A Definitive List Of The Most Popular Christmas Movies In Every State Across The Country

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to wrap ourselves up in a blanket and re-watch all of our favorite holiday movies. Although we all have different tastes, when it comes to Christmas films there are certain classics that we can all agree are simply great.

Every year, CableTV.com analyzes Google Trends and AMC’s top 20 Christmas movies to determine which Christmas-themed films are the most popular across the United States.

This year’s analysis showed that Home Alone, Elf, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are the leading the popularity pack, however classics like Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street are right behind them. Unfortunately, not all of our favorite made the cut, but there are still some fantastic picks on the list.

Here are the most popular Christmas movies in every state:

IMDb

State: Connecticut

The Red List

State: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas & New York

The Athena Cinema

State: Alaska, Delaware & Maryland

Sky.com

State: Vermont

YouTube

State: Maine

IMDB

State: Kentucky, North Carolina & South Carolina

deadline.com

State: Wyoming

Pop Curious

State: Montana

Life & Style

State: Utah

Jonathanlack.com

State: South Dakota

Imgur

State: Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire & Washington

SteelStacks

State: Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska & Tennessee

Haven’t seen your state yet? The list doesn’t end here…

Forbes

State: District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas & Virginia

moviemezzanine.com

State: Arizona, California, Nevada & New Mexico

Bustle

State: Idaho

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

State: Mississippi

timeout.com

State: Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island & Wisconsin

That Film Guy

State: West Virginia

Did your favorite make the list? Let us know!

7 Big Screen Santa’s Who Made Christmas Just A little Bit More Magical

One of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is when the marathon of Christmas movies dominates my television for the weeks leading up to December 25. I of course have my favorites, but the ones that really get you into the Christmas spirit include a rendition of the man in red. Without Old St. Nick, a Christmas movie just isn’t as good as it could be.

Many actors have stepped up to the challenge. Some have prevailed while others have failed miserably. These 7 guys put their own spin on Santa Claus, and I loved each one of their performances.

These are the 7 best movie Santa Claus portrayals of all time.

Hate him or love him, Tim Allen played one of the funniest versions of Father Christmas. As Allen’s character went through the change of body and mind to become the epitome of the Christmas season, it left you with a feeling of joy, and you were guaranteed to break out into laughter every few minutes. This movie should be a must watch on your Christmas movie list, even if the sequels left much to be desired.  

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I don’t know about you, but a badass Santa covered in tattoos is just what the Christmas season was in need of. Baldwin voices Santa as the leader of the Guardians as they attempt to recruit Jack Frost to their cause while fighting off the Boogey Man. He even wields a pretty impressive sword throughout the movie’s fight scenes.

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This classic children’s movie has been around for decades, and Stan Francis voiced this iconic Christmas character. The movie was originally made for television, but it somehow managed to survive and ingrain itself in pop culture history. It was a different take on Santa, as he outwardly shamed Rudolph’s parents for giving birth to a child who was different from everyone else. In the end Santa saw the error of his ways, and the rest is history.

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You couldn’t have picked a better actor to play Santa, as long as Santa was a booze drinking, cigarette smoking asshole who seemingly hated children. “Santa” ended up coming through on the right side of the moral spectrum towards the end of the movie as he helped out a single young boy who needed it. It’s the thought that counts right?

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Will Ferrell might have been the star of this movie, and Santa didn’t exactly have a massive role. But that didn’t stop Edward Asner from putting on a great performance as Jolly Old St. Nick. One of my favorite moments from this movie was when Buddy found Santa and his sleigh crash-landed in the park. When Buddy goes to announce himself, Santa nearly takes his head off thinking he was some kind of mugger.

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This is definitely not your typical Christmas movie. Aykroyd plays a man who has officially hit rock bottom. Drug addicted, and living a life of crime, he put on the Santa suit in order to get into his former work’s Christmas party so that he could frame the man responsible for his life situation. It was hilarious to see a bunch of rich people get scared out of their minds by an unruly Santa Claus.

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No one will ever top Attenborough in his portrayal of Santa Claus. Miracle on 34th Street is one of those classic movies that will forever hold its place in the hearts of people. Attenborough plays the perfect Santa, a man who lives for Christmas spirit, and who will not break on his beliefs even when he is prosecuted for them. Pure perfection, and a true image of what Christmas is all about.

