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good morning, america. merry christmas. this morning, as you gather with your family around the tree, we're unwrapping the meaning of christmas. and a story here for christians and catholics worldwide. the new pope's blockbuster year. timothy dolan and cardinal steve is here to discuss it all. and gadget guide. you've opened the high-tech presents. now what? the dos and don'ts of electronics. what our experts say you should do after you open that box. is regifting okay? how do you deal with the in-laws? and when do you take down the tree? all in our "heat index" for the holidays. and two of our faves coming over for the holidays. emeril is here to cook up the perfect holiday breakfast for
your family. and andrea bocelli, all here on a very special "gma." ♪ make spirits bright what fun it is to ride and sing ♪ ♪ a sleighing song tonight jingle bells, jingle bells ♪ we do say good morning, america. a very merry christmas to everyone celebrating. we're happy to have the nyu magical jazz singers with us. bringing us a very special christmas soundtrack all morning long, on this very merry edition of "good morning america." >> we have to kick it off with a little compassion. we are on tape. so we can be home with our families. we have a lot of great guests coming up, including timothy cardinal dolan, and joel olesteen.
>> and merry christmas to everybody. it's terrific to be here with all of you. and for the little ones, as well. we are heading to the north pole. some very lucky kids actually boarding a flight for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to a very hot holiday destination, if only in spirit. we're along for the whole trip. it is a story -- it is a phenomenal thing. >> looking forward to that. so many families watching their favorite holiday movies today. for many, that would be "a christmas story." >> ralphie. >> that christmas classic is celebrating a big anniversary this year. >> i double-dog dare you. >> some of the cast together for a very special reunion. looking forward to sharing that with all of you. >> i feel like the young ones at nyu, are saying, what are you talking about? it's a classic. >> it will all make sense. >> you watch it, it will make sense. let's get a live check on the morning's headlines. >> thanks. merry christmas, everyone. we begin with breaking news from
afghanistan. two rockets have hit the u.s. embassy in the capital city of kabul. and the taliban immediately claimed responsibility on twitter. hundreds of employees and aide workers inside that building were forced to flee. but no one was killed or wounded in that attack. meanwhile, another two rockets in other areas of the city. but no major damage. back here at home, many are in the cold and dark this morning. 300,000 people in michigan started their holiday with no power. the power outages started four days ago, after last weekend's ice storm. and more than 30 inches of lake-effect snow fell in wisconsin, with more snow on the way to that area today. it's the first christmas at the vatican for pope francis. and he's delivering his first christmas blessing. lama hasan has this and other celebrations. >> reporter: from the balcony overlooking st. peter's square this morning, francis delivered the christmas day message to the city and the world.
for the first time since the coming pontiff. a message of love and forgiveness, the pope choosing this day to focus on current conflicts, from syria to sudan, to find peaceful solutions in those countries. ushering in christmas last night at midnight mass. in a short homily, he was calling on the faithful to choose between darkness and light, love and hate, as he guides us from god. christians around the world are marking this festive period with prayers, reflections, celebrating in any way they can. in afghanistan, troops far away from their families were exchanging presents and singing carols. ♪ before tucking in some christmas lunch. in the west bank town bethlehem, thousands of pilgrims and
tourists packed manger square to celebrate christmas eve. nearby at the church of the nativity, they were visiting the grotto, where many believe jesus christ was born. syrian kids got a surprise visit from santa claus today, who, of course, came bearing gifts. and christmas down under in australia, where it is summertime now, just wouldn't be the same without a little trip to the beach. here in britain, four generations of royals are attending the christmas church service at the queen's estate at sandringham before heading out for a christmas lunch. the star attraction, little prince george, was not at the service. he is at the estate where he will celebrate his first christmas with his royal relatives. for "good morning america," lama hasan, abc news, london. and another delay for the health care overhaul. people who were unable to finish applying for health care insurance through the obamacare website by midnight, may be able
to get care before january 1st. they have to show they had problems with the website. the administration said 2 million people visited healthcare.gov on monday. that's the highest one-day total so far. and edward snowden is speaking out this christmas about the nsa secrets that he leaked. his holiday message was recorded for great britain's channel 4. in it, snowden is resolute. he insists he did the right thing. >> the conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. >> snowden has been keeping a relatively low profile since being granted asylum in russia. apparently, only a tiny fraction of the information he collected has been made public. some adventurous cruise ship passengers are spending christmas awaiting rescue. they are stuck in ice on the way from new zealand to antarctica. 50 scientists and passengers are onboard, along with 20 crew.
