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i got your back. lactd.t'the milk that doesn't mess with you. good morning, america. breaking overnight, carrie fisher hospitalized. >> the imperil senate will not -- >> the "star wars" actress suffering a medical emergency on a transatlantic flight. >> we have an unresponsive passenger. >> her family now at her side. co-stars offering prayers. our report from the hospital this morning. treacherous travel. wintry weather causing holiday headaches. the scare for the minnesota vikings. their plane sliding off the runway. plus, cars overturning on slick roads. flooding in the west. what you need to know before you hit the highway. terror warning. the fbi's message to churches across america sparked by threats from isis. >> even a person with no direct ties to a terrorist organization can still represent a threat to this country. plus, the man behind the berlin terror attack.
the video believed to have been made just days before his christmas market rampage. and beat the clock. your last-minute shopping guide for holiday "deals & steals," prices slashed. becky worley with your panic-proof plan to grab those gifts just in time. hey, good morning. as we head into christmas eve and also the start of hanukkah, paula is off, but we are very, very happy to have rebecca jarvis here on the desk. >> it's great to be here filling out my christmas wish list by being here this morning. >> christmas and hanukkah. >> and hanukkah. >> all wishes will be fulfilled this morning. so many people are thinking, though, about carrie fisher this morning after that medical incident on a plane. we're going to get the latest on the condition of the "star wars" legend in a moment. but we want to start here with the breaking weather news. >> take a look at this map. we've got a pair of storms marching across the country creating travel delays smack in
the middle of the holiday rush with 100 million americans expected to be on the move. >> yeah, it's been a frustrating time at the airports. here's a picture that one passenger took of a de-icer at work in the tarmac in 5-degree weather in minneapolis. then this video from, where else, at l.a.x., a passenger doing yoga right there in the departure lounge. >> namaste. we have got team coverage this morning and we start with eva pilgrim who is at new york's laguardia airport. eva, namaste, good morning. >> that was such a good use of namaste. >> it's perfect. >> reporter: good morning, guys. the last-minute rush is on for many trying to make it to their holiday destinations. weather causing some problems for travelers all across the country. even an nfl team taking a hit from mother nature. the minnesota vikings football team recovering overnight from a remarkable wintry delay. their chartered delta air lines plane is skidding off the taxiway after landing safely in wisconsin. a tire sinking in the grass, the
plane unable to move. firefighters helping take player after player slowly from the plane. 137 passengers and 11 crew members each having to get on this ladder carried down. >> houston, we have touchdown. >> reporter: five hours to deplane. >> whoo! >> reporter: the vikings not the only ones traveling this weekend. about 2.4 million are flying. >> this line is hideous. it's got to be, i don't know, what, a thousand yards long. the good thing is our flight is delayed. >> reporter: almost 3,000 flights delayed, and if it feels more crowded than normal, it is. airlines say they've added 100,000 seats for this holiday season to help get travelers home. >> we're here really early to make sure we got through all of security without any problems. >> reporter: and more than 93 million americans are expected to hit the roads. snow and ice and even the threat of a blizzard in the upper midwest greeting drivers. winter alerts issued in many states. the snowstorm in michigan so
bad, forcing multiple cars off the road, and in parts of california, the heavy downpour flooding the streets. the trip home is not done yet for many. you can see here at laguardia there is a very small line but this line has been moving pretty good all morning, and many are hoping that it stays that way. no question, though, time to get home is running out quickly, dan. >> it is. eva, if you're catching a flight, good luck to you and let's get right over to rob for the travel forecast. hey, man. >> hey, dan, two storms we're dealing with, west coast and east coast. the one on the east coast now rolling in somewhat cooler air, mostly rain here. this is what brought the mixture of snow and sleet to chicago and milwaukee. we've got some advisories up just west of new york city. going to be heavy rain along the i-95 corridor especially right around noontime so if you're doing last-minute shopping or traveling this morning, it is going to be miserable but drying out later on this afternoon. now to the west coast we go, actually, first of all, some freezing rain before that warm front comes through, be aware if
you're in upstate new york or northwest jersey. as far as the slick roads go there. across the west go we go with this storm coming in, miserable weather across los angeles to las vegas, i-15 this morning. snow across salt lake in through denver. great for ski resorts. difficult travel certainly over the mountain passes. here we go for a blizzard across the dakotas tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. wind on the back side of this, very, very strong with whiteout conditions and maybe some icing across parts of minnesota. we'll talk more about this in the coming minutes. rebecca, back over to you. >> rob, thank you. friends and fans of carrie fisher are offering their prayers for her this morning. the actress going into cardiac arrest on board a flight from london to los angeles, and abc's adrienne bankert joins us from ucla medical center. adrienne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, rebecca. yeah, she's "star wars" royalty, now carrie fisher is in the intensive care unit. there's still a lot of concern for one of hollywood's most well-known leading ladies. this morning, carrie fisher surrounded by family after suffering a medical emergency on
a flight from london to los angeles. >> we have an unresponsive passenger. >> reporter: the iconic actress reportedly stopped breathing just 15 minutes before landing. her fellow passengers quickly jumping in to action to help her. >> we have some passengers, nurses assisting the passenger. they're working on her right now. >> reporter: the l.a. fire department rushing to the tarmac to find fisher in cardiac arrest. actress anna akana, who was on that flight, tweeting, "don't know how else to process this but carrie fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. hope she's going to be okay." the medical team providing advanced life support on the way to the hospital where her daughter was seen in this tmz video arriving later in the evening. fisher is now in intensive care. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: the 60-year-old best known for starring in the "star wars" trilogy reprising her timeless role as princess leia in last year's "the force awakens." speaking with amy robach about her character.
