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15 of the most festive Christmas markets around the US

One of the best holiday traditions in the world is the Christmas market, made famous by the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. But there are plenty of amazing holiday markets throughout the US, too. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, California, is inspired by “A Christmas Carol.” Enchant Christmas […]
15 of the most festive Christmas markets around the US
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The most unusual Christmas tradition in every state

Christmas traditions vary depending on weather, culture, or location. Minnesota has a large population of Scandinavian people, so they celebrate with lutefisk, a traditional Nordic food. In New Mexico, wreaths are often made up of dried chiles. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Christmas is celebrated very differently throughout the […]
The most unusual Christmas tradition in every state
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20 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Home Alone’

It’s been 30 years since “Home Alone” came out, but the film is still widely beloved, especially around the holidays. Fans may not know that Macaulay Culkin improvised one of the film’s most iconic moments. The cast almost looked a little different, and Culkin’s brother also made a guest appearance. […]
20 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Home Alone’
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29 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas

The White House has unveiled this year’s Christmas decorations. The official theme is “American Treasures.” The first family’s official holiday card and ornament join the elaborate installations on display throughout the White House’s main rooms and public areas. Each year, the halls of America’s most well-known address get decked out […]
29 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas
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There’s a bizarre tradition of weighing each member of the royal family before and after Christmas dinner, and Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland might have to take part

Members of the royal family apparently weigh themselves before and after Christmas dinner. That’s according to royal biographer and commentator Ingrid Seward, who spoke to Grazia about their traditions. The ritual apparently dates back to the early 1900s when King Edward VII was concerned people weren’t eating enough. The weigh-in […]
There’s a bizarre tradition of weighing each member of the royal family before and after Christmas dinner, and Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland might have to take part
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Experts say holiday cheer and the Christmas spirit are real — here’s the evidence

Around the holidays, many people report feeling happier and say they’re filled with the “holiday spirit.” Researchers found that the brain responds positively to holiday-themed images. Psychologists say nostalgic memories from our childhood also play a role in proving the holiday spirit’s validity. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Save […]
Experts say holiday cheer and the Christmas spirit are real — here’s the evidence
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The best places to buy holiday cards online

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Holiday cards are a great way to spread the love to your family and friends this holiday season, so we’ve rounded up the best places to buy cards online. The selection holiday cards at Simply to Impress makes it easy to create your own designs […]
The best places to buy holiday cards online
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50 of the worst Christmas movies of all time

The holiday season is approaching, making it a great time to tune in to holiday movies. But, not all Christmas movies fill critics and audiences with joy and holiday spirit. Here are some of the worst holiday movies of all time according to Rotten Tomatoes critics and audiences. Some feel […]
50 of the worst Christmas movies of all time
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What 10 famous Christmas movie destinations look like in real life

Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie, whether that’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Die Hard.” But did you know that you can visit some of these destinations in real life? The house from “A Christmas Story” has been converted into a museum honouring the movie, and the Plaza Hotel from […]
What 10 famous Christmas movie destinations look like in real life
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I’m engaged and have divorced parents – here’s how I split the holidays

In a perfect world, we would all be Peter McCallister from “Home Alone.” We would all have grand, picturesque homes where we could celebrate the holidays with family members across the tree. Everyone, well, most everyone, would commune in perfect harmony, no one would berate each other with their politics, […]
I’m engaged and have divorced parents – here’s how I split the holidays
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Smirnoff released vodka-filled ornaments to dress up your tree over the holidays

Smirnoff recently released four booze-filled glass ornaments. The limited edition ornaments contain the brand’s signature No. 21 vodka. They baubles hold 750 mL and cost about $US12.99 each, depending on location. Smirnoff is officially getting into the holiday spirit with their latest release- oversized decorative ornaments that are filled with […]
Smirnoff released vodka-filled ornaments to dress up your tree over the holidays
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The best and worst days to travel around Christmas in 2018

Travel search engine Kayak looked at flight data from last year to predict the best times to travel around Christmas this year. According to Kayak’s data, you’ll get the cheapest flights – both domestic and international – if you’re willing to fly on Christmas eve or Christmas day. The priciest […]
The best and worst days to travel around Christmas in 2018
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The 14 most popular songs that will get you in the holiday spirit

People around the world eagerly anticipate the holidays each year. The red and green decorations go up, hot chocolate is a preferred drink, and festive music plays in every possible store. There’s no shortage of holiday songs, from old classics like Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” to newer […]
The 14 most popular songs that will get you in the holiday spirit
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40 magical photos of Disney parks during Christmas

