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Talbots Partners With the ‘Christmas Spectacular’ Starring the Radio City Rockettes

HOLIDAY CHEER: In one of the more unexpected branding coups, Talbots has partnered with the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes,” and will be the official women’s fashion and footwear partner.
In addition to being a sponsor with presenting sponsor Chase, the Massachusetts-based chain of boutiques will have a replica storefront in the department store scene during this year’s “Christmas Spectacular” production at Radio City Music Hall. That scenario centers on two brothers who are on the hunt for the ideal Christmas gift for their sister and they wind up on a wintry adventure to discover the magic behind Santa Claus.
The Talbots-Rockettes connection will not only be on the historic hardwood stage at Rockefeller Center. The high-kicking dancers will be featured in Talbots’ holiday campaign, which will encompass the holiday catalogue and the retailer’s site. For the crucial fourth-quarter selling season, Talbots has recruited the Rockettes to field their share of meet-and-greets and to make cameos at select customer events at the Talbots Madison Avenue flagship.
Set to bow Nov. 9, this year’s production will feature a more technologically advanced “Christmas Lights” finale, combining innovation — futuristic digital projections with more traditional aspects that will extend the show beyond the stage.
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Headlined by rivalries and reunions — and plenty of LeBron — the league’s opening week, Christmas and MLK Day slates won’t disappoint.
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Jamie Otis Is Celebrating Christmas Nearly One Month Late — but She Has a Good Reason

There’s a very good reason why Married at First Sight star Jamie Otis just got around to celebrating Christmas with her family — they had the flu during the actual holiday.

“Family Road Trip!” she wrote on social media Saturday, alongside a series of sweet pictures of her and husband Doug Hehner spending quality time with their four-month-old daughter Henley Grace.

“Heading up to see my family for Christmas🎄 Yeeep, Xmas!🙈 ,” she added, explaining, “We had the flu the weekend we were suppose to go up.🤧

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Otis, 31, also added that getting a good family photo to document the trip was harder than she expected.

“Trying to take a family pic to document the trip is seriously the worst…we ended up taking a selfie in the parking lot,” she wrote.

RELATEDJamie Otis Reveals If She Would Let Daughter Henley Find Love on Married at First Sight

Following the birth of their daughter in August, the couple — who met for the first time as Otis walked down the aisle towards Hehner on Lifetime’s hit show — opened up to PEOPLE about why they were relishing every second with their newborn.

The reality star revealed that shortly after losing their son — whom the couple named Johnathan Edward — four months into Otis’ pregnancy last summer, the couple began trying to have another baby. And finally, on Johnathan’s due date in December, they found out they were expecting their daughter.

“I’m not usually superstitious, but I definitely think Henley was a gift from her big brother,” Otis revealed.

RELATED: A Look Back at Married at First Sight‘s Jamie and Doug’s Sweet Love Story

But just because Otis met her husband on Married at First Sight doesn’t mean she’d be willing to let her daughter do the same.

“Quite honestly, I don’t know if I would,” Otis said in a clip from the reality show shared exclusively with PEOPLE.

“Then I have to remember that that’s how I found love and if I had never opened my mind and my heart, I wouldn’t be standing here with my beautiful daughter.”

Either way, the reality star isn’t ready to think quite that far ahead yet. “Let’s just pump the brakes!” she added.


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See Barack Obama Get Serenaded by Carolers in Hawaii: ‘We Sounded Terrible … But He Made Our Christmas’

Barack Obama just celebrated his first Christmas since leaving office — but a women’s resistance group gave him a reception fit for a president during his annual holiday visit to Hawaii.

When Windward ReSisters, a women’s movement based in Obama’s native Hawaii, heard he was returning to the islands with his family for the holidays, they decided to welcome the former president by singing Christmas carols outside the Paul Mitchell estate in lanikai, where the Obamas were staying. 

“We got our group together on Saturday and went with our pussy hats and Santa hats and proceeded to Christmas carol in front of the estate,” group member Darlene Mandel tells PEOPLE. 

“We sounded terrible,” Mandel joked.

But their efforts paid off.

Obama, who was hosting a Christmas party at the estate that evening, took a break to come outside and visit with the caroling group.

“After about 10 minutes, he came out with three Secret Service agents and I was ready with my trusty camera,” Mandel says, noting that Obama shook hands with several of the women and hugged one. “He was joking because my girlfriend spilled champagne on him. It was short and sweet and made our Christmas.”

Footage of the former president shows him laughing and joking with the carolers — and even joining them in a few bars of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Obama can also be heard quipping to the group, “No wonder you’re singing so happy; I didn’t realize there was champagne to go with it!”

“I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas,” he added before heading back inside.

Mandel later posted the video on the private Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, where it quickly garnered nearly 140,000 likes and almost 7,000 comments.

“As far as I know, this is the only informal Christmas greeting he gave this year, besides the Obama family’s official card,” Mandel says.

 

“He and Ohana (family) are so missed,” she adds.


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Seasons Greetings! Pregnant Khloé Kardashian Wishes Fans a Merry Christmas While Showing off Her 23-Week Bump

Pregnant Khloé Kardashian is celebrating her first Christmas as a mom-to-be!

After Kardashian, 33, confirmed she’s expecting their first child, the reality star showed off her baby bump for the second time five days later on Monday as a holiday gift to her fans and followers. She and NBA boyfriend Tristan Thompson debuted her baby bump on Dec. 20.

“Merry Christmas!! May you sparkle and shine this festive season, may all of your wishes and dreams come true. I pray that we all may feel this happiness all year round. God bless you! #BabyBump,” Kardashian captioned the photo of herself from momager Kris Jenner‘s annual Christmas Eve party.

“I’ll be 6 months next week,” she told a fan on Twitter.

Khloé and fellow mom-to-be Kylie Jenner celebrated Christmas morning at sister Kourtney Kardashian’s house with all their siblings, including Rob KardashianKim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner.

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On the 13th day of the countdown, Khloé made her KarJenner Christmas card debut. Holding her 13-month-old niece Dream Renée, she kept any semblance of a baby bump under wraps in a white shirt and jeans that match her sisters’ outfits.

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PEOPLE first broke the news back in September that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star and Thompson — who have been dating since September 2016 —  were expecting a baby together.

Multiple sources confirmed in late October that they will welcome a son together in early 2018. Thompson, 26, also has a 1-year-old son named Prince Oliver from a previous relationship with his ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig.

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“My greatest dream realized,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram alongside a bump picture in her baby announcement. “We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing. I simply had to trust in Him and be patient.”