>> i've been princess leia for 40 years, so, what, i'm going to stop now. i got in character and i've never gotten out again and really i tried everything. >> reporter: the daughter of legendary parents, actress debbie reynolds and '50s pop sensation eddie fisher, was in london as part of an international tour promoting her tell-all biography "the princess diarist." she also appeared on "the graham norton show" and finished up shooting scenes on the amazon prime series "catastrophe." overnight support from fans and friends pouring in including her "star wars" co-star mark hamel tweeting, "as if 2016 couldn't get any worse, sending all our love to carrie fisher." and the man behind chewbacca writing, "thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favorite princess right now." certainly no one like her. her brother todd telling abc news that she's receiving the best of care and that the family is staying positive. dan.
>> glad to hear that. adrienne, thank you. for more on this story, let's bring in matthew belloni, who is the executive editor of "the hollywood reporter." he's in our l.a. bureau this morning. matthew, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> she's only 60 years old. do we know if carrie fisher had any recent health concerns? >> we don't know if she had anything heart related or anything related to this particular incident, but she's been very open about some of her other health struggles over the year, everything from depression to alcoholism to some electroshock therapy that she underwent to help with her depression. she's been open about these types of things, some bipolarism as well. it's unrelated -- it's unknown if any of this had anything to do with what happened, but she has had some health issues in the past. >> we know she is involved in the next "star wars" movie. where in that -- where are they in that film in terms of production? >> well, a spokesperson for disney told me yesterday that
production on "episode viii" of "star wars" is wrapped, they're finished. that doesn't mean there isn't some voiceover or other ancillary things to be done, but the main filming of the film is over. >> so, if you would, could you talk a little about carrie fisher's historical place in hollywood? >> absolutely. i mean, she may be known around the world as princess leia, but in hollywood she really is royalty, everything from her upbringing with two very famous parents, she starred in a warren beatty movie in high school. in 1973 she was in "shampoo," that was her debut, and she filmed "star wars" when she was 19 years old. it seems like she's been famous forever because she has her entire life, and not only as an actress, she's an accomplished writer, an author, and in hollywood she is a well-known script doctor, meaning she works on screenplays and helps as a writer behind the scenes as much as she is in front of the camera. >> what an incredible career she's had, and let's hope it continues. matthew belloni, we really appreciate your analysis this morning.
