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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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Tear gas and water cannons: Hong Kong students brave the front lines to livestream the protests

It was holiday time at Hong Kong's sprawling Harbour City shopping mall, and shoppers posed for selfies next to giant presents wrapped in golden foil, while toddlers jumped into a ball pit filled with..
Reuters - Published

UK's Prince Harry and Meghan say 'thank you' to Canada after holiday

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visited Canada House in London on Tuesday to thank the High Commissioner for the hospitality they received during their Christmas holiday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Christmas

Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones [Video]Space Station crew greet New Year across multiple time zones

While much of the world was celebrating Christmas and the New Year, it was business as usual on board the International Space Station. But it wasn't all work and no play.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:33Published


Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details [Video]Ghosn: 'Fast planning, fast acting' escape, but no details

Nissan's former chairman and international fugitive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters interviewers on Tuesday that he found it "amazing" to read the theories over how he escaped house arrest in Japan. But..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move [Video]Canadians abuzz on possible Harry and Meghan move

Towns on the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast are excited over the possibility that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become semi-permanent residents there. Olivia Chan..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas [Video]Harry and Meghan thank Canada for hosting them over Christmas

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken of the "unbelievable" welcome they received while in Canada, and joked how their son Archie was mesmerised by the scenery. Meghan and Harry's first official..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns [Video]Cabinet arrives at Downing St as Parliament returns

Members of the Cabinet arrive at 10 Downing Street ahead of the reopening of Parliament after the Christmas recess. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement regarding the Iran..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:26Published

Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St [Video]Dominic Raab and Dominic Cummings arrive at Downing St

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings arrive at 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding meetings throughout the day before Parliament resumes..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:29Published

Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front [Video]Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay out in front

A look at the post-Christmas round of Premier League fixtures as Liverpool stretch their lead at the top once more.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:33Published

Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison [Video]Julian Assange Says He's 'Slowly Dying' In Prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is slurring his speech and worried about dying in prison. That's according to a new report from British journalist and former Army officer Vaughan Smith. Gizmodo..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice [Video]Meghan Trainor: I feel like a kid at Christmas on The Voice

American pop star Meghan Trainor has confessed she felt "like a kid at Christmas" on 'The Voice UK'.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:56Published

Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City [Video]Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City

Pope Francis walked through the square in Vatican City to go see the large Nativity scene set up. During his walk, a woman grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. According to Reuters, the Pope..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Native Australian animals get into festive spirit [Video]Native Australian animals get into festive spirit

Koalas and kangaroos enjoy Christmas season at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:54Published

A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems' [Video]A24 notches box office record with 'Uncut Gems'

The Adam Sandler-led film has taken in $18.8 million since its nationwide release on Christmas.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 01:06Published

U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift' [Video]U.S. promises to act if North Korea delivers 'Christmas gift'

The United States would be very disappointed if North Korea tested a long-range or nuclear missile and would take appropriate action as a leading military and economic power, White House national..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift' [Video]Trump Admin: US Will 'Express Disappointment' If North Korea Sends 'Christmas Gift'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promised a "Christmas gift" to the US if sanctions aren't lifted. According to CNN, the Trump Administration interprets the statement to mean a weapons test. No..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals [Video]Generational split over Trump emerges among evangelicals

A divide between young evangelicals and their older leaders over support for President Trump is exacerbating a long-term crisis facing U.S. evangelicalism. Roger Fortuna explains.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas [Video]Woman Who Drowned Her Children 'Cries For Them' Every Christmas

In 1994, Susan Smith made headlines for letting her two young sons drown in a car that she let roll into a lake. Now, Smith is serving life without parole at Leath Correctional Institution in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

McDonald's employees save woman who mouthed "help me" -police [Video]McDonald's employees save woman who mouthed "help me" -police

Police are thanking employees of a McDonald's in northern California after they sprang into action to help a women in danger on Christmas Eve. Yahaira Jacquez has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Activists distribute Christmas presents at camp for displaced Syrian children [Video]Activists distribute Christmas presents at camp for displaced Syrian children

Activists distribute Christmas presents to displaced Syrian children living in the Washukanni camp.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Trending: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Ani [Video]Trending: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Ani

In case you missed it, here's what's trending right now: Selena Gomez spends Christmas signing albums for fans, Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats in expletive-filled review and Jennifer Aniston shares..

