Women headline holiday movies but still face ‘celluloid ceiling’

Women play starring roles in a flurry of films that will carry through the holiday season. But when it comes to the status of women in Hollywood, as Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations suggested, it often feels like there’s a step back — or at least a pause — for every step forward.


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Olivia Culpo’s Holiday Shopping Outfit Will Get You in the Mood

Olivia Culpo’s holiday shopping outfit is giving everyone lots of ideas … for gifts. And, other things. The former Miss Universe looked catwalk-ready Friday, as she floated out of a Epione dermatology in Bev Hills, rocking a ridiculously hot pair of…

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How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology (Unabridged) – Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe

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How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology (Unabridged)

Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 28.95

Publish Date: December 4, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 HarperAudio

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Honey’s Place Releases 2018 Holiday Catalog

Honey’s Place has released its digital 2018 Holiday Buyer’s Guide.
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Last Holiday – Wayne Wang

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Last Holiday

Wayne Wang

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 2, 2006


Enjoy yourself … it's later than you think! It's advice to follow for shy New Orleans cookware salesclerk Georgia Byrd (Oscar nominee Queen Latifah) when her doctor informs her that she has less than a month to live. With news like that, it's time to give your life a serious makeover! So Georgia jets off on a dream vacation to live life like there's no tomorrow. Enjoy hearty laughs and rollicking comedic misadventures when Georgia shakes up a glamorous European resort spa while enthusiastically embracing a new look … new moves … and a new attitude! LL Cool J is the handsome suitor back home who's not about to let Georgia slip away. And Timothy Hutton, Gerard Depardieu, Alicia Witt and Giancarlo Esposito also star in this comedy hit that makes the good times last forever.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s holiday special has us craving a sitcom

You love them on Twitter and now that they have brought their awesomeness to the small screen, someone really needs to get working on a John Legend and Chrissy Teigen sitcom.


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Rei Kawakubo Corrals Gucci, Burberry, Margiela for Holiday Collabs

NEW YORK — They don’t call her “the designer’s designer” for nothing.
Rei Kawakubo convinced a fleet of marquee designers — including Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, Maison Margiela’s John Galliano and couturier Jean Paul Gaultier — to allow her to design a special holiday item, based on a clothing item, accessory or design fragment each submitted. Kawakubo’s only suggestion: something iconic.
The nine items, considered part of Comme des Garçons’ annual holiday campaign, are to go on sale today in Kawakubo’s boutique network in Japan, and then roll out to other Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market locations on Dec. 6.
The other invitees are Walter Van Beirendonck, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Marine Serre and Stüssy, telegraphing the range of Kawakubo’s cultural antennae, and her diverse tastes.
“I think it’s more than a bunch of collaborations,” said Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International and chief executive at Dover Street Market, adopting the language of the Grinch in characterizing the project as far more than the sum of its parts. “It’s about inclusivity: How people can come together and work together.” (The Grinch ultimately concluded that Christmas, more than just presents, means a little bit more.)
To be sure, only Kawakubo seems

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Fireplace For Your Home: Holiday Music Edition – Unknown

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Fireplace For Your Home: Holiday Music Edition

Unknown

Genre: Holiday

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 15, 2017


Enjoy the sights and sounds of a crackling fireplace mixed with tasteful renditions of all-time Holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, and Joy to the World.

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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (Unabridged) – Allen Salkin with Jerry Stiller

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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (Unabridged)

Allen Salkin with Jerry Stiller

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: November 7, 2006

© ℗ © 2006 Hachette Audio

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50 Shades of Dark’s Boxed Secrets Unveils Holiday Box

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Holiday Products, LELO Announce Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

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Karl Lagerfeld to Switch on Champs-Élysées Holiday Lights

FAMILY AFFAIR: After Chanel brand ambassador Lily-Rose Depp last year, Karl Lagerfeld himself will switch on the holiday lights on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris this year.
The designer, who helms Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own Karl Lagerfeld brand, is set to inaugurate the holiday decorations on the famed retail thoroughfare at a ceremony on Nov. 22 alongside Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The Comité des Champs-Élysées has joined forces again with lighting specialist Blachère Illumination, which has opted for a red color scheme with LED highlights to create sparkle. The lights will be switched on between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov. 22 to Jan. 9, and will stay on all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Galeries Lafayette on Wednesday kicked off the season, unveiling its holiday decorations in the presence of Piaget brand ambassador Jessica Chastain. The jewelry brand designed the massive Christmas tree under the historic cupola of the department store’s flagship on Boulevard Haussmann.
Rival store Printemps was set to reveal its holiday windows on Thursday in the presence of model and actress Laetitia Casta, representing French jeweler Boucheron.

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Hugo Boss Teams With Jeremyville on Holiday Capsule

Every year, Hugo Boss commissions an artist to create a special collection to commemorate the Chinese New Year and the holiday season. Some years it’s easier, like 2018, the Year of the Dog, when the German brand worked with artist Julian Meagher to create Playforever, a collection centered around race cars where a dog is featured in the driver’s seat.
But 2019 will be the Year of the Pig, which creative director Ingo Wilts admitted “was a little bit challenging. How can we do Hugo Boss and a pig in a fun way?”

The sneakers are printed with pigs and other characters. 

But when the brand found New York City-based artist Jeremyville, he soon put its fears to rest. The artist offered up a colorful cityscape featuring an array of characters, including pigs, that the brand put on accessories such as bags and shoes as well as apparel. The characters were printed onto leather accessories in a relief design, a leather backpack features a Jeremyville rabbit, and a sneaker has a raised pig motif. There are also dress shirts, sweatshirts, tees and bombers as well as figurines, charms and iPhone cases.

The Jeremyville backpack for Hugo Boss. 

“It’s a nice collaboration,” he said. “We’re quite

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It’s the Holiday Season – Martina McBride

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It’s the Holiday Season

Martina McBride

Genre: Country

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 19, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Vinyl Recordings, Inc.under exclusive license This Is Hit, Inc. d/b/a Broken Bow Records

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Alaskan Holiday: A Novel (Unabridged) – Debbie Macomber

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Alaskan Holiday: A Novel (Unabridged)

Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 20.95

Publish Date: October 2, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Random House Audio

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Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday

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Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: December 31, 1955

© ℗ 2011 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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The Decca Singles Vol. 2: 1949-1951 – Billie Holiday

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The Decca Singles Vol. 2: 1949-1951

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: November 10, 2017

© A Verve Label Group Release;℗2017 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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# Summer 2018: Driving with Jazz – Holiday, Freedom, Happiness – Jazz Music Collection, Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient & Classical Jazz Academy

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# Summer 2018: Driving with Jazz – Holiday, Freedom, Happiness

Jazz Music Collection, Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient & Classical Jazz Academy

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: July 13, 2018

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Holiday Products Expands Lingerie Category

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday – Billie Holiday

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: January 1, 2002

© ℗ 2002 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Holiday Products Now Shipping The Cowgirl, b-Vibe Cinco

Pleasure products distributor Holiday Products has announced that it is now shipping The Cowgirl and b-Vibe Cinco, both from the COTR, Inc. family of brands.
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Holiday Products Adds Industry Vet Chris Armstrong to Sales Team

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Holiday Products Inks Distro Deal for O-Wand

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The 2018 Holiday Style Guide

You don’t need much for the perfect holiday outfit. It boils down to a few staples, a few seasonal classics, and small but sophisticated embellishments. If you’re looking to put together a wardrobe that wears well at the office, a dinner party, a cold-weather date, or the family gathering, here are the essential pieces that comprise exactly that.