it will be two days until they can be rescued. a driver has returned $300,000 that he found in his cab. he had never thought about keeping the money. it was left behind by a gambler that hit it big at the casino. he was given 1,000 bucks by his cab company. and the anonymous gambler said he wanted to make a contribution, giving him a reward. that's the news of christmas. let's have a check of the weather where you happen to be right now. we are back, now, on this
christmas morning, with a very special guest. timothy cardinal dolan, the archbishop of new york. >> merry christmas to you and everybody. good to be with you. >> what a year you had. i remember being with you in rome, as you joined for the choosing of pope francis. this is the first christmas for the new pope. >> uh-huh. he's a gift. he is a gift to the world. and he is everything that i had hoped he could be and i think the college of cardinals hoped he would be. a week or so ago when "time" magazine named him the person of the year, no-brainer. i was picking that up on the sidewalks of new york. >> you have felt that excitement. you said a no-brainer. could you have really have seen the kind of impact this man would have? >> no. i think nothing he does has surprised us. what has surprised us is he has done it more effectively than we thought. what we were after, as you and i chatted in rome, a good pastor with a track record of solid
administration, the fatherly warm tender for the sheep, for his people. and we got that on steroids with pope francis. he's the world's parish priest. they used to call him father george. and the world is calling him father francis. he's our francis. and he's just a great, loving parish priest. >> i loved his reaction to being named "time's" person of the year. i'm not looking for fame or celebrity or more power. but if it can spread -- >> you got it. if it can be a vehicle. "time" magazine, i'm more worried about timeless things. he shrugs and says, thanks. who cares? i'm not looking for this. but if it helps people meet jesus, bring it on. >> and he seems to want to rebalance in ways. he holds to the church doctrine on things like abortion and gay marriage. but he says also, let's not just talk about this. >> you know what? i think on this christmas morning, it's good, the image john 23rd used. the italians say francis reminds
them of pope john the 23rd. he said, the teaching of the church is a timeless gift. it's ours. we inherit it. but the way we gift wrap it, the way we make it more compelling to the world, that can always change. that's what francis is saying. i'm not changing the teaching. i might change the way we teach it. >> and part of that, and the way that this gospel is taught, could involve a greater role or a different role, enhanced role for women in the church. >> he's talking about that. he reminds us, he's once again a loyal son of the church. he said, women cannot be ordained priests. but he said the second council taught us you don't need a collar to have a leadership role in the church. and the way the church has given women leadership. university presidents. ceos of hospitals. most important people in parish is women, for centuries in the catholic church in the united states. he's reminded that we have a pretty good record. but he said, we need to do
better. i would think that in this new year, we're probably going to see some women get some major positions within the holy see, the catholic church. i would anticipate that. >> christmas today. probably the most hopeful day of the year. what do you hope for in the coming year? >> well, look. it's just like, what i'd love to see is that we continue to welcome the baby. christmas is all about kids. christmas is all about babies. and we are at our best when we tenderly love our kids. so, whether that be education. whether that be health care. whether that be nourishment. whether that be international development. whether that be the role of peace. it's kids that suffer. let's take care of the babies. let's take care of the kids. that's my hope for 2014. >> amen to that. cardin cardin cardinal doland, merry christmas. robin? >> thanks, george. a special trip to the north
pole. this is a tough time of year to get plane tickets. but some very lucky children managed to get on to a united airlines flight to this holiday's hottest destination. abc's sara haines was there for the trip of a lifetime. >> reporter: it's not every day you get to fly to the north pole. but that's exactly where little anu is headed. the 4-year-old joins dozens of other deserving kids. >> have fun, okay? >> reporter: some stricken with cancer. others facing family hardship, for an all-expense-paid trip to santa's workshop. curtesy of united airlines. show me how excited? this excited? this is how excited you are? did i nail it? lucky for me, i got to tagalong for the flight. i'm going to the north pole. let me tell you, if only all commercial flights were like this. there was the singing. ♪ jingle bells, jingle bells
jingle all the way ♪ >> reporter: the jolly elves. and have we mentioned the in-flight clown? >> thank you. >> enjoying it. >> hi. very excited. >> reporter: the fun didn't stop on the plane. greeting the kids at the north pole, a bevy of kid-friendly icons. and of course, santa himself. amid playtime with elves, families forgot the illness, the sadness faced at home. >> my kids, having so much fun. >> reporter: what did you think when you heard about this? >> i was excited. happy. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: at day's end, came the presentation of presents. a fitting way to end the day. a christmas these kids will never forget. for "good morning america," sara
haines, abc news, the north pole. >> how adorable is that? >> wonderful. >> pretty great trip. here's another one for you. an nba star, pau gasol, seven feet tall. he's one of the top players on the l.a. lakers. he's also known for his inspiring charity work off the basketball court with st. jude's children's hospital. and our cameron mathison was there as he made some very special kids' holiday wishes come true. >> basketball. >> thank you. >> reporter: an early christmas. >> you like pink? >> yes. >> reporter: for 17-year-old sophie. 12-year-old mohammed. >> thank you. >> reporter: and other surgery patients at children's hospital, los angeles. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: surprised by a visit from nba lakers star, pau gasol. >> we're talking about trauma cases to kids with cancer. >> reporter: what benefit do you notice that you provide for these children that are struggling? >> i feel like i help make the
experience a little better for them. i give them positive encouragement. very great. >> reporter: yeah. >> you make people happy when they're struggling, what's better than that? >> i can draw hearts. >> you like to draw hearts? all right. i like doing it. >> okay. >> it's really a privilege. >> reporter: a privilege education. whenever gasol makes the rounds, st. jude's research hospital when the lakers play in memphis, and in l.a. at children's hospital. gasol spent a year in medical school before pursuing basketball. and both of his parents are in the medical field. he's invited by the head of orthopedic surgery to witness surgery. and here, learns how a spinal operation changed the life of a 6 1/2-year-old girl. >> she is two inches taller after surgery. standing up straight. what's interesting is what she remembers about this is that she met pau gasol. >> i got to meet pau gasol at
the hospital when i was in the hospital. >> reporter: what was he like? >> he was seven feet tall. >> reporter: months after surgery, gasol stayed in touch. >> he actually invited the whole family to a game. that was really fun for all of us. >> reporter: today, gasol's lakers face the miami heat, one of the five game blockbuster nba christmas day matches on abc and espn. do the people of los angeles have any worry about you being traded anytime soon? >> i have no idea. i wish i knew. it's definitely a possibility. and it could happen. but life is too short. life is too sweet and too beautiful to have to worry about those things. >> reporter: for "good morning america," cameron mathison, abc news, los angeles. >> one of the truly good people in sports. pau gasol is. that's a wonderful thing. wonderful thing. also this. at least for those of us of a certain vintage. a true christmas classic. so many families will obviously spend time today watching