There’s no better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of year than at one of the Disney theme parks. From fun concerts featuring your favourite Disney characters to extravagant firework displays over Cinderella’s Castle, the most magical place on Earth truly comes alive during November and December. These photos […]
40 magical photos of Disney parks during Christmas
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13 places to visit in December for every type of traveller

To find the best places to visit in December 2018, Business Insider looked at climate data, cultural calendars, and peak travel times. December offers all kinds of travel experiences, from unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to relaxing getaways on tropical islands. The best places to visit in December include […]
13 places to visit in December for every type of traveller
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The best Australian Christmas casual jobs

The peak hiring period for Christmas jobs is during September and October. More than two thirds (67%) of Christmas job opportunities in Australia are in retail, according to analysis by jobs site Indeed. Consumer expectations and developments in technology are changing the way retailers operate and their expectations of staff. […]
The best Australian Christmas casual jobs
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The ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts would set you back $35,000

Every year, PNC calculates the real-world prices of all the gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. Their so-called Christmas Price Index rose 0.6% this year, driven by higher costs of pear trees, more demand for gold rings, and higher wages for Lords-a-leaping. While it’s frivolous, PNC’s index mirrors […]
The ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts would set you back $35,000
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Here’s how the US military celebrates Christmas when serving in warzones

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. All across the United States, civilians will light up Christmas, stockings will be hung, and the front lawns of countless homes are brightened up by some truly impressive Christmas lights. The men and women of the world’s militaries don’t […]
Here’s how the US military celebrates Christmas when serving in warzones
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Here’s what people eat on Christmas in 19 countries around the globe

Christmas is a special time for people all over the world. While the holiday can be celebrated in many different ways, perhaps no custom is more important than the time-honored Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal. Still, these meals vary greatly depending on where they’re taking place. Inspired by this […]
Here’s what people eat on Christmas in 19 countries around the globe
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15 things successful people do over holiday breaks

• The holiday season is upon us – meaning many Americans will be taking some time off from work. • Business Insider looked into how everyone can make the most of a holiday break. • Being intentional about your time and ensuring you’re able to relax and unwind is key. […]
15 things successful people do over holiday breaks
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The bizarre history of the Yule Log Christmas special

The Yule Log special was first broadcast in 1966. WPIX president Fred Thrower decided to air a “Christmas card,” which was the burning Yule logs. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: November 1966: local New York TV station WPIX had nothing […]
The bizarre history of the Yule Log Christmas special
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Why red and green are the colours of Christmas

The evolution of red and green as Christmas colours is a convoluted story. According to Arielle Eckstut, the coauthor of “The Secret Language of Colour,” both nature and Coca-Cola had a hand in shaping that history. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. […]
Why red and green are the colours of Christmas
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There are some pretty terrible parents in your favourite Christmas movies

There are a lot of neglectful and thoughtless parents in Christmas movies. Films like “Home Alone,” “Jack Frost,” and “The Grinch” are some prime examples of not-so-great parents in Christmas movies. More often than not, Christmas movies are thought to be full of merriment. But there’s one concerning trend in […]
There are some pretty terrible parents in your favourite Christmas movies
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Rome’s official Christmas tree is so bad that locals named it ‘the Mangy One’ and started a Twitter account in its honour

Rome’s skeletal public Christmas tree has earned a disparaging nickname. Locals are reportedly calling the “lo Spelacchio” (“The Mangy One”). It reportedly cost the city around €48,000 (£42,400) and is now under investigation. The tree has drawn further criticism of the governing abilities of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which […]
Rome’s official Christmas tree is so bad that locals named it ‘the Mangy One’ and started a Twitter account in its honour
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8 times in history when a war on Christmas actually happened

• Starting with Bill O’Reilly in the early 2000s, many figures on the American political right have argued that there is an ongoing war on Christmas. • Observers have questioned the reality of such a conflict, given the holiday’s prominent place in US culture. • But throughout history, governments and […]
8 times in history when a war on Christmas actually happened
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The best wines to buy for Christmas in Australia

Selecting wines to accompany Christmas repasts can be extremely challenging. Inevitably, the cellarmaster must successfully cater to a diverse range of tastes, appreciation levels and budgets. No mean feat when providing for larger groups of family and friends. The festivities dictate that the wines served shouldn’t be pontificated about and […]
The best wines to buy for Christmas in Australia
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Citi’s top 10 Christmas gifts in Australia for 2017

