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Johnson Gives Bad News 'With a Very Heavy Heart'

Britain's PM tells many people to cancel Christmas

(Newser) - Families must cancel their Christmas gatherings and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as he imposed a new, stricter level of coronavirus restrictions on the region to curb rapidly spreading infections, the AP reports. Johnson said Saturday that...

Bon Jovi&#39;s Christmas Cover Causes a Stir
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Bon Jovi's Christmas Cover Causes a Stir

At least some of the Pogues apparently not pleased with redo of 'Fairytale of New York'

(Newser) - Jon Bon Jovi's new sanitized version of a politically incorrect 1980s Christmas hit has the song's originators, the Pogues, feeling scrappy. That's per the Irish Mirror , where it was reported that the Irish rock legends retweeted a message Wednesday referring to Bon Jovi's rendition of "...

Mall Santa Allegedly Exposes Himself to Teen in Breakroom

In another incident, a Santa refused a boy's Nerf gun request.

(Newser) - Police in Milford, Conn., arrested a mall Santa on Monday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenaged co-worker. Prince Carter, 45, faces charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, per the Hartford Courant . Carter is said to have grabbed and hugged the teen during the...

It&#39;s a World Record for ... Singing Port-a-Potties
Singing Port-a-Potties
Clinch a World Record

Singing Port-a-Potties Clinch a World Record

That would be for 'most animated faces on a single holiday light display'

(Newser) - The Jingle Johns are back, and in a big way. This year, the singing port-a-potties brought to you by Indiana’s Service Sanitation have apparently set a World Record while saying "Hallelujah" to the end of 2020. "Fusing together the elements of lights, music, and #portapotties, the #JingleJohns...

Controversial First Christmas Card Is Now Up for Grabs

People making merry on the 1843 card irked Victorian-era teetotalers

(Newser) - The first commercially printed Christmas card is up for sale—a merry Victorian-era scene that scandalized some when it first appeared in 1843. The card, being sold online starting Friday through a consortium run by Marvin Getman, a Boston-based dealer in rare books and manuscripts, depicts an English family toasting...

Belgium: Designate 1 Bathroom User This Christmas

Anyone else who must go must go home, government says

(Newser) - With Belgium having more coronavirus-related deaths per capita than any nation in the world, Christmas there is not just a celebration but an issue. The nation already is under a four-person limit for gatherings, the Washington Post reports, and they must be held outdoors. Those rules will hold for the...

Trump: &#39;It&#39;s Hard to Get Into the Supreme Court&#39;
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Trump: 'It's Hard to Get Into the Supreme Court'

The president addresses whether he can take his election case to the high court

(Newser) - President Trump struck a somber note Sunday about his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, CNBC reports. "Well, the problem is, it's hard to get into the Supreme Court," he said on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures. "I've got the best Supreme Court advocates,...

Ireland Declares Santa an Essential Worker

But to maintain social distance, children shouldn't stay up waiting for him

(Newser) - With 29 days to go until Christmas, Ireland has reassured worried children that COVID restrictions won't stop Santa Claus. Simon Coveny, the country's minister for foreign affairs, confirmed Thursday that Santa's travels will be classed as "essential travel for essential purpose," the Irish Times reports....

White House Plans Parties Amid Warnings to Hunker Down

Melania Trump will host 'holiday reception,' with other parties to follow

(Newser) - Health officials have been issuing warnings against traveling and gathering for the holidays in the midst of a coronavirus surge across the US, but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue doesn't seem fazed by the cautionary advice. Despite the White House's own issues with COVID-19 after an indoor election night party...

Whew: Charlie Brown Specials Returning to TV

'Peanuts' skipped Halloween, will be back for Thanksgiving and Christmas

(Newser) - The Great Pumpkin never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air, the AP reports. Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from...

Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree Looks Very 2020

It doesn't exactly look full and vibrant

(Newser) - Rockefeller Center managed to find what might be the perfect Christmas tree for 2020. The iconic Christmas tree erected (but not yet decorated) in New York City on Saturday failed to impress various social media users, who likened it to Charlie Brown's sparse version . "I know it's...

Christmas Catalog for the Rich Is a Little Different This Year

Focus is on staying comfortable at home, or visiting remote parts of US

(Newser) - This year's Neiman Marcus catalog of "Fantasy Gifts" for the super-rich has been released—and while there's no shortage of items for the 1% to splurge on, the 2020 book's focus is largely on staying home comfortably, and all the jet-setting trips available are within the...

&#39;Queen of Christmas&#39; Has a Message
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The Christmas Queen Has Spoken

'It's Time!,' declares Mariah Carey

(Newser) - Mariah Carey has morphed over the years into the Queen of Christmas in the eyes of her fans, even the Queen of All Things Festive, according to this post at Elle . Well, the queen has spoken. With Halloween over, she wants everyone in the Christmas spirit. "It's Time!...

Like That Rudolph TV Special? This Auction Might Be for You

Assuming you've got a quarter-million to spare

(Newser) - Rudolph and his still-shiny nose are getting a new home, and it's bound to be a lot nicer than the Island of Misfit Toys. The soaring reindeer and Santa Claus figures who starred in the perennially beloved stop-motion animation Christmas special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are going up...

Trump Team: Here&#39;s How to Argue at Christmas
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Trump Team Posts Holiday 'Snowflake' Website

But media reports criticize

(Newser) - Having a peaceful, family Christmas? President Trump's reelection campaign wants supporters ready in case "the family liberal" speaks up—and has a website packed with talking points for the ensuing debate, the Washington Post reports. Called , it offers sections like "There was no quid pro...

Mail Truck Burns, but Carrier 'Saved Christmas'

Kansas fire department impressed by fast-acting mailman

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain, nor even a fire, evidently, will foil a dedicated mail carrier. Fire officials in the small community of Osawatomie, Kansas, are singing the praises of one such carrier who spotted smoke coming from his mail truck and pulled to the side of the road. Realizing that...

In Bethlehem, No Room at the Inns, Again

As Christmas descends, pilgrims crowd West Bank town where they believe Jesus Christ was born

(Newser) - "All hotels in the city are full today," says Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maaya as thousands of Christian pilgrims descended on the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Tuesday's annual Christmas Eve celebrations. The Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe...

Want to Stalk Santa? Here's Where He's at Right Now

Fire up NORAD's Santa Tracker to keep tabs on the bearded one

(Newser) - "He's on his way" can sound ominous without context, but for millions of kids around the world on Christmas Eve, those words are gold. CNN reports that the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa Tracker is officially up and running, keeping tabs on where jolly old St....

Mariah Gets 'One of the Best Christmas Gifts' Ever

More than 50 stars appear in her new video for 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

(Newser) - Who could round up Ariana Grande, Snoop Dogg, Olivia Newton-John, Katy Perry, James Corden, and dozens of other stars to appear in one music video? None other than Mariah Carey herself, who on Monday posted a "festive celebration" of her holiday hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is...

A Disappointing 200-Year First for Notre Dame

There will be no Christmas services this year

(Newser) - The Nazis didn't keep Notre Dame Cathedral from celebrating Christmas Mass. Fire will. CNN reports the blaze that ravaged the Paris cathedral in April will prevent it from holding Christmas services, marking the first time that's happened in two centuries. Cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet tells the AP he...

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