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And the bottle of red wine goes to … climate denial for Christmas … Christmas party watch …

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: cancel Xmas … #PiersvPeppa … TA smackdown …

In a week with another school shooting, the American gun lobby is turning its sights on Australia. Plus: smacking children, cancelling Christmas and farewelling Peter O’Toole.

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Tips and rumours

Bid to save Luke McIlveen by News … email to Qantas staff … First Dog commemorates Xmas …

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Forget the politics and have a Merry Christmas

Crikey readers weigh in with their pre-Christmas opinions.

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Tips and rumours

ATO to go miners over dodgy transactions? … Merry Christmas Tony Abbott, here is Crikey’s reading list for you … who’s who in newsrooms of old …

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No schools crusade, kids just prefer a Christ-less Xmas

The media likes to claim Christmas is under attack in state schools. But Melbourne secondary teacher Chris Fotinopoulos found that most parents and pupils are fine with a Christ-less Christmas. Pop stars and circus routines, anyone?

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Tips and rumours

Xmas grinch strikes at AAP … what, no booze at mining party … did Wayne kill the Queen Mum? …

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Seven go back to back, but will Dannii Minogue be there next year?

Can Dannii Minogue move to Nine next year after the network snapped up Australia’s Got Talent hours after Seven has boned it? Nine wants her — and she’s got talent.

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Who will think of the small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes? Our pets

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to our own homes, which, while perhaps not filled with straw and manure, do often contain small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes — our pets.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Christmas without the tradition and religion? Welcome to Vietnam

As a Christmas hater, Tabitha Carvan thought Vietnam would be a perfect place to skip it. Except, every year, come December 1, the whole of Hanoi is instantly festooned with fairy lights, fake snow, and electric Santas playing saxophones.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

The festive season of waste?

For many of us Christmas is inherently about excess, family, presents and, importantly, food. And all of this would not be such a bad thing, if so much of it didn’t go to waste, writes Larissa Ocampo.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

How to green your dead Christmas tree

Christmas is officially over, the turkey is eaten and all the leftover ham sandwiches eaten. But what to do with the rotting Christmas tree still sitting in a bucket of water in the lounge room? Crikey intern Grace Ryan explains which councils do Christmas tree recycling.

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Christian Science Monitor | FILM & TV|

The global festival of Festivus

Seinfeld’s Festivus for the rest of us, a Christmas celebration involving a pole with no decorations, an airing of grievances and feats of physical strength, is no longer just a mock holiday found only on TV screens.

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Richardson: a Christmas reflection

One of the things people most welcomed with the return of the old order was the ability to celebrate Christmas again.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Kris Kringle for the Oz pollies

The office Kris Kringle is typically a kringe-worthy affair — but if you think you’ve got it tough, spare a thought for the poor bastards at Capital Hill. But never fear, Crikey intern Alexandra Patrikios is here, armed with gift suggestions for the a few parliamentarian pressies:

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Bah humbug to the season

If there is anything that arguably demonstrates that the PR stereotype has some validity it is the festive season in general and Christmas in particular.

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Daily Proposition: plan your Christmas viewing

Nothing says Christmas like Christmas movies. Time to carefully plan your festive feature-length treats, says Matt Smith.

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A very White House Christmas

Yesterday was an important day in the White House: Michelle Obama officially unveiled this year’s “holiday” decorations, including 19 Christmas trees and a giant bow made out of pipe cleaners. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at 97 volunteers, full of Christmas spirit as they deck the halls and hang tinsel in the Oval Office.

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Gourmet Traveller | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Classic Christmas recipes

Roast turkey with pancetta stuffing, Chrissie pud with muscat custard, honey-glazed ham and other Yuletide noms. Sure, it’s 35 degrees outside, but we can dream.

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A very Crikey Christmas Carolling

Let’s all raise our candles to sing along to our Crikey Christmas carols, including the classic hits ‘Dickheads We Have Heard On Air’ and ‘Oink To The World’, penned by Mel Campbell and Daniel Zugna.

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The media consultant that stole Christmas

Location: Santa’s Workshop, North Pole…

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Gizmodo | FEDERAL|

Send Conroy a lump of coal for Christmas

A new website called The Gift Of Censorship is promising to deliver a bag of coal in a large red sack to Stephen Conroy and for every 1000 complaint letters sent to him through the site.

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The Big Money | COMPANIES|

How the gift card stole Christmas

Once upon a time, people gave each other actual things for Christmas, until retail stores came up with the grand idea of dressing cash up as thoughtfulness and turned it into a multi-billion dollar industry. A looks at the evolution of the gift that says “I care… just not that much.”

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Lifehacker | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Nerd alert: uber-geeky Christmas crafts

Lifehacker has eight dorky (but cool!) DIY projects for the holidays, including an LED Christmas card and a laser light show for your Christmas tree.

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Washington Post | UNITED STATES|

The Christmas card the Obamas should have sent

Slate’s Christopher Beam was pretty unimpressed with this year official Obama family holiday card, so he went to the effort of penning them a much better, far more entertaining, version.

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