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Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits – Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: December 31, 1966

© ℗ 1995 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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The Essential Billie Holiday – Billie Holiday

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The Essential Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: October 26, 2010

© ℗ Originally Released 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1945 (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

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Shakira and Gerard Piqué Cuddle Up in the Cold During Their Holiday Vacation

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Jet-a-porter Puts the Focus on Dressing for Holiday, Adventures

HOLIDAY READY: Net-a-porter is putting more focus on holiday wear as it looks to answer to the needs of an increasingly global and mobile consumer who is big on experiences, travel and her social media image.
The e-tailer has launched a new category, Jet-a-porter, offering a curated selection of resort, swimwear and ski clothing. According to the company, skiwear has increased by more than half since last year. Given its significant growth trajectory, it made up almost three-quarters of Net’s Cruise 2017 buy.
“We’ve seen major growth year-on-year since launching the sports category, Net-a-sporter, in 2014 and we don’t see this slowing down any time soon,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz, Net’s global buying director.
She said that among the best-selling brands were Fendi, Perfect Moment, best known for their onesies, Moncler Grenoble and the knitwear label Chinti and Parker, which recently created an exclusive capsule for the retailer.

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She also noted a shift in consumer behavior and the increased importance of experiences as drivers of the new trend.
“As experiences have become increasingly important in consumers’ lives, so has travel and adventure. Being up in the mountains in the snow isn’t just for skiers, but for people looking for

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Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (A Greatest Hits Mysteries Holiday Short Story) – Leslie Langtry

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Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (A Greatest Hits Mysteries Holiday Short Story)

Greatest Hits Mysteries, no. 8

Leslie Langtry

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: April 27, 2015

Publisher: Gemma Halliday

Seller: Smashwords


From USA Today Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes a holiday short story featuring the Bombay Family of Assassins: It’s Christmas Eve, and huddled around the fireplace with pet Dodo in her lap, Missi Bombay tells the story about the time she and her cousins, Gin, Liv, Paris, and Cy carried out a holiday assignment on the family’s private island—Agatha Christie style. There are no Christmas stockings for the wicked. All five of the nasty targets are on Santa’s naughty list, and this year the only present they’re getting is murder. One-by-one they start dying off under mysterious and often hilarious circumstances as everyone wonders—Who Will Be Next? **This is an approximately 18,000 word/37 page short story.** Greatest Hits Mysteries available: 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1 Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2 Stand By Your Hitman – book #3 I Shot You Babe – book #4 Paradise by the Rifles Sights – book #5 Snuff the Magic Dragon – book #6 My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen – book #7 Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas – a holiday short story What critics are saying: "Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, 'Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…' one truly original and wacky novel!" ~ RT BOOKreviews "Those who like dark humor will enjoy a look into the deadliest female assassin and PTA mom's life." ~ Parkersburg News "Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense." ~ Chicago Tribune "The beleaguered soccer mom assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details." ~ Publisher's Weekly "Irreverent, witty and fun…a wild, adventurous ride!" ~ Katie MacAlister, New York Times Bestselling Author "The fast-paced romantic suspense chick lit thriller is over the top, but fans will want to follow suit as Leslie Langtry provides a satirical family drama." ~ Midwest Book Review

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Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (a Queenie Baby Holiday Novella) – Christina A. Burke

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Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (a Queenie Baby Holiday Novella)

Queenie Baby

Christina A. Burke

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: January 23, 2014

Publisher: Gemma Halliday

Seller: Smashwords


From USA Today bestselling author Christina A. Burke comes a holiday novella that will leave you ho,ho,ho-ing all season long… The only thing temp-by-day, rock-star-by night Diana Hudson hates more than karaoke is Christmas. So how did she end up spending a "Good Ol' Fashioned Family Christmas" in a spooky old house in the Pocono Mountains? Try two parts familial obligation, one part sisterly arm-twisting, and a tiny flame of Christmas spirit still burning in her humbug heart. When The Grands start communing with ghosts, and a long lost boyfriend appears on the doorstep, Diana realizes it's going to be one heck of a holiday. With a Christmas play to produce, a mystery to solve, and three miracles on the way, Diana keeps her spirits up with a steady flow of Christmas cheer–of the eggnog variety. So settle down in front of the fire, grab a cup of cheer, and join Diana and her family on the wackiest Christmas vacation ever. This is a novella, or short novel, length work of approx. 95 pages. Queenie Baby Mysteries: Queenie Baby: On Assignment – book #1 Queenie Baby: Out Of Office – book #2 Queenie Baby: On Tour – book #3 Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog – holiday novella "I love 'Queenie Baby' Diana Hudson – she's one part Stephanie Plum and one part rock goddess! I can't wait to see what she does next!" ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Genre: Soul

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: October 30, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Daptone Records

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Mistletoe and Mischief: A Collection of Magical Holiday Tales – Melanie Karsak, Margo Bond Collins, Erin Hayes, Blaire Edens, Pauline Creeden, Katie Hayoz, Evan Winters, Carrie L. Wells, Bokerah Brumley, Anna Albergucci, T. K. Bradley, Angelique Archer, J. Mills, Deb Christie, Ella Malone, Jayne Fury & Samantha Gregory

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Mistletoe and Mischief: A Collection of Magical Holiday Tales

Melanie Karsak, Margo Bond Collins, Erin Hayes, Blaire Edens, Pauline Creeden, Katie Hayoz, Evan Winters, Carrie L. Wells, Bokerah Brumley, Anna Albergucci, T. K. Bradley, Angelique Archer, J. Mills, Deb Christie, Ella Malone, Jayne Fury & Samantha Gregory

Genre: Short Stories

Publish Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Clockpunk Press

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Limited Edition Holiday Collection! Sixteen magical holiday stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This collection will whisk you from Christmas season in steampunk London to Yule celebrations with the coven to Hanukkah celebrations with a supernatural twist. Battle Krampus, ghosts, vampires, demons, and a hell of an eggnog hangover in this special collection of paranormal, horror, urban fantasy, and steampunk holiday tales. PEPPERMINT AND PENTACLES: A Steampunk Christmas Tale by Melanie Karsak (Steampunk/Gaslamp Urban Fantasy) HELL'S SILVER BELLS  by Margo Bond Collins (Urban Fantasy) A HARKER CHRISTMAS  by Erin Hayes (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy) POINSETTIAS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Southern Stones Short by Blaire Edens (Paranormal Romance) HEARTLESS IN NEW ORLEANS  by Pauline Creeden (Steampunk) ALL IS BRIGHT  by Jayne Fury (Urban Fantasy) MISTLETOE AND MONSTERS  by Katie Hayoz (Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy) THAT OLD FAMILIAR FEELING by S. K. Gregory (Urban Fantasy) 'TWAS THE NIGHT  by Evan Winters (Horror) HOLIDAY MAGIC by Carrie L. Wells (Paranormal Romance) FESTIVAL OF GASLIGHTS  by Bokerah Brumley (Steampunk/Gaslamp) THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST  by Anna Albergucci (Supernatural Fiction) DAWN by T.K. Bradley (Post-Apocalyptic) THE TOWN IN THE MOUNTAIN by Angelique Archer & J. Mills (Horror) EGGNOG & EXORCISM  by Deb Christie & Margo Bond Collins (Urban Fantasy) HIGH TIDE HOLIDAY by Ella Malone (Paranormal)

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The Best Man Holiday – Malcolm D. Lee

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The Best Man Holiday

Malcolm D. Lee

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 15, 2013


After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

© © 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Holiday Inn – Mark Sandrich

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Holiday Inn

Mark Sandrich

Genre: Musicals

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: January 1, 1942


Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in the sensational musical comedy Holiday Inn. Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds). 'Tis the season for one of the most enjoyable films of all time!

© © 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Holiday Affair – Don Hartman

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Holiday Affair

Don Hartman

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 11, 2008


Classic Christmas romantic comedy stars Janet Leigh ("Psycho," Touch of Evil") as a poor young widow torn between a boring successful businessman and a romantic ne'er-do-well. Oscar-nominee Robert Mitchum ("Cape Fear," "Crossfire") and Wendell Corey ("Rear Window," "Sorry, Wrong Number") co-star.