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Who is your favorite Santa of all time?

“Octomom” Reveals The One Trick She Uses To Teach Her Kids Gratefulness During The Holidays

Every family has their own Christmastime traditions, but for former reality star Octomon, whose real name is Nadya Suleman, there is one very important tradition she follows when it comes to giving her octuplets Chirstmas gifts.

The 42-year-old single mom rose to fame in 2009 after giving birth to octuplets. The controversial mother’s story gained popularity when it was revealed that she was already mom to six other children, all the while being unemployed.

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For a while, she appeared everywhere, from tabloids, to newspapers, and television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. She later starred in a slew of adult movies, which she claimed she did to make ends meet.

Suleman eventually made the decision to step out of the spotlight to focus on raising her children to be productive and respectable members of society.

“There was definitely a catalyst — my girls, particularly my oldest daughter Amerah. She was about 10, and she started integrating my traits and behaviors,” she said. “After I had observed my daughter beginning to emulate me, I saw her going down that same potentially destructive path, and I realized at that moment I’d rather be homeless in my van with all 14 kids than continuing down this path. It was not what I wanted for my children.”

Suleman, along with her brood, moved to Orange County, California for a new start about three years ago. She now works as a family therapy counselor, a job she is very passionate about.

She’s setting some great examples for her kids, and recently opened up about how she teaches her children to be grateful during the holidays.

The mother of 14 explains that she’s raising her children to be generous and selfless, and she puts even more emphasis on this during Christmastime.

“I’m focusing on raising the kids to focus on serving other people, to get out of their own head,” Suleman tells Us Weekly. “Be grateful for one little thing that they get because they earned it. They’re extraordinary kids. I’m so, so, so grateful.”

Us Weekly

So what’s a surefire way of ensuring her children don’t take what they have for granted? Suleman says giving each child just one gift is key.

“We’re on a budget and we’re pretty much so grateful for every little thing,” Suleman says, adding that she and the kids play the Grateful Game everyday. “We’re minimalist, too. They’re all minimalist and I am. The real me is a minimalist, so I believe that one gift that they really want, you know, they’re incredibly grateful for that.”

Among their Christmas traditions is picking out a tree from the farm together. This year, they visited a farm in Laguna Niguel, California, where the octuplets, Makai, Josiah, Isaiah, Jonah, Maliyah, Jeremiah, Nariyah and Noah, helped pick a tree and bring it home.

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Some of the siblings also dropped hints about what gifts they would like to buy for their mom. The list includes a coffee mug, a bracelet, a heart necklace, and a shirt that says, “I want coffee.”

You can watch the family get into the spirit of the holidays in the video below:

Do you buy your children more than one gift?

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Won’t Give Their Kids Christmas Gifts For A Very Good Reason

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are one of the biggest couples in Hollywood. People can’t help but remember them as the adorable Jackie and Kelso from That 70s Show, so the fact that they are actually together now is pretty awesome.

The couple has two children together: 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Dimitri. They are a perfect little family that has managed to stay out of all the Hollywood drama that so often accompanies this type of career.

Kunis will be staring in the sequel to Bad Moms which take place over Christmas. Entertainment Tonight took a moment to interview her about the movie, and also asked about their family traditions for gifts.

Her answer was not what you would expect from a big Hollywood star…

Kunis and Kutcher are starting a new family tradition this year, or at least they are hoping to. Apparently they have some over-eager grandparents who might not follow the rule, but this is what they are hoping.

“So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids,” she said. “We’re instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn’t really matter.”

They realized that this was an issue last year when their daughter was two-years-old. “Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”

This year they are trying to implement the new policy, but they aren’t sure if their parents will play along. “We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we’d like to take a charitable donation, to the Children’s Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.’ That’s our new tradition.”

Hopefully they will be able to make this work, because it’s a great lesson to teach their kids!

Town Full Of Grinches Try To Shut Down Family’s Elaborate Light Display

For almost 20 years, the Halliwell family of Fairfield, Connecticut have lit up their town with a special Christmas tradition.

Beginning the night after Thanksgiving, the Halliwell family home transforms into “Wonderland at Roseville,” a holiday display that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Halliwells deck their halls with more than 300,000 lights, a model train, life-size Christmas figures and other decorations. They also play Christmas music to set the mood.