She continued, “I still at times can’t believe that our love created life! Tristan, thank you for loving me the way that you do! Thank you for treating me like a Queen! Thank you for making me feel beautiful at all stages! Tristan, most of all, Thank you for making me a MOMMY!!! You have made this experience even more magical than I could have envisioned! I will never forget how wonderful you’ve been to me during this time! Thank you for making me so happy my love!”

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“Thank you to everyone for the love and positive vibes! I know we’ve been keeping this but we wanted to enjoy this between our family and close friends as long as we could privately. To enjoy our first precious moments just us. Thank you all for understanding. I am so thankful, excited, nervous, eager, overjoyed and scared all in one! But it’s the best bundle of feelings I’ve ever felt in my life!”

RELATED: ‘Her Perfect Match!’ Everything Pregnant Khloé Kardashian’s Family Has Said About Tristan Thompson

Kardashian revealed on her website and app that she’ll be celebrating Christmas early with Thompson since the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the road.

“Then, I’ll fly back to a few days before my family’s annual Christmas Eve party,” she said. “My mom takes full control of Christmas Eve since she’s been throwing the party for so long, so I let her do her thing!”

“On Christmas morning, the whole family is together with the little kids — usually at Kourt‘s — opening presents and chilling in our pajamas,” she continued. “After that, we’re all going to do our own thing the rest of the day. So after I cook breakfast for everyone, I’m doing absolutely nothing and I’m very much looking forward to that, LOL!”

Kardashian tweeted on Dec. 21 that she “can’t wait” to pass on the holiday traditions to her “little one, one day.”

RELATED GALLERY: Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s Cutest Pictures Together

“Khloé is ecstatic about being pregnant,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “She has been fine with being out of the spotlight. It’s like she realized that she needed a break. The baby is a huge blessing in many ways.”

The source also said Kardashian and Thompson have a “great relationship,” and the mom-to-be “couldn’t be happier” with the basketball player.

Kardashian “still has a couple of months to go” in her pregnancy and is planning a baby shower for the new year, according to the source, who added: “She wants to give birth in Los Angeles, so her family can be around.”


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NEW TRADITIONS: Meghan Markle is spending her first Christmas with the British royals after she became engaged to Prince Harry in November.
Markle joined members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham, the Queen’s country home in Norfolk.
The family attended the traditional Christmas Day church service on the estate and chatted with members of the public who also attended.
As per tradition on the evening before, the family gathered for afternoon tea, followed by a black-tie dinner and the opening of presents.
On Monday, Markle arrived on Prince Harry’s arm wearing by the Canadian label Sentaler. She paired it with a velvet dress, tan suede boots by Stuart Weitzman, a Chloe ‘Pixie’ bag and a hat in the same shade. She was joined by the Duchess, who wore a black fur hat and a plaid coat by Miu Miu.
British media reports also pointed out that Prince Harry is once again breaking with tradition, as in the past royal partners had to wait until they were married before joining the family’s Christmas celebrations.
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Christmas in Sizzling Shorts! Beyoncé Rocks Two Denim Looks in Latest Instagram Photo Shoots

Thursday marked the first official day of winter, but seasons don’t mean a thing when you’re Beyoncé.

The songstress continued her incredible string of post-pregnancy style moments in her latest Instagram posts, donning two looks centered around denim shorts that flaunted her toned legs.

Saturday’s look featured a white long-sleeved t-shirt under a yellow jacket with red lining that Beyoncé let hang off her shoulders as she posed beside a pool in a tropical detination. She glammed up the ensemble with a light blue Louis Vuitton bag, sunglasses and hoop earrings. For footwear, the singer paired red open-toed heels with pink socks.

One photo featured a close-up of Beyoncé’s hands, with the star rocking accessories on both her ring and middle fingers. The shot also displayed her altered wedding tattoo — Beyoncé and Jay-Z got Roman numeral IVs inked on their ring fingers after they got married, but some fans noticed the ink fading in 2014 before reappearing with additional lines. The slightly obscured art makes the original IV look a little more like a numeral 4 or a capital J.

The mom of three was back at it again on Sunday, sharing another round of photos in a new outfit. This time, the denim shorts were accompanied by a t-shirt and black jacket with embellishments slung over her shoulders.

Beyoncé wore her hair — perhaps her natural locks — in a high ponytail and layered up on necklaces. She further accessorized with red heels and a pair of round shades.

JAY-Z even made an appearance in one shot of the couple walking down a hallway with their backs to the camera.

Are you digging Beyoncé’s summer-meets-winter outfits for the holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments. 


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All the Details on the Royal Family’s Blue Christmas Card Outfits–and Where You’ve Seen Them Before

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Utah Family Continues Christmas Tradition with Killer Dance Moves: We Try ‘to Top it Every Year’

One Utah family is adding some extra holiday cheer to the Christmas season.

For the last five years, the Orgill family, of Highland, has pulled out all the stops during the holidays to choreograph an elaborate Christmas dance — and their displays always go viral.

This year, eight siblings, two parents, three in-laws, three nieces and a trio of dogs all banded together to perform an intricate dance routine to Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me.”

“Family goals,” Ammon Orgill captioned the family’s new video in a Facebook post. “Our family is probably bigger and more extra than yours.”

In the three-minute dance routine, the family members put on their most festive holiday sweaters and performed the routine filled with flips, sharp formations, big smiles and some serious lip-syncing.

The tradition began in 2012, as the siblings wanted to surprise their parents, Ammon Orgill, the leader of the group, told ABC News. Since then, it has become a special experience for all involved.

“It definitely takes a lot more time now,” he said of preparing for the dance. “We’re always trying to top it every year and make it more elaborate.”

Over the years, they’ve danced to hits by Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pentatonix and more.

“I have pretty high expectations,” Ammon said. “At the end of the day, we all do love it. We love spending time together and how it all brings us together.”