© © 1949 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Trolls Holiday – Joel Crawford

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Trolls Holiday

Joel Crawford

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: November 28, 2017


When the eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar, she enlists the help of Branch and the rest of the gang on a delightfully quirky mission to fix something that the Bergens don't think is broken. You can't stop the music with DreamWorks' Trolls Holiday! Trolls Holiday (26 mins) includes 3 bonus episodes! Bonus episodes include, DreamWorks Home Adventures with Tip & Oh: "Sant-Oh" (12 mins) and "Snow Day" (12 mins) and DreamWorks Dawn of the Croods: "A Gran Day Out" (24 mins).

© © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Holiday Spice: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Unabridged) – Samantha Chase

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Holiday Spice: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Unabridged)

Samantha Chase

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: November 21, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Audible Studios

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Cracked’s Holiday Gift Guide For Your Family And Loved Ones!

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Alberta Ferretti Teams With Luisa Via Roma on Holiday Sweater

MILAN — Say it with a sweater.
In keeping with the success of her Rainbow Week knits — the range of sweaters with the days of the week which made their debut on the brand’s pre-fall catwalk in January — Alberta Ferretti has developed a special style for the holiday season.
A red cashmere crewneck sweater showing the wording “Merry Christmas” in ivory-white will be sold in exclusive at luxury online fashion shopping destination luisaviaroma.com starting from Nov. 17 at noon.
The sweater, which will be available for women, men and children, will retail at 295 euros for the children’s version and at 440 euros for the adult option.
In the last few months, the Alberta Ferretti brand developed special editions of the Rainbow Week sweater, including a style celebrating fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni’s 30th birthday anniversary last May and the one created for Milanese retailer La Rinascente introduced last September during Milan Fashion Week.
 

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Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of ‘God, No!’ (Unabridged) – Penn Jillette

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Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of ‘God, No!’ (Unabridged)

Penn Jillette

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: November 13, 2012

© ℗ © 2012 Brilliance Audio

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday – Billie Holiday

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: January 1, 2002

© ℗ 2002 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Williams Trading Triples Retail Holiday Support

Williams Trading Co. reports it has tripled its holiday support with a combination of a digital Holiday Essentials catalog, custom holiday stocking and the new Holiday Mystery Box of assorted product.
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Holiday Night – The 6th Album – Girls’ Generation

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Holiday Night – The 6th Album

Girls’ Generation

Genre: K-Pop

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: August 4, 2017

© ℗ 2017 SM Entertainment

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Pakman Jitt and DJ Holiday Drop “Freebandz”

Growing up in Central Florida, Pakman Jitt was inspired by the sounds of Plies, Lil Boosie, and Young Jeezy. Dodging the street life became a load and ultimately Pak decided to take his career to the next level. He debuted his first official mixtape in 2012, Brick Boyz Vol. 1, hosted by DJ Rell. DJ Holiday assisted Pakman… Read more »
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Holiday – EP – HRVY

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Holiday – EP

HRVY

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: July 25, 2017

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The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) (Holiday Brides Series) – Ginny Baird

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The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) (Holiday Brides Series)

Ginny Baird

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: March 31, 2013

Publisher: Winter Wedding Press

Seller: Winter Wedding Press


From bestselling author Ginny Baird , a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4), a magical, heartwarming collection of holiday love stories. PRAISE FOR THE HOLIDAY BRIDES The Christmas Catch (Book 1) "Holiday romance at its best. This will warm you up on a cold winter night. Christine is trying to learn to move on after she lost her husband in the war and was left raising their son. Thanks to her pushy best friend Ellen she ends up spending the holiday in Vermont where it turns out her future awaits. Loved it." ~ All Night Books The Holiday Bride (Book 2) "A sweet beautiful Christmas story of love, home, family and the power of believing with all your heart that wishes can come true whether you're five or nearly 40." ~ ECH  Mistletoe in Maine (Book 3) "Excellent story of how friendship turns to a wonderful romance. Well written and a fun read. Another Ginny Baird super read." ~ B. Biddle Beach Blanket Santa (Book 4) "I fell in love with the book from the first page… I would recommend this book and author to anyone looking for a good love story." ~ Tracey This Volume Contains: HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES (Books 1 – 4) THE CHRISTMAS CATCH THE HOLIDAY BRIDE MISTLETOE IN MAINE BEACH BLANKET SANTA THE CHRISTMAS CATCH (Book 1) A struggling single mom meets a handsome bachelor in Vermont, after running him off the road during a snowstorm. A sweet, romantic tale about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont!   THE HOLIDAY BRIDE (Book 2) A child asks for a new mommy for Christmas, and — much to her bachelor dad's surprise — Santa delivers. A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist! MISTLETOE IN MAINE (Book 3) A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings. BEACH BLANKET SANTA (Book 4) A couple with a past spends an unexpected, yet magical, Christmas week together at the shore, where serendipity abounds. Take a sweet, sentimental journey to the North Carolina Outer Banks…

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12 Unexpected Holiday Party Makeup Ideas to Try This Year

Certain holiday makeup has become as predictable as an ugly-sweater party. But this season, the ornament-red lips and glittery-snowflake eyes pair just as perfectly with a leather jacket as they do with a reindeer-embroidered vest.
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Katrina, Tiffany Holiday

When Katrina is greeted by Tiffany she’s a bit skeptical at first, but once they’re back at the studio and the clothes start to come off she’s more than game for a taste of our sweet Tiffany. Getting tricked never tasted so good!

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Barneys and Chill: Barneys New York Erects a Winter Wonderland in Its Holiday Windows

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Madison Avenue and 61st Street is probably the last place you’d look for a 4-foot-high ice castle, but leave it to Barneys New York to subvert expectations. A glowing ice sculpture, gleaming in rainbow lights like an Antarctic Gaudí creation, occupies one of the department store’s holiday windows, which are getting their official unveiling tonight. For the berg to survive in the haute environs, Barneys was required to turn its window bay into a life-size freezer set to a temperature between -5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit. A team from Ice Castles, the Utah-based company specializing in larger-than-life ice environments that created the  living, growing sculpture, will be on hand to tend to it as needed, though as Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman notes, “The risk is that if everything goes haywire, we’ll have a swimming pool in there.” (His solution to that emergency? “If it turns to water, well, maybe we’ll get goldfish!”)

The icy sculpture is one of four window installations—which are united by the theme “Chillin’ Out”—designed to wow the holiday crowds. There’s also a slot-car racetrack with Swarovski-studded miniature Lexuses; a serene installation by glass artist Dale Chihuly with light projections by the digital video company Christie; and another life-size freezer where Moncler Gamme Bleu–clad members of Brooklyn’s Okamoto ice-carving studio will be crafting penguins, dogs, bunnies, and other creatures out of ice.

Four windows, a visual space that spans a Manhattan block, and only one fashion placement? Where other department stores go for baroque installations filled to the brim with stocking stuffers and twinkling gowns, Freedman prefers sparse-yet-surreal environments. “It would be a huge mistake for us to be doing the kind of work we’re doing if it didn’t appeal to our customer, and I do think that the man, woman, or child who is coming to Barneys is expecting, and almost waiting, to see how creative or how original we can be,” he said.

Some initiatives surrounding this year’s installations include the introduction of Penny and Quinn, a stuffed penguin toy and 3-foot-high penguin cutout in leather jackets who will be mailed to famous Barneys fans for selfie sessions. (Barneys launched this concept last year with SQRL, a festive squirrel designed as a part of its “Baz Dazzled” windows with Baz Luhrmann.) There will also be an Instagram contest where fans can compete to have their handles carved in ice and Tidal playlists streaming in front of the windows.

That says nothing of the windows’ second lives online. In the four hours I spent watching the displays going up, the Barneys team had to wrestle phones from onlookers’ hands and physically block passersby who were eager to share the colorful action with friends. “This is a case where social media, the idea of people making their own films, has really inspired us to actually do more interesting work,” Freedman explained. “We now begin with the idea that these windows are, basically, the first iteration of something that is going to live in a very different virtual world, in a far more powerful way.”



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Kelly Kline, Tiffany Holiday

Tiffany is out on the prowl for a new girl when she happens to see a vulnerable sweety, Kelly, and makes it her mission to make Kelly feel better. And feel better she does!