television, as you are right now. when we're done, i'm sure you're going to find it somewhere on the dial. "a christmas story." one of the true classics today. it seems to get more popular with each passing year. and this year, the movie is celebrating a special anniversary. and to help celebrate it, we got some of the cast members back together for a reunion. take a look. what do you get when you take one bunny costume? add a pair of mean-spirited elves. >> come on. >> reporter: throw in a triple-dog dare. fold in one epic quest for a red ryder b.b. gun. >> you'll shoot your eye out, kid. >> reporter: the answer, movie magic, in the form of "a christmas story." one of the most beloved holiday classics of all-time. this year, the film turns 30. and so, to mark the occasion, "gma" sat down with four of the original cast members. ian patrella, a.k.a. randy
parker. scott schwartz. a.k.a. glick. zach ward. a.k.a. scutt far gus. and grover dill. the men attribute the movie's tremendous staying power to its fundamental message. >> it's all about family. and family values. >> it was assured reality that grandparents, parents and children all enjoy together. >> reporter: fun facts, the snow and the film's theme in cleveland was really potato's. ian's audition to get the role of randy, was just sitting down to an impromptu meal. >> okay, eat like a piggy. okay, you're randy. >> reporter: and what of that iconic tongue scene? >> it was a real pole. over it, they put a plastic pole, with a little hole they put in it, with a suction tube
and a vacuum. and stuck, we were. >> reporter: most films diminishes, in "a christmas story's" case, it soars. there's christmas story conventions. "christmas story" merchandise. leg lamp anyone? >> are you a bunny? >> reporter: and "a christmas story" musical, now in its second hit here in new york. while in cleveland, at the house where it all began, there are tours. >> the story value keeps on connecting to every generation. kind of awesome. >> he's so bundled up, he can't put his arms down. >> sarina's afternoon today, for sure. america, we want to hear from you. we triple-dog dare you, in fact. logon to goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! tell us your favorite holiday movie of all-time. we'll have the results. and we are in the holiday
spirit today. coming up on "gma," one of the moments joel olesteen, of the biggest church in the country. how to keep the christmas spirit alive after the holidays. what to do with your holiday gift gadgets. becky worley shows us the first thing you should do with the tech toys. >> it's a big help. also, planning to catch a movie, perhaps, over the christmas break? chris connelly is showing us the best films at the box office. >> can't wait for that. also, merry christmas. when does it all come down? how to deal with this. so much family in all of one house. >> i know. >> really sorry about that. and really a question for me. do i need to wrap this? all of the big questions. we have a holiday "heat index" for you. you're going to want to stick around for. my name is major dan garrity and stationed in korea. merry christmas. happy new year. i love you.
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♪ ♪ hark how the bells sweet silver bells ♪ ♪ all seem to say throw cares away ♪ ♪ christmas is here bringing good cheer ♪ ♪ to young and the old weak and the bold ♪ ♪ ding dong ding dong that is the song ♪ ♪ with joyful ring all carolling ♪ ♪ one seems to hear words of good cheer ♪ ♪ from everywhere filling the air ♪ ♪ oh, how they pound raising a sound ♪ ♪ through hill and dale telling a tale ♪ the jazz singers, performing "carol of the bells." great to have them here this morning. butting a twist on a real christmas classic. we say good morning, america, and merry christmas. we are here through the magic of digital video this morning. this is on tape so we can spend the day with our families. >> i'm actually on a beach right now. that's how you win. >> beautiful. >> good morning. thank you. thank you. also ahead, so many new gadgets under the christmas tree
this morning. but what should you do with the brand-new gifts? our becky worley has all of the answers to your high-tech holiday questions. plus, lots of catching a movie. get out of the house maybe. you bundle into a warm theater. lots of films to choose from. so many good ones. so, we have a preview of all of the must-see movies. >> looking forward to that, josh. christmas is a wonderful day. it's a wonderful day to sit around and have your family and friends and loved ones around you. and you can give gifts, that's all the better. we all know, much, much, much more to christmas. i sad down with that man right there, joel osteen, pastor of the lakewood church in houston, texas. the biggest church in the country. and spoke to joel about faith and what christmas means to him. what is your fondest christmas memory? >> my fondest memory, robin, is just growing up sleeping in the den the night before christmas. and getting up early the next
morning and opening gifts with my family. having fun together. >> yeah. it is about family at a time like this. i know it becomes a little commercial. and people are so worried, did they get the right gift. and people are opening -- my mother said something to us. momma, what do you want? she says, make me a memory. you want to be making memories. that's what we're doing today. >> that's so important. we do get caught up, did i get the perfect gifts? i think most of us, when we look back, we don't necessarily remember the gifts. we remember that time that we laughed together and played with our cousins. we let our guard down a little bit. >> talk about the role of faith today. we talk about family. we talk about memories. but the importance of this day. >> you know, i think, obviously, as believers, as christians, the birth of christ, celebrating what jesus did, coming to earth, giving us salvation and redemption, that's the ultimate gift. i think also, it teaches us to let today be a new beginning.
>> also a day like today, not a happy day for a lot of people. they've lost loved ones. the second one without my mother. the first one that i can really -- last year i wasn't doing so well. and how do you talk to people? and what do you say to those who are struggling? they see the happiness and you want to be happy for other people. but it is a time of reflection for many. >> it really is. it's a difficult time. we realize people have lost loved ones. and some people don't have family around. so, it's important to got to remember, number one, your loved ones are with the lord. and as you draw closer to god and have faith, you can draw closer to your loved one. the other thing, too, is don't sit around all day and feel sorry for yourself. go out and do something good for somebody else. do you have a neighbor that you can go cheer up? i find when you give, it brings healing and wholeness to yourself. >> i know that you have a special message for billy
graham, who is having some health issues. >> dr. graham has always been a hero of mine. growing up as a preacher's kid, we always watched him. so admired and respected him. i got a chance to visit with him some. just as his health declined, your heart goes out for him. >> as we look ahead, what is your message of peace for the new year, joel? >> my message of peace is, again, to let go of the old. find something to be grateful for each day. see it as a gift, each day that's god's given us. and really believe for bigger things for your life. >> how do we keep this going? after christmas and after the new year, how do we keep the spirit of christmas alive all year round? >> that's so important. it should be an everyday thing. and one thing i try to learn and teach others is, get up every day and not necessarily thinking about how i can get blessed. but how can i be a blessing to somebody else?