This Christmas doesn’t have that one hot gift, a toy or plaything everyone wants. Citi analysts, in a note to clients, say there are popular items and toys but they are similar to the ones in 2016. “Christmas 2017 lacks the killer gift,” the analysts write. Hatchimals were the hot […]
Citi’s top 10 Christmas gifts in Australia for 2017
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How the Christmas tree tradition began

Christmas trees can be found all over the world today, but medievalGermans were the first to fully embrace the holidaytradition. Even before that, many cultures, including ancient Egyptians, worshipped evergreen trees and branches as a symbol of eternal life. Watch the video above to see how pagans “decked the halls” […]
How the Christmas tree tradition began
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5 gifts Australians don’t want this Christmas

Candles are an easy gift for people who are hard to buy for. But as it turns out not many people actually like receiving them. A recent survey by Virgin Mobile asked 1,000 Australians what they considered the worst gifts to receive come Christmas time. According to the results, 2 […]
5 gifts Australians don’t want this Christmas
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9 things customers can do to get better customer service this Christmas

Ever experience terrible service from a grumpy salesperson? It sucks, right? And it’s contagious, dragging consumers down with them. It happens a lot and let’s face it, some testy moments between the customer and shop attendant are inevitable during the Christmas chaos. But is it really the entire fault of […]
9 things customers can do to get better customer service this Christmas
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An Emirates Airbus A380 drew a Christmas tree in the sky

An Emirates test flight over Germany got a little festive when the pilot of the A380 traced the outline of a Christmas tree in the skies. Live flight tracking website Flightradar24 charted the aircraft’s path through the skies above Europe. The jet took off from Hamburg’s Finkenwerder airport at 12.47pm […]
An Emirates Airbus A380 drew a Christmas tree in the sky
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Why so many people get offended by the phrase ‘Happy holidays’

Donald Trump has vowed to rid America of the phrase “Happy holidays.” Polls show that most Americans don’t care whether people say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays.” But to the few who are passionate about the issue, “Happy holidays” makes them feel their religion is being attacked. There are two […]
Why so many people get offended by the phrase ‘Happy holidays’
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Australian retailers are willing Santa to appear soon

Australian retailers, faced with a soft start for the shopping season, are hoping for a late rally in Christmas present buying. So far, retail sales conditions are trending two to four percentage points slower, and barely in positive growth, leading into Christmas 2017 compared to 2016, according to analysis by […]
Australian retailers are willing Santa to appear soon
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5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on earth. But that doesn’t mean that conflicts simply freeze every December 25th. Important events in both of America’s most formative wars – the Revolutionary War and the Civil War – took place on Christmas.British and German troops even celebrated the holiday […]
5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day
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Why having a traditional roast for Christmas dinner isn’t always the best idea, according to the biggest star from this season’s ‘Great British Bake Off’

Liam Charles won over “The Great British Bake Off” judges earlier this year with his distinctive flavour combinations and conceptual bakes. Business Insider spoke to Charles about cooking at Christmas. The baker said that Christmas “is the time to eat whatever you want” – even if that’s burgers instead of […]
Why having a traditional roast for Christmas dinner isn’t always the best idea, according to the biggest star from this season’s ‘Great British Bake Off’
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CNN reportedly boycotts White House’s Christmas party

CNN reportedly will boycott the White House’s annual Christmas party, due to President Donald Trump’s “continued attacks” on the press. The party is meant for members of the press and White House officials to socialise. “Christmas comes early,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, following the announcement. Citing […]
CNN reportedly boycotts White House’s Christmas party
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20-foot trees, charades, and tiaras: This is how the royal family spends Christmas

Windsor Castle has already been decorated for Christmas, featuring a 20-foot tree and elaborate ornaments. However, the royal family will spend December 25 at their Sandringham residence in Norfolk. Christmas Day is strictly scheduled, but comes along with charades, party games, and tiaras. The Queen is already decking the halls […]
20-foot trees, charades, and tiaras: This is how the royal family spends Christmas
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Too much Christmas music could be bad for our mental health

Christmas music is coming. From now until December 25, you’re going to hear a lot more of the most popular festive tunes. But listening to them over and over could have a negative impact on your mental health. If you’ve managed to avoid Christmas music so far, that’s only going […]
Too much Christmas music could be bad for our mental health
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Here’s how Citi thinks Christmas went for Australian retailers

Christmas spending was solid but not spectacular for Australian retailers, according to research by analysts at Citi. The analysts have been speaking to ASX-listed retail companies, trying to gauge the success or otherwise of Christmas sales. The retailers they spoke to were “lukewarm” about Christmas trading. “There is no alarm […]
Here’s how Citi thinks Christmas went for Australian retailers