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Chiara Ferragni Lights Swarovski Christmas Tree in Milan

CHRISTMAS FAIRY: Chiara Ferragni is coming to town. The Italian influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection of footwear and accessories, attended the lighting ceremony of Milan’s Christmas tree on Friday.
Wrapped in a red Dior gown, Ferragni was the fairy godmother of the event as she is one of the international personalities fronting the holiday campaign of the Swarovski company, which has provided the Christmas tree to the city since 2013.
“When they asked me to star in their holiday campaign, I couldn’t believe it,” said Ferragni a few minutes before the ceremony. “We shot it back in February in New York with an exceptional cast,” she added, hinting at fellow testimonials Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Ruby Rose, Boy George, Andrés Velencoso and Bryanboy, among others.
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Tory Burch’s Dream Christmas Is…Surprising

The designer, who’d rather listen to ’90s rap than Christmas carols, shares the holiday gifts she most likes to give and to receive—and the horrible name she originally gave her company.
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Beth Ditto Kicks Off Carnival Christmas at Galeries Lafayette

CARAMEL CARNY: Carnival life at Christmas, how stylish can it get? The answer from Beth Ditto came in the form of a bright silk dress, a huge, round hair bun — jet black — and her crystal-clear voice, strong enough to cut through thumping rock music in Galeries Lafayette.
The Parisian department store’s official theme this season is “Spectacular spectacular,” a chic and sugary rendition of the carny spirit of yesteryear.
First off, the red-carpet window unveiling with the group’s executive chairman Philippe Houzé; his son, the director of image and patronage Guillaume Houzé; and Haussmann flagship director Agnès Vigneron. Crowds jostling for a glimpse of the sparkly-heeled celebrity were also served colorful scenes of rotating toy carousels and ferris wheels in the windows behind the group.
The party quickly moved indoors, away from the brisk temperatures, past policemen in full riot gear — no, their costumes were not part of the show — and just beyond a giant red and white carousel display. Tucked between the horses, the red velvet, fur and studded handbags carry price tags in the 2,000 euro range and labels like Alaïa and Miu Miu.
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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There is a reason we perform every single Christmas tradition we know today. The Christmas Tree. Hanging Stockings. Christmas Cards. Carolling. Santa Claus. Gift Giving. Egg Nog. The Yule Log. They are performed every year to remind us of the reasons of why we celebrate the season. These traditions, customs and legends are symbols of desirable qualities that embody the spirit of Christmas. They each hold a story behind them that tells about goodness, righteousness, integrity, honesty, morality and uprightness. These wonderful activities, songs and stories are actually inherited from cultures all over the world. Yes, American traditions are a rainbow of culture and it’s difficult to say which ones are uniquely American. Christmas in America is celebrated differently from family to family. The traditions that are followed and passed on from one generation to the next are totally dependent on the cultural heritage of family members. However, despite the variety of cultures and nationalities, there is an ideal Christmas tradition that seems to be accepted by many families and that is the habit of sharing the season together. Sharing food, laughter, good memories and gift-giving – these are central to the All-American Christmas celebration. This book will help you appreciate Christmas traditions as celebrated in America. We hope you will discover the true meaning in each one of them and in so doing your celebrations may be even more meaningful this year. Wherever and however you celebrate the season … may the spirit of Christmas be alive in your life. Have A Merry, Merry Christmas!

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Queen Victoria’s First Christmas: A Politically Incorrect Jamaican Footnote


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PRINCESS VICTORIA by Johann Georg Paul Fischer, 1819
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With the premier of the PBS Masterpiece series, VICTORIA, airing on the 15th, it would be remiss of me if I did not point out that the occasion had been quietly celebrated at the manor of Woolbrook Cottage* in Devon.


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Frontispiece to THE BEAUTIES OF SIDMOUTH DISPLAYED, 1816
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Woolbrook was the home of Anne, the only child of the Cators in the group portrait below and her husband, Edward Baynes, Major General of the armed forces in British North America during the War of 1812. Barely a month later, however, the spirit of the Holiday season turned to grief when the Duke of Kent, the father of the infant princess, succumbed to a cold and died of pneumonia on January 23rd, 1820.

*Now the Royal Glen Hotel

Hidden in plain sight at the Aberdeen Art Gallery in Scotland is the singular target of the most breathtaking art heist in history. But unlike the much-touted 1990 Gardner Museum robbery in Boston, this one takes the cake not only for the sophistry of its conception but the brazen presumption of the perpetrators that their actions were for the well-being of the international black community.

It will undoubtedly come as something of a shock to most that the sitters in this picture of such frightfully aristocratic elegance were the grandchildren of Mary Augier, a black Jamaican slave woman.

What has stunned the academic world as well as the media, however, is the realization that the Morses had risen rather easily, indeed, even arrogantly so, from the state of slavery to the upper echelons of British society and influence in full view of the public. The fact that they did not have to “pass” and that papa’s money proved to be all that was needed to “deconstruct” or “interrogate” the victimization paradigm that dominates, even sabotages the discourse on race is what has made this picture so intolerable in certain scholarly circles.

Considering how many more such Jamaican family histories have since come to light, certainly this one should prove a joyful revelation to viewers on both sides of “the pond,” considering what it could contribute towards the racial peace, equality and harmony which for which we strive especially at this time of the year.


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The MORSE AND CATOR FAMILIES by Johan Zoffany, 1784
Aberdeen Art Gallery

Sitting beside Anne Frances Augier Morse, the grandmother of the Hon. Henry Arthur Herbert of Muckross, Lord Lieutenant of Kerry, Ireland, is her sister, Sarah, the wife of John Cator seen standing. Their brother, Robert, is playing the cello. Similar to the relationship of their mother’s first cousin, the Hon. Frances Duff, to the Royal Family today through the Earls of Fife, Sarah was the great, great grand aunt of Elizabeth Margaret Cator who married the Hon. Michael Claude Hamilton Bowes Lyon, the brother of the “Queen Mum” in 1928.

Because it also demonstrates the relationship of this, at the time, well-known family “of color” to Queen Victoria, it should also be noted that Anne Cator Baynes, was first cousin, on the Jamaican side, to Louisa Middleton, the mother the Hon. Henry Arthur Herbert, at whose architectural masterpiece, Muckross House, Queen Victoria stayed for two days during her state visit to Ireland in 1861.


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MUCKROSS HOUSE
Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Herbert, in turn, was the uncle of Maj. General, Sir Herbert Stewart (great grandson of the 7th Earl of Galloway on his father’s side), who became the Aide de Camp to the Queen in 1882. His son, Capt. Geoffrey Stewart of the Coldstream Guards, also served the Queen as her Page of Honour. Between his sisters and his nieces, this branch of the Herberts intermarried with the Earls of Bantry, Dartrey, Minto and Ferrers as well as the Guinnesses.

Since so many of this echelon were integral members of Britain’s wealthiest and most politically influential strata of society, how could this phenomenon not have had an enabling or, at least, mitigating effect on the circumstances of their still enslaved relatives living in the Caribbean?

