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WATCH: Bromsgrove Waitrose releases Christmas music video

STAFF at Bromsgrove's Waitrose are celebrating the store's first Christmas by releasing their own music video. The branch's video to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' sees workers miming and dancing, dressed in festive gear. David Baker, who works at the St John Street supermarket,....

More help is needed for appeal

WE'RE calling on 50 new heroes to join our annual Adopt-A-Family Appeal. Already readers like you have helped more than 200 struggling families to have a better Christmas this year. Now the remaining families on the Adopt-A-Family Appeal list need you to help them enjoy the festive season.

Ireland's minority government faces crisis over Frances Fitzgerald's future Ireland's minority government is facing crisis as a row over the future of its deputy...

Ireland's minority government is facing crisis as a row over the future of its deputy premier threatens the confidence and supply deal keeping the Fine Gael-led administration in power. Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald is resisting growing calls to quit over a controversy involving a bid to discredit a Garda whistleblower.

Ultimate Christmas getaways: 10 places full of spirit

2. Those who want to go somewhere to escape all things Yuletide. 3. Those who want to immerse themselves in destinations that are 100% brimming over with Christmas spirit. For those of you in group three, this is your present. You can't enough of Christmas, and you want to go to places that also commit themselves fully to the holiday.

Christmas in New York City: What's not to miss?

3 DAYS AGO
We, a family of four with two adult children from New Zealand, are spending two weeks around Christmas and New York in New York City. What is not to be missed, and indeed to be avoided, from a Christmas point of view? We like food, music - classic...

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find this toy (transformer)!

3 DAYS AGO
My 4 year old son has become transfixed on a particular toy he wants. Problem is, I can't find it. Can you? While at the park a month or so ago, my son bumped into a friend with a transformer which he has decided he wants for christmas. Despite many ...

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Recommendations for Christmas for a very special baby?

4 DAYS AGO
I am looking for recommendations for toys/books etc that Santa could bring. I especially want to find things which other Downs kids have loved and found useful for aiding their development. Our daughter Ellie was born with Downs Syndrome and several ...

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I can't find this damned Christmas tree...

4 DAYS AGO
Last year, when it was too late to buy a Christmas tree, I saw a beautiful, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree on a blog, and now I can't find it again. The thing I remember most about the tree was that there were tiny masses of lights at the ends of ...

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Help me win our Christmas decorating contest

4 DAYS AGO
The small private university I work for as a departmental Christmas decorating contest each year. The winners always have some sort of theme and I need help brainstorming ideas for this year. We have basically no budget, but tons of enthusiasm. I wor...

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'Good stories' for my Mum this Christmas

5 DAYS AGO
My Mum has asked for some books (novels) for Christmas. She does not want me to just buy her a Amazon or Waterstone's voucher (I checked). What a nightmare. The problem is that I am a bit of a literary snob whose preferred type of fiction is the expe...

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Stuff This: Stocking Stuffer Suggestions

6 DAYS AGO
My family and I usually each buy some stocking stuffers for each other. Any recommendations? My family includes 1 older man, 3 women and 3 men in their 30s, 1 preschool girl, 1 toddler girl and 1 infant girl. Since this is not a small group of people...

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Black Friday 2017: What can I expect in Worcester?

1 HOUR AGO
IT'S Black Friday tomorrow - so what can you expect? Shops think it's going to be busy. Shops in Worcester are expecting a busy day as bargain hunters hit the streets for Black Friday. Local retailers are predicting up to a 40 per cent rise in sales ...

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WATCH: Bromsgrove Waitrose releases Christmas music video

1 HOUR AGO
STAFF at Bromsgrove's Waitrose are celebrating the store's first Christmas by releasing their own music video. The branch's video to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' sees workers miming and dancing, dressed in festive gear. David Bake...

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More help is needed for appeal

1 HOUR AGO
WE'RE calling on 50 new heroes to join our annual Adopt-A-Family Appeal. Already readers like you have helped more than 200 struggling families to have a better Christmas this year. Now the remaining families on the Adopt-A-Family Appeal list need yo...

Read more...

Ireland's minority government faces crisis over Frances Fitzgerald's future Ireland's minority government is facing crisis as a row over the future of its deputy...

1 HOUR AGO
Ireland's minority government is facing crisis as a row over the future of its deputy premier threatens the confidence and supply deal keeping the Fine Gael-led administration in power. Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald is resisting growing calls to quit ...

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Ultimate Christmas getaways: 10 places full of spirit

1 HOUR AGO
2. Those who want to go somewhere to escape all things Yuletide. 3. Those who want to immerse themselves in destinations that are 100% brimming over with Christmas spirit. For those of you in group three, this is your present. You can't enough of Chr...

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Ultimate Christmas getaways: 10 places full of spirit

1 HOUR AGO
2. Those who want to go somewhere to escape all things Yuletide. 3. Those who want to immerse themselves in destinations that are 100% brimming over with Christmas spirit. For those of you in group three, this is your present. You can't enough of Chr...

