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10 Christmas details you missed in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies

“Harry Potter” is the sort of movie series that is littered with hidden details that even the most die-hard of Wizarding World fans will sometimes miss. Insider has previously found a number of hidden details across the movies, but now we have crawled through the films again for a Christmas […]
10 Christmas details you missed in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies
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22 photos reveal what Christmas looked like around the world in 2020

Photographers captured moments from all corners of the globe that offered a glimpse into what Christmas looked like this year. Following a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, many people honoured the memories of loved ones or experienced an isolated holiday, visiting with family members and friends through windows or […]
22 photos reveal what Christmas looked like around the world in 2020
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The 12 best Christmas horror movies to watch instead of corny comedies

Corny Christmas movies are cute to watch over the holiday season, but too many of them can be a bit too sugar-sweet. Instead, mix up your Christmas viewing with a grisly horror or blackly-comic slasher with these 12 Christmas-themed horror movies. Or, if if you’d rather softer scary movies, watch […]
The 12 best Christmas horror movies to watch instead of corny comedies
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15 best Christmas-themed TV episodes to watch this holiday season

Every December, fans of popular TV shows look forward to rewatching their favourite Christmas-themed specials. Shows like NBC’s “Friends,” “The Office,” and “Seinfeld” found success in holiday episodes that are cheerful and jolly. Other series such as Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” ABC’s “Lost,” and CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” drove […]
15 best Christmas-themed TV episodes to watch this holiday season
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Insider Poll: After a tumultuous 2020 in a pandemic, the majority of Americans are changing how they celebrate the 2020 holiday season

In mid-December, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines for the winter holiday season and suggested avoiding travel by plane, bus, or train for gatherings. According to Insider polling, more than three-fourths of respondents said they were planning to celebrate the holidays differently this year. When asked […]
Insider Poll: After a tumultuous 2020 in a pandemic, the majority of Americans are changing how they celebrate the 2020 holiday season
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15 of the royal family’s best Christmas Day outfits

Royals from Princess Diana to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have rocked festive holiday looks over the years. Brightly coloured winter coats and chic pillbox hats are often worn by the royals while attending Christmas Day services. Royals have also accessorized their festive looks with jeweled brooches and designer handbags. […]
15 of the royal family’s best Christmas Day outfits
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America’s miserable K-shaped Christmas

Christmas is going to be miserable for many Americans this year. While higher-income Americans have seen jobs return and incomes grow, lower-income Americans are either still struggling or doing worse – the so-called K-shaped recovery. Relief in the form of a $US600 stimulus check is on its way, but months […]
America’s miserable K-shaped Christmas
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What if Santa really delivered presents in one night?

If Santa really delivered presents on ChristmasEve, he’d need to fly over a thousand times faster than the world’s faster jet fighter to visit about 240 million homes. If every kid received one mid-sized LEGO set, the gifts would weigh a whopping 600,000 tons. Just like a spacecraft heats up […]
What if Santa really delivered presents in one night?
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Michelin-star chefs share 8 desserts they love making for holiday dinners

Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favourite desserts for holiday dinners. Pastry chefs Dan Kleinhandler and Lauren Terrill both love making Bûche de Noël, a classic French dessert also commonly known as yule log cake. Andrew Zimmerman, the executive chef of Sepia, makes sticky toffee pudding – a date […]
Michelin-star chefs share 8 desserts they love making for holiday dinners
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11 movies to watch that are secretly Christmas movies

‘Gremlins’ (1984) This may be one of the more explicitly-set at Christmas movies on this list, but it’s still not exactly festive. The movie follows Billy (Zach Galligan) after he’s given the gift of a mogwai — a small, strange, furry, creature with a strict set of rules to follow […]
11 movies to watch that are secretly Christmas movies
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The most popular holiday cookie in every state, according to Instagram

Each state has its own unique holiday traditions, including which cookies they love the most. Instagram identified the most popular holiday cookie in each state by totaling the number of likes and mentions of different cookies over the past month. Sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies tied as the most […]
The most popular holiday cookie in every state, according to Instagram
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8 fun ways you can celebrate Disney during the holidays from home

Though you might not be able to visit Disney theme parks for the holidays this year, there are ways to celebrate at home. One way to do so is to re-create some of Disney’s popular holiday recipes from your kitchen. You can also relive your favourite theme-park memories by watching […]
8 fun ways you can celebrate Disney during the holidays from home
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13 surprising things you probably didn’t know about your favourite Christmas songs

Many of your favourite Christmas songs, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” were actually written by Jewish songwriters. Christmas songs have also been linked to political events like the Cold War, the Christmas Truce of 1914, and the Fall of Saigon during the Vietnam […]
13 surprising things you probably didn’t know about your favourite Christmas songs
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12 secrets behind Walt Disney World’s magical holiday decorations

