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THEN AND NOW: Child stars of classic holiday movies

Some child actors from famous holiday movies took a break from Hollywood, like Karolyn Grimes from “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Others, like Thomas Brodie-Sangster of “Love Actually,” have continued to land starring roles. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Holiday movies like “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Home Alone” remain […]
THEN AND NOW: Child stars of classic holiday movies
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15 of the best seasonal items to buy at Costco right now

Wholesale retailer Costco has plenty of festive products on sale this season. You can buy a 4 1/2-foot or a 9-foot Christmas tree that comes with lights. The chain also has stick-on bows and tissue paper, which are both great for easy gift wrapping. Costco also has roasted chestnuts and […]
15 of the best seasonal items to buy at Costco right now
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How to support new parents from a distance this holiday season

New parents often feel isolated, even without added restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Insider spoke with a psychiatrist, a family physician, a behaviour expert, and a new mum about how loved ones can support the new parents in their lives this year. Family members and friends can help by providing […]
How to support new parents from a distance this holiday season
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Boris Johnson’s plan to let families mix at Christmas is ‘throwing fuel over the COVID fire’ and will trigger new coronavirus wave, his scientific advisor warns

The UK plan to relax coronavirus rules this Christmas will trigger a third wave of the virus and lead to more unnecessary deaths, a scientist advising Boris Johnson has warned. Professor Andrew Hayward on Tuesday night said the plan was like “throwing fuel over the COVID fire.” “It’s likely to […]
Boris Johnson’s plan to let families mix at Christmas is ‘throwing fuel over the COVID fire’ and will trigger new coronavirus wave, his scientific advisor warns
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Book your next flight on Thanksgiving Day

I’m travelling on Thanksgiving this year to save money and avoid crowds. It turns out, flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day is better than flying on other days during the holidays. Holiday flights are notoriously less expensive and crowded than flights on the days surrounding the holiday, Scott Keyes, founder […]
Book your next flight on Thanksgiving Day
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16 details you probably missed on Netflix’s ‘Dash and Lily’

Netflix’s “Dash and Lily” is a teen holiday series, and viewers may not catch all of these fun details the first time around. Accurate information about The Strand bookstore and Two Boots Pizza – two real New York establishments – is shared on the show. There are a few clever […]
16 details you probably missed on Netflix’s ‘Dash and Lily’
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10 shows to watch if you love ‘Dash and Lily’

The Netflix rom-com series “Dash and Lily” premiered on November 10. Set in New York City, “Dash and Lily” follows Lily as she tries to help Dash embrace the holiday spirit via a red notebook. Fans of the charming romantic series may also enjoy shows like “Never Have I Ever,” […]
10 shows to watch if you love ‘Dash and Lily’
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‘Home Alone’ at 30: Director Chris Columbus talks Trump ‘bullying his way’ into a cameo and more never-before-told stories

November marks the 30th anniversary of “Home Alone,” and Insider spoke with director Chris Columbus in celebration of this timeless Christmas classic. Columbus revealed behind-the-scenes stories, like how his inability to work with Chevy Chase on “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” led him to direct “Home Alone.” He also shared the […]
‘Home Alone’ at 30: Director Chris Columbus talks Trump ‘bullying his way’ into a cameo and more never-before-told stories
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26 ways Netflix’s ‘Dash and Lily’ is totally different from the book

Netflix’s romantic holiday series “Dash and Lily” premiered on Tuesday. The show is based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.” Many of the dares and subplots are totally different in the book. Unlike on the show, the book’s ending involves police officers and […]
26 ways Netflix’s ‘Dash and Lily’ is totally different from the book
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A senior Trump administration official reportedly offered Santa performers early COVID-19 vaccines for starring in a $250 million public awareness campaign