Herbert’s grandnephews are examples of how such individuals, in their attempts to shape or influence the development of the Nation’s imperial power and ambitions along the lines of their own interracial identities, made careers for themselves in the colonial service. Sir Hubert Edward Henry Jerningham KCMG JP DL, for instance, was Member of Parliament for Berwick, Colonial Secretary for British Honduras, Lieutenant Governor of Mauritius and Governor of Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Wasey Sterry, CBE, served with the Foreign Service in both the Sudanese and Egyptian judiciary. It would be interesting to learn what part his African ancestry played in his marriage to the granddaughter of Princess Wishan of the Tewodros Imperial Dynasty of Ethiopia.

A great many more of this West Indian ‘ilk’, a majority of them Oxbridge educated, served as high-ranking officials in either the military or overseas government bureaucracies not only in Africa and the West and East Indies, but in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to boot.

Indeed, it could be argued that the very complexity and apparently contradictory nature of these familial situations is what in many ways led not only to the cohesiveness, but the actual expansion of British influence in global affairs during the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

BLACK LIVES MATTER, especially those on whose narratives the PC Police in both academia and the media have slapped an embargo.

As remarkable a breakthrough as this one has been, it is all too obvious that what could be obtained from several hundred others would barely scratch the surface of this potential subject, and an entire corpus of colonial and racial history will now have to be re-evaluated. What the process could contribute to a far more “empowering narrative” in comparison to the preconceptions and stereotypes so many academics and media pundits push like bad drugs, is as unimaginable to the general public as the saga of the Jamaican Augiers has been until now.

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Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow To A Christmas Eve Engagement

Normally we’d mind our own biscuits, but we just heard country singer Kacey Musgraves is engaged to musician Ruston Kelly.

The “Follow Your Arrow” singer showed off her new ring on Christmas Day in an Instagram post, enthusiastically writing, “I didn’t say yes … I said HELL YESSSS!!” Apparently, Kelly proposed in Musgraves’ childhood home in Texas the night before.

The 28-year-old singer shared a video explaining how it all went down. “We had just been at my parent’s house randomly having a night of watching bittersweet old home tapes of all these beautiful family memories that were made in this little, old country house I grew up in that I now have,” she wrote in the caption. Then, Musgraves wrote, Kelly had Musgraves’ sister and brother-in-law sneak off to decorate her childhood bedroom “in the most nostalgic and perfect Christmas decorations.”

Henry Mancini’s “Two for the Road” was playing in the background, she explained, making it the perfect time for Kelly to get down on one knee.

In her original post, Musgraves called Kelly “the best man I’ve ever met.” The songstress was previously linked to her guitarist Misa Arriaga, but it seems things heated up between Kelly and Musgraves this fall. She shared a photo of herself with the Nashville-based artist several months ago, and the two walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards this November.

For his part, Kelly also seems pretty psyched.

Check out more photos of Musgraves’ very special Christmas below.

I NEVER KNEW LOVE COULD BE THIS FUN (Photos by @kellychristinesutton, of course!)

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Perfection Thank you, my love.

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Hail Mary! Broncos Fan Sacked By Security Guard On Christmas

The Denver Broncos got a big lump of coal on Christmas Day when the Kansas City Chiefs gave ‘em a good ol’ fashioned American drubbing ― they lost 33-10, and even my mom was embarrassed for them. But it was a Broncos fan who suffered the worst sack of the game.

With a few seconds left in the third quarter on Sunday, a Kansas City security guard deployed a diving, crushing tackle on the fan as he ran across the field.

During the national broadcast of the game, Westwood One radio’s Kevin Harlan celebrated the sack with a hilarious play-by-play (watch and listen here).

“Merry Christmas, my friend!” Harlan exclaimed, after predicting that the downed fan would spend the night in jail.

Luckily, there are a lot more recordings of Harlan calling play-by-plays when fans take the field. Take the Jets game earlier this month:

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‘Doctor Who’ New Season Trailer Released in Advance of Christmas Special

BBC America has a gift for “Doctor Who” fans. A trailer for the upcoming season was released Christmas Day in advance of the Doctor’s traditional Christmas special, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. The trailer for the new season set to premiere in April introduces Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, the Doctor’s new traveling companion…. Read more »

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Jodie Sweetin, Fuller House, Season 3 PromoWell, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have another shot at reuniting with their Full House co-stars: Fuller House has been renewed for a third season by Netflix.
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Duchess of Cambridge Attends Christmas Church Service in Englefield, England

FAMILY AFFAIR: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke with tradition and spent Christmas with the Middleton family for the first time, attending a Christmas service at St. Mark’s Church near the duchess’ hometown, in Englefield, Berkshire.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte also joined the royal couple at the service, for the first time.
The duchess wore a Hobbs fitted burgundy coat with a fur collar and leather trim. Princess Charlotte was dressed in a dark coat and matching burgundy tights while Prince George wore a double-breasted gray topcoat with velvet trim.

The Duchess of Cambridge in a Hobbs coat and Princess Charlotte. 
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The young royals have been keeping busy throughout the holiday period. Most recently, they attended the Christmas party for the youth charity “Heads Together,” which supports children with mental health issues.
In past years the royal couple has spent Christmas day at the Queen’s country home at Sandringham. The Queen, who recently revealed that she will be passing on some of her patronages to younger members of the royal family, did not attend the traditional Christmas service as she is recovering from a heavy cold, as is her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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EXCLUSIVE: PUTIN’S CHRISTMAS DAY PHONE CALL TO DONALD TRUMP

Blogger’s note. On December 25, 1991, less than two hours before announcing his resignation as president of a Soviet Union that was breaking up into a commonwealth of independent republics, Mikhail Gorbachev telephoned President George H.W. Bush to say how much he had appreciated working with him for the sake of international order, how ready he was to see Boris Yeltsin succeed him as leader of Russia, and how much he expected that leaders of all the former Soviet republics–especially Russia–would “move forward with recognition and respect for the sovereignty that each has.” Since the New York Times has just published a transcript of this final phone conversation between Gorbachev and G.H.W. Bush , I’m happy to furnish a transcript (brilliantly hacked by an operative known to me only as Shaggy Bear) of the first telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin, current President of the Russian Federation, and President-elect Donald Trump. By remarkable coincidence, this conversation also occurred on Christmas Day.

VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH PUTIN: Donald, my dear friend. It is good to hear your voice.

D.T. And yours too, Didi–because this call tells me how much you love me. You know it’s amazing how many world leaders have been calling lately. They all love me. It’s just a beautiful thing. A beautiful thing to be loved by so many important and powerful people, even though–between you and me, Didi, you understand?–some of them are not really so beautiful as you and I are. Believe me, I’ve seen those pics of your bare pecs. You’re really ripped! Who’s your trainer?

