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PM's EU migrant plan 'by Christmas'

David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of migrants to work in the UK before the end of 2014 as Jose Manuel Barroso warns about leaving the EU.

Lynda Bellingham: Actress And Presenter Dies

Bellingham died "peacefully in her husband's arms" at a London hospital, her agent said. The 66-year-old had colon cancer and last month The actress said she wanted to spend one last Christmas with her family after the disease had spread to her lungs and liver.

How Lynda Bellingham's battle with colon cancer which she dismissed as 'that curveball' turned out to be her final role before she died

The frank and funny British star talked honestly about her illness, her decision to stop her treatment, and her wish for one last Christmas with her family.

Royal Mail And Amazon Create 32,000 Xmas Jobs

Thousand of temporary job openings are confirmed ahead of the Christmas rush for parcels and cards.

Eggnog Sticker Shock Awaits Americans

17 HOURS 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

11 DAYS 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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Gifts for the Shamelessly Rich by Neiman Marcus

12 DAYS AGO
Gifts for the Shamelessly Rich by Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus is out with their annual catalog of absurd Christmas gift ideas. They’ve been doing this a long time and it makes for great Christmas fun every October. The Dallas-based retailer’s top gift this year is The House of Creed Bespoke ...

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Retailers Optimistic for Strong Christmas Sales

12 DAYS AGO
Retailers Optimistic for Strong Christmas Sales
The National Retail Federation is predicting a robust 4 percent increase in Christmas sales for 2014. That would be an improvement over the disappointing 3 percent return reported for last year. “Retailers could see a welcome boost in holiday s...

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Legacy Christmas Classic Albums Announced

19 DAYS AGO
Legacy Christmas Classic Albums Announced
Legacy Recordings’ Classic Christmas Album series rings in this year’s holiday season with new collections by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, plus compilations of hard rock, country and pop Christmas c...

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Santa and Rockettes Disrupt NYC Traffic

2 MONTHS AGO
Santa and Rockettes Disrupt NYC Traffic
Santa and the Rockettes stopped traffic in New York Cit […]

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Christmas Movie Stars Honored on Walk of Fame

2 MONTHS AGO
Christmas Movie Stars Honored on Walk of Fame
Last year’s opening of Castle Noel in Medina, Ohi […]

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Hitch a Hayride, Build a Bonfire

20 HOURS AGO
Day 67 – Find a local farm that has a tractor or team of horses pulling a trailer full of hay. Get outside and soak in the cool, crisp fall air and the smells of an open fire. Experience the season and build memories! Visit us on the 100 Days t...

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The Family that Plays Together. . .

2 DAYS AGO
Day 69 – Fall is a good time to begin or renew a tradition of family game night because the days are getting shorter, the evenings cooler, and kids and parents are busy all day and need a chance to reconnect.  Do you have a regular family game ...

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Firm Up your Halloween Plans

3 DAYS AGO
Day 70 – Halloween this year is on a Friday.  So most of the day will be taken up with work and school, but there are still a few things to consider planning out beforehand:  meals, parades, parties, trick-or-treating, activities.  What fun pla...

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Are you Ready for Trick-or-Treaters?

4 DAYS AGO
Day 71 – Add candy or novelty items to your shopping list so that you will have them ready when Halloween night arrives (just over two weeks away now). Be sure you have a large bowl, tub, or container to put them in. What is your favorite treat...

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Watch Out for Falling Leaves

5 DAYS AGO
Day 72 – Gather your family and some rakes and create some leaf piles from your fallen leaves.  Do you have a lot of leaves in your yard?  Do you burn, mulch, or compost the leaves that you rake?  Enjoy the sunshine! Visit us on the 100 Days to...

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New World Holidays

6 DAYS AGO
Day 73 – Happy Columbus Day to the U.S. and Thanksgiving to Canada!  Enjoy your time off from work or school and time with family.  Try to squeeze in some time to complete (or at least work on) a fall project.  Then let us know what project you...

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Fall Foliage

7 DAYS AGO
Day 74 – Here in Maine, this weekend is considered the peak of our fall foliage.  We have spent the weekend at 9 soccer games and have 2 more in the morning.  It is a great way to spend time in the outdoors, enjoying the beauty of fall.  Have t...

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Eddie Izzard helps make a boy's tragic Christmas a sugarplum-dusted miracle

14 HOURS AGO

Santa is still a few weeks away, but take a note about a new DVD worth watching. A series of tragic events that blight a young boy's life are reversed one Christmas Eve, giving him and those around him the happy ending that was destined in Lost Chris...