Wonderland at Roseville / Facebook

There’s a small fee to admire the sound and light show, and all the proceeds are donated to a local Shriners Hospital. It’s hard to imagine a more wholesome way to celebrate the holiday season, but Wonderland’s neighbors are saying “bah, humbug” to this year’s display.

A petition signed by 45 neighbors from 28 nearby households says that the wonderland display puts children and the elderly in danger. The Halliwell family’s neighbors complain that the surge of cars on their street around Christmas is a risk and a nuisance.

“During the time that Wonderland at Roseville operates, the constant noise, the flow of people walking in the streets and many walking across our lawns, and the litter left behind are all a serious nuisance to our residents,” the petition reads.

The Halliwells say they’re “not happy” about the complaint, and are telling their side of the story.

Gene Halliwell says that his display isn’t just good for spreading cheer and raising money; it supports local businesses too.

Fairfield Citizen

He expects that if Wonderland is shut off, local restaurants and shops will lose out on the extra money his tourists bring in. Gene’s wife, Mary, adds that the display is a labor of love for the family.

“For my husband and my daughter, it’s everything,” she said. “My daughter was very sick … she still was out here fixing, planning, you know, it didn’t matter.”

Mary Halliwell shows of her collection of Christmas figurines.ABC News

To try and appease their neighbors, the Halliwells have put up traffic cones, lowered the volume of their Christmas carols, and agreed to end the show earlier than in previous years, when it ran as late as 11 p.m. Local traffic police will also help direct guests on busier nights.

Nadine Losquadro, the neighbor who submitted the petition, says it was never her goal to get Wonderland shut down. But Gene and Mary’s daughter, Maryann, says after the backlash this could be the final year for the attraction. “It’s a real shame,” she added.

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Gene says he hopes that neighbors who approve of his display will respond by decorating their own homes, to “really make it a neighborhood to really bring the people around.”

Should the Wonderland display be taken down? Share this story and tell us what you think!

[H/T: NY Post, ABC]

Family’s Christmas Card Is Going Viral Because Everyone Can Relate

Christmas cards are a fun way to show your love for family and friends, while still getting a little creative. You can buy some from the store or take your own photos, but either way, it’s fun to mail them off and wait to get some in return!

Families always try to make their card fun and festive, and the Seawrights are no different.

“My family sends out a different Christmas card every single year, it’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember, but we have never done a funny one,” Emily Seawright, 20, says.

Each family member decided to write down a word, starting with the letter E, that would describe their current life events.

Mom and Dad wrote “excited”:

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Her sister wrote “engaged”:

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Then there were the “expecting” parents:

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And then…

There’s Emily.

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Emily, who’s single, took one for the team and was the butt end of the joke.

“We thought it would be really funny, so we all made our own signs for the photo,” Emily says. “I think it’s crazy that it’s gaining so much attention, it was really just meant to be funny, but I had no idea so many people could relate to it. Since posting it, I have received many messages on every social media account I have—there are actually so many that I can’t even read all of them, but I find it hilarious and flattering!”

More than 60,000 people have shared Emily’s tweet, and people are loving it.

Emily is hoping her picture will bring a smile to people’s faces.

“Nothing is that serious and it’s okay to be single,” Emily says. “During the holiday season everybody has this idea that you need to be with somebody, but just embrace being you!”

What do you think of Emily’s Christmas card?

Parents Warn About Dangerous Counterfeits Of This Year’s Hottest Christmas Toys

There’s no doubt that Fingerlings are this year’s hottest Christmas toy, but if you’re still shopping for one of these adorable baby monkeys, be careful.

When we shared our list of toys that would be on every child’s Christmas list this year, Fingerlings stood out right away. The tiny animatronic critters blink, speak, and shriek when you flip them upside down, all while hanging onto your finger.

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And like Hatchimals last year, the toy has made big business for retailers, as parents are rushing to get this year’s “Cabbage Patch” toy before they’re all sold out.

But some parents are warning others to be on the lookout, after they were tricked into buying counterfeit Fingerlings. Even some reputable sites run by big stores aren’t safe from the phony monkeys, as third party vendors have been unloading their counterfeit toys to clueless shoppers.

One mother described receiving a package with misspelled labels on her doorstep, with fake Fingerlings inside. When she handed the toys to her kids, she said the “color was leeching off the product onto their hands.” While this parent got a full refund for her phony toys, you might not be so lucky.

