Basket in Waltham on Nov. 22, and the ...

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Hundreds line aisles as Winter Arts Market moves to new home Liverpool Echo

1 HOUR AGO
By using this service and related content, you agree to the use of cookies for analytics, personalised content and ads. The spacious surrounds of Liverpool Cathedral provided a fitting venue for the annual Winter Arts Market. Whils Shrek and his Dre...

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Clerk killed at Spotsylvania gas station, deputies search for suspect

1 HOUR AGO
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - Spotsylvania deputies are working to identify a man who is accused of attacking and killing a store clerk at a Sunoco gas station. Officials responded around 1:35 a.m. Saturday to the gas station in the 5300 block of Jeffers...

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Bake Off 'villain' Paul Hollywood hits out at reaction to move

1 HOUR AGO
The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has likened the reaction of his move to Channel 4 with the popular cooking programme to that of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. This year’s October finale – that saw Candice Brown beat rivals Jane Beedle...

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Prankster Strikes the Workshop

6 DAYS AGO
Hi everyone! Tough news to report today: the Merry Prankster strikes again and this time his target was Santa’s workshop. We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know where. Around 3am while the...

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All About Your Christmas Tree

7 DAYS AGO
Greetings! By tradition we set aside the first Saturday after Thanksgiving to talk to you about your Christmas tree. For many people it is their tradition to put up their tree during this long...

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Operation Merry Christmas Begins

8 DAYS AGO
Hi everyone! Bright and early, early, early this morning Santa met with the opening shift of elves at Santa’s Workshop – and kicked off Operation Merry Christmas with cheers and a rousing round of...

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Santa Wants Millions of New Elves

8 DAYS AGO
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Santa met with senior elves from the Tracking Department and informed them that he wanted 4 million new tracker elves in place by the time he flies on Christmas Eve. The...

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One Month to Christmas Eve!

9 DAYS AGO
Greetings! It’s the 24th of the month and that means it’s just ONE MONTH now until Christmas! And what a day it is! It’s Thanksgiving Day. It’s the day of the Elf Parade. It’s the day of the annual...

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Why Thanksgiving is as Big as Christmas at the North Pole

10 DAYS AGO
Years ago I got in a lot of trouble for writing a column titled A Fat Man’s Holiday. That article talked about Santa’s love of food and the North Pole celebration of Thanksgiving. I will attempt to...

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North Pole Prepares for Thanksgiving

10 DAYS AGO
Happy, happy everyone! It is a huge day here at the North Pole. Everyone is so very busy. In kitchens all over the North Pole Village ovens are busy cooking up treats for tomorrow. There are pies,...

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100 Days to Christmas. . .the Countdown Begins Today!

2 MONTHS AGO
100 Days to Christmas. . .the Countdown Begins Today!
100 Days to Christmas 2016 eBook Now Available   A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Motivation for a Busy Holiday Season! This eBook is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday seaso...

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100 Days to Christmas 2016 Now Available!

2 MONTHS AGO
100 Days to Christmas 2016 Now Available!
A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Motivation for a Busy Holiday Season! This eBook is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season. This manual is 150 pages of holiday tips and ideas,...

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4 Months to Christmas!

3 MONTHS AGO
4 Months to Christmas!
Today marks 4 months to Christmas.  The most wonderful time of the year is around the corner.  Are you ready? You can be with the 100 Days to Christmas 2016 eBook.  Over 100 pages + 34 lists and worksheets from ListPlanIt.com.  It covers planning for...

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Hatchimals hottest in Christmas toy hunt

6 DAYS AGO

If you're aiming to get your hands on this year's must-have toy in time for Christmas, you may have left it too late. A year after Star Wars and Frozen dominated the want lists landed with Santa, the sleeper hit this Yuletide is the Hatchimal...

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Are you leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute?

7 DAYS AGO

The survey, of 400 adults in the area, also found that a quarter of people say they do not enjoy Christmas shopping while 60 percent admit not knowing what to buy for relatives and more than half report receiving at least two unwanted gifts every Chr...

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Last posting date for troops announced

7 DAYS AGO

Royal Mail has announced the last posting date for consumers to send cards and presents to British troops stationed abroad. The company is urging customers to avoid a last minute rush so that items arrive in time for Christmas Day.

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How raunchy Christmas comedies get made

7 DAYS AGO

You may already have trudged through "Almost Christmas" and "Bad Santa 2," but fortify your eggnog: There are two more holiday comedies in the offing, "Office Christmas Party" and "Why Him?" . The former is an ensemble piece about the title bacchanal...

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Skepta is performing on the Top Of The Pops Christmas special

7 DAYS AGO

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The Latest: online, in malls and overseas, Black Friday's on

7 DAYS AGO

Stores open their doors Friday for what is still one of the busiest days of the year... . Shoppers walk by signage advertising Black Friday sales at Dolphins Mall in Doral, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

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Get into the festive spirit with your local newspaper

7 DAYS AGO

From next week, we will be running at least two dedicated Christmas pages in all of our Sussex newspapers, packed with seasonal news and information. From Christmas markets and fetes, nativities and shopping tips, we will bring you a weekly round-up ...

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