Christmas

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After 47 Years, He Keeps Her Last Gift Unopened

And other Christmas stories

(Newser) - On Christmas 2017, there's plenty of stories and essays around the world to make the occasion—including one about a Canadian man who has kept an unopened mystery gift for nearly half-a-century. "Maybe I don't want to know what's inside it," he says. "It'... More »

Royals Buck Tradition, Invite Meghan Markle to Christmas

Elizabeth says the royal family looks forward 'to welcoming new members into it next year'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family—along with newcomer Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancee—arrived at a Christmas church service as a crowd of local residents gathered. Markle smiled and gave a brief wave on her way into the church in her first public appearance... More »

Pope Warns of 'Winds of War'

Francis' Christmas message focuses on Mideast, Korea

(Newser) - Lamenting "the winds of war" blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message on Monday called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East and prayed that confrontation can be overcome on the Korean Peninsula—taking particular aim at areas of global tension... More »

Washington's River Crossing Saved—by a Bunch of Kids

Students' handmade rowboats can cross the Delaware River despite low water levels

(Newser) - George Washington and his troops' annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River has been saved by boats made by children. Organizers had feared Monday's crossing would have to be canceled because low water levels in the river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey would have made it impossible for... More »

Woman Sent a Christmas Card in '41. It's Been Sent Every Year Since

Nebraska woman first sent it to her cousin 76 years ago in tradition that outlived one of them

(Newser) - For three quarters of a century, the same Christmas card featuring a Scottish man in a kilt has made its way through the mail either to or from a Nebraska woman. It began in 1941, reports the Kearney Hub , when Lois Margaret Frandsen of Dannebrog sent the card to her... More »

Trump: 'I Predict Santa Will Bring You Building Blocks'

President takes calls from kids looking to find out where the big guy in red is

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy first Christmas Eve as commander in chief, partly spent as the Santa-tracker in chief. Trump and first lady Melania Trump took phone calls from kids calling in to NORAD to keep tabs on Santa's progress, reports the Hill . "What would you like more... More »

Guy Cuts Finger, Still Wins Food Network Show

Doug Alley cleaned up with $10K prize on 'Christmas Cookie Challenge'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teacher is one tough cookie—he cut his finger on the Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge" show and still won the competition, reports the AP . Doug Alley lives in Rhode Island but teaches culinary arts at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Mass., and... More »

Parishioners Given $100 Each for Good Deeds

One of them held a pizza party for homeless people

(Newser) - An anonymous donor in Maryland put her fellow congregants to work spreading Christmas cheer—with $100 bills. The donor arranged for her pastor at Severna Park United Methodist Church to distribute a $100 bill to each of 100 different congregants on the first Sunday of December as the holiday season... More »

Rome's 'Traumatized' Christmas Tree Cost $57K

Locals aren't pleased

(Newser) - Rome wasn't built in a day, but it looks like its Christmas tree may have been. The "toilet brush" of a tree now standing in one of the city's busiest public squares and being roundly mocked in Italy and around the world makes Charlie Brown's Christmas... More »

Owner of Famed Christmas Display Dies Trying to Fix It

Doug Musson 'touched the lives of so many'

(Newser) - Doug Musson's home has become a spectacle each December for more than three decades, decorated top to bottom in Christmas lights. But this year, visitors aren't just flocking to the home in Ontario, Canada, to take in the sights. They're also paying tribute to the man who... More »

Cops: Couple Said $336K in Pot Was for Christmas Gifts

California pair arrested in Nebraska

(Newser) - Mr. and Mrs. Claus, is that you? An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana told police Tuesday they were planning to give out the drugs as Christmas presents, reports KMBC . York authorities say they pulled over a Toyota Tacoma after the driver failed to signal... More »

One State's Top Holiday Gift for 2017: Duct Tape

A look at what's projected to be the hottest gift in each state

(Newser) - Will the holiday season's biggest seller this year be an electronics item, a hot toy, or duct tape? Depends on which state you live in, per a 24/7 Wall St. analysis. The site checked out both the most popular gift items on Amazon.com and projected Google keyword searches... More »

Prince George Seems Unfazed at His Fashion Superpowers

Coat that 3-year-old wore on Christmas is already sold out

(Newser) - The queen was sick and couldn't embark on her annual Christmas walk to church in Norfolk with most of the other royals, but her great-grandson's attire on his own amble to church in Bucklebury provided ample distraction. Per People , Prince George, son of Prince William and Princess Kate,... More »

Francis to Christians: Celebrate 'Authentically'

Emphasizes plight of children in Christmas message, especially those 'not allowed to be born'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has wished Christmas peace for people scarred by wars and those who lost loved ones to terrorism that he says is sowing "fear and death" in many cities and countries, reports the AP . Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, Francis cited those... More »

Kansas Woman's Topical Christmas Card Goes Viral

She invokes plight of Syrian refugees

(Newser) - Whitney Roberts Logan hasn't felt quite as "merry" this season as she did when she wrote that one word on her Christmas card last year. With the number of Syrians killed in that nation's civil war estimated at near half a million, as PBS reported earlier this... More »

Space Station Gets a Christmas Delivery

Thanks, Kounotori

(Newser) - Christmas gifts have arrived at the International Space Station, courtesy of Japan. A Japanese cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab Tuesday, four days after launching. The capsule—called Kounotori, or white stork—contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies, reports the AP . NASA says... More »

School Under Fire for Nixing Charlie Brown Display

Texas woman says takedown of holiday decor infringes on her religious freedom

(Newser) - Dedra Shannon may have to settle for cranking up Vince Guaraldi tunes to get into the holiday spirit at her workplace. The principal at Charles Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, made Shannon, a nurse's aide, take down the Charlie Brown-inspired decor she'd put up on the nurse'... More »

Lawyer Sues to Stop Christmas Tunes Playing 16 Hours a Day

NYC attorney Nick Wilder says he can't take socialite Lisa Maria Falcone's display anymore

(Newser) - Nick Wilder says he enjoys a rousing rendition of holiday songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" as much as the next guy—but maybe just one rendition at a time, not around the clock every single day. That's the gist of the New York City attorney's suit he'... More »

The Year's Hot Toy: Hatchimals

People are going to insane lengths to get their hands on them

(Newser) - The holiday's hottest toy is so hot it sold 400,000 units in just seven weeks, outpacing the infamous Tickle Me Elmo, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's so hot moms in Utah braved 20-degree weather to line up outside a Target at 4:45am just in hopes... More »

Star of Bethlehem May Have Been Something Much Rarer

We might not be able to expect Jesus back for another 500K years at least

(Newser) - Christmas cards and carols have been lying to us for years. The Bible says the Star of Bethlehem—or "Christmas Star"—was followed by Magi bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the birthplace of Jesus. But one Notre Dame professor says the famous star wasn't... More »

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