That’s why everyone should learn how to tell apart real and fake Fingerlings, to avoid being scammed.

WowWee, the company behind Fingerlings, has been working hard to stop Grinches from ruining Christmas.

Last week alone, they filed more than 160 lawsuits to stop counterfeit toymakers from selling their phony monkeys. Big online retailers like Amazon and Walmart.com also have “no tolerance” for the fake toys, but sellers are passing off the phony Fingerlings faster than they can catch them.

In fact, counterfeit versions of the toys have made Amazon’s top sellers list multiple times already in the run-up to Christmas.

A phony Fingerling (left) compared to the real thing (right).@MalindaWilk / Twitter

Authorities also worry these toys might be dangerous, because in the past counterfeit toys contained lead, and unsafe electronics which have caught fire.

If you want to avoid being sold a fake Fingerling, here’s what to watch out for:

  • Check the name on the packaging: counterfeiters use names like Happy Monkey, Fun Monkey, Finger Monkey, Baby Monkey, and lookalikes names including Fmgeblings.
  • The company name on the packaging should be WowWee.
  • Non-English labels on the front of the packaging are signs of fake toys.
  • The monkey on the packaging (at bottom left) should match the color of the one inside.
  • Fingerlings have a recommended price of $14.99, so any products much cheaper or more expensive are probably fake.
  • Remember to double-check your purchase before you wrap it for Christmas.

You can get a refund for fake products by contacting the seller’s helpline, and you should also use the same process to report any fake sellers you see online.

Shop safe this Christmas! Share this warning with other parents!

[H/T: Good Housekeeping, USA Today]

5-Year-Old Church Shooting Survivor Wants You To Send Him A Christmas Card

The family of a little boy who lived through a horrible experience needs your help to give him a merry Christmas this year.

Ryland Ward was one of the youngest survivors of last month’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Ryland lost his mother and two of his sisters in the attack, and was shot five times – once in the elbow, twice in the stomach, and twice in the leg.

Ward family

The 5-year-old has already been through more surgeries and treatments than most adults to help him recover. He was put on life support machines, including a breathing tube, had a stint placed in his kidney, and needed skin grafts. Ryland will also need to use a wheelchair for months once he’s sent home from the hospital.

While his family expected Ryland would be home for Christmas, trouble with the young boy’s kidney and shattered femur mean he’ll spend the holidays in a hospital bed.

The church in Sutherland Springs was decorated to honor the shooting victims.Bloomberg

Ryland’s grandmother, Sandy Ward, reveals that he hasn’t even heard the worst news yet. “They still haven’t told him yet that his mom and sisters are dead,” she explained to KSAT 12, “but I’m sure he’s kind of getting some kind of idea because he’s 5.”

It’s clear that this tough little guy could use a Christmas pick-me-up, and his family wants your help to make his holidays merry and bright.

Doctors say that Ryland is still six to eight weeks away from being sent home.

Ward family

While he’s stuck in the hospital, his family wants to give Ryland as many Christmas cards as possible, and they’re inviting you to send him one.

Ryland likes receiving Christmas cards with photos of other kids and family pets, and his family hopes you’ll chip in $1 to help buy him a go-kart for Christmas.

You can send any Christmas cards to this address:

Ryland Ward

P.O. Box 174

Sutherland Springs, Texas, 78161

If you’d prefer, you can help cover Ryland’s medical costs by donating to his GoFundMe account here.

Sandy says that despite everything, Ryland is still smiling, and these cards will only make him feel even better.

Share this story so everyone can send Ryland a card!

[H/T: KSAT 12]

Mom Sparks A Debate When She Admits To Charging Her Family $40 For Christmas Dinner

When we were kids, it seemed like whenever Christmas rolled around our homes magically transformed into a winter wonderland.

Stockings were hung, holiday cookies were baked, and the Christmas tree was decorated seemingly overnight. Of course, as adults, we know all the hard work that goes into preparing for the holidays. Because we are the ones doing it!

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That’s why a new plan to take the stress out of the holidays cooked up by British mom Gemma Andrews has everyone divided. It sounds ridiculous at first, but the mother of four (soon to be five) swears it’s the only thing that makes Christmas bearable for her extended family.

In the past, Andrews had guests no-show her Christmas dinner, after she had already paid for the food and drinks. The next year, everyone “forgot” the dish they were meant to bring for a potluck dinner.

