Entries in Christmas (11)


Matt Damon Celebrates Christmas a Day Early

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon has his own holiday traditions, and one of them is celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The Promised Land actor said on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael that because his wife is Argentinean, his family celebrates the holiday on Christmas Eve, because that's what they do in her country.

"I always [celebrated] Christmas morning," the 42-year-old actor told co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. "You wake up and Santa Claus came."  But since they celebrate on Christmas Eve now, he laughs, "I can't quite explain to the kids how, during dinner, Santa Claus came in the other room and put all the presents down."

Damon, who is a father to four daughters, also shared his New Year's resolution. "It's usually the same. I just try to be a better dad and a better husband," he said.

Promised Land hit theaters on Dec. 28.

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Rihanna Offered $8 Million to Turn On Christmas Lights

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Rihanna has a chance to earn $8 million by simply showing up at a London shopping center next month to turn on some Christmas lights and sing a few songs.  The Sun reports the singer has been asked to flick a switch to turn on Christmas lights at the Westfield shopping center, just across from the Olympic stadium.  In return for the big payday, Rih will also be obligated to perform a mini concert for more than 20,000 people who are expected to attend the annual event.

The singer turned on the Christmas lights in 2010, with Justin Bieber doing the honors last year.

A source tells The Sun that “Rihanna’s thrilled she has been asked again.”  The source says Rih “knows it’s a big deal and is totally up for it -- if it fits with her schedule.”

Myf Ryan, marketing manager of Westfield, confirms that Rihanna has been contacted about doing the event.  Ryan tells, “The Christmas light switch-on at Westfield Stratford City is one of the highlights of the festive calendar.  This year we want to thank our loyal shoppers by giving them something they’ll never forget."

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Brad and Angelina Book Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver for Christmas Dinner 

ABC/BRANDON HICKMAN(NEW YORK) -- There are still some 91 days till Christmas, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie apparently don't want to wait until the last minute to plan their holiday dinner.  The Sun reports the couple has hired British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to cook their Christmas meal.

A source tells the newspaper, “Jamie has been pals with Brad since he was married to Jennifer Aniston and Ange likes him too.” Jamie will prepare Christmas dinner for the couple and their six kids at their mansion in Surrey, England.

The source says "Brad asked him to do it after he begged Jamie for cookery lessons last year.  Jamie tried to teach him but he’s useless in the kitchen.”

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Kate Middleton to Wear 5 Outfits for First Royal Christmas

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- No Christmas pajamas or ugly Christmas sweaters for the Duchess of Cambridge! Kate Middleton will spend her first Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham, and will reportedly wear five different outfits on Christmas Day alone.

The duchess told a fellow guest at the Sun Military Awards to honor British troops that she, “was looking forward to Christmas with Prince William’s family,” and confirmed that she would have to change her wardrobe five times, according to The Sun newspaper.

“Kate will need a casual outfit for breakfast, a smart outfit and a hat for the morning church service, a dress for lunch, a cocktail dress for early evening drinks and a full-length dress for the evening meal,” ABC News contributor Kate Nicholl told Good Morning America, explaining that the same will be required of all of the attendees at the royal Christmas.

Twenty-seven guests are expected to join the queen for Christmas at Sandringham, a 20,000 acre estate in eastern England. In a break from tradition, non-royal Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister, has also been invited to take part in the royal family’s Boxing Day pheasant shoot on Dec. 26.

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'Forbes' Picks 'Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time'

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As any movie fan will tell you, the holiday season is as much about slapping in a well-worn DVD than hanging stockings and swilling egg nog.  Now, Forbes has compiled its list of the Top Ten Best Christmas Movies of All Time.

The list is only comprised of feature films, so obvious favorites like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer were deliberately overlooked.

Here are Forbes' Top Ten Best Christmas Movies of all Time:

 1. Die Hard
 2. Brazil
 3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
 4. 1941
 5. A Christmas Story
 6. The Bishop's Wife
 7. Elf
 8. Gremlins
 9. Miracle on 34th Street
10. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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Oprah Compiles New List of 'Favorite Things'

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey ended her talk show earlier this year, but she's continuing a holiday tradition: revealing her "favorite things."