Michael Caputo, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), offered Santa performers early access to COVID-19 vaccines, the Wall Street Journal reported. The performers would get the vaccines if they helped with the agency’s planned $US250 million vaccination drive campaign, the Journal reported. “If you […]
A senior Trump administration official reportedly offered Santa performers early COVID-19 vaccines for starring in a $250 million public awareness campaign
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Peanuts TV specials will not air on ABC this year but Apple is making them free for a limited time — here’s how to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Apple acquired the rights to air classic Peanuts holiday specials this year. Nonsubscribers can watch each special free during a brief window around the holidays. PBS will also air the episode. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. After 20 years with ABC, the rights to “It’s the Great Pumpkin […]
Peanuts TV specials will not air on ABC this year but Apple is making them free for a limited time — here’s how to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
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20 details you probably missed in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) has a huge fan base, but people may not have noticed all of these sneaky details. Many of the decorations around Halloween Town are made from coffins, spiders, and pumpkins. There are also references to classic Christmas stories, like “A Christmas Carol” and […]
20 details you probably missed in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
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Amazon says these are the 25 toys every kid will want this holiday season

Amazon released its annual list of the top toys kids will want this holiday season. These are the top 25, including dolls, scooters, and play sets. Some of the toys, including an Alexa-enabled kitchen set, are Amazon exclusives. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The holidays are already nearly […]
Amazon says these are the 25 toys every kid will want this holiday season
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You won’t be able to buy Halloween or Christmas-themed Peeps marshmallows this year due to the pandemic — the next special batch will be for Easter

Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day Peeps will not be sold in upcoming months, as the company that makes the marshmallow treat is prepping for Easter after a months-long closure. This also includes seasonal versions of Mike and Ikes, and Hot Tamales. Regular peeps will still be available to purchase. Visit […]
You won’t be able to buy Halloween or Christmas-themed Peeps marshmallows this year due to the pandemic — the next special batch will be for Easter
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This massive ‘Friends’ advent calendar is perfect for fans of the show

Insight Editions has a “Friends” official advent calendar that spans 25 days and has over 40 keepsakes, ornaments, and booklets. The calendar retails for $US29.99 on the Insight Editions website. The company also has a “Friends” cookbook that retails for about $US20. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. 2020 may […]
This massive ‘Friends’ advent calendar is perfect for fans of the show
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How rich New Yorkers made Santa Claus the face of Christmas

Santa is an iconic character, who dominates the media during the holidays. Although he’s now a brand influencer used to market products, he was originally a poor monk in Turkey. Rich New Yorkers in 19th century America used St. Nicholas as the face of Christmas to make the holiday more […]
How rich New Yorkers made Santa Claus the face of Christmas
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Trump spent his Christmas night furiously tweeting about Nancy Pelosi and impeachment

President Donald Trump couldn’t stay away from Twitter on Christmas. On Wednesday evening, the president lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment process, accusing Democrats of being “hypocrites” and “liars.” On Thursday morning, he trashed Pelosi’s San Francisco district, blaming the leader for crime and homelessness. Visit […]
Trump spent his Christmas night furiously tweeting about Nancy Pelosi and impeachment
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Hallmark’s new Hanukkah holiday movies are a well-intentioned attempt at inclusion that ultimately falls flat

Hallmark released two new holiday movies that include Jewish characters and Hanukkah plotlines, “Holiday Date” and “Double Holiday.” The Jewish characters are completely clueless about Christmas traditions – a constant surprise and source of frustration for the other characters, and unrealistic due to the ubiquity of Christmas in American culture. […]
Hallmark’s new Hanukkah holiday movies are a well-intentioned attempt at inclusion that ultimately falls flat
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33 thoughts I had while watching ‘Love Actually’ for the first time

At age 26, I just watched “Love Actually” for the first time. It’s one of the first holiday films I’ve ever seen. The film wasn’t unbearable, however many parts of it have clearly not aged well, including its sexist and stereotypical treatment of female characters. Some elements of the film […]
33 thoughts I had while watching ‘Love Actually’ for the first time
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The history behind the most controversial holiday beverage of all time, which was once likened to an energy drink and even prompted a drunken riot at West Point

