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Christmas News

The 'science' behind Christmas — Part 2

To close out an interesting year in science, Digital Journal brings you another round of the "science behind Christmas" features.

English pub spends £1000 a week on power for Christmas lights

At this festive time of the year, sparkling lights adorn many neighborhoods across the globe. A standard display doesn't cost a lot to run across the season but one village pub in England is spending £1000 ($1700) a week on power to keep its array alight

Pentatonix announce European leg of 'On My Way Home' tour

Grammy-nominated a-cappella vocal group Pentatonix have announced their U.K. and European leg of their "On My Way Home" tour.

Review: Lola Dutronic's new Christmas single Special

Toronto - Christmas songs can be two-a-penny at this time of year. However, this year one song stands out from the others: an infectious dance number from Canadian pop pioneers Lola Dutronic.

Madonna releases 6 songs 'as an early Christmas gift'

People leaking Madonna's new music off her 13th album hasn't stopped her, as she recently, surprisingly, released six new songs off her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart.

Review: Darlene Love wows audience on 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love performed her holiday classic on "The Late Show with David Letterman" for the final time.

Op-Ed: Candid Christmas talk with Santa Claus on Grouse Mountain hike

I went to a Vancouver mall seeking an interview with Santa Claus last week only there were too many bleeping kids about for us to talk. But Santa told me he'd parked his sleigh up on Grouse Mountain and then invited me to join him on his hike back to it.

Review: Medieval music by Winter Harp warms wintry night Special

Courtenay - Like-minded musicians in Winter Harp are continuing a medieval legacy with annual pre-Christmas concerts complete with unique instruments and compelling narration.

Review: 'The Nutcracker' shines and shimmers in Toronto Special

Toronto - Wonder, whimsy, delight, and fantasy — The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker' is sheer delight. The production retains its splendor and beauty close to two decades years after making its debut.

Christmas at Kew Gardens in London Special

London - Kew Gardens in London is holding a special event in the run-up to Christmas. Each evening the gardens are lit up along a mile-long walkway. As visitors wander through there are various entertainments, food, drink and plenty of Christmas cheer!

Op-Ed: Christmas truces of World War I: Lessons in giving peace a chance

I am grateful for the goodness Christmas brings and while I've advocated it come but once each four years, like the Olympics, I paradoxically wish it were Christmas every day. Because to those who celebrate it, it can have a marvelous and peaceful effect.

Storm cuts power to shoppers at San Francisco's Union Square Special

San Francisco - It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.

Op-Ed: Church makes movie to tell true meaning of Christmas Special

Petaluma - For many believers in the Christian message, Christmastime is something special. This is especially so for the members of Eastside Free Will Baptist Church in Petaluma. The emphasis for them is to move away from the commercialism of the holiday season.

Op-Ed: It is the women of our world who make Christmas wonderful

Christmas is a hulking thing that careens willy-nilly about and it is at once both exhilarating and completely and absolutely exhausting. It is not a picnic, not Christmas, it is one holiday that demands real effort.

Utah family tells their three kids — 'No presents this year'

Hurricane - One Utah family's decision to cancel Christmas gift-giving for their three children has raised eyebrows across the nation. The decision has also sparked a conversation across the Internet on the subject of parenting and entitlement.

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.
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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.
The ice garden at the Samara Opera House
The ice garden at the Samara Opera House
Epic fail! - Santa Claus at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens  Florida.
Epic fail! - Santa Claus at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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Another local house with a beautiful display of lights.  The tree in the front yard particularly cau...
Another local house with a beautiful display of lights. The tree in the front yard particularly caught my eye.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair  Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Y...
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Young who portrays Charles Dickens.
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Over the weekend many people appeared to be shopping for a Christmas tree at Cox Farms
Over the weekend many people appeared to be shopping for a Christmas tree at Cox Farms
Traffic jam at Basorun Market.
Traffic jam at Basorun Market.
Puppy prints in the snow.
Puppy prints in the snow.
Cover for the new Lola Dutronic  Christmas Disco track.
Cover for the new Lola Dutronic Christmas Disco track.
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Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
Building materials: bathtubs  kitchen sinks  floor ceramic tiles  pvc pipes etc.
Building materials: bathtubs, kitchen sinks, floor ceramic tiles, pvc pipes etc.
Christmas in Fuengirola  Spain
Christmas in Fuengirola, Spain
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Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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The Chick-fi-A mascot waves to parade attendees in a classic Chevy car.
The Chick-fi-A mascot waves to parade attendees in a classic Chevy car.