Her list of favorite items is featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

According to People magazine, which got a sneak peek, Winfrey's favorite things this year include Marigot Collection’s pajamas and cashmere robe, valued at $234 and $412, respectively; a bottle of rapper Jay-Z's champagne, valued at $300; and scented candles, valued at $45.  There are also picks from Winfrey's pals, such as Gayle King and Dr. Oz.

Although Winfrey won't be able to shower a studio audience with her favorite things this holiday season, she is holding a contest that gives readers a chance to win all of the items on her list.  More information on the contest is available at

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Andy Williams Confirms He Has Bladder Cancer, Remains Optimistic

George Napolitano/FilmMagic(BRANSON, Mo.) -- Andy Williams confirmed he has bladder cancer at a Christmas concert appearance Saturday at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo.

The 83-year-old singer remained optimistic about his diagnosis, saying the disease "is no longer a death sentence.  People are...kicking it...more and more every year.  And I'm going to be one of them," the Branson Tri-Lakes News reports.

He pledged he would celebrate 2012 as his 75th year as a performer, saying, "I'm going to do the shows I've planned to do."

Williams is known as Mr. Christmas for his timeless renditions of yuletide standards like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," as well as other classics including "Moon River."

Saturday's holiday concert marked Williams' first onstage appearance in weeks.  He sang "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," and thanked audience members for their support during his "time of need."  Branson opened the Moon River Theatre in 1992 and since then has hosted many shows at the venue.

The singer has not announced where he will receive chemotherapy, though other media reports have speculated it will take place in Houston.

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Bono Went Caroling on Christmas Eve in Dublin

Photo Courtesy - U2 [dot] com/ Interscope Records(DUBLIN, Ireland) -- On Christmas Eve, Bono treated some unsuspecting passersby on Dublin, Ireland's Grafton Street to some caroling.  Bono's singing companions were singer/songwriter Damien Rice and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard, who wrote and recorded the song "Falling Slowly" for the movie Once.

The U2 frontman led the group in a sing-a-long of "White Christmas" followed by John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," according to

This isn't the first time Bono has gone caroling during Christmas.  He also sang on Grafton Street last year to raise money for the Dublin Simon Community, a group that helps the homeless.

A video of the caroling can be seen at

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Annie Lennox on Her First Christmas Album, Holidays Growing Up

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) --  She was born on Christmas Day, so it's amazing that Annie Lennox hasn't made a Christmas album before. But this holiday season saw the arrival of her very first: A Christmas Cornucopia.

It's a collection of traditional holiday carols that Lennox sang as a child growing up in Scotland. In addition to well-known songs such as "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "The First Noel," the album features songs that are not well known in America but popular in Europe, such as "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "The Cherry Tree Carol."

"I just had the best time recording this album," Lennox told ABC News Radio. "It's just beautiful. The songs I've sang since I was a little kid have lasted with me all my life. And I just knew, one time, [I needed to] put them down for posterity."

Lennox says she's not religious, but what appeals to her about these Christmas songs is the fact that, she says, "they've been going through the decades, and whole centuries, really, and still, to this day, they are fresh and beautiful and powerful."

As a child, Lennox says that she was always fortunate enough to receive both a Christmas present and a birthday present on December 25. However, she says gifts back then were very different than they are now: "I used to hang a stocking up. This is where you get really sad, folks. I would just get a tangerine and some nuts and some of those gold pennies with chocolate inside. And that was great!"

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Americans' Favorite Holiday Films 

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(POUGHKEEPSIE, NY) -- During the holidays, many Americans will settle in to watch their favorite Christmas movie. But which movies do Americans prefer?

According to a new Marist Poll, 24 percent of Americans prefer It’s a Wonderful Life but A Christmas Story came in a close second with 23 percent.

Also making the list of holiday favorites were Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, and White Christmas.

Age, however, plays a role in what Christmas classic Americans enjoy the most. Those 18 to 29 years of age and those 30 to 44 prefer A Christmas Story, while the older age group, 60 and older, divided their votes between It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas.

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