Eggnog is a hot-button topic when it comes to holiday beverages, attracting fans and detractors alike. The drink has a rather odd history, going from a beverage that was believed to be a nutritional treatment for influenza to a sloshy party punch. George Washington had a particularly alcoholic recipe for […]
The history behind the most controversial holiday beverage of all time, which was once likened to an energy drink and even prompted a drunken riot at West Point
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Dinner by Heston restaurant calls in liquidators in the lead up to Christmas

Staff at Heston Blumenthal’s Crown Casino eatery Dinner by Heston face an uncertain Christmas and New Year period after the high-end eatery appointed provisional liquidators, raising questions about how it will fulfil its obligations to staff and suppliers. The business, which has been beset with allegations of staff underpayment, has […]
Dinner by Heston restaurant calls in liquidators in the lead up to Christmas
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Warren Buffett gave $10,000 in cash to his relatives at Christmas

Warren Buffett’s favourite Christmas presents include dresses, chocolates, and stacks of cash. “He would always give each of us $US10,000 in hundred-dollar bills,” Mary Buffett, the famed investor’s former daughter-in-law, recently told ThinkAdvisor. “As soon as we got home, we’d spend it – whooo!” Berkshire Hathaway’s billionaire boss also bought […]
Warren Buffett gave $10,000 in cash to his relatives at Christmas
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The 5 best and 5 worst celebrity Christmas albums

Every year, celebrities capitalise on the holiday season by releasing Christmas-themed music. Musicians like Mariah Carey,Ariana Grande, and Michael Bublé have managed to perfect the cheesy art form. Others, like CeeLo Green,Taylor Swift, and Sia, released forgettable or cringeworthy Christmas albums. Insider’s five favourites and five least favourites are listed […]
The 5 best and 5 worst celebrity Christmas albums
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30 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

For more than a century, members of the royal family have sent Christmas cards to their subjects. Photographs selected for the front of the cards show the growing family and its changing relationships as the years go by. The photos include a portrait of the Queen aged 16, Princess Diana […]
30 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years
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8 things you need to know before returning your holiday gifts

Insider spoke with a consumer analyst at DealNews.com to learn what consumers need to be aware of if they want to return holiday gifts that they don’t like. To successfully get money back on a return, the tag should still be attached, you need the receipt, and the item should […]
8 things you need to know before returning your holiday gifts
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15 holiday products that are perfect for ‘Friends’ fans

“Friends” is leaving Netflix in January 2020, so fans will likely spend much of the holidays watching reruns. To make the last hurrah even more fun, you can stock up on “Friends”-themed holiday items. You can buy decorations, such as an ornament that says “pivot,” a “Friends” stocking, and a […]
15 holiday products that are perfect for ‘Friends’ fans
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Festive robots are decorating trees, singing karaoke carols, and serving coffee at Bloomingdale’s for the holidays

Bloomingdale’s is trying out human-robot collaboration at its 59th street flagship store for the holidays. Robots are decorating window displays, performing karaoke, and serving coffee to shoppers. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Around the holidays you can expect Christmas trees, twinkle lights, cocoa, and, now, robots? They’re part […]
Festive robots are decorating trees, singing karaoke carols, and serving coffee at Bloomingdale’s for the holidays
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An artist hid 7 objects in this holiday-themed puzzle — see if you can find them all

Artist Gergely Dudás, creator of Dudolf.com, draws mind-boggling brainteasers, often containing hidden objects or details. There are 7 hidden objects in this holiday puzzle. Can you find them all? Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás creates mind-boggling brainteasers containing hidden objects or details, and challenges the […]
An artist hid 7 objects in this holiday-themed puzzle — see if you can find them all
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How many Christmas songs can you find hidden in this holiday brainteaser?