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Tiffany Holiday, Stephie Stiles

Tiffany finds the lovely Stephie at the beach. She loves fuckhole and Tiffany makes sure to give her all the vagina that she can take!

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Tiffany Holiday, Layla Evans

Layla is a luscious blonde who needs some cash in the hopes to pay for her cat’s medicine. When Tiffany offers her most of what is needed she barely hesitates for a photo shoot at the studio. The cat needs medicine, but it’s her muff that gets the attention!

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Tiffany Holiday, Paige Shagwell

Paige was having a bad day until Tiffany showed up and invited her over to her place. From then on her day got so much better. Tiffany is so accommodating that Paige can’t resist the urge to make their time together more enjoyable. It’s a slot licking good time as these cuties get naked and fuck!

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Tiffany Holiday, Allie Sin

Once again Tiffany gets laid and the slut she finds doesn’t get paid! Tiffany finds Allie near by a beach. She convinces the sweet brunette to come back with her to do some modeling!

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Young Thug “Thief In The Night,” Jeezy “Hustlaz Holiday,” Troy Ave “Bartender” & More | Daily Visuals 11.11.15

Young Thug’s been making most of his noise via beef on Twitter as of late. Today, the man who has no qualms with publicly acknowledging his affinity for shopping in the women’s section appears in men’s clothing…most of the time.

The Trouble featured “Thief In The Night” plays out like an average night in the life of the ATLien. That includes activities such as shirtless cee-lo in the middle of the night, making it rain the club, and young women spiking the drinks of their dates a.k.a. the reverse Cosby.

Dej Loaf helps Trae Tha Truth turn “Raeligion” into an eight minute cinematic experience with guest appearances from Sticky Fingaz and Molly Mall and Troy Ave does something out of the ordinary for a rap video and uses a strip bar as the backdrop for his clip to “Bartender” (Sarcasm, people).

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YOUNG THUG FT. TROUBLE – “THIEF IN THE NIGHT”

 

 

TRAE THA THRUTH FT. DEJ LOAF – “REALIGION”

 

TROY AVE – “BARTENDER”

 

JEEZY – “HUSTLAZ HOLIDAY”

 

KIRKO BANGZ – “30 FOR 30 FREESTYLE”

 

KING LEEZ – “MISSIN”

 

DENAUN FT. ROYCE DA 5’9 & PHAROAHE MONCH – “COOKING”

 

 

SHY GLIZZY – “NO SLEEP”

 

PELL – “QUESO”

 

HODGY BEATS – “HUNGER”

 

DEZ – “COMFORTABLE REMIX”

 

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Young Thug “Thief In The Night,” Jeezy “Hustlaz Holiday,” Troy Ave “Bartender” & More | Daily Visuals 11.11.15

Young Thug’s been making most of his noise via beef on Twitter as of late. Today, the man who has no qualms with publicly acknowledging his affinity for shopping in the women’s section appears in men’s clothing…most of the time.

The Trouble featured “Thief In The Night” plays out like an average night in the life of the ATLien. That includes activities such as shirtless cee-lo in the middle of the night, making it rain the club, and young women spiking the drinks of their dates a.k.a. the reverse Cosby.

Dej Loaf helps Trae Tha Truth turn “Raeligion” into an eight minute cinematic experience with guest appearances from Sticky Fingaz and Molly Mall and Troy Ave does something out of the ordinary for a rap video and uses a strip bar as the backdrop for his clip to “Bartender” (Sarcasm, people).

Check out the rest of todays visuals which include work from Jeezy (13 Days of November continues on), Kirko Bangz, and more.

 

YOUNG THUG FT. TROUBLE – “THIEF IN THE NIGHT”

 

 

TRAE THA THRUTH FT. DEJ LOAF – “REALIGION”

 

TROY AVE – “BARTENDER”

 

JEEZY – “HUSTLAZ HOLIDAY”

 

KIRKO BANGZ – “30 FOR 30 FREESTYLE”

 

KING LEEZ – “MISSIN”

 

DENAUN FT. ROYCE DA 5’9 & PHAROAHE MONCH – “COOKING”

 

 

SHY GLIZZY – “NO SLEEP”

 

PELL – “QUESO”

 

HODGY BEATS – “HUNGER”

 

DEZ – “COMFORTABLE REMIX”

 

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Satanist Really Appreciates The New Starbucks Holiday Cups

This fall, Starbucks has altered their holiday cup design to reflect a more inclusive attitude toward their customers’ religious beliefs, trading the traditional snowflakes and elves for a simpler red.

Though the change was met with criticism by many Christians, devoted Satan-worshipper Arnold Gregory welcomes the move. 

“It’s good to feel included,” said Gregory, donning a ritual mask of his own design.

The 32-year-old says he’s noticed the service at his local Starbucks has also gotten much quicker in recent weeks.

“Not sure what it is,” he said, breathing heavily through the mask’s mouth hole and speaking as a serpent might, ”but they’re great about getting me in and out as quickly as possible.” 

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Tiffany Holiday, Tory Lane

Tiffany gets lucky again when Tory moves into the neighbourhood! With her big, beautiful boobs Tory’s definitely a notch to be noted on Tiffany’s bedpost. When these two get licking each others slits the studio gets steamy quick from the heavy breathing!

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Tiffany Holiday, Karina

Tiffany is back and this time she convinces the former stripper Karina, to try out some nude modeling. This tall blonde beauty has all the ‘assets’ to become a top whore. Little does she know that she won’t be getting paid for her fun with Tiffany!

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Genre: Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 30, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Daptone Records

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18 Holiday Gift Sets That Are Perfect for the Beauty-Obsessed

There’s a lot to look forward to during the holidays—time off with family, endless parties, the Mariah Carey Pandora channel, and for beauty nuts, a bevy of limited-edition gift sets all dressed up for the festivities. To make your holiday shopping experience a little bit easier, we’ve narrowed down the best deals of the bunch.
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Here’s Everything On Our Holiday Wishlists This Year

Giving is great and all, but who can deny the warm fuzzies you get when scoring something at the top of your wish list? Here, a collection of fantasy swag that Allure editors are lusting after this holiday season.
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American Voices: Starbucks Holiday Cups Angering Christians

After Starbucks debuted their iconic red cups for the holiday season, many Christians complained that this year’s minimalist design features no holiday-specific imagery such as snowmen or sledding, leading one pastor to begin a viral prank of ordering at Starbucks under the name “Merry Christmas” to force baristas into writing a Christian message on the cup. What do you think?




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Tiffany Holiday, Lexi, Breeana

After some rubbin in the hot tub, Tiffany and the sweeties go back to the bedroom for some more cooter licking. This time it’s Tiffany and Lexi who slam their moist cunts together! Watch these two bitches get tricked when it’s all over.

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Tiffany Holiday, Lexi, Breeana

Tiffany is looking for some sweeties to rub up with in her new hot tub. Strolling along in the park, she finds Lexi & Breanna. These two brunette girls are game for some moist hot fun!

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Tiffany Holiday, Atlanta

Tiffany was all eager to get out clubbing and show off her new slutty outfit. But before leaving she wanted a bite to eat and order a pizza. Imagine her surprise when the pizza gets delivered by a horny blonde! Who needs to go out when snatch falls into your lap?

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The Jordan Brand Holiday 2015 Collection Is Lit [Photos]

Summer is a wrap and the fall is here, which means the holidays are right around the corner. For Jordan Brand, it means it time to unveil the kicks and gear that you’ll be adding to your wish list. 

Jordan Brand’s 2015 Holiday Collection features apparel and footwear from their Jordan Training, Jordan Performance and Jordan Sportswear category that offer plenty off style but are first and foremost rooted in performance. Hip-Hop Wired got a chance to check out the range in person and these are some of the standout offerings.

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Air Jordan 11 “72-10”

The Air Jordan 11 “72-10” is crack in sneaker form. Early word is they will retail for $ 210 if you’re savvy enough to snag a pair. No photo does justice to the already classic AJ 11 model that ups the ante with butter leather and other remastered cues.