can you give encouragement? can you give a smile? can you let somebody in in traffic? those little things i think keep the spirit going. >> it's a blessing. best to you, victoria, the children. onward and upward. >> thank you, robin. we're so glad you're doing great. and merry christmas to you and all of the viewers. >> joel's best-seller "break out" is in stores right now. >> good to have joel and the cardinal here. we're going to talk about gadgets and gifts. it's great to take the time to understand the meaning. >> he is a man filled with joy. >> he is. we're going to turn to the gadgets right now, as robin said. we're at home right now. this on tape. i'm probably unwrapping some of these gadgets. you're going to need what becky worley is about to tell us about the big tech gifts this year, tablets and smartphones. and what to do with them once you get them out of the box. here she is. >> reporter: yeah. oh. awesome. if you were lucky enough to get a -- no.
consider yourself warned. these things do drop. and, yes, the screen shatters. one study says one-quarter of all iphones have cracked screens. you're thinking you need a case. sometimes you get one too bulky. and then, you don't use it. but what protects the screen and is totally unobtrusive? well, this. a screen protector. i even climbed up on my roof with two phones. one as a screen protector. the other doesn't. it was the one without a screen protector that cracked when they dropped. next, i'm normally against extended warranties. except if you give a phone or a tablet to a kid. in this rare instance, or if you're a frequent phone dropper -- get apple care. it costs 99 bucks. and if you crack your screen, they'll repair it for $79. compared to $150 at a phone repair shop. even better, it covers water
damage if you -- oh, no. yeah. get the apple care. now, savings alert. got a new device. you want to load it up with apps and music. but buying at itunes and the google play store can cost a ton. so, buy gift cards for these app stores at costco. they're not always there. but keep an eye out. it's the only place where you can get them from 15% to 20% off. now, reselling your old gadgets. you have a shiny, new phone. you take the old one and throw it in a drawer. but hold on a second. it's only losing value when it's in the drawer. from my research, ebay gives you the best price. but a no-hassle trade-in service, like gazelle, next store or cexchange, can give you a nice chunk of change. for "good morning america," becky worley, oakland, california. >> you can get more of becky's tricks on goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! now, ginger's here.
you have christmas weather trivia for us. >> can't do a forecast so much. but we will do the cold and the snow. you know it's there. but maybe i should go to florida, they don't get that on christmas. they have. in 1989, look what it looks like in florida. that's right. a white christmas, right there before the holiday. tampa and daytona had it. melbourne and sarasota saw a mix of snow and sleet. that's far south. >> not today, everybody. >> not today. that's 1989. >> tha >> don't stand too close to the fireplace, ginger. make sure. stay away. coming up, a look at the must-see movies at the box office right now. from big blockbusters.
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preview of the season's must-see movies. >> reporter: crowd-pleasers and for your consideration award contenders, vie for your cinematic dollars this week. tyler perry's "a me day ya christmas." check. there's so much more. 2:59 worth, in fact. >> make clients money at the same time. >> reporter: for leonardo dicaprio, in martin scorsese's "the wonderful of wall street." "her" scarlett johansson, of the bodiless voice that joaquin phoenix falls in love with. and the depths of mary poppins in "saving mr. banks." kristen wiig returns with ben stiller. >> are you coming? >> yes, i'm not. >> reporter: to reinvent the classic walter mitty. not much reinvention here with
"raging bull's" de niro, and "rocky's" stallone, squaring off for "grudge match." >> i took a dump on your porch. >> reporter: crazy, sexy cool. "american hustle." "august: osage county" pits meryl streep, squabbling with julia roberts. >> they're called native americans, mom. >> reporter: both actresses in the oscar conversation. best actor contender, bruce stearns, is hardly a laugh riot. in the black and white and bleak "nebraska." with june squibb. >> should have thought about that years ago. >> reporter: the cohen brothers, "inside lun davis," offers the early '60s folk music circuit. its anti-hero is played by oscar isaac. >> so, i can't see you tonight? >> reporter: a starmaking
performance of quiet charisma. and look who is on a mother loving boat. robert redford in "all is lost." >> over. >> reporter: will the oscars throw him a line? what else is christmas moviegoing season all about, right? for "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> thank you, chris. and coming up, how to deal with the family. when it's okay to regift. these are questions you may be wondering. hopefully not. but hope you're enjoying your gifts and not thinking about regifting. but we'll get into it in our "heat index." >> plus, holiday cheer, to be sure. also, a "play of the day," zen in the middle of all of the holiday chaos. or not. let's get toasty. go nowhere. >> is this a gift to us? >> it is. >> is this a gift to us? >> it is. to all of you. [ aws ] [ male announcer ] when your favorite food starts a fight, fight back fast with tums. heartburn relief that neutralizes acid on contact and goes to work in seconds. ♪ tum, tum tum tum tums!
