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Dad: 10-Year-Old 'Out of Her Mind' With Christmas List

She wants $4K, plus a lot of other stuff

(Newser) - One 10-year-old girl's Christmas list is being labeled " most extravagant ," " lavish ," and " one of the strangest gift lists any child has ever assembled," among other slightly less benevolent descriptors . The list went viral after the kid's father shared it on Twitter last... More »

Nerf Gun Makes Dreaded Annual List

World Against Toys Causing Harm unveils its pre-Christmas warning

(Newser) - A Nerf dart gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime, and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's list of worst toys for the holidays, the AP reports. World Against Toys Causing Harm unveiled its annual list Tuesday at a Boston children's hospital.... More »

Family Told to Take Down Early Xmas Decorations

Neighbors put up theirs in solidarity

(Newser) - San Antonio mother Claudia Simonis is eight months pregnant—with a Dec. 25 due date—so the family decided to put out their Christmas decorations a little early this year. "I feel kind of heavy, so the earlier we can put out the decorations, the better. Because probably in... More »

Irate Patrons: Harrods Is 'the Grinch Who Stole Christmas'

Customers are miffed that only big spenders can visit the store's Christmas Grotto

(Newser) - Starting on Friday, Harrod's department store in London will open the doors to its Christmas Grotto, a "snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises that will leave little ones mesmerized" through Christmas Eve, including a visit with Father Christmas himself. But those little ones will need caretakers with fat... More »

Man Wakes From Coma, Goes Home to Celebrate Christmas

Caine's neighbors, family kept the holiday alive for him while he remained unconscious for 6 weeks

(Newser) - If you still have your holiday decorations up, you may not have a great excuse. But a famous street in San Diego has a very good one, and it's heartwarming to boot. The residents of Rancho Penasquitos' Ellingham Drive, aka "Christmas Card Lane," are renowned for their... More »

Devoted Dad's Christmas Gift Went the Extra Mile High

Flight attendant's father hopped on bunch of flights so she wouldn't have to spend holiday alone

(Newser) - Not everyone can get home for the holidays, especially if they have to work, but Pierce Vaughan's father decided he would bring home to her while she was on the clock. Per WXIA , the Delta flight attendant was on the schedule for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, meaning... More »

He Got a $4.5M MLB Signing Bonus. He Used It for a Christmas Gift

Brady Singer, top prospect for Kansas City Royals, paid off mom and dad's bank loan, all other debt

(Newser) - Imagine being 22 years old and able to offer your parents the ultimate Christmas gift: freedom from debt. That's a feeling just experienced by Brady Singer, a first-round draft pick in this year's MLB draft and now a prospect for the Kansas City Royals, after he made the... More »

For Kid Trump Talked to, Santa Is Not 'Marginal'

7-year-old Collman Lloyd didn't know what 'marginal' meant, left cookies and milk for Santa

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl who talked to President Trump on Christmas Eve still left out milk and cookies for Santa despite the president telling her it was "marginal" for a child of her age to still believe. Then again, Collman Lloyd of Lexington, SC, says she had never heard the... More »

Bialik Reveals Her Holiday Misery on Instagram

The 'Big Bang Theory' actor is alone and her cats are angry

(Newser) - Granted, people in Syria are really suffering . But that doesn't make Mayim Bialik's Christmas any better: "The government is in a shutdown, it's Christmas Eve day, I'm newly single and not doing so well to be quite honest," the Big Bang Theory actor writes... More »

Not So Silent Night in Bethlehem

Biblical city hosts largest Christmas celebration in years

(Newser) - Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of locals and visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded past a giant Christmas tree. Crowds flooded the Church of... More »

Red-Nosed Burglar Caught Red-Handed on Tape

Cops seeking suspect who donned Rudolph costume during burglary in Fort Collins, Colo.

(Newser) - "Oh how the camera caught her / As she committed burglary / Rudolph the Red Nosed Criminal / We need your help with her ID." That's the call-to-action jingle a Colorado police department would like you to hear, penned in honor of a recent burglary suspect in... More »

Shutdown Won't Stop NORAD Santa Tracker

Tradition started with a typo in 1955

(Newser) - It would take more than a partial government shutdown to stop the North American Aerospace Defense Command delivering its updates on Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa operation from the joint US-Canadian command will proceed as normal this year because it is run... More »

Their Neighbor Died, Left an Incredible Christmas Gift

Welsh family won't forget Ken Watson any time soon

(Newser) - A two-year-old girl in Wales has already received a pile of Christmas presents, though she'll have to wait 13 years to open the last of them. Owen Williams of Barry opened his door Monday to find the daughter of his elderly neighbor, who died recently in his mid-80s,... More »

School Shouldn't Have Barred Child With Atheist Parents: Judge

Gary Mangel, Mai Yasue didn't want holiday decor in school; school said daughter couldn't come back

(Newser) - It began with a dispute over classroom holiday decorations and ended with a preschool keeping a student's registration "hostage to a demand." That's according to a judge on the BC Human Rights Tribunal in Canada, ruling Tuesday that the Bowen Island Montessori School erred in its... More »

One Station Relents, Will Play 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

Listeners in San Francisco overwhelmingly vote in favor

(Newser) - The "Baby, It's Cold Outside" debate churns on. A station in the San Francisco area that put the song on hiatus amid concerns that it's inappropriate in the #MeToo era has put it back in rotation, reports KGO-TV . The reason for KOIT's move? In a poll,... More »

Guy Who Told Kids Santa Isn't Real Arrested

For trespassing

(Newser) - A Texas man telling kids Santa Claus isn't real got his comeuppance Saturday when he got arrested. Aaron Urbanski, 31, and two other men were protesting outside St. Mark United Methodist Church of Cleburne during a Breakfast With Santa event; they were asked "multiple times" to leave church... More »

Cosby 'Ruined' 'Baby, It's Cold Outside': Songwriter's Daughter

Susan Loesser says father Frank Loesser would've been 'furious' at the hubbub over his song

(Newser) - A new person is weighing in on the controversy over a Christmas classic : the daughter of the man who wrote the song. Susan Loesser, 74, tells NBC News that songwriter Frank Loesser would've been "furious" at his tune being pulled from the radio, noting that it was a... More »

Tyler Perry Just Gave the Best Gift to Lots of Walmart Patrons

Filmmaker pays off layaways at 2 Atlanta-area stores

(Newser) - This isn't quite a Madea Christmas, but it just may be better. "I was trying to do this anonymously, but … y'all know how nothing stays secret these days," Tyler Perry, the star of the Madea franchise, confessed in a short video on Twitter Thursday, letting... More »

Popular Holiday Song Cut in #MeToo Era

Cleveland's WDOK says 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' is 'inappropriate'

(Newser) - A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate. They're certainly not the first to question the song's undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade... More »

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Letter sent home to NJ parents so they can bring back 'childhood innocence of the holiday season'

(Newser) - The "childhood innocence of the holiday season" has been snatched away from a bunch of elementary school students, a New Jersey principal laments—and it's all because of a substitute teacher gone rogue. Not since the Elf Foreman told Hermey that elves couldn't be dentists has there... More »

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