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 01:10Published

A British Tabloid Accused Meghan Markle's Friend Of Photoshopping Her Christmas Card [Video]A British Tabloid Accused Meghan Markle's Friend Of Photoshopping Her Christmas Card

Meghan Markle's friend Janina Gavankar has accused British tabloid the Daily Mail of Photoshopping a Christmas card. For the card, Gavankar took a sweet snapshot of Markle, her husband Prince Harry and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Katie Price: It's hard to spend Christmas without kids [Video]Katie Price: It's hard to spend Christmas without kids

Katie Price finds it "hard" to spend Christmas Day (25.12.19) without her children, as they spent the day with their respective fathers instead.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:59Published

Jennifer Aniston honours her dad with sweet Christmas post [Video]Jennifer Aniston honours her dad with sweet Christmas post

Jennifer Aniston has paid tribute to her father John with a sweet Christmas day post.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

 

Muslim women spread Christmas cheer in Gaza

Muslim women in the Palestinian Gaza Strip have been hand-crafting gifts for the approaching Orthodox Christmas as part of a project to empower a traditional community.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong to end year with multiple protests, kick off 2020 with big march

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong to end 2019 with multiple protests; big march planned for Jan. 1

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes..
Reuters - Published

Barnaby's video rant: it's Joyce, it's different, it's unusual

If your Christmas was as wild as mine, then you too received a pair of slippers and a luggage tag. But the greatest gift of all came from Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce.
The Age - Published

Shelter set up for pets left homeless by Chilean wildfire

A fire that swept through a poor community of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve has left not only people but hundreds of pets without homes.
Reuters - Published

Wider image: Mexico Mormon family has tearful Christmas after cartel murders

Surrounded by dozens of his descendants, Adrian LeBaron gave thanks to God as he prepared to celebrate Christmas for the first time since suspected Mexican drug cartel hitmen murdered his daughter and..
Reuters - Published

George Michael's sister Melanie died on Christmas Day, family says

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou died on Christmas Day, the third anniversary of the pop singer's death, her family said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Can Christian faith be independent of politics?

The first Christmas had political implications and heralded a life which taught us to reject tribalism. But has that lesson carried into the modern-day politics of Trump and Morrison?
The Age - Published

Death toll reaches 28 as Philippines recovers from Christmas typhoon

The death toll from a Christmas typhoon that tore through the central Philippines rose to 28 on Friday, with 12 people missing, the disaster agency said, as authorities moved to restore power and..
Reuters - Published

Police probing deaths of four in New Mexico home as murder-suicide

Police in New Mexico are investigating the Christmas Day shooting deaths of four family members in a suburban Albuquerque home as a triple murder and suicide, authorities said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Wildfire in Chilean port city of Valparaiso leaves 700 homeless

More than 245 homes have been destroyed and 700 people left destitute after a forest fire tore through a low-income area of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong marchers target malls in third day of Christmas protests

Hundreds of protesters marched through festive Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, aiming to disrupt business in the Asian financial hub for a third day over the Christmas holidays, with riot police..
Reuters - Published

Three dead in horror Christmas Day crash in Northern Territory

Police say the crash happened after one of the vehicles tried to evade officers who were alerted the car was unregistered.
SBS - Published

Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines

A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 13 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

'We're all family now': Protesters gather for free Christmas dinner in Hong Kong

Hundreds of anti-government protesters and their supporters gathered outside a tiny restaurant in Hong Kong for an unconventional Christmas dinner, sharing paper plates piled high with food under neon..
Reuters - Published

Sydney woman charged with stealing Christmas donations for volunteer firefighters

A woman has been accused of stealing food and drink donations meant for volunteer firefighters in a break-in at a Sydney supermarket on Christmas Day.
SBS - Published

How ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull brought some Christmas cheer to Wayside Chapel

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to firefighters and helped serve free meals during Christmas celebrations at Sydney's Wayside Chapel.
SBS - Published

Britain's Queen struck by youth climate activism

Britain's Queen Elizabeth said in her Christmas message on Wednesday that she was impressed by young people's dynamism towards fighting environmental destruction.
Reuters - Published

Britain's Prince Andrew skips Christmas Day walk after royals' 'bumpy' year

Britain's Prince Andrew skipped the royals' traditional Christmas Day walk to church after what his mother Queen Elizabeth said in her seasonal address had been a "bumpy" year.
Reuters - Published

Kylie Minogue tells Brits to 'call on your friends in Australia' in star-studded tourism campaign

The Australian singer issued a Christmas invitation to British television viewers as part of a $15 million tourism campaign.
The Age - Published

Pope defends migrants, calls for peace in Christmas message

Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the "darkness in human hearts" that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists keep up protests on Christmas Day

Hong Kong anti-government protesters marched through several shopping malls chanting pro-democracy slogans on Wednesday, a day after violent clashes with the police left a prime tourist district..
Reuters - Published

'Fires don't discriminate': South Australian firefighters battle through the day

South Australian Country Fire Service crews continued to battle the Adelaide Hills bushfire on Christmas Day in an effort to finally bring it under control.
SBS - Published

Pope, religious leaders, send South Sudan rivals Christmas peace appeal

Pope Francis and two other religious leaders sent out an extraordinary Christmas appeal on Wednesday to the leaders of South Sudan to keep their promise to form at least a transitional unity government..
Reuters - Published

Christmas proves a slog for NSW firefighters despite cooler weather

More than 1700 firefighters were in the field on Christmas Day, managing bushfire containment lines before conditions are set to deteriorate over the weekend.
SBS - Published

