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Christmas News

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.

Thousands of carolers grant wish to terminally ill child

An 8-year-old girl, who is suffering from cancer, from Pennsylvania had one of her wishes granted on Saturday: a bunch of carolers singing outside of her home in West Reading.

Creepy Santa prompts school lockdown

Hollis - An elementary school in New Hampshire was ordered to keep children inside during recess after a man dressed as Santa Claus was spotted knocking on classroom windows.

Angels exists but they do not have wings Catholic Church says

Rome - Angelologist Father Lavotori says that the heavenly beings do exist, however he is risking ire by challenging the perception of what angels look like.

Op-Ed: Helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors this holiday season

The Christmas celebration has changed for many in the Philippines since the country suffered devastation brought by typhoons during the last three Decembers.

'DayZ' players proposing a Christmas truce

In the spirit of the holiday season, several 'DayZ' players are trying to organize among the community a temporary truce on Christmas Day.

Op-Ed: For new lovers sharing their first Christmas together

We had only been together for a month at this time last year. It was Christmastime 2012, and the first time in my life that I had a girlfriend to buy a present for on the occasion; it felt special.
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Christmas shopping 2012
Christmas shopping 2012
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Christmas in Fuengirola  Spain
Christmas in Fuengirola, Spain
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There were several pairs of dogs that marched through the parade route.
There were several pairs of dogs that marched through the parade route.
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Police Chief Bill Blair at the 108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats  clowns ...
Police Chief Bill Blair at the 108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Iwo road is a major trading center in its own right
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The busy main street of Jilin at the entrance to a big shopping mall where a lion keeps watch
The busy main street of Jilin at the entrance to a big shopping mall where a lion keeps watch
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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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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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Exiting light display at Dufferin Island Park in Niagara Falls during the festival of lights  encour...
Exiting light display at Dufferin Island Park in Niagara Falls during the festival of lights, encouraging donations to assist with costs.
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Christmas in Fuengirola  Spain
Christmas in Fuengirola, Spain
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A large decorated outdoor tree in my neighborhood.
A large decorated outdoor tree in my neighborhood.
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Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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Christmas in Fuengirola  Spain - 2010
Christmas in Fuengirola, Spain - 2010
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This terminus is the last major stop before Lagos for travelers from the  hinterland
This terminus is the last major stop before Lagos for travelers from the hinterland
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Santa uses Siri in an Apple ad
Santa uses Siri in an Apple ad
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Lots of snow this year obscures some of the decorations. Candy Cane lane in Edmonton  Alberta  Canad...
Lots of snow this year obscures some of the decorations. Candy Cane lane in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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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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