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right then. here's "the play of the day." >> bending the laws of physics and time and space. merry christmas to all of you. >> merry christmas. >> robin on the beach. >> my second drink with an umbrella. >> it's not even 8:00. >> hey. don't judge. don't judge. >> this is always a time -- >> who am i to judge? >> it's time for us to gather on the couch each and every day. and we're seeing a hail mary pass or some kid doing something you shouldn't try at home. but today, we want to spend a
special time here, hopefully as you are all watching at home. with the nyu magical and jazz singers. and the most traditional of all christmas traditions, the yule log. a moment of peace for all of you. ♪ i'll be home for christmas i'll be home ♪ ♪ i'll be home i'll be home for christmas ♪ ♪ i'll be home for christmas you can count on me ♪ ♪ you can count on me beneath the snow ♪ ♪ and mistletoe and presents on the tree ♪
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good morning, america. 8:00 a.m. on this christmas morning. time to gather around the tv. we're going to help you with all of the holiday headaches, from regifting to dealing with the in-laws, to taking down that tree over there. we've got your answer. plus, home for the holidays. we're going to catch up with some of our favorite military families spending christmas together again. and emeril is here to spice up a christmas breakfast. and andrea bocelli with a christmas classic. as we say -- >> good morning, america. merry christmas. ♪ good tidings to you wherever you are ♪ ♪ good tiding for the holidays and a happy new year ♪ and the nyu magic jazz choir
right there. helping to celebrate a special christmas morning. a special morning at "gma." we're celebrating with our families today. this is on tape. but we're having a lot of fun. we have our friend, emeril, right here this morning. >> merry christmas, emeril. >> merry christmas. >> what do you got? >> some hot chocolate. what is that? a hot toddy? >> yep. it's a triple-chocolate hot cocoa. >> one for you. >> i have a spoon if you -- >> what do we have? >> what are the shavings on top? >> a little chocolate. a little white chocolate. and a little orange peel. >> oh, it's the orange peel i smell. >> and you have more for us, too, i hear? >> i do. >> and all of this holiday fun we're having. i know you're going to cook up a little something for us. we've been telling you. full confession, we are on tape. >> where are you right now? >> i'm not saying.
but a nice beach somewhere. it's -- i'm not going to get it. but going to get mushy when i start talking about family traditions. and sometimes they change because of people leaving. and you start new traditions. >> we love you. and happy holidays. >> and a day to be thankful, as well. >> absolutely. >> we're thankful we can all be here, celebrating this together. >> it's a great year, everybody. >> i'll toast to that. and speaking of togetherness. earlier this year, i was able to spend time with military families before and after they reunited. got to go to afghanistan, meet these brave soldiers. and then, be there when they came back home to be with their families. fantastic to be able to catch up with them and spend a little time, as they prepared, as families should, for the holidays, together. >> wait for that. great stuff coming. right now, let's get a live check of this morning's news headlines. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with christmas around the world. the first one for pope francis,
as leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. the pope just delivered the christmas message and blessing. humility was his theme. today's address and last night's midnight mass homily. he singled out trouble spots in africa and the middle east. it's several days from the snow and ice storms. and hundreds of thousands of americans are still without power. abc ice alex perez has the story. >> reporter: this morning, christmas is filled with the sound of generators. at 1 point, more than 300,000 michigan homes without power. crews expected to work through the holiday to complete repairs, while thousands forced to cancel christmas plans and deal with the bitter cold. >> we're burning the candles inside the house. >> reporter: in lindiville, vermont, families doing what they can to salvage christmas dinner. >> we put the turkey out on the front porch because it was colder than in the refrigerator. >> reporter: in the northeast, they're coping with the worst ice storm they've seen in 15
years. >> it's the scariest part of the whole thing was last night, listening to the ice crackle. and you could hear it crackle. and then, the trees just falling. >> reporter: over in maine, sidewalks became skating rinks. as people struggled justice u.s. to stay on their feet. it's been a christmas nightmare for repair crews. >> it's wreaking havoc on the roadways. >> reporter: in the midwest, deep freeze. chicago saw its coldest christmas eve in nine years. what does it feel like walking out there today? >> like you're walking in a meat freezer. >> reporter: near cleveland, a 40-car pileup caused an 11-mile stretch of closing i-90. it could be the weekend before repair and cleanup crews get things back to normal. for "good morning america," alex perez, abc news, chicago.
after a second doctor determined that their child was brain dead. a secoon our "gma morning menu" on this christmas morning. how long should you keep those christmas decorations up? the big questions that we are tackling on our holiday "heat index." >> already? >> no time like the present, robin. about to be reunited with some of our brave troops with their families. and we're back with them for their first holiday back at home. a wonderful story for you on this christmas morning. and the great andrea bocelli performs a christmas classic. plus, what about you? >> yeah. coming up. >> he's here. >> that's right. >> we're cooking. >> french toast. >> all of that coming up. merry christmas "gma," from
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merry christmas and happy new year. >> this is garth brooks, wishing you very merry christmas. >> happy holidays. >> eat lots of pie. >> happy holidays. >> one direction. >> one direction. and a very merry "pop news" for you today. you like that? everybody, merry christmas. and the fun keeps going after "gma" this morning with the disney parks christmas day parade. i got to be a part of it. hosting with the one and only nph, neil patrick harris. such a talented guy. nick cannon, in l.a. what a team. a dream team. we've all -- >> gee, thanks. >> no. the other dream team. we're eating christmas cookies and stuff today, i wanted to
share something i spotted at disney world. the 15-foot tall gingerbread house. constructed with over 1,000 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 200 pounds of glaze, and more sweet stuff where that came from. tastes as awesome as it looked. it did look awesome. disney does not do anything halfway. you can see that firsthand when the parade starts right after "gma." right here on abc. >> how could you get from new york to orlando, just like that? >> i am where i'm needed. >> christmas magic. >> christmas magic. they call it the ugliest 5k on the planet. we love every inch of it. it's the annual, their word, ugly sweater run. i think that the sweaters are the greatest. i love a good christmas sweater. we have a contest every year. this happens across the country. thousands of runners particip e participating, indianapolis, philly, california, just to name a few. christmas trees, snowmen.
