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Via: Foxnews
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The Hyatt's in Plantation, Florida have a history of turning their house and yard into a mini-Christmas light amusement park. Everyone loves these Christmas lights. Even lemurs... for some reason, show up to enjoy the spectacle. The anchor in this video insists that the lawsuit by the city against the Hyatts is based on bad blood between the family and the mayor of the town, who they say is an old friend. The truth is a little more complicated and so is the Hyatt's relationship with the city of Plantation.

Every day at least one hundred people come to see the house, on the weekend it can be up to one thousand. According to the Sun-Sentinel, for years while the Hyatt's put up a display people and cars have wandered through the street their house is on without much order and ignoring any regulations the city tried to enforce. The police chief, Howard Harrison, told the Sun-Sentinel, "For me this is a public safety concern, it really is. You can't have pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic functioning on the same strip of land. That is a disaster waiting to happen". That's when he decided to start closing the road down when the light show is on. The city has to pay officers to keep the road closed and enforce no parking areas near the home.

You can see a walk through of this fantastic light display from 2009 in this video.



What do you think? Worth it?

Via: WTAE-TV Pittsburgh
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A man in Fayette County, Pennsylvania is protesting the commercialization of Christmas by hanging Santa from his front porch, but this story isn't about him.



A local news station interviewed residents of Farmington about the man's sacrificial Santa, and a woman named Barbara Carpenter gave the reporter a piece of her mind:

"I thought it was great. People need to stop blowing smoke up their kids' ass. They need to be taught the truth from young on: life sucks, deal with it. It's all about the money, and these businesses getting the money. People don't care that they have to scrape. If I'm buying gifts, I'm making somebody else richer, I'm going further in the ditch."

Bless you, Barbara Carpenter. Apparently the protestor has taken his Santa down, saying that he didn't mean to offend anybody, but hopefully he hears that at least one neighbor had his back.

kindness One Woman's Festive Impulse Act of Kindness Got So Popular It Might Become a Tradition
Via: Caroline Macrory
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Caroline Macrory started a trend by leaving gifts on the doorstep of someone who needed them and running away. She called this the Doorstep Challenge and this act of kindness has really caught on. 

Even a few local businesses have joined in. 


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Macrory's goal is bringing people together to make life a little easier. She told Mashable, "Basically the concept of the ‘doorstep challenge’ is to reach out to those in our community who might be struggling at this time of year for one reason or another and spread a little Christmas cheer."

Via: 20th Century Fox
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Deadpool has released an advent calendar leading up to Trailer Day, which some people also celebrate as Christmas. Cheezburger will be following along and keeping you up to date with the latest Deadpool happenings.



The first day of Deadpool happens to be today and the event kicks off with the release of this new poster:


via Entertainment Weekly

united airlines christmas fantasy flights brings sick kids to north pole
Via: United
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For the 22nd year in a row, United Airlines is putting on a special "Fantasy Flights" program that flies ill children to the "North Pole" to meet Santa. This year, more than 5,000 children and their families get to go on a special plane ride to a makeshift North Pole to meet good ol' Saint Nick before his big night. 



"The kids really bring home the Spirit of Christmas for me. When I look into their eyes as they're chatting with Santa, it's often difficult to keep the tears from rolling down my face,” says Customer Service Rep and Fantasy Flights Santa David Tomb. “Sometimes they share a very personal thought or a wish that gives me just a hint of what their lives are like, what they're going through and what they're feeling at Christmas time. I'm just grateful that I can bring a little bit of joy into their lives."

A 99-year-old woman who won a shopping spree at a 99 Cents Only Store on her birthday filled her cart with Christmas goods Thursday, but she had no plans to keep the toys and stockings for herself.Instead, Donna Goldstein decided she was going to use her shopping spree at the Beverly Grove store to make holiday stockings for children in need and donate them throughout the community.“Sometimes we don’t realize how much is needed. I feel bad that I can’t do it for everyone, but it makes me feel very good that I am able to do what I can,” Goldstein said.Read KTLA’s story here: http://on.ktla.com/c7UaE

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, December 10, 2015
Via: KTLA 5 News
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Donna Goldstein filled her cart with Christmas gifts and stockings during a shopping spree she won at a 99-cent store on her 99th birthday. She's going to use her haul to assemble holiday stockings for kids in need. They will be distributed around her community in the Beverly Grove Neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Via: ActionAidSweden
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From the Swedish division of ActionAid comes the most unique charity Christmas album yet. Let goats serenade you with your favorite holiday tunes like Jingle Bells:



Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 



And best of all, O Come All Ye Faithful:



ActionAid is a multi-national organization dedicated to fighting poverty. The eight song album is available on most streaming services and the money earned from the album will benefit ActionAid.