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That left Andrews scrambling to buy and prepare a dinner herself.

After putting up with all that, while cooking the entire Christmas dinner herself, Andrews had reached her limit. Her solution was to charge guests to her Christmas dinner $40 up front, and says the simple trick has guaranteed everyone in her family a merry Christmas.

But not everyone was convinced.

The key to Andrews’s solution is that everyone chips in, and there are less no-shows when money is on the line.

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She charges all the adult guests at Christmas dinner, but not children. Andrews even has her own tricks to make the payment as painless as possible. For one thing, she collects the money in November, so it doesn’t add to the Christmas crunch. And Santa brings a gift for every guest at dinner, which makes the price of admission worthwhile.

And while the fact that Andrews has raised ticket prices from $10 in $40 in just a few years raises eyebrows, she says it’s because as children grow up they add to the family’s Christmas liquor bill.

There’s one last upside to the scheme: Andrews’s son has severe food allergies, so if she’s the only cook there’s less stress for everyone.

But it seems like almost nobody approves of this crafty mom’s Christmas plan.

When she appeared on ITV’s This Morning to share her idea, host Kathy Lette said she made “Scrooge look like Mary Poppins.” In Lette’s opinion, adding a price tag to Christmas is against the spirit of the season.

A poll conducted by the show found just 10{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of people would even consider charging their loved ones, and a viewer online said Andrews “has lost the true meaning of Christmas.”

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Scam Alert: Don’t Trust Holiday “Gift Exchanges” On Social Media

Tis the season…for scammers. Be wary this Christmas, because not everyone’s as giving as they seem on social media.

We’ve warned you before about all kinds of scams that land the people behind them on the naughty list, but this might be the worst one yet, because it preys on your Christmas spirit.

An example of the famous scam.Good Housekeeping

By now you’ve probably seen social media posts or groups called the Secret Sister Gift Exchange. The promises these posts make sound too good to be true: buy a $10 gift for the person at the top of the list, share the post, and soon you’ll get 36 gifts of your own in the mail.

Sadly, this is just a high-tech version of an old chain letter pyramid scheme, and it’s been circulating on social media websites since at least 2015.

How these “gift exchanges” supposedly work.Life With Lisa

The scam has proved so popular that the Better Business Bureau has stepped in, warning customers not to believe everything they read online. The organization says you won’t just be disappointed by the scam, you could actually wind up in big trouble with the law.

Thankfully, these scams are easy to recognize and avoid if you know what to look for.

The Secret Sister scam almost always uses the same message, but sometimes there are slight differences.

Some versions of the scam use wine or books instead of presents.The Independent

The earliest version of the scheme asked for cash (a $5 bill) before changing to Christmas gifts. Last year, other versions asked people to send wine or books instead of presents, but the scam is still the same.

Because of the nature of the scheme – where one person invites six friends and so on forever – you’re almost guaranteed to spend more buying and mailing your gift than you will get back. And even mailing those gifts can get you into big trouble.

Be careful – mailing presents related to these scams is illegal.Macon.com

Organizing a chain letter scheme is illegal, and so is mailing anything as a part of one, because it’s actually considered a form of gambling. Even if it begins with a social media post, any pyramid scheme that uses the mail at any point could get you into trouble.

The Better Business Bureau recommends you handle the scam like this:

  • Ignore any posts you see about gift exchanges on social media, and don’t give out any personal information.
  • Remember that chain letter scams are illegal, and you could get in trouble for participating in one.
  • Remember you will almost certainly get nothing back on your “investment.”
  • Despite what some posts say, these chain letter schemes are never endorsed by the government or the USPS.

Stay safe this holiday season!

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You Can Now Deck Your Halls In Hidden Valley Ranch

Whether it’s a side-effect of the social media age or just this economy, our favorite food companies have been pushing the envelope lately to attract attention.

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We told you (warned you?) about KFC’s new fried chicken-scented bath bomb. Compare that with Taco Bell’s new “naked” taco, the new Jimmy Fallon-inspired ice cream, and Dairy Queen’s lineup of holiday Blizzards, and it’s easy to see that these companies are trying to one-up each other to attract attention.

