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Engelbert Humperdinck talks Christmas album, 50 years in showbiz Special

Westbury - Veteran English pop star Engelbert Humperdinck chatted with Digital Journal about his new Christmas album, "Warmest Christmas Wishes," as well as his 50th year anniversary in show business.

Pop group 98 Degrees to kick off Christmas tour next month

Winnipeg - Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees will be kicking off their 2018 Christmas Tour on November 1 at the Club Regent Event Centre IN Winnipeg.

Dutch TV says no more blackface for 'Black Pete'

Den Haag - The Dutch public broadcaster said Wednesday it had decided to change the appearance of the traditional Christmas-time character Black Pete whose blackface outfit sparks an annual controversy.

David Archuleta talks Christmas CD, single, tour and David Cook Special

On September 12, American Idol alum and singer-songwriter David Archuleta chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming Christmas album, new song, and Christmas tour. Archuleta also praised fellow Idol alum David Cook.

The Clairvoyants to return to Long Island for 2018 holiday show

Westbury - On November 25, mind-reading duo The Clairvoyants will be returning to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island for a holiday show.

Eric Clapton to release new holiday CD, dedicates song to Avicii

On August 20, 2018, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton announced that he will be releasing a holiday album this fall. He is dedicating a song to the late Avicii.

Martina McBride to release new holiday album, cookbook

Country queen Martina McBride announced that she will release a new holiday album "It's The Holiday Season," as well as a new cookbook.

Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year

Egypt - Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt's newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists.

Heads of Ukrainian and Russian churches divided in Christmas messages

Moscow - The ongoing rift between the Ukrainian and Russian churches was highlighted in their leaders' Christmas messages ahead of the Orthodox holiday this weekend.

British panto brings a contemporary twist to fairytales

London - A figure styled as Donald Trump is booed off stage by a rowdy audience enjoying the thrills of British pantomime, bringing a contemporary twist to traditional fairytales.

Grieving Pakistani Christians mark Christmas days after IS attack

Quetta - Pakistan deployed commandos inside and around a church in the southwestern city of Quetta Monday as its grieving but defiant congregation marked Christmas days after they were targeted in a deadly Islamic State-claimed attack.

Trump attends Christmas Eve mass as he spends holiday in Florida

Palm Beach - US President Donald Trump attended a Christmas Eve service in Florida Sunday night with First Lady Melania Trump, as they spend a year-end break at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Where's Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St Nick

Washington - It's the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming?

Iraq's Mosul celebrates first post-IS Christmas

Mosul - Hymns and cries of joy filled a church in Iraq's second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas there for the first time in four years after the end of jihadist rule.

Mosul celebrates first post-IS Christmas

Mosul - Hymns filled a church in Iraq's second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas for the first time in four years after the end of jihadist rule.

Pope set to deliver Christmas address after pleading for migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis was Monday to give his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address, after urging the world's 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore the plight of migrants "driven from their land" because of leaders willing to shed "innocent blood".

Hamleys opens its largest toy store in Beijing amid Christmas debate

Bejing - British toy retailer Hamleys opened its largest store in the world in Beijing on Saturday, just two days before Christmas as debate played out over whether the holiday should be banned in the Communist country.

'Christ Child', Austria's Christmas village

Christkindl - Traditionally in Austria, and elsewhere in Europe, it's not Santa who gives out the gifts but the "Christkindl" ("Christ Child"). And in the village actually called Christkindl, it's busy right now.

This Christmas, Raqa's churches demined but deserted

Ak - Two historic churches in Syria's Raqa will be declared free of explosives just in time for Christmas, but the devastation in the city has left no one to celebrate in them.

For Palestinian Christians, Trump is Christmas killjoy

Bethlehem - US Vice President Mike Pence may have postponed his visit, but Palestinian Christians still say Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is spoiling their Christmas.

Ravaged by war, Syria's Homs relishes Christmas spirit

Homs - The metallic green Christmas tree towers over the bombed-out heart of Syria's third city Homs, where residents are relishing a holiday cheer they haven't felt in years.

In sweet-toothed Germany, Christmas marzipan gets a makeover

L - Germans believe no Christmas is complete without marzipan, the mouth-wateringtreat made of sugar and crushed almonds that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Review: Waterloo Revival stunning on 'All I Want for Christmas' cover Special

George Birge and Cody Cooper of the country duo Waterloo Revival have covered the Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas," and the result is divine.

In Finnish Lapland, tourists fill Santa's sack with cash

Rovaniemi - In the run up to Christmas tourists from around the world flock to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park in Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can hit nearly -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

Op-Ed: Top five Christmas albums of 2017

2017 was a great year for Christmas and holiday records. Digital Journal ranks its top five Christmas albums that were released in 2017.

Review: Armin van Buuren superb on 'Christmas Days' with Josh Cumbee Special

Electronic superstar Armin van Buuren has released a new holiday song "Christmas Days," where he collaborates with Josh Cumbee.

Op-Ed: Top five Christmas tours of 2017

With 2017 coming to a close, Digital Journal ranks its Top five Christmas tours. This list includes holiday shows by such artists as 98 Degrees, Martina McBride, Darlene Love, Hanson and Amy Grant.

Pope urges help for poor, unwanted as Vatican lights Xmas tree

Vatican City - Pope Francis Thursday called for charity towards the poor and unwanted, as he inaugurated this year's Christmas tree, erected in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square.

Review: The Rockettes mesmerize Radio City for 2017 Christmas Spectacular Special

New York City - The Rockettes put on a phenomenal live show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, as part of "The 2017 Christmas Spectacular." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Review: Hanson delights at PlayStation Theater holiday show in New York Special

New York City - On November 29, Grammy-nominated pop group Hanson performed at PlayStation Theater in New York City, as part of their "Finally It's Christmas" tour.
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Darlene blows away the crowd with her final Late Show performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
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Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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Christmas lights adorn a home in Nashville
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Apple Glen Elementary had a Disney movie theme. Christmas Parade. Bentonville, Ark. Dec. 4, 2010.
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Spare parts market at Gate, Ibadan
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The Lightner Museum and city hall lights along with the hedges in the courtyard provide a fairy tale-like walk.
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Eben Fast Food really is an event planner. This is the season for weddings.
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Shoppers queue (get in line) on Boxing Day at the LaCoste store in Pitt Street, Sydney to take advantage of reductions of up to 40%.
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Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Traffic jam at Basorun Market.
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Snow coats the tree limbs on Christmas Day 2010.
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Taking inspiration from the shopping hub’s earliest Christmas lights in 1954, this year’s display features 16 illuminated spirits and sweeps into the surrounding streets of Piccadilly.