Every year, Walt Disney World decorates the park for the holiday season with garland, lights, and more. There are over 200,000 lights on Cinderella Castle during the holidays. During the holiday season, the American Adventure at Epcot gets a special display that contains over 50 pounds of gingerbread. Visit Insider’s […]
12 secrets behind Walt Disney World’s magical holiday decorations
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Stunning photos of US landmarks decked out for the holidays

Famous buildings and landmarks across the US are lit up for the winter holidays. The famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree is on display in Manhattan. The Grove in Los Angeles is decorated with wreaths and a giant Christmas tree. The White House and the Capitol Building each have their own official […]
Stunning photos of US landmarks decked out for the holidays
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10 musicians who probably shouldn’t have made Christmas albums — sorry

Throughout the years, countless musicians have released holiday albums. Some have become instant classics, like Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” and Michael Bublé’s “Christmas.” Others, however, haven’t fared as well. Holiday albums from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jessica Simpson, and even Bob Dylan fall flat. It’s impossible to listen to Seth MacFarlane’s “Holiday […]
10 musicians who probably shouldn’t have made Christmas albums — sorry
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9 of the best Christmas-themed puzzles this holiday season

We’re right in the heart of the holiday season, and you know what means: puzzles. Insider has compiled the nine best holiday-themed brainteasers from across the internet. See if you can beat the average time it took readers to solve them. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The holiday season […]
9 of the best Christmas-themed puzzles this holiday season
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19 details you probably missed in ‘Home Alone’

“Home Alone” came out 30 years ago, but it’s still a fan favourite around the holidays. Like many John Hughes movies, it was filmed in the Chicagoland area. “Angels With Filthy Souls” isn’t a real movie, but Little Nero’s Pizza is probably based on a real chain. The McCallisters left […]
19 details you probably missed in ‘Home Alone’
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19 interesting and festive details you probably missed in ‘Elf’

“Elf” is a Christmas staple, but even fans who’ve seen it dozens of times may have missed these details. The costumes and North Pole characters are very reminiscent of another classic holiday movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” There are a lot of brand names and recognisable toys in the background […]
19 interesting and festive details you probably missed in ‘Elf’
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The most festive place in every state over the holidays

Some towns and cities in the US simply do the holidays better than everyone else. Frankenmuth, Michigan, is a Bavarian-inspired town that goes all out with Christmas decorations. You won’t find any snow in Hawaii, but you can celebrate with holiday-themed sand sculptures at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Visit Insider’s […]
The most festive place in every state over the holidays
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No, you don’t have to go to your company’s virtual holiday party

Only 23% of companies in a survey by the executive-outplacement firm Challenger Grey & Christmas said they were having virtual holiday parties this year. Virtual holiday parties are one creative way employers have adapted during the coronavirus pandemic. But employees are feeling “Zoom fatigue,” or exhaustion from spending so much […]
No, you don’t have to go to your company’s virtual holiday party
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The 7 best holiday movies and shows on Netflix right now

Netflix has several new holiday and Christmas-themed TV shows and movies premiering in 2020. Our picks for must-watch movies include “Jingle Jangle,” “Klaus,” and “The Christmas Chronicles.” The TV show “Dash and Lily” is also filled with plenty of Christmas cheer. And the special holiday episode of “The Great British […]
The 7 best holiday movies and shows on Netflix right now
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Bill Gates reveals his 5 favourite books of 2020

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the wealthiest people in the world, shared his top five books to read over the holiday season, rounding out what he called “a lousy year.” “In tough times-and there’s no doubt that 2020 qualifies as tough times-those of us who love to […]
Bill Gates reveals his 5 favourite books of 2020
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13 celebrities who were born on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve

Christmastime might be the most wonderful time of year, but as any December 24 or December 25 baby knows, it’s a hard time to have a birthday. But Christmas babies, you’re not alone – these 13 celebrities were born on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Jimmy Buffett and Sissy […]
13 celebrities who were born on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve
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8 of the best Hanukkah-themed TV episodes to watch

It feels like almost every TV show has a Christmas-themed episode, but Hanukkah specials are few and far between. “Rugrats” is one of the only cartoons that educated kids about the Jewish tradition, while shows like “Friends” and “The O.C.” tackled the issue of celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. With […]
8 of the best Hanukkah-themed TV episodes to watch
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16 of the best things to get at Aldi this month for under $5

Aldi, a budget-friendly grocery chain, is offering an array of festive items throughout December for under $US5. The store is stocking its shelves with Christmas-tree-shaped pizzas and an assortment of festive cheeses. The chain is also carrying an array of fun and affordable gift ideas, like lotion sets and pet […]
16 of the best things to get at Aldi this month for under $5