Philippine typhoon Phanfone ruins Christmas for travelers, evacuees

Christmas turned to chaos for many holiday observers in the central Philippines as a typhoon with strong winds and heavy rains destroyed homes, cut off power and stranded travelers, disaster officials..
Reuters - Published

Conditions right for 'offensive firefighting' on Christmas Day

Firefighters have had their first chance to conduct a "direct attack on fires" as a result of damp conditions in parts of the state on Christmas Day.
The Age - Published

Colorado bank robber throws cash in air, shouting ‘Merry Christmas’

A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, “Merry Christmas” to passersby, police and..
Reuters - Published

Don't let Church failings distance you from God, Pope says on Christmas Eve

Pope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Tuesday, urging them not to let the Church's failings lead them away from accepting God's love.
Reuters - Published

Christmas Day battle for SA firefighters

South Australian Country Fire Service crews will continue to battle the Adelaide Hills bushfire on Christmas Day in an effort to finally bring it under control.
SBS - Published

Australia's wildlife carers set to work around the clock over Christmas

Wildlife carers in Australia are ready to work around the clock over Christmas, preparing for more admissions particularly for baby animals stressed by hot weather, bushfires and drought.
Reuters - Published

'I'll be back' within a year, ousted Bolivian leader Morales vows

Ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales told Reuters he plans to return to his home country by next Christmas, after going into exile in neighboring Argentina following a disputed election.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong police fire tear gas to break up Christmas Eve protest chaos

Hong Kong riot police fired rounds of tear gas at thousands of protesters, many wearing masks and reindeer horns, after scuffles in shopping malls and in a prime tourist district as pro-democracy..
Reuters - Published

Gaza Christians say few Israeli permits granted for Christmas travel

Fewer than half of Christians from Gaza who sought Israeli permits to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas have so far had their applications granted, members of the small..
Reuters - Published

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, leaves hospital in time for Christmas

Britain's Prince Philip, the 98-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was released from a London hospital on Tuesday and joined other members of the royal family for their Christmas celebrations.
Reuters - Published

Barnaby Joyce talks climate, God in 'truly embarrassing' Christmas message

The former leader of the National Party has tweeted his Christmas message to Australia - and it's created a stir on social media.
SBS - Published

UK's Queen Elizabeth stresses reconciliation after 'quite bumpy' 2019

Queen Elizabeth will stress the value of harmony and reconciliation in her Christmas message this year, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, after a "quite bumpy" year for her own family and for Britain..
Reuters - Published

Scott Morrison uses Christmas message to commend 'amazing' firefighters

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is encouraging Australians to look forward to 2020 and praised those who served their communities in a year of natural disasters.
SBS - Published

Five in hospital after balloon drop sparks stampede at Australian shopping center

Five people were hospitalized after Christmas shoppers were crushed in a midnight balloon drop of gift vouchers at a Sydney suburban shopping center.
Reuters - Published

Five people taken to hospital after Christmas shopping stunt goes wrong

Several people have been crushed during a stunt at a Westfield shopping centre in western Sydney when people rushed for prize-filled balloons.
SBS - Published

UK Queen stresses reconciliation after bruising Brexit year

Queen Elizabeth will stress the value of harmony and reconciliation in her Christmas message this year, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, after a year in which the tortuous Brexit process aggravated..
Reuters - Published

Christmas comes early for refugee families at Melbourne toy drive

Hundreds of children from refugee and asylum seeker families have been treated to an early Christmas at a toy drive in Melbourne’s west.
SBS - Published

Several crushed in Xmas shopping stunt

Several people have been crushed during a stunt at a Westfield shopping centre in western Sydney when people rushed for prize-filled balloons.
SBS - Published

U.S. military tracking Santa - and any 'Christmas gift' from North Korea

While the North American Aerospace Defense Command stays alert for any signs of a North Korea missile launch – what officials in Pyongyang have described as a "Christmas gift" – it is also tracking..
Reuters - Published

Carols and bells in Bethlehem as Christmas draws near

Christmas cheer rang out through Bethlehem's Manger Square on Monday as pilgrims and worshippers flocked to the city revered as Jesus's birthplace and locals made final preparations for this year's..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong gears up for Christmas holiday protests

Hong Kong is gearing up for demonstrations over the Christmas week with protesters planning to gather in districts across the city, including in prime shopping malls, the latest in more than six months..
Reuters - Published

Tesco suspends Chinese supplier after suspected prisoner message

British supermarket giant Tesco suspended a Chinese supplier of Christmas cards on Sunday after a press report said a customer found a message written inside a card saying it had been packed by foreign..
Reuters - Published

Australia prepares for post-Christmas extreme bushfires

Scorching heat baking Australia eased on Monday bringing relief from extreme bushfires, which destroyed around 180 houses and killed one person over the weekend, allowing firefighters to prepare for..
Reuters - Published

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