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Hong Kong florist helps prisoners send Christmas gifts

Fpo - Samantha burst into tears when she opened the box from florist Elise Ip on Christmas Day. It was a surprise gift from her boyfriend, in custody for joining last year's Hong Kong protests.

Pope urges Covid 'vaccines for all' in Christmas message

Vatican City - Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday called for "vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of the planet" for the coronavirus, which he said had exacerbated existing global crises.

Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO chief

Geneva - The sacrifices made to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic must not be squandered over the festive period, the World Health Organization's chief said in a Christmas message.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Al Hamdaniyah - It wasn't Santa on a sleigh, but it was close: just before dusk on Christmas Eve, a busload of volunteers pulled into the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh to deliver holiday happiness.

GoDaddy apologises for fake Christmas bonus email security test

Washington - US web company GoDaddy apologized Thursday after an email that promised employees a Christmas bonus in the midst of the economic crisis turned out to be a computer security test."GoDaddy takes the security of our platform extremely seriously.

World readies for lockdown Christmas

Bethlehem - Coronavirus misery hung over Christmas preparations worldwide on Thursday, with countless millions forced to cancel plans or limit festivities under fresh virus lockdowns.After a grinding pandemic year that has seen more than 1.

Sydney eases virus restrictions for Christmas

Sydney - Sydney on Wednesday eased lockdown restrictions for Christmas after Australia's largest city reported a second day of new coronavirus cases in the single digits.

Review: Jeff Timmons and daughter Ariahuna perform Christmas duet on TV Special

Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees performed "Where Are You Christmas" as a duet with his young daughter Ariahuna for the first time on FOX 5 in Washington, D.C.

Review: Kylie Morgan puts fans in holiday spirit with Christmas classic Special

Rising country artist Kylie Morgan puts fans in the holiday spirit with a distinct version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi refugees stuck in Jordan

Apo - Saad Polus Qiryaqoz bitterly remembers the festive Christmas season in his Iraqi hometown of Bartella before he was forced to flee to neighbouring Jordan when jihadists took it over.

Silent Night: How coronavirus is killing Christmas

Paris - The first Christmas in a coronavirus world will be a season like no other, with governments urging people to rein themselves in to stop another deadly wave of the pandemic.

Black Jesus born in burnt Amazon at Brazil church manger

Rio De Janeiro - Instead of a manger in Bethlehem, Jesus will arrive this Christmas in a badly burned clearing in the Amazon rainforest, a black baby born to a black virgin with indigenous cherubs looking on.

Caii-Michelle talks Blue Aeris, 'Joy' album, new Christmas song Special

Kiwi songstress Caii-Michelle chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about Blue Aeris and being a part of the "Joy" album, where she sings "I Love This Time of Year."

Covid, cancer can't stop Mrs Santa Claus in Brazil

Belo Horizonte - Despite the coronavirus pandemic and her recent battle with cancer, Fatima Sanson was determined to keep her Christmas tradition of dressing up as Mrs Claus and giving out toys and hugs to impoverished kids.

Tis the season for caroling, hot chocolate, and yuletide cheer

Christmas is more than just a holiday celebrating the birth of a savior. Christmas is a wonderful blend of Christian traditions and ancient customs practiced by 4th Century Germanic people and others. Together, these customs give us the Yule season.

Review: Matt Cornett puts fans in holiday spirit with 'Last Christmas' Special

Actor Matt Cornett ("High School Musical: The Series)" charms in the new holiday song "Last Christmas." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Drive-ins, scattered huts: German Xmas markets find ways around virus

Landshut - Chestnuts roasting, mulled wine steaming and music blaring from wooden chalets lined with artificial snow -- the Landshut Christmas market in southern Germany has all the usual trimmings.

Review: Blue Aeris featuring Peter Reckell charm on 'Under The Mistletoe' Special

On November 27, Blue Aeris featuring Peter Reckell released their new lyric video for "Under The Mistletoe." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Curtailed Christmas could be 'safest bet': WHO

Geneva - The WHO said Monday that avoiding family gatherings would be "the safest bet" over Christmas, insisting there is no zero-risk option for traditional holiday merry-making during the coronavirus pandemic.

Festive Filipinos trying to save Christmas from coronavirus

Manila - The Philippines boasts one of the world's longest Christmas seasons, kicking off in September with fairy lights and artificial trees decorating malls, festive tunes on the radio and party-packed calendars.

Engelbert Humperdinck talks Christmas special, 'One World' single Special

Global music star Engelbert Humperdinck chatted with Digital Journal about his very first Christmas special on Looped, which will be held virtually on December 12.

Germany cancels Nuremberg Christmas market over virus

Berlin - The German city of Nuremberg has cancelled its world-renowned Christmas market over soaring coronavirus cases, officials said on Monday.

Greg Vaughan pops the question to Angie Harmon on Christmas Day

Congratulations are in order for Emmy winner Greg Vaughan. He popped the question to actress Angie Harmon on Christmas Day and she said "yes."

Brenda Lee talks Christmas song reaching No. 2, vinyl collection Special

Christmas Queen Brenda Lee chatted with Digital Journal about her timeless holiday song, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Pope prays for peace in global flashpoints

Vatican City - Pope Francis appealed for peace in many of the world's hotspots, singling out the crises in the Middle East, Venezuela and Lebanon as well as armed conflicts ravaging many African countries.

White-bearded 'Merry Christmas' bank robber throws cash at passers-by

Washington - A white-bearded man robbed a bank two days before Christmas, but threw the stolen cash in the air and wished passers-by a merry Christmas, US media reported.

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years -- after a fire ravaged its structure in April.

Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Vatican City - Pope Francis ushered in Christmas on Wednesday for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics with a message of unconditional love, saying "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us".

Typhoon Phanfone ruining Christmas for thousands of Filipinos

Manila - Typhoon Phanfone smashed into the central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people unable to get home for the Christmas holidays and forcing many others to evacuate in the face of the onslaught.

Tropical storm ruins Christmas for thousands of Filipinos

Manila - Thousands of people in typhoon-prone central Philippines have had their Christmas plans ruined after they were told to leave their homes as a severe tropical storm approaches.
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My dog, Nubbi, checking out the snowfall.
A Merry Christmas wish from a Beijing mall
A Merry Christmas wish from a Beijing mall
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The Christmas Star outside Macy's at Westlake Center.
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Holidays in Space: An Astronaut Photo Album, December 2016.
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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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A display inside the mall showed a "Alice in Wonderland" theme complete with a white rabbit and clock
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Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
The rain may have fallen but spirits are high as tourists and shoppers wander through London s Coven...
The rain may have fallen but spirits are high as tourists and shoppers wander through London's Covent Garden in December 2016.
Illuminated presents hanging from a tree in Kew Gardens.
Illuminated presents hanging from a tree in Kew Gardens.
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The ice garden at the Samara Opera House
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Lots of snow this year obscures some of the decorations. Candy Cane lane in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift from 'Keeping Up Appearance' on The BBC Holiday Comedy & Drama Sets
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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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Virginia's "Happy Birthday, Jesus" sign and angel
Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
Christmas on the Square on November 15 in Edmonton.
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Keller Williams Realtors Nancy Castleberry and Justin Van Winkle give gifts to the senior residents.
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A well-lit decorated entrance to one of Lawley Street's beautiful homes.
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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