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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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Top 12 toys for Christmas revealed [Video]

Top 12 toys for Christmas revealed

DreamToys in London showcases the top 12 toys ahead of Christmas as chosen byan independent committee of retailers and the Toy Retailers Association. Thetoy industry has faced challenges to adapt to..

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Sturgeon addresses students' Christmas concerns [Video]

Sturgeon addresses students' Christmas concerns

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Government’s coronavirusbriefing on Monday that she understands students will be “worried and anxious”about the prospect of being unable to return..

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Johnson looks to defuse Tory rebellion over free school meals [Video]

Johnson looks to defuse Tory rebellion over free school meals

Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to increase funding for the poorestfamilies over Christmas in an attempt to head off a damaging revolt over freeschool meals. The Times quoted allies of the Prime..

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French race to buy children's toys amid fears of pre-Christmas lockdown [Video]

French race to buy children's toys amid fears of pre-Christmas lockdown

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Trump: Biden will cancel Christmas [Video]

Trump: Biden will cancel Christmas

U.S. President Donald Trump in Nevada Sunday (October 18) said his rival, Joe Biden, will cancel Christmas if he wins in November.

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UK COVID-19 restrictions could mean a smaller turkey this Christmas [Video]

UK COVID-19 restrictions could mean a smaller turkey this Christmas

Restrictions on larger gatherings are leading UK turkey farmers to think small ahead of Christmas

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For Lapland, Christmas won't be canceled, but... [Video]

For Lapland, Christmas won't be canceled, but...

Christmas is coming, but in Santa's home village in northern Finland, the COVID pandemic means that the flocks of tourists who usually start to make merry in Rovaniemi at this time of year are not

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Nostalgic toys and family games are top Christmas picks at Hamleys [Video]

Nostalgic toys and family games are top Christmas picks at Hamleys

Nostalgic toys and games that get the whole family playing are at the heart ofHamleys’ top picks list this Christmas, store bosses revealed.

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Rent-a-reindeer business sees bookings crash as Christmas events cancelled [Video]

Rent-a-reindeer business sees bookings crash as Christmas events cancelled

The owner of a rent-a-reindeer business said coronavirus restrictions havecaused bookings to crash this Christmas. With 110 reindeer, George Richardsonhas one of England’s largest herds which he..

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Head of UK Covid-19 vaccine taskforce: Slim possibility of vaccine by Christmas [Video]

Head of UK Covid-19 vaccine taskforce: Slim possibility of vaccine by Christmas

There is a 'slim possibility' of one or two coronavirus vaccines beingavailable by Christmas, according to the head of the UK vaccine taskforce KateBingham. Researchers are calling for more volunteers..

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Normal Christmas 'depends on our success' getting virus under control, says Johnson [Video]

Normal Christmas 'depends on our success' getting virus under control, says Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said whether a relatively normal Christmas ispossible depends on the public sticking to his coronavirus rules. He told theDowning Street press conference: “We’ll do our..

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Northern leaders call for more cash to cope with looming lockdowns [Video]

Northern leaders call for more cash to cope with looming lockdowns

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says that accepting Chancellor RishiSunak’s latest financial support package would be to “surrender” people tohardship in the run up to Christmas. Speaking..

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Boris Johnson: It will be bumpy until Christmas and beyond [Video]

Boris Johnson: It will be bumpy until Christmas and beyond

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it is “going to continue to be bumpy throughto Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond”. He told the BBC’s Andrew MarrShow: “I appreciate the fatigue that..

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Williamson addresses students' Christmas worries [Video]

Williamson addresses students' Christmas worries

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has addressed rumours that students won't be allowed to return home for Christmas with their loved ones. He said the government and universities are working..

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Students may have to self-isolate to return home for Christmas [Video]

Students may have to self-isolate to return home for Christmas

Students may be required to self-isolate at the end of the current universityterm in order to safely return home to be with their families at Christmas,the Education Secretary has said. Gavin..

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Green calls for ‘Christmas guarantee’ for students [Video]

Green calls for ‘Christmas guarantee’ for students

Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green, has said although schools and universities have put in place measures to protect children, the government needs to ‘step up to the plate’ and test more...

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Whately: No one is saying students can’t go home for Xmas [Video]

Whately: No one is saying students can’t go home for Xmas

Helen Whately has urged students to have a ‘rich experience’ as rumours that students will be told not to return home for Christmas continue. The care minister added that no one is saying they will..

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Government defends handling of students in lockdown [Video]

Government defends handling of students in lockdown

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden says students should pay fulluniversity fees, despite many being in lockdown and uncertain whether theywill be allowed to return home for Christmas,..

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Policewoman rakes in over £1,500 an hour as a Mariah Carey lookalike [Video]

Policewoman rakes in over £1,500 an hour as a Mariah Carey lookalike

An ex-military policewoman is fulfilling her ‘Fantasy’ and raking in over£1,500 an hour for impersonating her idol Mariah Carey – after more than 4,000fans subscribed to her YouTube channel to..

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China's Christmas city loses its seasonal cheer [Video]

China's Christmas city loses its seasonal cheer

Yiwu is the Santa's workshop of China, where some 80% of the world's Christmas goods are produced. But the health crisis has slashed demand from international buyers, leaving the city's factories and..

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Mariah Carey disappointed classic Christmas track wasn't used in Mean Girls [Video]

Mariah Carey disappointed classic Christmas track wasn't used in Mean Girls

Mariah Carey is disappointed that Tina Fey didn't use her classic holiday tune All I Want for Christmas is You in her teen comedy Mean Girls.

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