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Stocking Stuffers: Christmas in the United States

UNDATED – Christmas in America has become a mixture of both secular and religious themes, a time of joy, gratitude and celebration.

But in Colonial times, it was a different story.

Surprisingly little is known about how early Americans celebrated Christmas

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Stocking Stuffers: The Tradition of the Tree

Each year, we buy millions of Christmas trees at lots and tree farms across the country. As with many Christmas customs, this one has its roots in many times and places.

Most historians believe the first decorated Christmas trees in the United States appeared in the mid 19th century

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Man Dances With iPod in Mall To Get Into the Holiday Spirit [VIDEO]

Going to the mall at this time of year is enough to cause anyone to lose their minds. The screaming little kids, the rude shoppers, the rented elves. It’s enough to make you wish you’d just stayed home and boycotted the holidays altogether.

But wait! Imagine you’re on one of those hellish expeditions and you run across a guy wearing an iPod, joyfully lip-syncing and dancing and completely ignoring what are sure to be the slack-jawed stares from those around him. Wouldn’t that make your day a little brighter? Come on, admit it. It would. Even if you think he’s utterly certifiable.

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Singing Musical Flash Mob Takes Over Mall [VIDEO]

You can tell there was a lot of time put into this flash musical.  It made me smile,  so I wanted to share some Christmassy (Not sure if that is a word) spirit with you.

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Stocking Stuffers: Waiting for Christmas

For many kids, it’s the most exciting and sometimes the most difficult time of the year. The days before Christmas are filled with wonder and amazement.

Everyone prepares for Christmas in different ways

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All-Star Lineup Closes ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special With ‘Jingle Bells’

The second annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC finished with all the evening’s performers returning to the stage to sing a snazzy rendition of ‘Jingle Bells.’ Host Jennifer Nettles wore yet another new outfit as she introduced what turned out to be an awards show-worthy lineup.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Rocks Pantsuits and Sequins on ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Jennifer Nettles was clearly glowing from the countdown to her big wedding day when she filmed the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special! The Sugarland singer hosted this year’s holiday event by bringing warm yuletide cheer to the crowd — and by wearing festive (may we say daring?) outfits at the show.

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Kellie Pickler Does Some ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Kellie Pickler added an extra level of sexy on Thursday night’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, as she took the stage in a strapless red dress that hit the blonde bombshell at her knees with sparkly stiletto heals as she performed ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’

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Vince Gills Joins Wife Amy Grant to Sing ‘Breath of Heaven’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

The Vince Gill/Amy Grant marriage showed no signs of strain after Gill’s earlier indiscretion with Miss Piggy at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. The two turned in one of the more intimate performances of the evening, singing Grant’s ‘Breath of Heaven.’

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Martina McBride Gets in the Spirit With ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

As Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles remarked, Martina McBride has one of the best voices in music — not just in country, but in all genres. McBride practically floated as she sang her rendition of ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on the Dec. 1 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, which we’d argue could be the performance of the evening.

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Rascal Flatts Add Spirituality to ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Rascal Flatts sang a haunting rendition of ‘Mary Did You Know’ at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special. In an evening filled with fun and laughter — including an appearance by Miss Piggy — the song added a spiritual tone to the evening

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Keith Urban Delivers Moving Performance of ‘The Christmas Song’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

After taking the stage earlier in the evening with Little Big Town on the airing of ‘CMA Country Christmas’ on Thursday night, Keith Urban returned to the spotlight to sing a sentimental and moving rendition of ‘The Christmas Song.’

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