V.V.P. We’ll get to that, Donald. One thing at a time. Let me first wish you and your whole family a Merry Christmas–in the face and in the teeth of the war against Christmas that I’m told is raging over there in America. You won’t get any weasel words from me–no Happy Holidays or Best Wishes of the Season. You and I believe in Christmas, in Christianity, and for us the only war to be fought at Christmas time or anytime is the war against Muslims–right? That’s where we stand together and fight together. The fewer Muslims there are in Russia, in Chechnya, in America, and everywhere else, the merrier the whole world will be. The merriest thing we could do is get rid of them all. So Merry Christmas, my friend!

D.T. Couldn’t have said it better myself! Merry Christmas to you too. And before I forget, I can’t thank you enough for siccing your hackers on the Democratic National Committee here and hanging out all those files like Christmas stockings to show just how hard the DNC tried to sink Bernie Sanders and prop up Crooked Hillary. Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear–cuddly cubs of the great Russian bear! Tell those cubs how much I love them both, because of course I know how much they love me. They did great things for my campaign. HUUUUGE.

V.V.D. You’re very welcome, Donald. And I can’t tell you how warmly I welcome your election to the presidency. Because I know you can help us solve a lot of problems quickly. Just making Rex Tillerson Secretary of State will be a great start.

D.T. Right you are, Didi. I know that Rex has become a great friend of yours, and believe me, I’m just as eager as he is to help you drill for oil in Siberia. Doing that would be a huge win for both of us. HUUUUGE. All we have to do–all I have to do– is scrap the fucking sanctions. And I can tell you that’s up at the top of my list, right up there with repealing Obamacare, gutting the EPA, ending the war on Christmas, and ending the war on coal.

By the way, you know as well as I do why we imposed the sanctions in the first place: because a few politically correct pinheads over here and in the UN didn’t like what you did in Crimea and Ukraine. Look, Didi, as far as I’m concerned, Crimea is much better off under your great leadership than it ever was before, and I would say the same about all Ukraine, not just the part that your people have so far heroically liberated from its corrupt and incompetent leaders. All this nonsense about respecting the independence of your neighbors. Garbage! You should never have been sanctioned at all for adopting Crimea and getting into Ukraine. You should be rewarded for making them great again! And rewarding you is just what I plan to do once I get into the White House. #nomore sanctions #fullscaledrillinginSiberia #fulltwitterspeedahead!

V.V.D. Thank you so much, Donald. It’s amazing how much we think alike.

D.T. And I’ll tell you where else we think alike, Didi: Syria. What you’ve done over there is beautiful, just beautiful. Along with Assad, you’ve just about wiped out the opposition. Thanks to your bombing, they’re out of Aleppo at last–I mean those that survived, of course. And Aleppo now presents a golden opportunity: ruins as far as the eye can see. Those ruins will have to be REBUILT! If only I were thirty years younger–hell, twenty years younger–I’d be over there in a flash raising new Trump towers all over town.

You know, the crazy thing about our dealings with Syria is that we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars–hell, billions–funding the opposition when we don’t even know who the hell they are, except we do know that some of them are Al Qaeda and a lot of them are terrorists. We tried to find and train the so-called “moderate” opposition and ended up getting nowhere. There is no moderate opposition in Syria. There’s the government and its enemies, who are all mixed up with terrorists. And you and I know which side we’re on.

Let me tell you, Didi. I like strong leaders like you and Assad, guys who know how to crush their enemies and stay in power. And I like leaders who go after radical Islamic terrorists, because just about the only thing I hate worse than those terrorists is crooked Hillary.

V.V.D. What can I say, Donald–except that I’m freshly amazed by how much we agree?

D.T. But there’s just one little thing, Didi. One thing we might disagree on.

V.V.D. And what is that, Donald?

D.T. Nukes.

V.V.D. Nukes? What’s the problem? Just because our RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile can strike you anywhere in the U.S. with ten independently targetable nuclear warheads, you’re getting nervous, Donald?

D.T. Didi, something tells me this could be the beginning of a beautiful arms race.

V.V.D. Da, Mr. President. You’re absolutely right. Crappy New Year!

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The Kardashians Canceled Their Christmas Card, But Went Full Speed Ahead With The Festivities

If you’ve been patiently waiting for the annual Kardashian Christmas card, it’s just not happening this year. Christmas has officially come and gone without the first family of reality TV releasing a traditional holiday photo. 

Of course, since Kim Kardashian is still adjusting after she was robbed in Paris this past October, and Kanye West was only recently released from hospital ― not to mention all the drama between Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna ― we can’t say we’re surprised the family skipped what was really just another excuse for yet another elaborate photoshoot. 

Still, this isn’t the first year, the family has skipped the sending out the card. Following their most over-the-top Christmas card ever, shot by David LaChapelle in 2013, Kim told Glamour UK that they “ran out of time” in 2014. 

So while a card isn’t in the cards this year, that doesn’t mean the Kardashians didn’t keep up with their other holiday traditions.

On Saturday night, the family gathered together for matriarch Kris Jenner’s annual Christmas Eve party, where guests wore their sparkliest attire and were treated to performances by John Legend and Babyface, according to The Daily Mail. 

Though Kim has yet to make a real return to social media herself, she was spotted enjoying herself in her sisters’ Khloe and Kylie’s Snapchat stories. 

She's backkkk #KimKardashianWest @kimkardashian via @khloekardashian's #snapchat

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Audi R8 V10: Dreaming of a Loud Christmas

Audi’s supercar is one of the few remaining with an unabashedly thrumming, aspirated engine. Dan Neil hears it roar.
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Pope Francis Speaks Out Against the Commercialization of Christmas in Midnight Mass

Pope Francis led the annual Christmas Eve Mass, known as the Midnight Mass, in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday.

To ring in Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Sistine Chapel choir sang “Gloria” and the basilica’s bells rang out across Rome.

In his homily, Francis urged his flock to reflect on how children today aren’t always allowed to lie peacefully in a cot, loved by their parents as Jesus was, but rather “suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity,” according to the Associated Press.

“Let us allow ourselves to be challenged by the children who are not allowed to be born, by those who cry because no one satiates their hunger, by those who do have not toys in their hands, but rather weapons,” he said.

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In another appeal, Francis called for the faithful to not get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas – “when we are concerned for gifts but cold toward those who are marginalized.” Materialism has “taken us hostage this Christmas,” he said. “We have to free ourselves of it!”

