Lifestyle

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
Lifestyle

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
Tech

You could earn $1,000 to binge-watch Hallmark Christmas movies

A tech company, Century Link, will pay one person $US1,000 to binge Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel leading up to the holiday. For the chance to win, you’ll need to fill out a short application about why you’re the perfect person for the job. All the winner has to […]
You could earn $1,000 to binge-watch Hallmark Christmas movies
Lifestyle

19 gift ideas that won’t kill the environment

It’s so easy to get wrapped up (pun intended) in holiday season shopping – and it can be tough to know when to stop. Unfortunately, the thrown-away paper, plastic packaging, and endless delivery boxes aren’t great for the environment. To help you stay sustainable this season, Insider has rounded up […]
19 gift ideas that won’t kill the environment
Lifestyle

16 of the most festive places to spend the holidays in the US

When it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit, some towns or cities are simply more festive than others. From decked-out Christmas light festivals to European-inspired holiday markets, many places around the country have their own unique holiday traditions. In some towns and cities, traditional holiday events are still going […]
16 of the most festive places to spend the holidays in the US
Lifestyle

13 decorations an interior designer would buy at Walmart right now

Insider spoke to a New York City-based interior designer to see which holiday-decor items she would buy from Walmart right now. One of her top seasonal picks is a pink-coloured artificial tree that is 6 feet tall. She also suggested a few other items including a giant pre-lit wreath, gold-rimmed […]
13 decorations an interior designer would buy at Walmart right now
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How artificial Christmas trees are made

Artificial Christmas trees start with a steel frame and can come in different colours, tipped with “snow,” or built to be several stories tall. Strips of green PVC plastic are cut into needles and then attached to the frame. Lights and ornaments are added on by hand and the tree […]
How artificial Christmas trees are made
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How Christmas lights go from pieces of wire to the decorations on your tree

Christmas lights are made from a simple string of miniature light bulbs with some wiring inside that connects everything together. Taizhou Haoran Machinery sells machines that create LED holiday light strings – it’s all in the manufacturing and how the lights are wired at the factory. Here’s how those massive […]
How Christmas lights go from pieces of wire to the decorations on your tree
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See how the US military is celebrating Christmas on bases around the world

When troops are deployed or stationed overseas during the holidays, they do everything they can to bring the Christmas spirit to their duty stations. Commands host special meals, decorate their bases, and conduct concerts or ceremonies to boost troop morale. Many bases around the world have already started decorating and […]
See how the US military is celebrating Christmas on bases around the world
Lifestyle

Photos show why holidays can be the actual worst sometimes

Holidays, like Christmas,Halloween, or Thanksgiving can be some of the most joyous times of the year. The family time, the memories made – there’s a reason why we look forward to them. But they’re not without their drawbacks like large and inebriated crowds, god-awful colour schemes, annoying obligations, financial burdens, […]
Photos show why holidays can be the actual worst sometimes
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13 surprising things you probably didn’t know about ‘Elf’

“Elf” first aired in 2003. The film used a lot of unique perspective and film techniques to create elf-related illusions. Will Ferrell has no plans to be in a sequel. The Christmas comedy “Elf” first premiered 15 years ago and it has since become a holiday classic. It stars Will […]
13 surprising things you probably didn’t know about ‘Elf’
Lifestyle

The fascinating history behind 16 common Christmas traditions

Christmas is a holiday full of traditions. From using an advent calendar to eating fruitcake, these traditions have origins all over the world. Many of today’s most popular Christmas traditions date back to ancient times. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. From counting down the days of December with an […]
The fascinating history behind 16 common Christmas traditions
Strategy

Here’s what 8 Australian CEOs want for Christmas

Everyone has that one person in the family who is notoriously hard to buy for. If you’re still looking for inspiration with just days until Christmas, we’ve asked a handful of successful executives what they want this Christmas. Here’s what they had to say. Darren Winterford, CEO and founder of […]
Here’s what 8 Australian CEOs want for Christmas
Lifestyle

5 ways to have a more sustainable Christmas this year

Moderation is the last thing on people’s minds at Christmas. Shopping, travelling and eating reach peak levels – putting pressure on our planet. Even Santa poses a problem. If you don’t believe in flying reindeers, that sleigh must be rocket-fuelled to reach the supersonic speeds needed to travel around the […]
5 ways to have a more sustainable Christmas this year
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Christmas Eve traditions in 12 different countries around the world