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Current Affair Reporter Ben McCormack's worst nightmare if sent to prison

1 HOUR AGO
Following his April 8, 2014 conviction on nine charges, Hughes was taken from the Sydney District Court by prison van to Goulburn Correctional Centre. That evening, Ben McCormack joined Tracy Grimshaw live in the ACA studio to discuss his Robert Hugh...

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Christmas Shipping Charges to Cost More

5 MONTHS AGO

Attention Christmas shoppers – your Black Friday and December shipping expenses are going up. UPS has declared that a peak-season surcharge will be added to all shipped items during traditional Christmas shopping events such as Black Friday, Cyber Mo...

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History of Christmas in July

5 MONTHS AGO

The modern image of Christmas is locked in as a season covered in snow, ice and frosty images of evergreens. Ironically, the actual setting for Christmas should take place in the dry desert heat. Christ, after all, was not born on December 25th. Hist...

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Asda launches six bottles of prosecco for 25 deal in time for Christmas

1 DAY AGO

Fizz fans are going to have a very merry Christmas as Asda has just launched a deal on prosecco that you are going to love. Last time it was prosecco for a fiver, now Asda's award-winning Yellow Label Prosecco is set to fly off the shelves as the...

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Mum blasts B&M over store's Christmas letter which breaks the 'unwritten Santa Code'

1 DAY AGO

B&M has apologised after a furious mum accused the store of almost ruining Christmas for her children with one of its products. Emma Mander, 34, took to Facebook after spotting a 'Santa's Reply Letter Pack' at B&M's till with ...

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A #coneweed Christmas

1 DAY AGO

At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals.

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Get in the holiday mood with Sia, Smokey and Stefani

1 DAY AGO

With the barely-there red dress she's wearing on the cover, the come-hither pose on the back and the suggestive title, one might think Fantasia's first Christmas album is something to be played after the kids and grandparents have gone to bed...

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The 5 worst Christmas songs of all time

1 DAY AGO

There's also a downside to the so-called "most wonderful time of the time." And that's having to listen to some really bad Christmas tunes played over and over.

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5 Things To Do This Weekend: Nov. 23, 2017

1 DAY AGO

The groundbreaking musical "Rent" will play at The Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28-29. The groundbreaking musical "Rent" will play at The Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28-29.

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These homes already have their Christmas lights up, but how soon is too soon?

2 DAYS AGO

Christmas lights are strung across Tumbleweed Street in Trabuco Canyon on Monday, Nov 20, 2017. Residents on the street put up the lights every year.

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Four Affordable, Luxurious Christmas Getaways in Ireland

12 HOURS AGO
Christmas in Ireland is magical, and these four getaways are packed with perks, amenities, and luxurious destinations.

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Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again.

3 DAYS AGO
The 2017 cup shows two interlocked cartoon hands. Some conservatives accuse the company of promoting a “gay agenda.”

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In Connecticut, a Quintessential Christmas

5 DAYS AGO
Caryn B. Davis, a photographer, captures the warmth of the winter holiday season in her new book “A Connecticut Christmas.”

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Sausage Roll Jesus Creates Heartburn for U.K. Bakery Firm

7 DAYS AGO
To promote an advent calendar, Greggs stirred outrage with a Nativity scene in which the infant Jesus was replaced by a flaky sausage roll.

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Will Trump Say, ‘Merry Christmas, Jared’?

1 MONTHS AGO
A reader faults the president’s insistence on using “Merry Christmas” as a greeting for all.

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Memories of Penn Station

4 MONTHS AGO
A reader recalls his father’s contract to decorate the old Penn Station for Christmas.

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Big Thanksgiving Plans

1 DAY AGO
There is a festive feel to the air here at the North Pole. The snow is lightly falling, all the new Christmas decorations are up and there is the smell of stuff baking in ovens all over the village....

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New Sleigh Pilots Ready for Duty

2 DAYS AGO
Hi all! Good news! The first graduating class of sleigh pilot flight school is now ready to report for duty. More than 200 elves volunteered to take flight school and every one of them hopes to be...

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Improvements in Wrapping Could Speed Production

3 DAYS AGO
Happy Monday! It is a big week here at the North Pole. Right now, I’m a little worried about all the distracted elves I’m seeing. You see, with so much going on it is easy for an elf to forgetRead...

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Sleigh Designers Test Santa’s Sleigh

4 DAYS AGO
Merry Greetings! Santa’s sleigh designers have finally put Santa’s new sleigh to the skies. Yesterday they took Santa’s new sleigh out for its first flight. Reports have come in that the sleigh is...

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No Sign of Santa as Thanksgiving Approaches

5 DAYS AGO
Howdy! Thanksgiving is just five days away now and we still have had no sign of Santa returning to the North Pole. After the failed raid in France a few days ago everyone seems almost afraid to talk...

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Worries About Leadership in Santa’s Absence

6 DAYS AGO
Greetings! Recent meetings of senior elf teams at the North Pole have discussed preparation for Christmas at length. And we’re all feeling really good about how ready things are. Production us up at...

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Applicants Rush to Fill New Elf Positions

7 DAYS AGO
Happy Thursday everyone! The word from the Department of Elf Resources is that applications to new jobs posted for elves all over the world are just pouring into the North Pole. Everyone, it seems,...

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