The Pope, who celebrated his 80th birthday last week, delivered Christmas greetings to Vatican employees and their families on Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

Saturday’s late night Mass, which was live streamed at 3:15 p.m. ET, was the first major event of the Christmas season, followed by the Pope’s noon Urbi et Orbi (To the city and the world) blessing on Christmas Day.


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From my head down to my Coca-Cola red toes, I love Christmas. For me, it truly is the most wonderful time of year–until I go and ruin it with self-inflicted to-do lists, saying “yes” to one (or five) too many parties, and, in general, cramming too much into one measly month.

For a lot of us, Christmas has become paradoxical: we’re supposed to be happy, but we’re stressed. Some of us let the busyness get the better of us.

Others throw the baby out with the bathwater and bah-humbug their way through the holidays. Yeah, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to do Christmas, but the last thing I want is to cross over from jolly bustle into huffing about. So over the years, I’ve been studying this thing called keeping Christmas, seeking to reconcile a serious case of COD with the quest for a meaningful holiday. (See more about this at goldenhours.net.) I’ve come up with a list of rules, if you will, to not only keep the season sane–but to savor it. Be warned: These are not ordinary rules, the kind you have to follow. They’re anti-rules, really, developed to give yourself a big, fat break.

1. Procrastination is good for perfectionists.
You feel pressure to have all the gifts bought and wrapped and your house decked out by December 1. But just because your neighbor’s had his inflatable Rudolph up since the day after Halloween doesn’t mean you’re behind. Ask your parents or grandparents–folks used to take their time about these things–and take pleasure in them. Go easy. I’m enjoying adding touches of Christmas in stages, appreciating every step. And I find that if I go s-l-o-w-l-y, I resist the temptation to pile on, doing more and more because I “have time.”

2. Get yourself a Christmas accountability partner. (I’m dead serious.)
Pick someone who, like you, has at least a touch of COD. My partner in Christmas crime (and now in goldenhours.net) and I have been in cahoots for 12 years–we kick off the start of December with an Advent coffee to provide each other with reality checks. Throughout the month, we shoot texts or emails back and forth, offering encouragement or confessions. “I did get a little overwhelmed Monday night–can’t even remember why now,” my friend wrote. “But it was a very near Christmas-spirit-fail and took a great long talk with Philip, including a bunch of strategizing for the following day, in what he’s now calling The Battle for Christmas. ‘Keep your powder dry!’ he told me as he was leaving the next morning. ‘And hold the line!’

3. Don’t do anything–anything–that can wait until January.
No pet immunizations, dermatologist visits, house repairs, flossing. I jot down these hateful details and stuff them in a drawer, where they belong, until after Twelfth Night. Workaday will come soon enough.

4. Make a list and check it twice. No, I’m not talking about a to-do list–more of a to-don’t list. After the glittery haze clears and every last pine needle is vacuumed, I write down what worked and what didn’t during Christmas. Falling under the category of 2015’s don’t bothers: roasting chestnuts (no one ever eats them). You’ll want to pull your list out in late November–before your plans spiral out of control. Sometimes I go as far as to write a letter to next year’s self. Dear Crazy Lady, Remember the night you squashed the kids’ cut-out cookie project by yelling at them for getting sugar all over the kitchen floor? You’d been to the mall that afternoon. Do. Not. Go. To. The. Mall. Online ordering or small, local shops or nothing, okay? You hate the mall, especially at Christmastime. So just don’t.

5. Prioritize (Duh).
As much as I’d like to, I can’t go to every party. Two nights in a row of extreme socializing (for this introvert) is not a recipe for success. (My liver needs a rest, too.) Some gatherings are glaringly optional–the friend of a friend’s tacky sweater party–while others I wouldn’t miss for the world. But I think hard before I tear myself away from hearth and home. It can be a war zone out there.

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Guy’s Mom Told Him To ‘Sober Up’ And Send His Own Christmas Cards, And He Did

Like all reliable children, when John Cessna receives a request from his mother, he grants that request. Take this photo edit job for example: John’s mother asked if he could fix it since his grandmother’s eyes were closed.

John happily obliged.

In 2008, John’s mom had another request. She asked him to “sober up” and start sending his “own Christmas cards to family and friends.”

Cessna, of course, did not let his mother down, making a custom Christmas card every year since, as she had asked. And, by making them all really awesome, he didn’t let the internet down either.

Thank you, John Cessna. Thank you.

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Duchess of Cambridge Attends ‘Heads Together’ Charity Christmas Party

PRETTY IN PRINT: The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out Monday afternoon to attend the Christmas party for youth charity, Heads Together.
She wore a midi dress adorned in a festive poppy print for the occasion and was quick to join the charity’s staff to make paper decorations for the party.
The duchess was joined by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who also received training by the charity’s team on how to support young people coping with homelessness or having suicidal thoughts.

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The royal trio then took part in an online chat about counseling and presented an award for the charity’s volunteer of the year, at the party.
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Chance The Rapper Celebrates The Last Christmas Before Donald Trump With Run-DMC Spoof

Chance the Rapper marked what will be President Barack Obama’s last holiday season in office by spoofing Run-DMC’sChristmas in Hollis” track on “Saturday Night Live.”

The hip-hop star joined forces with regular “SNL” cast members Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones for the music video of the catchy “Jingle Barack” song. There was even a cameo appearance by the real-life DMC, aka Darryl McDanielstoward the end.

But the upbeat number came with a serious message, principally a warning of what will happen this time next year — once President-elect Donald Trump is in the White House.

“Hey kids enjoy the presents while you can, because next year you might get a bomb from Iran,” rapped Thompson, with Chance later adding: “I’mma hurt myself before we lose Obamacare.”

Check it out in the clip above and see Run-DMC’s original video below:

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Can Ugly Christmas Sweaters Get Any Uglier? (Fingers Crossed)

Can you remember a time when Christmas sweaters weren’t intentionally ugly?

A time when the ugliness was based purely on the hideous patterns and garish colors, and not on elements like edgy humor?

Me either.

These days, it’s not the holiday season until the first ugly Christmas sweater is taken out of moth balls.

We know people who spend months searching for a jumper that is cringeworthy enough to win an ugly Christmas sweater contest. 

That’s where HuffPost Weird News comes in. We’ve done our due diligence to find the most tasteless, insulting, loveably awful and, yes, ugly Christmas sweaters available this year.

You’re sure to win the big prize with these beauties.

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The Christmas Cats Of Instagram Are Coming Out To Play

It’s the meowst wonderful time of the year.