This holiday brainteaser challenges people to find the hidden depictions of famous Christmas songs – and it’s not easy. There are 20 songs hidden throughout the image. How many can you find? Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Every December the airwaves are filled with classic Christmas songs like “Last […]
How many Christmas songs can you find hidden in this holiday brainteaser?
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7 interfaith celebrity couples who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas

Navigating an interfaith relationship can be tricky. Celebrity couples, including Pink and her husband Carey Hart, and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, have decided to embrace the holiday season as much as they can by celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas. This year, Hanukkah falls between December 10 and 18. Christmas […]
7 interfaith celebrity couples who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas
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The 25 most romantic states to spend Christmas, ranked

Civitatis Magazine ranked the most romantic states to spend Christmas. They created the US Festive Romance Index to score each state on factors like snowfall, Christmas spirit, and happiness. Washington is the most romantic state to spend Christmas in, followed by Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
The 25 most romantic states to spend Christmas, ranked
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Popeyes made an ugly Christmas sweater that sold out in just 14 hours, showing the enduring power of the chain’s chicken sandwich

The Popeyes Ugly Christmas Sweater has officially sold out in just 14 hours. Featuring images of the Popeyes chicken sandwich, which famously sold out in just two weeks after its release in August, the sweater was released as a collaboration between Popeyes and UglyChristmasSweater.com. A representative for UglyChristmasSweater.com told Business […]
Popeyes made an ugly Christmas sweater that sold out in just 14 hours, showing the enduring power of the chain’s chicken sandwich
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Can you solve this Christmas-themed brainteaser in under 2 minutes?

There’s a new brainteaser straight out of the North Pole, just in time for Christmas. According to holidaycottages.co.uk, it takes an average of 1 minute, 46 seconds to find the fallen elf in this holiday scene. How fast are you? Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. ‘Tis the season for […]
Can you solve this Christmas-themed brainteaser in under 2 minutes?
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Can you spot the hidden reindeer in this tricky holiday brainteaser?

RS Components created a holiday-themed brainteaser that challenges users to find a robotic reindeer hidden among a collage of normal reindeer. How fast can you find it? Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. While Rudolph was singled out for having a red nose, this brainteaser asks you to look out […]
Can you spot the hidden reindeer in this tricky holiday brainteaser?
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30 jaw-dropping holiday light displays from around the world

Across the globe, people love to celebrate the winter holidays by viewing festive Christmas lights. While some cities go more over-the-top than others with their decorations, these extravagant holiday light displays are sure to make any viewer’s jaw drop. Here are 30 beautiful holiday light displays from around the world. […]
30 jaw-dropping holiday light displays from around the world
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All of the best cheesy things to get at Aldi this month for under $5

The popular grocery chain Aldi is releasing a number of cheesy things this month. The grocer is selling a collection of festive, shaped cheese that come in a few different flavours. You can also pick up cheese-filled ornaments and vodka-infused or whiskey-infused cheddars. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. If […]
All of the best cheesy things to get at Aldi this month for under $5
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15 quirky British Christmas traditions Americans may have never heard of

Christmas traditions in America and in the UK vary greatly. Every Christmas, Brits love to watch pantomimes and meet their school friends down at the pub. They eat Yorkshire puddings, mince pies, Christmas pudding, and Christmas cake. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories . From pantomimes to Christmas pudding and […]
15 quirky British Christmas traditions Americans may have never heard of
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What happens to your body and brain over the holidays

Holiday get-togethers can be stress-inducing events. Insider spoke to both psychologists and brain chemistry experts about what happens to our bodies during holidays, when we are reconnecting with family and old friends. Their advice for navigating the season included tips on how to break out of negative behaviour patterns, and […]
What happens to your body and brain over the holidays
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25 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas

The first lady, Melania Trump, unveiled the 2019 White House Christmas decorations earlier this month. “The Spirit of America” is the theme of this year’s decorations, and it includes tributes to children’s games, classic holiday stories, and cities across America. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US first […]
25 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a festive retail origin story

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was born out of a department store marketing assignment. Defunct Chicago-based department store Montgomery Ward wanted to pass out free colouring books to children during the holiday shopping season of 1939. Copywriter Robert L. May was tasked with writing a poem to go in the booklets. […]
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a festive retail origin story