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Keighley group presents A 1,400 to Manorlands after year of fundraising

18 HOURS AGO

A KEIGHLEY group has presented a A 1,400 cheque to Manorlands after a year of fundraising for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice. Ladies 2000 - which meets at Keighley Catholic Centre - staged a range of activities, including a garden party at Denholme a...

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Christmas lights

23 HOURS AGO

Luton will turn on their Christmas Lights on Saturday, December 6, in an event at St Georges Square. There will be Christmas festivities, choir competitions and craft stands.

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Gearing up for Big Christmas extravaganza in Grimsby

1 DAY AGO

FESTIVE FUN: John Firth and Elaine Firth, with their grandchildren, Isobelle Foulkes, 4, and Jack Foulkes, 4, meet Axle the reindeer, with Charlotte Blaken of Riggmoor Reindeers, during The Big Christmas Event 2013 and Christmas lights switch on in G...

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How to avoid crippling Christmas debt

1 DAY AGO

IN CASE you hadn't noticed, Christmas is just over two months away. Here's how to avoid getting into debt and starting the New Year on the back foot.

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Crafting for Christmas

1 DAY AGO

As I get older I realize more and more that homemade presents have so much more meaning than store bought ones. As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across some really cool mason jar candles.

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Jim Ford will be grand marshal of Lewes Christmas Parade Dec. 6

1 DAY AGO

Tom King, chairman of the Lewes Christmas Parade jointly sponsored by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, has announced the selection of former Lewes Mayor Jim Ford as grand marshal for the 83rd Annual Christmas Parade. The parade co...

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Winter Arrives at the North Pole

1 DAY AGO
Winter Arrives at the North Pole
Hi everyone! That giant hole in the ground they have been working on must be really important. We have just been hit with our first really big winter storm at the North Pole and crews are working out behind the Big Building with No Name keeping the e...

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Santa Travels to Dubai for Secret Meetings

6 DAYS AGO
Santa Travels to Dubai for Secret Meetings
Well this is unusual. Santa is headed to Dubai today for top level secret meetings of some sort. We told you yesterday about Santa’s being in Canada to celebrate Thanksgiving there. I don’t think they are celebrating Thanksgiving in Dubai...

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

6 DAYS AGO
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, it is Thanksgiving in Canada and Santa likes to celebrate it. In fact, Santa celebrates Thanksgiving several times a year because it is his favorite holiday. Some say that is because of the food. But Mrs. Claus says that is a...

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Giant Hole Being Dug at the North Pole

11 DAYS AGO
Giant Hole Being Dug at the North Pole
More Breaking News from the North Pole! There is lots of activity way out north of Santa’s Workshop by that huge mystery building we have been telling you about since last summer. From what we can tell, a giant hole in the ground is being dug. The pr...

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Santa’s Interview with the Media

13 DAYS AGO
Santa’s Interview with the Media
Once a year and only once a year Santa Claus sits down with the media for a long discussion. This traditional media interview customarily takes place in early October before things get too crazy for Santa. This year Santa opens up about flying the sl...

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Thousands of Reindeer Summoned to the North Pole

18 DAYS AGO
Thousands of Reindeer Summoned to the North Pole
Breaking News! Santa has just met with Elf Victor and has ordered the deployment of thousands of reindeer to come to the North Pole immediately. We’re not sure why. But we have noticed that out by the giant Building with No Name Santa has had constru...

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Santa Orders Hundreds of New Sleighs

23 DAYS AGO
Santa Orders Hundreds of New Sleighs
Greetings Everyone! More breaking news here at the North Pole: Santa has just placed an order for hundreds of new sleighs. Both Elf Quinton and Elf Bernard were taken by surprise with the news. Elf Quinton supplies the plans and buys the materials ne...

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Red Berries

1 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

3 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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Autumn Is in the Air, but for Marketers, Christmas Has Already Begun

4 DAYS AGO
Autumn Is in the Air, but for Marketers, Christmas Has Already Begun
In the last few years, Christmas campaigns have started earlier as retailers and marketers, worried about an uncertain economy, seek to gather their rosebuds — and holiday shopping dollars — while they may.

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Amsterdam Officials Plan Makeover of ‘Black Pete’ Holiday Character

2 MONTHS AGO
Amsterdam Officials Plan Makeover of ‘Black Pete’ Holiday Character
Black Pete, featured prominently in holiday celebrations as the Moorish servant of St. Nicholas and portrayed in blackface, will change appearance to become Sooty Pete.

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The Origins Of My Pyromania

2 HOURS AGO
Unsupervised, I was drawn to my mother’s candle-powered Christmas pyramid, a three-tiered Nativity scene made of wood.