And with the holidays fast approaching, these #ChristmasCatsOfInstagram are getting into the festive spirit (although some more reluctantly than others).

Prepare yourself for an onslaught of cute cats and kittens dressed in Yuletide attire:

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New year is coming soon, babies #clevercat #sweetcat #scottishcat #scottishfold#christmascatsofinstagram

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Almost Never Made It To Television

In 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuted on CBS, with over 15 million people tuning in for the first showing. Over the next five decades, millions more watched the story of a few, still mostly hairless, kids who go on a quest to find the true meaning of celebrating Christmas.

Although the multigenerational resonance of this television special now seems fated, the fact that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” even made it on TV was actually so serendipitous that it’s almost easy to believe some divine, jolly red-suited figure intervened to guide its path.

The Huffington Post spoke on the phone with producer Lee Mendelson about how CBS execs, animator Bill Melendez, and Mendelson himself thought the final product was a disaster before it aired.

“When it was all finished, we thought we’d ruined Charlie Brown,” said Mendelson, who now ― comfortably sitting atop half a century of “Charlie Brown” success, acclaim and syndication money ― can talk openly about the time he thought he’d irrevocably tank cartoonist Charles Schulz’s franchise.

This special was the very first time Schulz had allowed an animator — in this case, Melendez — and producer to try to turn the Charlie Brown–centered “Peanuts” comic strip into a video feature. The stakes were high to not destroy Schulz’s successfully syndicated comic about a kid who couldn’t kick a football or learn to switch up his wardrobe from a yellow and black shirt.

In the alternate timeline where “A Charlie Brown Christmas” actually was a flop, the Halloween and Thanksgiving specials certainly would’ve never been made.

“If you go back and look over the years, very, very few comic strips ever went beyond one network special,” said Mendelson, explaining the concern this apparent disaster of a special could cause for the brand. “They’d get one shot and be gone.”

Adding to Mendelson’s guilt at the time was that he was the one who roped Schulz into the deal with advertising group McCann Erickson to create this special, which Coca-Cola would sponsor.

(As an aside, Schulz, Melendez and Mendelson were fully aware that it was strange their movie was championing anti-commercialism, while a corporate giant made that movie possible. “The whole thing was a paradox,” said Mendelson. “It was all kind of mixed together and we all went marching forward realizing the paradox involved, as did Coca-Cola.”)

Mendelson had first become friends with Schulz after he cold-called the cartoonist to pitch making a documentary about him. Both of them happened to live in the San Francisco area, and the producer simply found Schulz’s number listed in the phone book. The two bonded over a love for baseball, in particular San Francisco Giants star Willie Mays, who was the subject of another of Mendelson’s documentaries.

Nobody ended up buying the film Mendelson made about Schulz, but their known relationship caused McCann to give Mendelson a call to see whether Schulz had any interest in making a Christmas special.

“I frankly just lied and said, ‘Oh, yes, we’ve talked about it quite a bit,’” said Mendelson. McCann wanted an outline for Coca-Cola by the next week, which Mendelson promised he could give them ― based on nothing.

“I hung up the phone, stared at the phone for a few minutes, then I picked it up and called Mr. Schulz and I said, ‘I think I just sold “A Charlie Brown Christmas,”’” explained Mendelson. “And he said, ‘What in the world is that?’ And I said, ‘It’s something you’re going to write tomorrow.’ And again, there was another 10-second pause and he said, ‘OK, come on up, we can do it.’”

They called up Melendez and the three made the outline for the special in just one day. “The final show that came out was just about the same show we outlined that first day, never really changed it at all,” said Mendelson.

The final major component of the movie was filled in an equally happenstance way, as Mendelson heard a song by San Francisco musician Vince Guaraldi in a cab. He hired the local for the project. 

“It was just one of those surreal things that comes together,” said Mendelson. “Like Vince Guaraldi ― where does he live? ― he lives in San Francisco. What’re the odds of that happening? I don’t know if you call that fate or serendipity or what, but why we all ended up in San Francisco, I will never know.”

But if, in retrospect, the combination of these people seems like destiny, at the time it certainly felt like a mess.

Mendelson and Melendez both thought that the special was too slow and that the inclusion of religion would not go over well.

“When [Schulz] said, ‘You know, we’re going to have Linus read from the Bible,’ Bill and I looked at each other and said, ‘Uh oh, that doesn’t sound very good,’” said Mendelson. “But then Schulz said, ‘Look, if we’re going to do this, we should talk about what Christmas is all about, not just do a cartoon with no particular point of view.’”

Schulz also vehemently opposed Mendelson’s suggestion that there be a laugh track, given this was a cartoon.

The execs at CBS ended up having the same thoughts as Mendelson and Melendez, while also believing the music was a bad fit. But Schulz’s team turned in the finished work just a bit over a week before the scheduled airdate, and so changes weren’t an option.

“[The CBS execs] thought the kids were using big words,” said Mendelson. “They didn’t get the jazz music, and so they said, ‘Well, we’ll put it on the air, not much we can do about it. It’s in TV Guide, we’ll put it on, it’s not going to hurt anything.’”

It may seem strange that Schulz agreed to risk the longevity of his career to make such a unique special that went against the conventional wisdom of the time, but Mendelson explained it was a move in line with Schulz’s nature.

“He was very competitive always ― in sports, or being the best comic strip or whatever,” said Mendelson. “So looking back, I can see where he would say, ‘Come on, we can do it.’ He was very confident in it, but he took an enormous risk.”

Just like Charlie Brown fought for his authentic Christmas tree, or just like Schulz fought for his vision, sometimes you’ve got to believe you’re the one with the right idea in a room full of doubters.

“Charlie Brown endures bullying and keeps fighting back ― [this message] is so important today,” concluded Mendelson. “Over the past 50 years, I’ve heard from so many different minority groups that identify with Charlie Brown and his struggle. His struggle is like their struggle. If there’s any way that Charlie Brown’s success can wave the flag for the bullied, then I think that’s a good thing.”

As all the characters yell at the end of the special, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.”

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Pentatonix’s Mitch Grassi Sounds off on the Group’s Christmas Special, the Grammys and Dolly Parton

Christmas is coming early this year for Pentatonix fans.

The musicians are hosting their first-ever primetime Christmas special A Pentatonix Christmas on Dec. 14 on NBC, and it will be equipped with “a lot of singing, lots of performances, some really amazing legendary celebrity guests and a little bit of comedic elements,” vocalist Mitch Grassi tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“Christmas and a cappella just go so well together,” he continues. “I think it’s because a cappella is all about joining together in harmony, just your voices, and Christmas is also about celebrating and being joyful and unity and family and togetherness.”

