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Christmas News

Employees working holidays to be paid double if CA bill passes

Sacramento - Workers in California who work on Thanksgiving and Christmas may get a bit of financial relief if a California lawmaker has her way. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce a bill doubling the pay of employees who work on the two holidays.

Op-Ed: What Christians should consider buying on Black Friday

Black Friday will be upon us soon. Many fellow Christians will be out there shopping. But are they shopping for the right gifts?

Interview with Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters Special

The three lovely ladies are about to embark on a UK tour just in time for Christmas. Digital Journal spoke to one of the group's founding members about touring, plans for 2015, and what it's like working with Michael Bublé.

Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - The annual Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up took place on November 15 in Edmonton's Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Ninety arrested during 'Black Pete' protests at Dutch kids' fete

Gouda - Dutch police on Saturday arrested 90 people protesting for and against the controversial "Black Pete" figure at the start of the traditional gift-giving festival of Saint Nicholas in the central city of Gouda, officials said.

Op-Ed: Most interesting venues for a work Christmas party 2014

London - Work Christmas Parties can start to feel a little predictable, Christmas in general is fun but can get a little repetitive year-on-year. So, why not add some variety and excitement to your Christmas party by choosing a venue that’s a little different?

Op-Ed: Next generation will carry on tradition of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - Early Bird ticket sales began in October for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco's Excelsior District. And, while economic forecasts lately have been “Scrooge-like,”

Tony winner Idina Menzel from 'Frozen' to release Christmas album

Broadway sensation and Tony-winning star Idina Menzel will be releasing a Christmas album, "Holiday Wishes," in October.

Photo Essay: Christmas in America's oldest city – St Augustine Special

Twinkling lights, twinkling eyes and happy faces await those who wish to go back in time and experience the holidays as the first settlers in America did nearly 450 years ago in St. Augustine, Fla.

Who shot Santa? Pellet gun hits man in red suit in Washington

Washington - A man dressed as Santa Claus was recovering after being shot in the back with a pellet gun Tuesday at a toy giveaway in Washington.

Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Hong Kong - In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong's myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season.

Japan robot astronaut talks Santa in first chat with spaceman

Tokyo - The world's first robot astronaut has begun chatting to the Japanese commander of the International Space Station, in what was being billed as the first conversation of its kind.

Review: 'How the Saints Save Christmas' — DLC brings gamers holiday joy Special

Anyone seeking the holiday spirits in their video game adventure will be delighted with 'How the Saints Save Christmas'-DLC, the latest expansion for 'Saints Row IV'.

'The Hobbit' wins again as box office sets domestic record

Even though an onslaught of new films opened on Christmas, they were not the ones battling it out for the top spot at the box office.

No beer? Prepare to face the wrath of the ceramic squirrel!

North Charleston - A South Carolina woman allegedly beat and stabbed her husband with a ceramic squirrel after he failed to return home with a pack of beer on Christmas Day.

Couple say 'come dine with us' to lonely London, Irish, pensioner

London - On December 15 Digital Journal reported the plight of a London-based Irish pensioner who, having spent the last 10 Christmases alone, advertised for company. The good news is he spent a Christmas Day 2013 with John and Marian Cunningham.

Op-Ed: First-world problems vs the real problems

I hate how Apple made a new plug, now I need to swap cables when I use my other IPod. Also I hate playing PlayStation at my friend’s house because his TV is smaller than mine.

Boxing Day sales: The bargain rush

London - Everyone knows December 26th is Boxing Day. As usual, this is the day shops around the country offer special deals and special offers, and discounts from 40 percent, up to 70 percent off the original price!

Op-Ed: Edward Snowden warns of loss of privacy in Christmas message

Moscow - Whistle-blower and former NSA analyst Edward Snowden remains holed up in Russia. From Russia Snowden has sent a Christmas message to those prepared to listen. It is a warning about an increasingly totalitarian future unless we heed the warning signs.

