Holiday originating in Christianity, usually December 25

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.

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For the Bowersox family, this lawn Santa was a beloved tradition since 1993. Then someone stole it.
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Santa Claus and his helpers are taking extraordinary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to still be able to talk with children and learn more about their..
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Dionne Warwick sent her social media fans into a frenzy when she hilariously denied a stranger's request to buy him a PlayStation 5. The legendary singer is..
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The Los Angeles Lakers will play on opening night and on Christmas, with 23 national TV appearances in the first half of the NBA season.
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Candace Cameron Bure is known as the "Queen of Christmas," but it's not just the movies that helped her earn that regal title. She's also partnered with the..
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Christmas came early for one family in Australia when they found a live koala hanging out in their Christmas tree.
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Pfizer slashed its targeted coronavirus vaccine rollout in half, further complicating distribution. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader..
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California's restrictive labor laws leave the gig economy in place only for the politically connected.
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After a brush with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, professional Santa Clauses are just trying to get through this holiday season safely.
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Costa Cruises, the Italian line that is a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., will not be sailing this Christmas or New Year's Eve.
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Mariah Carey is adding another chapter to her Christmas legacy: "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special." Premiering Dec. 4 on Apple TV+, Carey shares how she..
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"Juno" actor comes out as transgender, named Elliot Page; Pennsylvania court questions whether Cosby has a "signature" crime pattern; Queen Elizabeth and Prince..
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NBC's annual special "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," which features the tree lighting," will be aired live on Wednesday night.
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2020 NBA conference finalists -- Lakers, Heat, Nuggets, Celtics -- are tentatively featured on the league's Christmas Day schedule.
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The queen and Prince Philip will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle, instead of Sandringham, and without family, due to new pandemic rules.
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Musicians including David Guetta, YUNGBLUD, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Tom Grennan share their Christmas plans. (Dec. 1)
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Times are tough for "90 Day Fiancé" star Jon Walters ... so he's making extra Christmas cash as Santa Claus. Check out Jon's brand-new look for his Santa side..
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The first lady revealed the Christmas decorations on Twitter with a 1-minute video that showcased the festive halls and rooms of the White House.
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Second Lady Karen Pence unveils the 2020 Christmas decorations and theme "Old Fashioned Christmas," at the Vice President's residence in Washington. Mrs. Pence..
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Alex Azar says Moderna and Pfizer vaccines may receive FDA approval and be ready for use before Christmas.
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The White House is decorated for Christmas. The reveal comes weeks after the first lady made disparaging comments about her holiday decorating duties.
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Following controversy over Melania Trump's remarks about Christmas decorating, the first lady is unveiling this year's White House decorations.
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Dolly Parton on holiday traditions, why it's hard to write a Christmas song and her new book, 'Songteller.'
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Americans are going to great lengths to capture the brightness and magic of the holiday season with some decorating happening earlier and more elaborately than..
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A new study estimates that 12 million people who lost their jobs during the Coronavirus pandemic will lose crucial unemployment benefits on December 26. Some..
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Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisory board, told CBS News' Omar Villafranca that an increase in coronavirus cases, and..
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"We will not get a reprieve because then Christmas comes and then New Year comes," Rush University Medical Center's Dr. Meeta Shah said.
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, otherwise known as the unofficial season of Mariah Carey.
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More than 263,000 people in America have died from COVID-19. The CDC says that number could reach 321,000 the week before Christmas. Adriana Diaz reports.
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Foreign Minister Simon Coveney reassured kids that even with a "very, very different Christmas in 2020, the visit of Santa Claus will be something that will..
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Between Hallmark and Lifetime, 74 holiday movies are premiering this season. At least five of them feature LGBTQ+ couples.
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More than 2,200 new COVID-19 deaths were reported across the country Wednesday, the deadliest day of the pandemic in more than six months. Officials are worried..
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