Christmas Eve traditions vary widely around the world. Russians traditionally fast until evening on Christmas Eve. In Germany, it’s tradition for people to eat potato salad and sausages on Christmas Eve. Everyone has their own ChristmasEve traditions, whether it’s making cookies to leave out for Santa or having a feast […]
Christmas Eve traditions in 12 different countries around the world
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16 stars you probably didn’t know had Christmas songs and albums

Many celebrities have tried their hand at recreating holiday classics. A few major stars have seen huge commercial success during the holiday season, including Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Some celebrities you might be surprised to learn have holiday songs include Zooey Deschanel, Kanye […]
16 stars you probably didn’t know had Christmas songs and albums
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Jillian Michaels’ 7 tips for a happier holiday season

The holiday season can be stressful, despite trying to focus on your friends and family. Fitness expert Jillian Michaels spoke with Insider to give advice on how to have a happier holiday season. She recommended going to holiday parties, giving back to your community, and not spending money on gifts. […]
Jillian Michaels’ 7 tips for a happier holiday season
Lifestyle

We tried 3 celebrity Christmas cookie recipes and had a clear favourite

I tested out homemade Christmas cookie recipes from three celebrities: Mariah Carey, Michelle Obama, and Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift’s cookies were by far the easiest to make and also the most unique combination of festive flavours. Since they were so easy, looked great, and tasted the best, Swift’s eggnog chai […]
We tried 3 celebrity Christmas cookie recipes and had a clear favourite
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The 45 most successful Christmas movies of all time

From “A Christmas Story” to “Bad Santa,” successful Christmas movies have come in many forms. Here, we’ve compiled the 45 highest-grossing Christmas movies of all time at the domestic box office. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a laundry list of Christmas movies and a warm blanket. Classics like […]
The 45 most successful Christmas movies of all time
Lifestyle

10 snacks children around the world leave for Santa

While milk and cookies are considered the norm in the US, around the world, kids are leaving Santa anything from beer to rice pudding. In Iceland, children believe that there are 13 completely different Santa-like figures who visit throughout December, which results in very different treats all month long. Visit […]
10 snacks children around the world leave for Santa
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4 out of 5 experts say parents shouldn’t lie to kids about Santa

Ah yes, December. Christmas trees and decorations are popping up in shop windows, the weather is warming up, and the school holiday period looms. This may be exciting or distressing, depending on your relationship with your family. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. But, for those who do, you may find yourself […]
4 out of 5 experts say parents shouldn’t lie to kids about Santa
Lifestyle

9 UK Christmas traditions that probably confuse Americans

There are some Christmas traditions in the UK that might confuse people from the US. Some folks in the UK celebrate Christmas with pantomime, a campy, family-friendly theatre show. Christmas pudding, a popular holiday dessert in the UK, is probably unfamiliar to most Americans. It’s tradition to take down Christmas […]
9 UK Christmas traditions that probably confuse Americans
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Why ‘Die Hard’ is definitely a Christmas movie

In a YouGov poll last year, 52% of UK adults claimed “Die Hard” was not a Christmas film. A survey by the Hollywood Reporter/ Morning Consult found as many as 62% didn’t think it was. But we disagree due to the soundtrack, the time frame the film is set in, […]
Why ‘Die Hard’ is definitely a Christmas movie
Lifestyle

5 of the most unusual Christmas traditions in the US

Every country has its own Christmas traditions. The US is no different – and there are plenty of American traditions that might baffle the rest of the world. From from hiding a pickle ornament to drinking eggs, we’ve found some of the most interesting American Christmas traditions. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
5 of the most unusual Christmas traditions in the US
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20 of Netflix’s original holiday movies, ranked from worst to best

Netflix is known for its original seasonal films, but some may be more worth your time than others. “The Holiday Calendar” and “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby” are the lowest-rated originals. On the other hand, animated films “Alien Xmas” and “Klaus” received top marks from reviewers. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
20 of Netflix’s original holiday movies, ranked from worst to best
Lifestyle

20 ways to make this the most festive Christmas ever

Christmas is one of the best times of year. The holiday season is full of traditions, which is part of what makes Christmas so special. For example, Christmas Day isn’t complete without sipping hot chocolate in festive pajamas. Watching holiday movies is another must-do Christmas activity. Whether you’re staying home […]
20 ways to make this the most festive Christmas ever
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The evolution of the US Capitol Christmas tree

The US Capitol began regularly lighting a Christmas tree in 1964. Since then, the tree has grown more than 40 feet. The lights and decorations have changed too. The US Capitol Christmas tree lighting has been a thing for more than 50 years. Since then, the tree has been through […]
The evolution of the US Capitol Christmas tree