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An Australian family set a Guinness world record for covering their home in more than half a million Christmas light bulbs.
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Kids anxious to learn when Santa would arrive got an update from a surprise guest this year when first lady Michelle Obama fielded their phone calls.
For Alabama fan Don Buckhannan the Christmas gift of a fedora just like the one the legendary Coach Bear Bryant used to wear was pretty great — and then he looked inside the hat to find tickets to the sold-out BCS national championship. He and his son Daniel talk about the thrilling surprise.
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KANEHOE, HAWAII – President Obama spent part of his last full day in Hawaii participating in an annual tradition for his wife Michelle and him: greeting Marines at the base near his vacation home here.
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Over a thousand volunteers at NORAD handle more than 100,000 thousand phone calls from children around the world every Christmas Eve as NORAD charts Santa’s progress around the globe.
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The Associated Press reports — From his toy-cluttered Brooklyn apartment, the man in the red suit was making his list and checking it twice. But he made no distinction between naughty or nice: Every child on it would receive a gift from this Santa Claus.
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Moms everywhere snap — and cherish — photos of their squishy, adorable babies. But sometimes, in the rarest of circumstances, a mother captures her own infant in an image so moving that it makes hundreds of thousands of people around the world gasp.
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People attend the Christmas lights in the Medellin river on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2012. The Medellin’s Christmas lights exhibition is one of the most impressive in Colombia.
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President Barack Obama lit a new National Christmas Tree at a traditional ceremony Thursday outside the White House that officially kicks off the holiday season in the nation’s capital.
WATCH LIVE: President Obama and his family participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House
Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris with performances by Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Fray, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor and more.