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Girl Whose Christmas Wish Inspired Carolers Dies

Thousands turned out for Laney Brown, 8

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania girl who inspired thousands of Christmas carolers to sing for her over the weekend died of leukemia this morning, reports WFMZ . Laney Brown, 8, had a Christmas wish to hear carolers, prompting an estimated 10,000 people to cram onto her street in West Reading on Saturday night.... More »

10K Visitors Grant Dying Girl's Last Wish

Pennsylvania girl diagnosed with cancer wanted to hear them sing

(Newser) - An incredible sight on a small-town street: thousands of people singing Christmas carols. The sad reason behind it: 8-year-old Delaney Brown, nicknamed Laney, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and given only days or weeks to live, the Reading Eagle reports. The carolers in West Reading, Penn,... More »

Stores Make Holiday Shopping Awful On Purpose

Oliver Burkeman explains how stores make you miserable to make you spend

(Newser) - Do you hate holiday shopping? Does it sometimes seem like the entire experience—from the lights, to the confusing sales, to the incredibly loud endless renditions of "The Little Drummer Boy"—is designed to make you miserable? Well, that's because it is, Oliver Burkeman writes in today'... More »

A Merry Little Christmas Songwriter Is Dead at 96

Hugh Martin wrote the classic for the movie 'Meet Me in St. Louis'

(Newser) - The man who wrote the holiday classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is dead at 96. Hugh Martin gets a nice sendoff from Richard Corliss at Time , who recounts how the song—written in the 1940s for the film Meet Me in St. Louis—originally had more somber lyrics:... More »

Christmas Caroling: Quaint Tradition Begun By Drunks

Also, Santa? Didn't start out being so jolly

(Newser) - Cheerful church groups love Christmas caroling, but the tradition was actually started by a bunch of lushes. Back when "Christmas" was actually a celebration of the winter solstice, poor carolers would go from house to house singing ... and also threatening to break windows if they were not plied with... More »

'12 Days of Christmas' Gifts Will Cost You $97K

Gold prices push the cost of 5 rings to $650

(Newser) - If your true love gives you everything from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree this year, he or she will have shelled out $96,824. That’s up 10.8% from last year, the AP reports. High gold prices pushed the cost of five gold rings... More »

Things Not to Love About Christmas

Shopping, fruitcake, eggnog, carols ... no, thanks

(Newser) - Peace on earth is all well and good, but this whole business of needing "a little Christmas" has gotten out of hand, grouses Dodai Stewart of Jezebel . She lists 10 things that are rubbing her the wrong way:
  • Eggnog: "Disgusting."
  • Fruitcake: "See previous item."
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