And joining the a cappella group on their special night will be musical legends Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, and Grassi says the group is “so grateful to have people of that magnitude on our show.”

Pentatonix released their second full-length holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas in October after their first Christmas album That’s Christmas To Me in 2014 “did so well,” adds Grassi.

“There’s just nothing like having that quintessential holiday album that you can play with your family year after year, so we wanted to create something like that, but we also wanted to throw in some surprises, so we’re doing some original music like a cover of a Kanye West song, ‘Coldest Winter,’” he says.

Grassi adds of digging up some holiday hits: “It wasn’t easy finding more Christmas songs to put on this album, but I think we found some songs that really inspired us that we could take and make completely our own.”

Once the group wraps up their year, they will be in full-fledged Grammy mode; they were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their track “Jolene” with Parton.

“ means the world,” says Grassi of the nomination. “It’s very reaffirming that the work we’ve been putting in this year and all these years has not gone unnoticed.”

He adds of working with Parton: “ just so grounded and so humble. If you didn’t know who she was already, you’d just think she’s this sweet country girl. She’s just so simple and such a happy person. It’s very inspiring. She’s also very professional as well. She’s such a legend in that regard. It never really got to her head. It’s awesome.”

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Military Wife Finds A Creative Way To Include Husband In Christmas Card

Husband and father of four Brandon Sistrunk won’t be home for the holidays this year, but that didn’t stop his wife Ashley from making sure they posed for their family Christmas card together.

Brandon is a staff sergeant in the Air Force currently deployed overseas in Iraq. Ashley and their four kids live thousands of miles away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, so she needed to get creative to make the group shot a reality.

Ashley’s mother took a photo of her and the kids, and a military friend of Brandon’s took a picture of him. Ashley then stitched the two images together in Photoshop and shared it with friends on social media. It was picked up by local news station KKTV 11 on Saturday and has since gone viral.

“Having a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It’s just a whole other level of emotions,” she said

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Ashley also told KKTV that life as a military wife has been tough on her and the kids. Brandon was deployed during three of the children’s births and was unable to make it home.

“We tell the kids, ‘Yes, other kids have their daddy home right now,’” she said. “But their daddy is out being a superhero, keeping our country safe and that’s important ― that’s an important job.”

On Instagram, Ashley said that the holidays are a particularly difficult time for the family. 

“I hate wanting to wish away a holiday,” she wrote. “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, but with Brandon gone and the kids begging to have him home on Christmas, it just won’t be the same. I know we are supposed to ‘live for today!’, but I wish I could wake up tomorrow and have it be late January!”

Fortunately, Brandon is set to return home to his family early next year. 

“[The kids] adore him,” Ashley told FOX21. “He will do anything for them. So I miss him actually being able to come home at the end of the day and they yell ‘Daddy!’”

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Moana Holds Off Office Christmas Party to Remain Box Office Champ

Disney’s Moana continues to perform well at the domestic box office, claiming the top spot for the third week in a row with $ 18.8 million over the weekend.

The animated film’s domestic total currently stands at an impressive $ 145 million. Disney, which has made more money this year than any company ever, is looking to continue its great 2016 run with the imminent arrival of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16.

Newcomer Office Christmas Party, the R-rated comedy from Paramount starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and T.J Miller, placed second with $ 17.5 million over the weekend. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, it’s a solid result considering its $ 45 million budget. Paramount is expecting Office Christmas Party to have the same longevity as last year’s Sisters, another R-rated comedy which ended up earning a total of $ 87 million domestically.

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The Most Breathtaking, Inspiring Christmas Trees Of 2016

Putting up a Christmas tree is a cherished holiday ritual for many families around the globe. But the tradition has changed drastically over the years.

Wealthy German families began bringing trees into their homes during Christmastime in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The trees were often decorated with wax candles, sweets, and apples. It was a magical sight, but also a real fire hazard.

The creation of the first light bulb changed the tradition dramatically. During Christmas of 1880, the inventor Thomas Edison hung a strand of electric lights outside his laboratory in New Jersey. In 1882, his friend and partner Edward H. Johnson had the idea to string 80 red, white and blue light bulbs around his Christmas tree.

Decades later, Christmas trees have evolved into fantastic displays of creativity, featuring thousands of multi-colored electric lights and strings. From Tokyo to Bethlehem, here are some of 2016’s most over-the-top Christmas trees.

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Why Pope Francis’ Christmas Card This Year Has Two Baby Jesuses

Every year, Pope Francis digs into the Catholic church’s centuries-old treasure trove of religious art and chooses an image for the front of his Christmas card. 

For Christmas 2016, Francis has chosen a scene from a fourteenth-century fresco painted by the artist Giotto di Bondone inside a church in Assisi, Italy.

The image has all the usual hallmarks of a modern-day nativity scene ― shepherds, angels, animals, and the Virgin Mary. But take a closer look and you’ll realize that there’s something a little odd about this Christmas tableau.

There are two baby Jesuses ― one held by Mary and another held by a midwife sitting underneath her. 

According to the National Catholic Register, this 1313 fresco is one of few in the world that uses two little children to represent Jesus, whom Christians believe is the son of God. The Catholic site reports that Giotto painted Jesus twice to illustrate two sides of his nature ― the human and the divine.

The two midwives at Mary’s feet are embracing and supporting one of the babies. A representative for the church’s convent, Enzo Fortunato, said in a statement that this emphasizes the idea that Jesus is not a stranger to the world, but “part of the humanity to which we belong,” according to an NCR translation. 

Both babies are wrapped tightly in swaddling clothes, which Fortunato said recalls the need to “alleviate the suffering of others.” 

It’s also significant that the fresco is located at Assisi, the same town where the pope’s namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, was born. Fortunato told Ansa that Pope Francis chose the painting from Assisi because “St. Francis was the one who invented the Nativity scene.”

In fact, according to an early biography, St. Francis of Assisi staged the very first nativity scene in 1223, as a way to share the message of Christmas with his neighbors. Catholic worship services were only said in Latin during that time, which most laypeople didn’t understand. So St. Francis set up a manger with hay and live animals, and invited people to come take a look while he shared the story of Jesus’ birth.

Fortunata suggested that the nativity practice started by St. Francis was part of the saint’s vision to reach all levels of society ― the rich and poor, literate and illiterate.

In the end, Giotto’s Nativity isn’t a surprising art choice for Pope Francis ― a leader who has made it his mission to find ways to reach out to the margins of his church.

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