Latest Christmas News

A health care worker, left, administers a COVID-19 test at a mobile walk-up testing site at Crandon Park, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Latest: Record number of new COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma

Nov. 28, 2020 2:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma health officials reported a one-day record of more than 6,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday as experts warned the Thanksgiving holiday may make testing numbers erratic. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 6,257 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, women wearing face masks walk past a Christmas tree and lights in Burlington Arcade, where all non-essential shops are temporarily closed during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London. Nations are struggling to reconcile cold medical advice with a holiday tradition that calls for big gatherings in often poorly ventilated rooms, where people chat, shout and sing together, providing an ideal conduit for a virus that has killed over 350,000 people in Europe so far. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?

Nov. 28, 2020 2:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging...

A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

Amanda Perrone shops for Christmas decorations on Black Friday, at Corky's Garden Path Greenhouse in Scott Twp., Pa. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

VIRUS TODAY: Black Friday shoppers stay home

Nov. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EST

Here's what's happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of...

Josh and Jessica Ferrara shop for Christmas trees with son Jayce, 1 year and Jade, 3 years, at Sunnyview Christmas Tree farm on Saturday, Nov.  21, 2020 in Salem, Ore. It's early in the season, but both wholesale tree farmers and small cut-your-own lots are reporting strong demand, with many opening well before Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus

Nov. 27, 2020 12:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays. But on a recent sunny day, COVID-19 seemed far away as she,...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Johnson leaves self-quarantine today after having close contact with a lawmaker who contracted the coronavirus in mid November. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Pubs to stay shut in many areas in new English virus curbs

Nov. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socializing and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut in areas that are home to more than 20 million people. The government announced details on Thursday of...

In this photo provided by the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ravensbeard Wildlife Center Director and founder Ellen Kalish holds a Saw-whet owl at their facility in Saugerties, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. A worker helping to get the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City found the tiny owl among the tree's massive branches on Monday, Nov. 16. Now named Rockefeller, the owl was brought to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center for care. (Lindsay Possumato/Ravensbeard Wildlife Center via AP)

Rocky the Christmas tree stowaway owl returns to the wild

Nov. 25, 2020 9:47 PM EST

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — Rocky the stowaway owl is back in the wild. The tiny Saw-whet owl was named Rockefeller after it was found by a worker setting up the holiday tree Nov. 16 at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. The owl was apparently trapped in the 75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) Norway spruce when...

In a photo provided by Carolyn Plotts, Eric Kuhlman, 3, helps master of ceremonies Stan Miller draw names for the annual Norcator drawing held in Norcatur, Kan. For the 150 or so people who still call the rural hamlet home, the cancellation this year of the town's beloved Norcatur Christmas Drawing has shone a spotlight on a global coronavirus pandemic that has reached deep into rural America. (Carolyn Plotts via AP)

Christmas traditions axed as pandemic sweeps rural Kansas

Nov. 25, 2020 2:06 PM EST

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — It's barely a town anymore, battered by time on the windswept prairie of northwest Kansas. COVID-19 still managed to find Norcatur. Not much remains of the rural hamlet, save for a service station, a grain elevator, a little museum, and a weekend hangout where the locals play...

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Review: A breezy, lighthearted rom-com in ‘Happiest Season’

Nov. 24, 2020 5:54 PM EST

Who we are with our parents and who we are in a romantic relationship can seem like different people. For Harper (Mackenzie Davis), a newspaper reporter living a nice adult life in Pittsburgh with her art student girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart), the gap is more dramatic than most: She has yet to come out to her...

Moderate traffic as the sun sets on Piccadilly, in London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK eases restrictions so families can gather over Christmas

Nov. 24, 2020 2:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British authorities gave the green light Tuesday to holiday reunions, relaxing restrictions on social mixing over Christmas and offering arriving international travelers a way to cut short quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19. The U.K. government and administrations in Scotland,...