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Girls Love Js, Too

Female sneakers heads will be making boys and men envious with this pack. Those white and dark grey flavored Air Jordan XIV’s are top notch. Also included in the pack is the Jordan Eclipse, with a wool-like upper, the Jordan Jasmine, and a mean Air Jordan 1 Hi.

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A Holiday Tradition – Canadian Brass

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A Holiday Tradition

Canadian Brass

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 2003

© ℗ 2003 Linus Entertainment Inc.

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The Little Romance Book of Christmas Love Stories: A Collection of Festive, Short, Romantic Stories for the Holiday Season (Unabridged) – Alyssa Lindsey

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The Little Romance Book of Christmas Love Stories: A Collection of Festive, Short, Romantic Stories for the Holiday Season (Unabridged)

Alyssa Lindsey

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 6.95

Publish Date: March 20, 2013

© ℗ © 2013 Daniel Wiggs

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See the Entire Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Holiday Collection

In what’s probably the cutest designer-beauty collab in recent memory, French fashion label Maison Kitsune (“kitsune” means “fox” in Japanese!) teamed up with Shu Uemura for a limited-edition holiday collection. See the entire collection here first.
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Exclusive: See the Entire Smashbox Holiday Collaboration Here First

Spanish artist Yago Hortal has teamed up with Smashbox for a collection of makeup and brushes inspired by the riotous splatters of color on his canvases. First, Google image search Hortal, because his paintings are incredible. Then, click through the full Smashbox Art. Love. Color. collection here—the products are so crazy colorful, they might just inspire you to create a masterpiece of your own.
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New Holiday Mountain Video: ‘Getting Really Freaky’ Not Optional

A Texas band demands freakiness in its new video. Resistance proves futile.

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Holiday Travel Photography – Darren Athersmith

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Holiday Travel Photography

Darren Athersmith

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: January 17, 2013

Publisher: Darren Athersmith

Seller: Darren Athersmith


Travel photography tips for Tuscany, in particular Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia and Siena. Advice on how to get the best images from the area including many inspirational pictures taken during a trip in the summer of 2012. This book will inspire you to make the most of a visit and capture stunning images during your holiday whether with a small compact camera or professional DSLR.

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Marchesa Licenses NWH Jewelry for Holiday Line

Marchesa is creating a little bling for its dresses.
The brand has signed a licensing agreement with NWH Jewelry Co. to launch fashion jewelry for holiday. Designed to complement the Marchesa Couture and Marchesa Notte collections, it will be available online and at upscale department stores nationwide.
“This season, the [ready-to-wear] collection has a 1920s influence, harkening back to the decadence and carefree attitude of the time,” said Georgina Chapman, who designs Marchesa with Keren Craig.
NWH translated Marchesa’s detailed textiles into jewelry pieces. Craig said, “3-D chiffon poppies are remade in bold enamel, and fringe tassels are highlighted on statement necklaces and earrings.”
Materials used in the jewelry designs include pearls, crystals, cubic zirconias and semiprecious accents, with prices ranging up to $ 595.

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How to Holiday like a Fashion Designer, According to Instagram

Olivier Rousteing

For the fashion set, August is the time to pack up and hit the road. Pre-fall, men’s, and couture have just come to a long-awaited close, and September’s spring shows still feel blissfully far off. If anyone knows how to kick back and relax in style, it’s the designers who have labored over collections for the other eleven months of the year. Below, find snaps from Riccardo Tiscis holiday in Puglia, Tory Burchs trip out West, Nicolas Ghesquières zip-lining adventure in Majorca, and so much more. A little FOMO is par for the course. Perhaps you can use these tips as inspiration for your own summer getaway next year.

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What We Did on Our Holiday – Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin

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What We Did on Our Holiday

Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 17.99

Rental Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: July 10, 2015


Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this hilarious and uplifting comedy for the whole family. Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability…

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Banana Republic Holiday 2015

“It’s about elevating in general,” said Marissa Webb, Banana Republic’s creative director, during the company’s holiday preview. Nearly a month after parent company Gap Inc. outlined drastic strategic measures to turn around its ailing brands, the response was obvious in the holiday lineup, loosely inspired by the Scottish Highlands and Iceland. “It’s about focusing on Banana Republic’s heritage, getting back under it and building the fashion around it,” said Webb. “We’re really looking at quality, fits and color,” which were specifically called out as lacking by executives last month.
A strong outerwear focus was evident in tailored coats in plaids and Harris Tweeds that incorporated color — “the right colors, not just Skittles” said Webb — into the mix of knits, denim, faux fur and full skirts. Yellow, cobalt, pink and red, registered in both the ready-to-wear and accessories, rounded out the traditional navy, black, camel and gray. The lineup reflected Webb’s more fashion-forward vision without abandoning Banana Republic’s mass core. She called out suiting, noting there’s a misconception that the company has ignored officewear, which has been a staple. “We haven’t walked away from suiting,” she said. “It’s about how you style it and wear it today.”
For men’s wear, senior vice president of design Michael Anderson focused on

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Demi Lovato and BFF Nick Jonas were snapped rocking gold cigars in celebration of her brand new single.
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Holiday in Death: In Death, Book 7 (Unabridged) – J. D. Robb

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Holiday in Death: In Death, Book 7 (Unabridged)

J. D. Robb

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 16.95

Publish Date: May 20, 2008

© ℗ © 2008 Brilliance Audio

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The Essential Billie Holiday – Billie Holiday

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The Essential Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: October 26, 2010

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday – Billie Holiday

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: July 30, 2002

© ℗ 2002 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday – José James

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Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday

José James

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: March 31, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Universal Classics & Jazz, a division of UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

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NPR Holiday Favorites (Unabridged) – National Public Radio

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NPR Holiday Favorites (Unabridged)

National Public Radio

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: October 14, 2008

© ℗ © 2008 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Box-Office Preview: ‘Tomorrowland’ May Nab $45M Over Holiday Weekend


The Memorial Day weekend’s other major new offering, the ‘Poltergeist’ remake, could hit $ 30 million.

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Universal Orlando’s Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead

You know the old saying — “April showers bring May flowers” — right? Well, that’s not how Lora Wallace — who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort — looks at her calendar.

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“You have to understand that — here at Universal Orlando — we prep for Halloween Horror Nights year ’round,” Wallace explained. “We had our first meeting for the 2015 edition of Horror Nights three weeks before the 2014 edition opened. So by the time May rolls around, we already need to be building the haunted houses that people will be walking though come September & October.”

And the reason that work has to begin so early on this seasonal event is that — by the first week of August — Lora has to already be rehearsing Universal Orlando team members for the roles that they’ll be playing in that theme park’s spookified streets and mazes.

“Mind you, what’s kind of bizarre is that — just as we’re in the middle of rehearsals for Halloween Horror Nights — I then have to begin casting for Universal Orlando’s holiday program. As I try and find the very best performers to appear in Grinchmas over at Islands of Adventure,” Wallace continued. “I don’t do that by choice. It’s just that — by the end of summer — all of the other theme parks & attractions in and around Orlando are already holding their Christmas casting sessions. And if I want to be certain that Universal has the very best people appearing in the holiday shows at its theme parks … Well, that’s why we have to hold our Christmas casting sessions in late summer as well.”

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So is Lora always at least one holiday ahead? Sort of. As soon as something seasonal like Halloween Horror Nights or Grinchmas opens at the Universal Orlando Resort, Wallace immediately enters the here & now. She then puts herself in the guests shoes and goes out into the theme parks to try these experiences just as the they would.”

“That’s honestly the most important aspect of my job as show director. Making sure that I see things just as the guests do and then making sure that Universal Orlando’s entertainment offerings are actually entertaining. Our goal is to always give our guests a top quality show experience right from the get-go. And if that’s not happening for some reason … Well, here at Universal Orlando, the customer is always right. And if they’re not being entertained by a show, we then immediately begin making tweaks & changes to that show’s script and start adjusting the cast’s performances,” Lora stated.

