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Salvation Army starting early in effort to ‘rescue Christmas’

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Salvation Army kettles are as much a part of the Christmas season as festive lights and caroling. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the organization is getting an early start on this year’s ...

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Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving this year

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Walmart announced on Tuesday it will close all of its stores on Thanksgiving this year. The move shocked retail analysts who point to a trend in recent years in which Black Friday ...

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Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas messages reveal importance of faith in her life

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Although Great Britain has become more secular in recent years, Queen Elizabeth has become more explicitly Christian in her messages. This is most notably addressed in her annual Christmas broadcast message, a ...

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Small Missouri town of Noel widely known as “The Christmas City”

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Still haven’t sent out your Christmas cards? There’s still time and there’s a town that will help. One of the most popular places in the world each Christmas is the small Ozarks ...

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Little Women is faithful to the classic with a modern energy

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It’s not your typical Christmas blockbuster but it’s no less anticipated by many who prefer good dialog and stories over special effects. Little Women, now showing, is getting kudos for a storyline ...

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Pete Buttigieg rewrites Christmas story: Jesus now a refugee

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Just weeks after attempting to woo black voters in a South Carolina church, Democrat primary candidate Pete Buttigieg is drawing scorn from Christians and others for suggesting Jesus was a refugee. “Today ...

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Actor Gary Sinise takes family members of fallen soldiers to Disney World

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Actor Gary Sinise is making the holidays season brighter for the families of fallen soldiers. Sinise, known for his role as Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump”, recently took family members on a ...

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NASA’s Christmas message in 1968

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In December 1968, NASA launched the first manned mission to the moon. No one, not even the astronauts aboard, was certain that they’d be able to return safely.  Their journey, the most ...

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Do atheists attend church on Christmas?

The country seems more and more divided between people of faith and those who consider themselves agnostics and atheists. Many people who are nominally religious and even agnostic may still celebrate the ...

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Tofu for Christmas?!

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Thinking of the increased stress we can feel during the holiday due to the attacks on Christmas itself, in particular the push to wipe out the focus of Christ.  This movement to ...

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New book is about the ‘Characters of Christmas’

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With its sparkly lights, piles of gifts, and heartwarming sentiments, it’s easy to become caught up in the flurry of activity at Christmas, forgetting about Who is at the center of it ...

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‘Home Alone’ and ‘Diehard’ compete for most Googled Christmas movies

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Forget about Christmas carols, Santa Claus and sleigh rides. When choosing Christmas movies, many Americans prefer to watch a film about a kid defending his home against burglars or a terrorist attack ...

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It’s possible to celebrate the season without debt

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Nearly one in 10 Americans is still paying off debt from Christmas shopping – in 2018. Even with the strongest economy in 50 years, many consumer still purchase more than they can ...

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“Christmas at the ‘Chateau’ on Showtime filmed in St. Joseph with local cast and crew

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Christmas movies seem to air around the clock at this time of year, but a new romantic comedy on Showtime will hit close to home for local viewers. “Christmas at the Chateau” ...

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The profound loneliness of Christmas

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If you are blessed with a generally happy Christmas, treasure it enough to share it with someone who might not be. Consider this my public-service announcement, one for all the grinches, the ...

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Post Office bans customized religious stamps

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The post office doesn’t want your religious stamps. A graphic designer has filed a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service (USPS) alleging that the federal agency had violated the First Amendment when it barred ...

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Gospel for Asia brings Christmas hope to Asia’s forgotten children

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Millions of “unwanted” children in Asia crave ”the gift of love and hope” this Christmas. They’ll find that and more thanks to Gospel for Asia (GFA) — as it launches a Christmas ...

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What was so significant about the virgin birth?

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The centerpiece of the Christmas season is the birth of Jesus.  Popular Christmas songs, various figurine displays and holiday sermons all make it prominent.  But what is it about Jesus’ birth specifically, ...

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Preparing for a Healthy and Happy Christmas

The Christmas holiday: many of us look forward to this time of year with hearts of excitement as we anticipate time spent with loved ones. But just as the excitement and joy ...

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Missouri offers numerous choices for celebrating Christmas season

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Missourians don’t have to travel far to get into the Christmas spirit. The website OnlyInYourState.com offers these suggestions for cities in the Show-Me State. St. Charles celebrates the holidays in a huge ...

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Where does your state rank in Christmas spirit?           

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In a recent study sponsored by CenturyLink, analysts used a number of statistics on Christmas cheer broken down into two categories — online activity and area culture. Under online activity, the study ...

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Hallmark Channel decisions on ads have now angered all sides in culture wars

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Another large company has given conflicting messages in the culture wars. Chick-fil-A was accused of changing its giving practices in response to criticism, and now the Hallmark Channel has reversed course and ...

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Church of Scientology in Kansas City offers Christmas display despite not believing in Jesus

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Although the Church of Scientology doesn’t believe in the deity of Jesus, it apparently believes in celebrating Christmas. It recently opened a Winter Wonderland display near its new headquarters at 18th St. and ...

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Town collects more Operation Christmas Child boxes than their population

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Children around the world are excitedly opening their Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes thanks to a small farming community that came together. With a population of just 1,300 people, Belle, Missouri did the ...

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Kanye West debuts new opera, ‘Mary’ for Christmas

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The new opera Mary, produced by Kanye West, debuted this weekend in Miami to rave reviews. The production is a follow-up to “Nebuchadnezzar,” his first opera production that played in Los Angeles. West’s ...

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