Latest Christmas News

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, more than a dozen ambulances queue waiting to hand over their COVID-19 patients to medics at the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon. In its fight against COVID-19, Portugal lifted restrictions on gatherings and movements for four days over Christmas so that people could spend the festive season with family and friends. Soon after the holiday, the pandemic quickly got out of hand. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

COVID-19 variant brings new dimension to Europe's pandemic

Jan. 26, 2021 1:49 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to COVID-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the holiday season with family and friends. Soon after...

Christmas lights still bringing cheer at one Georgia home

Jan. 18, 2021 9:31 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Though the holidays have come and gone, John Jarman's Christmas lights are still burning bright. Jarman says he spent a year planning the display, about 1,800 colored lights with an image-producing matrix, that covers his home in Augusta. The whole thing syncs to his choice of music,...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009 file photo, music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Jan. 17, 2021 10:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital. ...

Augustan keeping Christmas lights display up indefinitely

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Christmas season is over, but one Augustan wants to keep the spirit alive in the community with the musical, dazzling display he has built. This was the first holiday John Jarman set up a display. Though he had no experience, he spent the last year preparing and planning it. ...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

Des Moines Register. Jan. 9, 2021. Editorial. Yes, vaccines are on the way. No, this is not the time to let your guard down. Governor, give us more information. The novel coronavirus doesn’t care that a new year is supposed to offer a new start. It doesn’t care about our pandemic fatigue. It is as...

Students raise enough money to help a family with a home

Jan. 10, 2021 10:28 AM EST

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Grand Rapids-area high school have raised enough money to help a family acquire a home. Forest Hills Central in Ada Township raised $21,000, more than double its goal, to help families with gifts at Christmas. The balance will be used by Family Promise of Grand...

Delaware girl helps people in need during pandemic

Jan. 10, 2021 9:00 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — When Natalie Cuccinello, an 11-year-old from Frederica, first thought about trying to help out those who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, she thought about raising funds for a local animal shelter because of her love for animals. However, the shelter was closed due to the...

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a coronavirus news conference, in Stockholm, Friday, Dec. 18,2020. The Swedish government is tightening nationwide coronavirus restrictions by lowering the number of people who can gather in a restaurant and making face masks mandatory on public transportation. Sweden has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic. (Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via AP)

Swedish leader defends trip that defied his own virus advice

Jan. 8, 2021 10:55 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Friday defended his visit to a mall to buy a Christmas present for his wife — in breach of his own repeated appeals for the public to shun shopping centers to avoid spreading COVID-19. Lofven, whose mall trip didn’t actually...

A cat walks through a closed street market in Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Ukraine imposed a wide-ranging lockdown beginning Friday, closing schools and entertainment venues and restaurant table service through Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine imposes virus lockdown that many say came too late

Jan. 8, 2021 9:27 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday imposed a broad lockdown aimed at containing surging coronavirus infections, but some cities appeared to be largely ignoring the restrictions and critics said the move was worrisomely tardy. The government had made plans for the lockdown in December, when...

An ethnic Hutsul man, an ethnic group spanning parts of western Ukraine, plays a violin as others, all wearing traditional colorful clothes, sing a kolyada song during the Orthodox Christmas celebration near the Holy Trinity church in Iltsi village, Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine: Few masks for Christmas, despite virus pressure

Jan. 7, 2021 2:57 PM EST

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Although Ukraine is struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has inundated its overburdened medical system with patients, Thursday's Orthodox Christmas celebrations occurred widely without masks or social distancing. In the mountain village of Iltsy, unmasked worshippers...