Which — I know — makes Wallace sound like kind of a tough taskmaster. But here’s the thing: Lora was once where all of these Universal Orlando performers are today. Standing in the spotlight, singing and sweating in the Central Florida heat as she tried to entertain some tourists.

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“I’ve been with Universal Orlando for over 18 years now. And one of my first jobs at this resort was playing a singing, dancing Bride of Frankenstein in the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue, ” Wallace laughed. “So I’ve been exactly right where all of these performers are right now. Back in the day, I had to get notes from my show director as well. Learn what I could do personally to deliver a better overall show experience for Universal Orlando’s guests.”

And it’s that personal touch which Lora has tried to foster with all of the performers that she directs at Universal Orlando Resort. Making sure that — whenever possible — the people who sing, dance and interact with the guests at these theme parks always then try to forge some sort of personal connection with the guests.

“This is why — whenever we send a performer out into the parks to do a meet-n-greet or a photo op — I always tell them to actually talk with the guests. Make these people aware that this same performer will be appearing in the Macy’s Holiday Parade or in our Mardi Gras parade in a specific spot in that parade’s line-up,” Wallace said. “And the little kids? They just love this. They love being able to spot someone they’ve previously met in the park performing in the parade. So they wave frantically from the curb to get that performer’s attention. And you should see their faces light up when that performer actually acknowledges them and waves back.”

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Now you’d think — given that the Universal Orlando version of Halloween, Christmas and Mardi Gras run for weeks at a time– that Lora must have her hands full, what with having to keep this huge team of performers motivated over the long haul. Making sure that they deliver a top quality, high energy performance day-after-day, night-after-night. But that’s where you’d be wrong.

“When it comes down to casting these seasonal shows, I’ve found that there are performers who really love Halloween Horror Nights and will only audition for that event. Likewise there are people who only want to perform in our Macy’s Holiday Parade or in our Mardi Gras celebration. So they’ll only come out when we’re holding auditions for those specific events,” Wallace explained. “So in this situation, my job as a show director is to make sure that I’m always casting the right people for the right shows. Making sure that I’m harnessing all of that person’s passion & enthusiasm and then channeling that into the right production. So that Universal Orlando visitors will then experience the best possible performance which comes from a highly motivated team member.”

“I won’t lie to you. Being a show director can sometimes be a very stressful, very demanding job. But given that we have places in our theme parks like New York Street that are such natural stages, our guests expect that all the shows we present here at Universal Orlando are going to be big, grand and entertaining. And it’s sometimes a challenge to deliver on that expectation,” Wallace stated. “But I’ve honestly got the greatest job. More importantly, I absolutely love what I do. There’s no other career that I’d rather have.”

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So with the 2015 edition of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras now officially in the rear view mirror, Lora — for the moment, anyway — is focusing all of her attention on this year’s edition of Halloween Horror Nights. Which perhaps explains this seasonal event’s catch phrase: “It’s never too early to start panicking.”

“And given that this year’s event will be the 25th anniversary of Universal Orlando’s very first Halloween offering, we’ve got some very special stuff planned for 2015. Stuff that I’m not allowed to talk about. Not yet, anyway,” Lora teased.

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On HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night, the host announced that he’d created a Change.org petition calling on Congress to make April 20 a national weed-related holiday. He then showed his panelists how he likes to celebrate the day with a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before 4/20,” a riff on the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

“Twas the night before 4/20 and all through the crib,” read Maher, “not a creature was stirring, not even — did you hear something? Is the door locked?”

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They say breaking up is hard to do. Imagine how hard it is during the holidays.

Sadly it seems breakups are all the rage around the time the carolers start singing and the dreidel gets spinning, according to a unique Facebook study. Data-journalist David McCandless found after observing 10,000 Facebook statuses, which included the words “breakup” and “broken up,” that the biggest breakup time of the year is two weeks before Christmas.

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, dealing with heartbreak on top of the stress that comes along with the festivities in December can be paralyzing. The world seems full of joy and you’re a mess dreading the “most wonderful time of the year.” Your reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you have to roll through the holidays broken-hearted, you need an arsenal of tools and an action plan to get you through it. Here are 10 steps.

1. Find Family and Friends
Being with family and friends is a crucial step no matter what time of year a breakup goes down, but it couldn’t be more important during the holidays. This is the universal time of year where it’s assumed you’re going to be with loved ones anyway, so go to them now. You need to be around those who love you. Let them take care of you and feed you lots of comfort food.

2. Be Selective with RSVPs.
I’m actually telling you not to say “yes” to every holiday party you get invited to. Here’s why. If you get asked to a party where it’s all couples and you’re minus your plus one, attending said party would make you feel worse than you already do. This is the feeling we’re trying to avoid. If the gathering will have lots of people regardless of relationship status, get dressed and go. As my graduate school professor once said, “You never know.”

3. Eat, Pray, Love it.
Elizabeth Gilbert was definitely onto something. During the holidays and through New Years, everyone usually has plans. You maybe had a vacation set with your significant other, but that is now null and void. So lick your wounds for a minute and then pick a new place to go. Buy the plane ticket and change your surroundings. Money an issue? You’ve been saving for a rainy day? Well the storm is here. It’s raining and the clouds are above. Buy the tickets. You won’t miss the money.

4. Work While Others Are Off.
You’re going through a breakup and you’ve got some extra time on your hands. While everyone else is taking days off during the last few weeks of the year, be the person who doesn’t mind putting in those holiday hours at work. Not only will you look like a hero in your boss’s eyes, you’ll be staying busy, which is one of the healthiest things you can do after a breakup.

5. Remember Others Have It Worse.
Since navigating your way through this time of year with a broken heart can be excruciating, I suggest taking the pain off of yourself by volunteering. Helping those less fortunate at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen is a selfless act and seeing the joy on strangers’ faces will make you feel better and it will help put things in perspective.

6. Out With the Old.
I don’t just mean your former significant other. Spring-cleaning and organizing are amazing activities to do by yourself because you never have to leave your home, which in turn helps in avoiding the holiday madness too. Think of it as devoting a lot of time to freshening up your life. And it’s cathartic.

7. Binge Watch TV.
Here’s another stay-at-home activity you can do without having to take your sweats off or even shower. Watching TV shows in bulk is a great time sapper and it will contribute to the cause of getting you past New Years in one piece. Invite a friend over for dinner, start up Netflix, and chill out for hours.

8. Do December on the DL.
There is no rule saying you have to socialize during the holidays. If you’re going through a breakup, you may just feel like being alone during this time. The love of your life is gone and everyone around you seems happy. Don’t force yourself to be a social butterfly, rather, cocoon and get yourself mentally prepared for the new year.

9. Retail Therapy.
This is the time of giving. While you may have already bought your former significant other’s gift — which you must return immediately — go out and buy presents for everyone else. The very act of giving gifts will help heal your broken heart. Although, don’t go to the mall to do your shopping. A mall outing during Christmas when you miss your ex is torture.

10. Tune It Out.
Yes, I am suggesting that you pretend it is not the holiday season and think of these days like they’re nothing special. Ignorance is bliss. Choose not to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Choose not to listen to holiday music on the radio. Choose to skip the tree lighting ceremony or Hanukkah menorah lighting if you feel like your light is out. With a broken heart, choose how you walk through these next few weeks and you will win in the end.

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Holiday time is family time. But what exactly do we mean by family? So many people live three times zones — or an ocean — away from their parents and siblings, turning travel “home” into a costly or time-sucking ordeal. Then there are the divorced parents left to create “family” plans on their own, while the kids spend their holidays with the ex. And elders? So many of them are repaired to an assisted living home far away, making it virtually impossible to get back to the ranch.

Meanwhile, those who do get back to the ranch often wonder why they traveled the distance. We all know the uncanny way that holidays resurface old resentments, reactivate buried fault lines, and turn festivities of cheer into an endurance test of patience and poise. Inside the dim welcome, one can almost hear singer/songwriter Damien Rice crooning those signature lines — “Why do you sing hallelujah, if it means nothing to you? Why do you sing with me at all?”