in josh's case, ornaments dangling. and they judge. i hate the word dangle. but i had to say it. they were dangling. the sweaters, people break out once a year and wear to the heart's contend of all, are judged. i don't know how you judge best or worst? but it's a great thing. finally, everybody, one last thing. a little participation? >> be happy to. >> are you ready for a little christmas quiz. where do carolers, what part of the world -- these are traditions from all over the world. where do carolers dress up in animal costumes and they sing only in exchange for food? >> latvia. >> i'm going to go with latvia. >> how in the world did you know that? >> was that right? >> that was correct. the animal costume. that also happens on tuesdays here. >> where do farmers celebrate by building nativity scenes out of radishes? france? canada or that other country. >> oaxaca.
a state in mexico, oaxaca. >> i'm going with that one, too. >> josh, do you have the answers? >> no. two for two. >> it's just fun to say oaxaca. >> thank you. it wasn't fun for me when i was trying to. and finally, where do people celebrate by dressing up like this? like this? these are straw demons. b bavaria, iceland, or greece? >> i would say bavaria. >> robin roberts, congratulations. if we're keeping a tally, josh, you win. >> i knew it wasn't greece. >> your homeland. >> a tip of the hat to buzz feed because they put together that cool list of traditions all over the world. everybody, out there, celebrating in their own special way. and we love it all. great christmas spirit all morning. and we're determined to end it. we're going to debate the issues
that people have. dan abrams and jane here. jane, thank you for coming. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> we are. these are debates that everybody does have. everybody does think about. we're going to start out with the one about how long -- we've seen the over-the-top christmas decorations everywhere. the big question is, how long do they stay up? >> i take mine down january 1st. i figure, it's a great day. you're at home all day. my husband's home all day. and you start the new year fresh. >> i like it. >> i like watching football all day on january 1st. isn't that a great football day? >> i like to watch the decorations be taken down on new year's day. >> yeah. my husband kind of likes that, too. >> i like to see them early. all these people complain when they go up early. to me, it's -- i like it. i'm good with november. >> day after thanksgiving is
great. >> is that when they go up at your house? >> we don't always make it. >> in l.a., in a department store, on my birthday, which i know you know, september 18th. >> somebody who says january 1st. i like a week later. >> i do, too. i like to keep it later. i'm late getting them up. >> they're falling down. >> the 12 days of christmas. >> i like all of that. >> when santa's growing beard. >> what are the rules for regifting? >> i think regifting is great. i'd like some disclosure, though. if you're going to regift -- >> be honest. >> be honest about it. and say, you know what? by the way, i got this as a gift. look, i -- >> no. >> plausible deniability. >> you might get caught. there might be that little thing
that leads you to get caught. >> i have a personal story with this. >> yeah. >> that's it. >> you're not even going to take the time to comb through it to make sure -- >> yeah. >> i think there's a way to it. i think everybody's done it. >> no. >> if you know the person would like it. i have a problem with some people have a closet full of gifts that they have received for the intent of regifting. >> yes. >> that, i think is a little -- >> quick turnaround for you is okay. >> it is. >> the things i always regift are the wine bags you get. when people give you champagne or wine and a nice set. i take the booze out. and i put my own bottle back into that bag. >> at that point, if somebody gave you a fantastic bottle of wine. but you had one and you wanted to give it to a friend -- >> wine, i don't know. the rules on wine may be a little different. no disclosure on wine.
no disclosure on wine. >> okay. how long should relatives stay for the holidays? >> never. >> three days. >> three days i think is fine. then, it's like -- >> you mean three days after christmas? >> no. three total. and then, you start charging. >> tough girl. >> how do you get them out, though, after three nights? what's the key phrase that says, you know -- i'm thinking -- >> maybe you work that outside already. >> change the locks. >> i don't know. you can stay as long as you want. it depends on who it is. >> right. >> over the holidays is tough. i think over the holidays, especially if they come a long way. but i think you have to respect that after a couple 06 dof dayse family has to get back to business and life resumes. >> hey, let's go for a drive. to the airport. >> once again, merry christmas. >> i told you it was going to
ruin the christmas spirit. >> merry christmas. don't walk into traffic. >> dan, thank you. >> thanks, you guys. >> bah humbug. not everybody, obviously, is lucky enough to spend the holidays with their families. it is, once again, a time for us to thank the servicemen and women who defend our freedoms and are away from their families this holiday season. earlier this year, then, i was lucky enough and humbled to spend some time with families separated by war and then brought back together, through these incredible reunions that we're seeing here. and we got a chance to catch up with all of them, yet again, for this very special holiday. they are as heartwarming as they are patriotic. >> please welcome home -- >> reporter: and whether they're
planned. or a total surprise. >> are you freaking kidding me? >> mrs. bronson, reporting for duty. >> reporter: they get me every, single time. >> hi, baby. >> mommy. >> reporter: military homecomings. troops reunited with loved ones after months deployed at war. >> daddy. >> reporter: today, in a matter of hours, three families are about to experience that singular joy. but to fully appreciate the sacrifice involved here, we wanted to trace back this moment, from both sides. in the weeks prior, we met with three families. then, we went to afghanistan. to meet their partners. jennifer stewart's husband,
major michael stewart, is stationed in ghazni, afghanistan. at home, she runs a ship, and a tight one. with two kids. 2-year-old patrick, 6-year-old izzy. >> there will be a weight that is just gone. >> reporter: do you let yourself think about that moment? >> oh, gosh, yeah. i'm more excited about him coming home than i was about the day that we got married. >> reporter: jesse and her husband, michael, a specialist in the army, had a baby boy, brantley, last december. michael deployed to afghanistan just two weeks later. and that's army captain william lott, number 69, then at west point. he deployed with wife, brittany, was 15 weeks pregnant, knowing he would miss the birth of their first child. daughter, finley, was born in
july. >> that's going to be one of the best moments, in life. he's coming home. and he'll be safe. >> reporter: and while their soldiers are on the front lines of war, the void can be exhausting and painful. >> no one is there to break up your day or your weekends. you know, going to church by yourself. just you think about them a lot. >> reporter: what are you looking forward to most about being able to say to him in person? >> i can't wait to tell him how absolutely certain and unquestionably thankful i am to have found the person that i am supposed to be with. >> reporter: you were saying as far as comfort goes, this is sort of top of the line? >> yeah. >> reporter: specialist fuller
and captain lott are in harm's way every day, clearing ieds from afghanistan's most dangerous roads. how long do you pray for his safety? >> every day. i pray for him every day. >> i assume that something happens every day. >> the gunners have to be scanning their sectors. >> reporter: do you think about the danger you're in every day? >> anywhere you go in afghanistan, there's people trying to kill you. >> it hits home. i saw a body of a captain. i was a captain at the time. i looked down and said, that guy could have been me. >> reporter: what is it like to have a normal way of life right outside the door? >> it's your protection. you have to trust it. >> reporter: knowing you weren't going to be there for the birth, what was that like? >> pretty hard. i mean, you can't -- you only have the birth of your first child once. >> reporter: so, i figured it my duty to bring a little surprise message from back home. >> hi, sweetheart. we're so excited to get you home.