The ranch cozy keeps your dressing at the perfect temperature.Hidden Valley Ranch

Well, we think Hidden Valley Ranch has won this contest, because their new line of products is so weird and wonderful that we just had to share it. You may remember that Hidden Valley Ranch has already released a line of products for their devoted “ranch-head” fans.

The ranch fountain was last year’s must-have ranch accessory.Hidden Valley Ranch

Now the salad dressing company has outdone themselves by releasing a set of special holiday themed items, as well as an expanded clothing line. You need to be a serious ranch fan to rock these outfits, but we must admit they’re pretty funny.

Hidden Valley Ranch

And some of the Christmas items have already caught our eye…

Along with sweaters, statement socks and slippers, you can even buy a ranch-themed ugly Christmas sweater.

Hidden Valley Ranch

But why stop there? With the new bedazzled ornament, you can even show Santa how much you love ranch dressing. Other must-haves on Hidden Valley’s website include the “Peace Love Ranch” phone case, the matching baby onesie, and a four-pack of the company’s signature flavors.

Hidden Valley Ranch

If you have a serious ranch lover on your Christmas list, consider investing in the new Mini Ranch Keg. The 10-inch tall container holds five liters of ranch dressing, and meets FDA requirements to keep it fresh. Plus, it comes with a year’s supply of Hidden Valley. Perfect for your next party, or a pizza night for one.

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But the piece de resistance in this year’s collection is undoubtedly the company’s festive update on their classic four-tiered ranch fountain. It works just the same as a chocolate fountain, but it’s suitable for dipping everything from veggies to chips, and even whole pizza slices. It’s guaranteed to wow your guests at your next shindig, and the tree skirt is a nice touch.

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Obviously you would need to be a serious ranch fan to justify any of these purchases, but it seems dedicated ranch-heads were already making their own merchandise.

“We see them on social media creating their own Hidden Valley themed fashion — from accessories to costumes and more,” says HVR’s “brand leader” Jacqueline Klein. “So with the upcoming season, we wanted to provide a festive sweater to help ranch lovers get in the holiday spirit.”

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After A Drunk Threw Up In A Box Full Of Charity Toys, His Community Pulled Off A Christmas Miracle

A Grinch loaded up with eggnog almost ruined this Christmas for some of Chicago’s neediest kids.

The man was taking part in the city’s annual “T-Box” bar crawl, also known as the “Twelve Bars of Christmas.” By the time he reached the Nisei Lounge he must have been a little over-served, because shortly after arriving he puked in the bar’s Toys for Tots charity box.

Holiday revelers at the Nisei Lounge during T-Box.Fox 32

Bar owner Brian Pistorius says the box of toys for underprivileged children was about three quarters full, but none of the toys could be saved.

“Unfortunately after that happens we can’t really give those to the kids,” he said.

The drunk ruined an entire box of Christmas toys.Mix941

But a bartender and a bouncer at the Nisei Lounge didn’t want the kids to go without their toys, so they volunteered their tips from the bar crawl to buy replacements. Then, they shared their pledge on social media, asking others to give as well.

Before they knew it, the entire community was rallying to fill the bar’s new box, and they wound up doing even better than that.

After seeing the enthusiasm on social media, the Nisei Lounge set up “The Toys For Tots Karma Challenge,” selling “Good Karma Tickets” to raise money for new toys.

The challenge quickly raised more than $2,000, and the community also filled the bar’s Christmas tree with new toys. After spending the money at the nearby Building Blocks Toy Store, three huge boxes of toys were ready to be handed out on Christmas morning.

Boxes of toys paid for with the charity money.Fox 32

“Everyone’s just contributing and it’s like good karma, anonymous karma, random acts of kindness,” says the store’s owner Katherine McHenry, “and it’s so great to see over the holidays.”

Pistorius has been bowled over by all the support his bar has seen in the last few days, and has started to call his customer’s nasty accident “a blessing in disguise.”

Donated toys piled under the bar’s Christmas tree.Fox 32

“In no way shape or form would I ever imagine that we could get this type of outpouring from people,” he told Fox 32.

Maybe it’s because the accident was so silly, or it’s just the way the holiday season makes people so generous, but this is one Christmas the Nisei Lounge won’t forget any time soon.

Mom Reports Her Young Son Missing, But He Was Secretly Making Money For Something Special

The spirit of Christmas seems to be most alive in the hearts and souls of young children around the world.