Too many of us suffer enough from the predations of modernity — the divorces, job losses and job insecurity. The kids’ over-scheduled lives and “underperforming” scores. The long commutes and dusty dreams. The loss of friendship and the loss of self. We don’t need the added pressure of enduring the holidays.

So what’s the alternative? I suggest it’s time to update our idea of family. Let’s dispense with the imperatives to feel whole and happy inside a story of “family” that leaves us frail or frazzled. Let’s dislodge our commitments to stoicism and endurance that leave us walled inside towers of loneliness. And let’s disband our loyalty to conflicting demands that run us ragged when what we simply want is … to be received exactly as we are.

Instead, let’s find our people. Let’s find those like-minded individuals who turn up in odd corners of our lives, who share some or none of our biography, who perhaps celebrate with fish when we celebrate with ham, or intone silent prayers when we devote ourselves to tracking the market or reading the Times. People who — for whatever logical or improbable reason — see, hear and feel our pulse with the gravity and gratitude that has us know we are at home. Let’s find those people and make those people the family we arrive to in our stillness and frenzy, our hope and harry. And let’s make the gathering of that family the ritual we behold — at whatever time of the year — to signal the holidays are here.

Let’s make that family — geographically dispersed and culturally-spackled though it may be — the home inside which we eschew all the should’s and must’s we internalized along the way so that we can discover what we really are all about.

And let’s do all of this precisely so that when we do go back to our family with its far-flung network of third cousins, step-sisters, and in-laws, we behold them, once and for all — without indictment — exactly as they are.

Then, perhaps, we will find that whatever the season and whatever our destination, we are surrounded always and only by family — those relatives, friends, mentors, students, strangers and perhaps even adversaries — whom we recognize long, like us, for one simple thing: to be held and welcomed into our home exactly as they are.

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It’s the holidays, and no matter what’s in that wisdom quiver of ours … things are likely fraught. Why is that? Well, once-upon-a-time, we believed in something that someone told us, or preached to us, or wrote about, or filmed about, or photographed … on the meaning of family. And we bought it. And there’s a good chance that “family” looks very different to us now. There’s an even better chance, that with that difference, we find pain, disappointment, and even shame. Especially during the holiday season.

I come from a long line of documentarians. My mother lovingly made photo albums and home-movies, featuring every first day of school, play, dance, graduation, in addition to the annual Christmas card — all of us posed just-so, sent out to hundreds of people as proof that we were a family. A solid family. I loved all of it, especially our Christmas card, gazing at the ones we received from other families — a community, of sorts, to tout and hold dear. It gave me an intense sense of belonging.

So, as an adult, I took the photo-album-video-Christmas-card-baton, and raced to the finish every year with a family Best of book. If the house was burning down, that’s what I would take — the Best of books.

It takes me hours to make these books, reveling in what we’ve created in the last year. Making sure I have that perfect photo of every baseball and soccer game, every award ceremony and orchestra concert, every pinnacle moment, as, yes, proof of my amazing family, but also as proof of my motherhood. And on Christmas morning, I love sitting with my family and flipping through its pages, ooing and ahhing over the past year’s achievements, high points, adventures, folly.

A few years ago, my family-of-four turned into a family-of-three. My husband and I needed to end our marriage. It was sad and shocking and deeply disorienting. People told me that we were “still a family — just different. A modern family.” But I didn’t sign up for a “modern family.” I signed up for a family with a mother and father as a united force. It rocked me to the core.

I’m often asked if we’re okay, especially if the kids are okay. I’m not sure what okay means. We’re still feeling joy, inspiration, pride. We’re still on adventures. We’re still having pinnacle photo-worthy moments. But during the holidays, in these post-divorce years, it’s all so difficult. My gut says, Go slowly, keep it gentle, tuck in with your little family-of-three. Time to re-boot your whole orientation of family. So: No Christmas card. No Christmas party with the half-mile of luminaria and the carols around the piano. And no Best of book. Instead, I’ve focused on creating magic with my children, cozy around the fire, playing games, eating soup, pressure off. This is living time, not documenting time.

But on those dreaded days when I can’t actively practice my motherhood, or “family-hood” — when my children are with their father and not in the other room, and I am alone …. my productive (Best of) mind kicks in, almost breathless: Go to a soup kitchen, visit a nursing home, find friends who are alone too — create a new tribe of “family.” That’s usually the way I fly — carry on, hope-springs-eternal. But for now, I’m listening to my gut instead, because I know that my new concept of family needs to find itself out of flow, not fear … and the truth is: I’m very very afraid of who I am alone. I can reason my way around this with great aplomb, but reason doesn’t help. If I am going to move forward in a truly authentic way, I need to find refuge in myself. And those alone Christmas moments are a good place to cut my teeth.

My gut says, Become your own family. Learn to take joy in the things your hands touch and deem holy, even if there’s no one there to witness it. Smell the paper-whites in the window and have it be enough that it’s for your nose only. Light the expensive candle and feel grateful for the way it focuses your gaze, fills the room with the scent of amber. Put on special clothes and don’t care if you’re photographed in them or witnessed at all. I trust my gut. I have to find the light in my own eyes, alone. I have to believe, once and for all, that I am okay, alone. It all begins there. And perhaps ends there too.

So tonight, alone, in a cashmere robe, candle lit, I created a Best of book of these post-divorce years. And something magical and Christmas-kissed happened. Scrolling through my files of photos, I didn’t look for achievements and winning moments. I looked for light in my children’s eyes, and mine too. I looked for sacred. If I saw it in a baseball championship or an Honor’s Society handshake, then I chose that photo. But only if there was light in those eyes I love so much. Including my own.

Which means that as we leaf through this book Christmas morning, on top of all of my children’s radiant moments, there will be photos of me leading my Haven Writing Retreats, riding my horse, growing a life that is outside of the family I’ve fostered, and perhaps … in-so-doing, finding new “family.” Maybe we can’t really move on … until I do. Alone. Maybe the definition of family is really a radical acceptance of self. And once we accept that, both my mind and my gut tell me, we will find our family community thriving, even if it looks entirely different than we ever thought it would.

Marina Illich, Ph.D. is a Bay Area-based executive coach and leadership consultant and the co-founder and principal at Broad Ventures Leadership. With a doctorate in Buddhist Studies, she spent five years in Asia studying Tibetan Buddhist practices for developing self-awareness, focus and resilience. She was recently appointed to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls by Gov. Jerry Brown. Marina can be contacted at: marina.illich@gmail.com

Laura Munson is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of the critically acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats. She lives in Montana with her family of three (and one!).

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Holiday songs are running rampant on just about every easy-listening station right now, but there's an art to picking the very best ones for your Christmas or Hanukkah party. So which ones are bound to…




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Seasonal Depression Kicks In Just In Time To Numb Woman Before Holiday With Family

PORTLAND, ME—Appreciating the onset of listlessness and despondency, local woman Wendy Fletcher confirmed Tuesday that seasonal depression kicked in just in time to render her emotionally numb before spending Christmas with her family.




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How To Get A ‘Grinch’ Into The Holiday Spirit (VIDEO)

When it comes time for holiday decorating, singing carols, or buying gifts, some people simply can’t bring themselves to join in the celebration of the season. Dr. Phil suggest that, for some people, unhappy childhood memories may be a factor.

“We’re like Pavlov’s dogs in some ways,” he says in the video above. “Pair up holidays and emotional pain, and pretty soon, the holidays just bring up all of the emotional pain.”

That’s exactly what happens for Johanna. “I think that my father’s drinking possibly took away from the spirit of Christmas,” she tells Dr. Phil.

“Do you want those circumstances to be determining your experience of the holidays as an adult?” he asks the mom of two.

“No,” says Johanna, who wants to experience the holidays with joy, at least for the sake of her children.