we're counting down the hours. i love you. >> reporter: how was that? >> that's good. i can't wait to be home. >> reporter: today is major mike stewart's 37th birthday. and i have a gift from his daughter, izzy. >> hi, daddy. i love you. >> see you soon, honey. >> she's an amazing woman. they're always there for me. and the minute that stops, this job's done. >> reporter: big blue eyes. cute. >> hi, daddy. >> hey. >> i'll see you soon. >> reporter: what's that moment going to be like when you go home again? >> it's going to be blissful. >> i'll probably cry. >> i'm sure i'll get tunnel vision. like everything will be black around me. and i'm just going to see her and my son. >> reporter: then, wheels up from afghanistan, bound, at long
last, for home. it's been nine months. and now, that moment of joy and love and completion has finally arrived. >> left, left, left. >> i cannot keep myself together. >> reporter: and then, just like that, there's nothing that can hold a 6-year-old back from her father for even one more moment. >> oh, my goodness. how are you? >> reporter: and then, rightfully, it's her mom's turn. >> hi, baby. i missed you. >> i missed you, too. >> reporter: for specialist fuller, it's the tunnel vision he predicted. the search, as if in slow-motion. until, success.
>> there she is. >> oh. >> reporter: and for all they knew or really cared, captain lott and brittany could have been the only two in the gym. >> i'm a little rusty. you want to meet riley? it's daddy. it's daddy, sweet girl. >> reporter: how does the couch sound right now? >> my couch? with these critters on it, i'd do anything for it. >> i love seeing him with her. it's the sweetest thing ever. >> reporter: how does she feel? >> she felt pretty light. you know? new. and fragile.
>> reporter: home, at long last. the purest joy this christmas morning. >> i'm so glad you did that. we do have to remember, while we're having fun and we're very blessed to have family and friends, when you can't be with those that you really want to be with. >> and we're blessed to have people making this happen. can't imagine a better holiday present than a little baby girl. coming up here, perhaps canned. emeril, cooking breakfast. >> by the fireplace. >> a christmas treat. >> by the fireplace no less. waffles and pancakes and hot chocolate, oh, my. >> by the fire.
it's been wonderful having them with us all morning long. the nyu magic and jazz singers. they are delightful in getting us and putting us in the spirits with their own spin on some of our favorite christmas classics, all morning long. >> this is an early christmas gift to us. we're actually all home today. this was taped ahead of time. we're wishing you a very merry christmas. we wanted to put on a good show today. that's exactly what we've been doing. and having a lot of fun doing it, as well. >> absolutely. >> so delicious. in every way. to make it all better for you and wrap it up with a bow, andrea bocelli, singing a christmas classic before the show is over. >> we want to thank you for spending a little of your christmas morning with all of us. we do also want to thank the one and only emeril for coming in
and cooking for us. delicious breakfast. however, em -- >> yeah? >> the magical jazz singers have cooked up for something in your honor. take it away. ♪ chef emeril chef emeril ♪ ♪ bam, bam, bam, bam chef emeril ♪ ♪ chef emeril ♪ chef emeril chef emeril ♪ ♪ bam [ applause ] >> that's a first. i love it. thank you. you know, merry christmas. >> it's well-deserved. this french toast, we are ready to go. >> all right. here we go. we're going to start with the strawberry sauce first. we have strawberries in a sauce pan, josh. a little nutmeg. >> yeah. >> and cinnamon. you can hand me that sugar right there.
cinnamon, sugar. and a little h20. and light corn syrup. that's good. and in it goes. a little spatula right there, if you need it. medium heat. and it's just going to start bubbles and simmering. nothing crazy. okay? you can use any fruit you want. >> how long did you -- >> maybe 10 to 15 minutes. >> okay. >> now, the french toast itself, we have eggs. you can whisk that for me. >> robin? whisker? >> i love whisking. >> robin's the whisker. >> a little vanilla. >> right in the eggs? >> right in the eggs. the vanilla. and here it comes. a little milk. >> yes. >> oh. >> you can -- that vanilla, really -- >> yes. >> a little sugar. you want it to dissolve. and then, cocoa powder. that's what's going to make it -- the chocolate. >> yeah. >> once that gets all
incorporated, what we're going to do is take whatever french bread, italian bread, portuguese bread, whatever you have. once robin has that whisked, we're going to soak a few pieces like this. >> how long? let it really absorb. >> that's the key to them. as robin just said, that's the key to a great french toast. let them get wet. once they get wet, we go inside the skillet, with a little butter. and away we go. >> nice and hot, the skillet? >> yeah. not too hot. what happens now, is this. once the french toast is done -- so, we'll give -- >> i'll take some. >> george? >> thank you. >> and -- >> looks good. >> okay. just a couple things we could do. lara. >> thank you. thanks, em. >> there's a couple of things we could do. we could use a little powdered sugar. and sprinkle a little powdered
sugar on it. we can do the strawberry sauce that we heated on that. so, we got a little strawberry sauce. and/or we could also, on the pancakes -- lara, would you drizzle that on the pancakes for me? >> the gingerbread pancakes. >> gingerbread. we made gingerbread batter. you beat it up. you can make it the day before. and basically, from that point on, you bring it up, let it come up to temperature. and do it with a little ladle, in a nonstick skillet. gingerbread pancakes. a little syrup and butter. if you want to go savory -- >> with the waffles. you can go a different direction. >> we have the chocolate french toast with the strawberry sauce. we have the gingerbread pancakes with butter and syrup. or you can do ham and cheese waffles. >> oh. >> so, we could go with savory. go savory, right?