Children are taught some of the most important values during the holiday season, such as to celebrate love, bond as a family, think of others before thinking of yourself, being grateful, and spreading Christmas joy.

What’s beautiful is that they take these values to heart and work hard to spread joy in their community.

One boy went through great lengths to make sure his family would have a wonderful Christmas, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.

An Oklahoma mother frantically reported her 13-year-old son missing after he didn’t come home at the time he was supposed to.

Sophia Reed asked her daughter, Deneisha, if she had any idea where her brother might be, but she bit her tongue, knowing well that if she told her mother the truth, Christmastime could be ruined for her whole family.

The story of the “missing” boy will warm you heart.

Diauris and his mother and sister recently moved to their new apartment, so they didn’t have enough money for Christmas shopping.

“What little Christmas money we had, you know, to pay my security deposit for here,” Sophia told KFOR.

Sophia’s children didn’t want to let that reason ruin their Christmas, so they devised a plan.

While Diauris collected cans to trade them in for money, his mother was calling the police to report him missing.

Diauris’s older sister knew her brother was trying to make money to buy their mother something special for the holiday, so she kept her mouth shut.

“I was very afraid he was going to get in trouble,” she said. “I just didn’t want to say anything because it would blow the whole thing.”

When Diauris returned home, he saw the cops there, and had no other choice but to reveal what he’d been up to.

“Most of the time when I see the police, it’s like, bad stuff,” he said. “I just wanted to do something for my mama.”

But Diauris was nowhere close to getting in trouble, in fact officers were so warmed by Diauris’s Christmas spirit that they showed up to the family’s home to bring Christmas presents. The cops also raised $800 for the mom and her children!

“There was so many knocks on my door, everybody just was knocking … And every time I opened my door, it was the police,” Sophia recalled.

Sophia hopes to be able to offer the same generosity to someone next year.

Happy holidays!

Give Your Favorite Dessert A Festive Makeover! Christmas Tree Brownies Are The Best Holiday Treat

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Everyone loves a brownie! Especially at Christmas time! They are the perfect dessert that is quick, easy, and amazing no matter what. Do you want an easy way to make your brownies a little more special? Turn them into adorable Christmas Tree Brownies!

Its pretty neat how cutting a brownie in a slightly different shape can make them so much more appetizing! No one can resist these, they are too adorable!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix + Ingredients needed to prepare it
  • 1 tub vanilla icing
  • green food coloring
  • Round sprinkles
  • Star sprinkles
  • Candy Canes

Directions:

Preheat your oven to the temperature it says to on the box and line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil.

Prepare your brownie mix as per the directions on the box. Ours needed an egg, vegetable oil and water. Mix together until combined – be careful not to over mix.

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Pour the brownie mix into your pan and bake per the directions on the box.

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Let the brownies cool completely (approximately 1.5 hours, then remove from the pan.

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Cut the brownies into small triangles.

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Take about half of the tub of icing and use your green food coloring to turn it green. Then pipe it onto the brownie in a zig zag pattern.

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Take a piece of candy cane, about 1.5″ long and stick it into the bottom of the triangle so it looks like the trunk of the tree.

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Sprinkle on the round sprinkles and then top your tree with a star and you are all set!

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These brownies are great because you can use what ever recipe you like but the design really takes them to the next level! Try them out for your Christmas parties this season!

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Cranberry Glazed Meatballs Give A Festive Twist To A Family Favorite

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Holiday appetizers are always so fun to make! There is such a variety of flavors you can use and these Cranberry Glazed Meatballs are just one of the awesome recipes you are going to want to try.

These are great as an appetizer or if you need a quick meal before the Christmas concerts! You can use frozen meatballs to make it super quick, or if you want to you can make them homemade. Either way it’s the sauce that is the true winner here. The cranberry flavors are just what the holidays need! Check it out!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of meatballs
  • 1 (14oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 (12oz) bottle chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Chopped green onion for garnish

Directions:

Heat the meatballs in a microwave safe dish with 1/4 cup water. Cover with paper towel and put in the microwave on high for 10 minutes.

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While your meatballs heat up, bring the cranberry sauce, chilli sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce to a simmer in a large skillet.

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Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Use toothpicks to skewer the meatballs if you are going to serve as appetizers, or serve over rice as a meal!

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These meatballs give one of your favorite appetizers a tasty festive twist!

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