Dr. Phil suggests that it’s never too late to create new memories. “Somehow or another, you have to do whatever it takes to get closure on this. If it’s forgiving your father for that period of time, if it’s confronting him about what he did and took away from you during that period of time, if it’s writing a letter to him or to yourself, do whatever it is … because as an adult, you can make a conscious choice now.” In other words, she needs to find closure with the past before she can experience this time of year differently now.

Dr. Phil suggests “immersion therapy,” meaning that Johanna might “go nuts” getting into the holiday spirit to truly experience all it has to offer. “That doesn’t mean that you have to succumb to the stress,” he says. “Immerse yourself in it — the spiritual side of it, the celebration side of it, the music, the candles, the tree. Just decide, ‘I’m going to create all of this for myself now,’” he says. “And if you want to have something that replaces the emotion of pain, when you do this, look right square in your children’s eyes and look at the joy that comes back from them in sharing this with you.”

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Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits – Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

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Release Date: December 31, 1966

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A Definitive List Of Holiday Candles, Ranked

Every season has its definitive, nostalgia-inducing scent. In summer, it’s the balmy combination of warm air, sunscreen and barbecue; come spring you’re likely to get a whiff of fresh air and fresh laundry. It’s harder, though, to pinpoint winter’s signature scent. There is that distinct smell of firewood permeating people’s homes or the baked good wafting from someone’s oven or another. But you could also say the fragrance of winter is the ever-present scent of freshly-cut pine.

We aren’t ones to pass up a challenge here at HuffPost Home, so we rounded up 20 home fragrances that claim to embody all the things about winter that we love, and put them to the test: What is the most authentic holiday home fragrance out there?

To determine the most Christmas-y scented candle money can buy, we had our editors rate each one on the following:

How likely is this fragrance to…

… Evoke holiday cheer
… Take me back to childhood holidays
… Make me want to cozy up next to it on a chilly winter night
… Smell like the holiday ingredient it promises

Naturally, we couldn’t test every candle, diffuser or air freshener on the market, but here’s how the ones we did test ranked:

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TODAY: Tips For Surviving The Final Days Of Holiday Shopping

With only four shopping days left until Christmas, many people are preparing to brace the crowds to get those last minute gifts. NBCs Anne Thompson tells us about some tricks to the holiday shopping trade that will save you both time and m

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Tips for Dealing With a Severe Lack of Relationship This Holiday Season

Let’s be honest, the holidays can feel like a flat-out bummer. If you try to muster up the cheer and Fa La La’s, but all you get is a lump of coal in your heart,…




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8 Holiday Beauty Hacks Every Woman Should Know

The holiday season is here, and chances are your social calendar is filled with everything from after-work cocktails to family get-togethers. Ready to be the life of the party? We’ve got you covered with eight beauty tricks (think gilded eyelashes and slip-on braids) that are as unexpected as they are festive. And if you’re worried about lipstick smudges and creasing shadow ruining your good time, fret not — we’ve borrowed a few hacks from the pros to ensure your makeup will last all night long. Now all you have to do is prepare to make an entrance!
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Jimmy Fallon Explains Why Your Favorite Holiday Traditions Are Actually Ridiculous

Well, there go your holiday memories.

Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” just revealed the truth behind some of your favorite holiday traditions, and it will totally open your eyes. For instance, have you ever noticed how stockings are basically flammable pieces of fabric hung above a fire? Or have you thought about the real reason why Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was so popular?

After this, all you can really say is, “Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for completely destroying the holidays in the best way ever.”

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The Sing-Off Holiday Event on 12/17!

Watch a special “Sing-Off” holiday event for one night only – Wednesday, December 17 on NBC.

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Fabolous, ‘I Don’t F— With Christmas’: Hear His Humbug Holiday Hit

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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts They’ll Never Suspect Were Last-Minute

We rounded up the best last-minute beauty gifts that you’ll never guess were a last-minute find.
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The Holiday – Nancy Meyers

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The Holiday

Nancy Meyers

Genre: Comedy

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Release Date: March 13, 2007


In Nancy Meyers' The Holiday, a romantic comedy from the director of Something's Gotta Give and What Women Want, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda's L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).

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Holiday Gift Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts of Exchanging Presents

Gift Giving

You would think giving someone a simple present wouldn’t be a complicated affair. But during the holidays, the gesture of gifting can be tricky. Who gets one? What do you buy your boss? How much should you spend? In an effort to make your holiday shopping a little easier, our editors share their personal dos and don’ts of holiday gift-giving.


Which family members get gifts?

Aside from the obvious musts—mom, dad, siblings—how do you determine what family members get a gift over the holidays? “My family is so big, we usually limit gifts to immediate members, and then do a Secret Santa exchange with our extended family,” shares one writer. “We even set it all up online on a site called Elfster, which makes everyone’s life easier.” It seems many are turning to the Internet to organize their gift-giving these days. One editor admitted everyone in her family made online wish lists and then emailed them out to each other, taking the guessing out of the equation. If you’re spending Christmas with your in-laws, it’s okay to limit your giving to only your mother-in-law and father-in-law. “I used to only get presents for my boyfriend’s parents, until one year I branched out to his aunts, so then they felt obligated to get me something from then on,” says one editor. “I think in the end, skipping presents is almost appreciated on the other side. It takes the pressure off the table.”

What about your friends?

Most of the staff said they no longer exchange gifts with friends. “It was something I used to do back when I was in college,” says one editor. Instead, most of them now choose to do something together as a mutual present. “My girlfriends and I always decide on something fun like going to see a play or having a spa day or a very nice dinner,” says one writer. If you do exchange gifts with friends, make sure you open the gifts at home and not in front of each other, says one editor. “It’s better this way. There’s no awkwardness or comparisons among them.”

In new relationships

There was a bit of disagreement among our staff regarding gift-giving during an early courtship. “If you’ve just started dating someone, even if it’s only been a few weeks, a little token is always thoughtful,” says one writer. But one of our editors was strongly opposed: “I think you have to be seeing each other for at least six months before you start buying them anything!” The jury is still out on this one.

Office guidelines

As for who in the office gets a gift, the general feeling is you should give something to either your assistant or someone you work with very closely to show them how much you appreciate their effort throughout the year. As for your bosses, while it’s not obligatory, a little something never hurts. “They’re aware of your pay grade, so there’s really no need to impress them,” adds one fashion editor. Finally, if you love giving your office mates presents, make sure to bring a gift along for everyone—and keep it under $ 25. “You don’t want everyone to start speculating how much money you actually make,” says one writer.

What not to give

Even though we work in the fashion industry, all of us agreed that clothing is usually a bad idea—unless it’s something the other person has specifically mentioned they wanted in the past. “The holidays are really not the time of year to force your personal style on others,” said one fashion editor. Other faux pas? “I hate it when people give me a funny gift,” says one beauty editor. “Honestly, who has ever liked a gag gift?” Finally, the general consensus in the office is, unless you’re an actual chef, artist, or designer, stay away from anything homemade. “My friend always gives me this jar of some nonsense she makes in the kitchen,” says one writer. “Just give me a card next time.”

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Neil Patrick Harris’ Kids Will Make Your Holiday Spirits Bright

It’s a video that would make even the Grinch say, “Awwww.”

Neil Patrick Harris shared a precious family moment with his 1.2 million Instagram followers on Wednesday, and we can’t thank him enough for spreading the holiday cheer. Harris and his husband David Burtka’s 4-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon, sang “Jingle Bells” as they decorated their Christmas tree in their pajamas. Oh, and the fact that they miss some of the lyrics somehow makes it ten times cuter:

Yay! David is back home, and the family all together! Time to trim us a tree! #trim #carols #JingleFeels

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Apparently, even the dog was feeling particularly merry:

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The 41-year-old actor has a reputation for getting into the holiday spirit, regardless of the holiday. Back in October, the Harris-Burtka clan paid tribute to Gotham City with their Batman-inspired Halloween costumes:

Happy Halloween from Gotham City!!

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We can’t wait to see what Santa brings these cuties.
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