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Bias In The Box

3 HOURS AGO
With Christmas just a week away and an unusual weather pattern sweeping across the East Coast, it

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Yak Hair, It's Everywhere

2 DAYS AGO
Plop onto Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas . Those coarse white locks that scratch up against the side of your face just might have come from a yak.

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Photographing The Guillotine

5 DAYS AGO
—Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida Pierre Vaillat celebrated Christmas

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Snowboarding Was Almost Called 'Snurfing'

5 DAYS AGO
Poppen had two daughters, and on this Christmas Day, they were antsy and wanted to play outside.

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Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Reprise Roles In 'Toy Story' ABC Holiday Special

9 DAYS AGO
2013.  This time, the Toy Story gang gather after a post- Christmas play date and find themselves facing off against a group of action figures who turn out to be “dangerous...

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Why I'm Giving Wikipedia 6 Bucks A Month

9 DAYS AGO
"I pay Netflix $8.99 a month mostly to watch 'Law and Order' episodes I have on a USB stick my brother gave me for Christmas five years ago."

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Christmas pudding tips!

1 MONTHS AGO
Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! I just received this from our wedding registry - http://amzn.com/B009...

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Warm-weather Christmas vacation ideas for the family with special needs?

1 MONTHS AGO
I'd like some ideas for warm-weather Christmas vacations for a family with special needs. * For our purposes, assume that reasonable costs are OK. No four-star hotels, but a resort isn't out of the question.
* No Hawaii / Caribbean suggestions (unles...

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two-week solo christmas adventure, 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
flying solo, two-week christmas adventure, 2014... but where? i have two weeks at christmas this year to take a solo adventure and would love your suggestions for ideas of where to go! i haven't traveled a lot, so whatever you suggest will probably b...

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Help me unpack some of my weirdness around giving gifts.

3 MONTHS AGO
So I love giving gifts and, if I've committed to 'Giving Someone A Gift' instead of just 'Checking off the Box' I tend to put a lot of time and energy into them. However I've noticed that my pleasure in giving gifts is directly tied to how the recipi...

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International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

3 MONTHS AGO
What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and th...

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Christmas In July! DIY gifts for family & friends

3 MONTHS AGO
Due to family tragedy, last Christmas felt more like a never-ending marathon than a fun and meaningful holiday. I resolved that Christmas 2014 would be a more mellow, loving holiday that didn't involve hundreds of dollars flushed down the drain on di...

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Want more wearables? You're in luck, Microsoft is about to release their own

-1 DAYS AGO
The tech giant is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing a new wearable device in time for Christmas.

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PM's EU migrant plan 'by Christmas'

-1 DAYS AGO
David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of migrants to work in the UK before the end of 2014 as Jose Manuel Barroso warns about leaving the EU.

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Lynda Bellingham: Actress And Presenter Dies

-1 DAYS AGO
Bellingham died "peacefully in her husband's arms" at a London hospital, her agent said. The 66-year-old had colon cancer and last month The actress said she wanted to spend one last Christmas with her family after the disease had spread to her lungs...

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How Lynda Bellingham's battle with colon cancer which she dismissed as 'that curveball' turned out to be her final role before she died

-1 DAYS AGO
The frank and funny British star talked honestly about her illness, her decision to stop her treatment, and her wish for one last Christmas with her family.

Read more...

Royal Mail And Amazon Create 32,000 Xmas Jobs

-1 DAYS AGO
Thousand of temporary job openings are confirmed ahead of the Christmas rush for parcels and cards.

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Lynda Bellingham fans call for return of Oxo ads in Christmas tribute

-1 DAYS AGO
ITV News readers have called for the return of the popular Oxo ad series this Christmas as a tribute following Lynda Bellingham's death.

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Online retailer Amazon creating 13,000 Christmas jobs

-1 DAYS AGO
Amazon is creating 13,000 Christmas period roles across the UK including at its Swansea Bay fulfilment centre

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Earth, Wind And Fire Releasing Christmas Album

13 DAYS 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

19 DAYS 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

19 DAYS 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

1 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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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up This Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
It’s a match made in jazz heaven: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Shades of Crosby and Bowie? Maybe, maybe not. The pop star and ageless crooner are to appear in a television commercial debuting globally at the end of November, and in print, outdoo...

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Amy Grant Releasing New Christmas Album

1 MONTHS AGO
Amy Grant readies to release yet another Christmas effort on September 30, 2014 entitled “Icon Christmas.” Over the course of Grant’s career, she has had released a total of 11 Christmas albums (including compilations). She has also...

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Merry Christmas Radio to Anchor the World’s Largest Christmas Party

2 MONTHS AGO
Merry Christmas Radio to Anchor the World’s Largest Christmas Party

Merry Christmas Radio has signed on for their fourth ye […]

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