'The Hobbit' wins Christmas

UPDATE: 12.26.13 - "The Hobbit" wins Christmas. At the box office, a movie that has been out for a while beat the newcomers, mainly "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Two Popes pray together at Christmas, first time in history

Pope Emeritus Benedict had a Christmas visit from successor Pope Francis this week. Given that Pope Benedict is the first Pope in 600 years to step down rather than serve until death, it marks the first time two Popes have met at Christmas in 600 years.

Scientific study lends credence to why Rudolph's nose is so red

North Pole - It's Christmas Eve and if there was any doubt about Rudolph's nose being red, shiny and bright and how he helped Santa Claus guide the sleigh on that foggy night, a group of researchers have provided an explanation.

Santa Claus begins his annual gift-giving fest

It is Christmas Eve in many parts of the world and Santa Claus has already begun the mammoth task of delivering presents to all those on his "nice" list, but just where in the world is Santa right now?

Protesters in Santiago de Compostela steal a Christmas King

Santiago De Compostela - A couple of days ago, a life-size figure of King Balthazar, one of the Three Kings of the nativity scene in Santiago de Compostela, disappeared. The hostage has now returned bearing a sign, protesting the use of razor wire on the Spain/Morocco border.

Review: Xbox 360 Kinect is a great gift for anyone, even grandparents Special

One of the problems with becoming old is the ability to exercise usually declines as aging occurs. The reduction in physical activity can be due to a myriad of health problems such as arthritis or loss of muscle mass.

Op-Ed: The ‘science’ behind Christmas

To round off a year of important science stories, this article takes a more quirky turn to review some of the ‘science’ behind Christmas.

Christmas giveaway on iTunes, starting December 26

Apple's iTunes is giving away a range of free content for the fifth year, running over the 12 days of the Christmas period.

Where is Santa now?

To help children (and adults) track Santa, the U.S. government have a website dedicated to locating the jolly red-and-white figure on Christmas Eve.

190th anniversary of poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Today, the 23rd of December 2013, marks 190 years since the classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was first published.

Tis the season for 'holiday heart syndrome' and heart attacks

Christmas is almost here! Excited? Well, I hate to shatter your spirits. I feel almost mean reporting this, but according to studies, heart troubles surge this time of year.
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Soldiers gather around Santa Claus in a video that has gone viral on YouTube
Soldiers gather around Santa Claus in a video that has gone viral on YouTube
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Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton s McCauley neighbourhood.
Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood.
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Donated toys are organized in gift boxes for children as part of the Nashville Police Department s C...
Donated toys are organized in gift boxes for children as part of the Nashville Police Department's Christmas basket program.
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Thousands of toys sit in a warehouse in Nashville  waiting to be delivered to needy children on Chri...
Thousands of toys sit in a warehouse in Nashville, waiting to be delivered to needy children on Christmas eve.
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Danton Remoto (in blue) and Bemz Benedito of Ladlad (in red) speaking to the media about their recen...
Danton Remoto (in blue) and Bemz Benedito of Ladlad (in red) speaking to the media about their recently held Christmas Caroling for human rights in front the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
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Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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Back to basics: the Doctor s new TARDIS console  which owes much to the past. Well  it s about time!
Back to basics: the Doctor's new TARDIS console, which owes much to the past. Well, it's about time!
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The red-leafed poinsettia is a plant that adds color to Christmas holiday time.
The red-leafed poinsettia is a plant that adds color to Christmas holiday time.
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Christmas caroling for Laney  a terminally ill girl who wished to have people sing Christmas carols ...
Christmas caroling for Laney, a terminally ill girl who wished to have people sing Christmas carols outside the front of her house
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Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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Kathleen cooks some noodles for dinner.
Kathleen cooks some noodles for dinner.
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Volunteers load food baskets into vehicle to distribute as part of the Christmas basket program.
Volunteers load food baskets into vehicle to distribute as part of the Christmas basket program.
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats  clowns  spectacles  cheers and laughte...
108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
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Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton s McCauley neighbourhood.
Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood.
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A snowy Russian cottage near our apartment block
A snowy Russian cottage near our apartment block
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats  clowns  spectacles  cheers and laughte...
108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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