instead of the breakfast casserole? you know, that's great. we have a recipe for that, as well. >> that's a great idea. >> but ham and cheese waffles. little pieces of ham and cheese. once the waffle goes in the wafflemaker, you sprinkle that right there. >> ooh, bam. >> bam is right. bam, merry christmas. >> thank you, em. >> absolutely. >> i do hope you're all, actually, cozied up to the tv right now. food in hand. whisk and spatula ready to go. our thanks to you. and merry christmas. to find all of the recipes, logon right now and find even more seasonal recipes. on goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! ginger, give us a little look at the weather. >> not everyone is hav
"good morning america," merry christmas. >> feliz navidad. >> merry christmas, "gma." >> happy holidays, america. >> merry christmas and happy few year. >> merry christmas, america. >> i got to be your sous chef in the christmas. >> you did a great job. >> the whisking. >> she's a world-class whisker. >> let's sit back and enjoy a
they have a wonderful performance for us now. singing "holly jolly christmas." here are the nyu, magical and jazz singers. ♪ holly jolly holly jolly ♪ ♪ holly jolly holly jolly ♪ ♪ have a holly jolly christmas it's the best time of the year ♪ ♪ i don't know if there'll be snow ♪ ♪ but have a cup of cheer ♪ have a holly jolly christmas and when you ♪ ♪ walk down the street say hello to friends you know ♪ ♪ and everyone you meet ♪ oh, the mistletoe hung where you can see ♪ ♪ somebody waits for you kiss her once for me ♪ ♪ have a holly jolly christmas and in case you didn't hear ♪
this has been special. and a very merry christmas to everyone celebrating today. >> we get to celebrate christmas twice. thanks to everyone. thanks, of course, to emeril. and the nyu magical and jazz singers for great music all morning long. >> oh, hi. so many people behind the scenes here at "gma" that we need to thank, who work so hard to get our show on the air every day. we love them so very, very much. >> we could not do it without all of them. and we wouldn't want to do it without all of you. so, to all of you, we wish you a very merry christmas. ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ ♪ let your heart be light ♪ from now on our troubles will be out of sight ♪
♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ ♪ make the yuletide gay ♪ from now on our troubles will be miles away ♪ ♪ here we are as in olden days ♪ ♪ happy golden days of yore ♪ ♪ golden days of yore ♪ faithful friends who are dear to us ♪ ♪ gather near to us once more ♪ ♪ once more ♪ through the years
we all will be together ♪ ♪ if the fates allow ♪ hang a shining star upon the highest bough ♪ ♪ highest bough ♪ and have yourself a merry little ♪ ♪ christmas now ♪ jingle bells jingle all the way ♪ ♪ rockin' around the christmas tree ♪ ♪ at the christmas party hop ♪ ♪ mistletoe hung where you can see ♪ ♪ every couple tries to stop ♪
♪ rockin' around the christmas tree ♪ ♪ let the christmas spirit ring ♪ ♪ later we'll have some pumpkin pie ♪ ♪ and we'll do some carolling ♪ ♪ you will get a sentimental feeling when you hear ♪ ♪ voices singing "let's be jolly ♪ ♪ deck the halls with boughs of holly" ♪ ♪ rockin' around the christmas tree ♪ ♪ have a happy holiday ♪ everyone dancing merrily in the new old-fashioned way ♪ ♪
♪ you will get a sentimental feeling when you hear ♪ ♪ voices singing "let's be jolly ♪ ♪ deck the halls with boughs of holly" ♪ ♪ rockin' around the christmas tree ♪ ♪ have a happy holiday ♪ everyone dancing merrily in the new ♪ ♪ old-fashioned way ♪ jingle bell, jingle bell jingle bell rock ♪ ♪ jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring ♪ ♪ snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun ♪
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san lorenzo after christmas day violence. sheriff deputies are trying to put together what led to a murder-suicide. nick will have a report in a few minutes. >> leyla gulen has the christmas day forecast of the. >> another "spare the air" day with live doppler 7 hd showing a few high clouds. it will be dry and unseasonably warm again. it could break records. the highs are in the upper 60's to lower 70's. the seven-day forecast shows dry for the rest of the year. we are look at warm conditions but cool nights because of the longer nights we have been having. as far as traffic is concerned, we have this problem affecting the light rain between santa theresa area with a bus bridge due to a fatality on the tracks and free rides on vta and bart is on a sunday schedule. >> morning news at
good morning, i am eric thomas. breaking news from san lorenzo after there want christmas day violence. to people were shot. nick is in san lorenzo. what have we learned, nick? >> family members are still waiting to figure exactly what happened. this is something no one wanted to wake up to. i spoke with the sister of the victim. she says that she is waiting to speak to her nieces who initially called her. look at the video, the alameda county sheriffs were called to the scene after a report of shots fired and the details on the number of shots of events leasting to the shooting have not been confirmed but it was a murder-suicide. >> my niece called me and she said that my sister was