>> no problem. >> and a reminder, keep it here on abc news and abcnews.com. we'll be updating carrie fisher's condition all day long. rebecca, over to you. >> keeping her in our thoughts this morning. we are turning now to a holiday terror warning. federal authorities taking the move following isis calling for attacks on churches across america. abc's gloria rivera has more from our washington bureau. and good morning to you, gloria. >> reporter: good morning, rebecca. that's right. this new bulletin comes at a time of heightened vigilance around the world after the deadly attack in berlin. the specifics here are deeply troubling as so many plan to attend religious services this christmas sunday. [ sirens ] this morning a new warning from the country's top counterterror teams just as christmas arrives. isis is calling for its supporters to target churches around the u.s. in a joint bulletin fbi and homeland security officials are urging police to remain vigilant during this holiday season after isis on december 21st published a link to a website containing the names and addresses of
churches in the u.s. and called on supporters to attack them. >> even a person with no direct ties to a terrorist organization can still represent a threat to this country. >> reporter: the bulletin says the link elicited posts that went further urging sympathizer to carry out so-called aspirational attacks in markets, hotels, coffee shops in the u.s., canada, france and the netherlands. authorities believe the berlin assailant, tunisian migrant anis amri, recorded this video praising the leader of isis days before killing 12 people and injuring 48 more monday when he drove a massive church through the christmas market in berlin. amri was killed in a shoot-out with police friday morning in milan after a manhunt stretching across europe. back here in the u.s., counterterror officials say isis supporters have released similar lists in the past. but none have resulted in a successful attack. in this latest bulletin officials said they are not tracking a specific target at
this time. dan. >> gloria, thank you. the other major political and security issue swirling as we head into the holidays involves the holyland, the u.n. security council just passed a measure criticizing israel, the measure the obama administration refused to block. donald trump is now speaking out and abc's mary bruce is on the story from washington. mary, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, the obama administration going out with a bang delivering a shocking rebuke of israel. the white house allowing that highly symbolic censure to pass through the u.n. the security council passing that measure condemning israel for building settlements in occupied territories, even though there's long-standing policy of shielding israel. now, donald trump had put enormous pressure on the obama administration to veto the resolution, but instead they abstained from voting, and now on twitter trump is making clear he is not happy tweeting as to the u.n., things will be different after january 20th. now, trump is also taking a starkly different position from
president obama on another key foreign policy issue this morning, nuclear security. the president-elect is now suggesting adversaries should bring it on welcoming a new nuclear arms race. trump reportedly saying that america will outlast and outmatch any other global power. now, trump's team says that they respect that there is only one president at a time, but that donald trump is certainly not someone who is going to sit back and wait. dan and rebecca. >> certainly not expecting that from him. >> no. >> to sit back and wait. >> interesting to see these differences between the incoming and outgoing president. thank you, mary bruce, in our washington bureau. a lot of other news this morning, and for that, as always, it's over to dr. ron claiborne. >> i knew you were going to say that. >> it's one of those mornings i felt like calling you doctor. >> i could feel it coming. good morning to you, dr. dan harris. rebecca and tony, everyone. >> the doctor is in the house. >> good morning, everyone. we're going to begin in arkansas where the suspect in that road rage incident that killed a 3-year-old boy is behind bars this morning held without bail. 33-year-old greg holmes, who had
been hiding ever since the incident last weekend, turned himself in to little rock police. he is accused of firing into a vehicle because he was angry at the driver for not going fast enough. the bullet struck the driver's grandson, seated behind her. police say that after firing that bullet, he told the woman, quote, that's what you get. overseas passengers held hostage by two hijackers who commandeered a libyan plane with 117 people on board now making their way home. the men threatening to blow up the plane, and they were demanding to be flown to malta where they were taken into custody within hours of the landing. the hijackers released their hostages unharmed. authorities say initial exams show that their weapons were fake. and university of oklahoma football star joe mixon is apologizing for punching a woman back in 2014. >> no, never, never okay to, you know, retaliate and hit a woman. >> video of that altercation was released last week. mixon accepted a plea deal and was suspended for one season. he will play in the sugar bowl
on january 2nd against auburn. and in california, the first lawsuit has been filed in that deadly warehouse fire in oakland that killed 36 people. the parents of a 20-year-old college student who died in the blaze are blaming the building's owner and tenant saying that their daughter was trapped because of unsafe conditions in that building. and following complaints by some of its dancers, the company that manages the rockettes is saying now that they are not forcing them to perform at the presidential inauguration. their appearance is strictly voluntary. anyone who does not want to perform does not have to, this after some members of the dance troupe took to social media to complain about performing for donald trump next month. and finally a tsa agent in los angeles at l.a.x. reminding passengers about the rules for getting through airport security but with some holiday cheer. check it out. ♪ oh liquid, gels, aerosols, lotions, gels and creams ♪ ♪ take them out of your bags send it through the machine ♪ >> he may own copyright residuals for using that. some of the agents say
they're more likely to remember them if they hear them in song. of course, other agents believe they say it over and over again without song and eventually it'll sink in. >> no amount of singing will reduce my annoyance when they tell me to take my shoes off. >> i think we should start singing right now. i think you have to sing a song, dan. >> no, that will not happen. but i do want to point out, you made a brief reference to this, sitting to my left this morning, tony reali. >> yes, are we still doing the doctor bit, because i'm ready. >> that's me, man. no. >> i'm just the intern. okay. >> you are, yes. you are the physician's assistant this morning. but you're going to be doing "pop news" this morning. >> "pop news." >> good to have you. >> we'll have it popping and a full day of sports today, and we have a full day of sports tomorrow. we'll be back tomorrow to talk about the nba package on abc and espn. >> awesome. can't believe how lucky we got to get you this morning. >> oh, man. >> we'll see how you do in "pop news." >> how do i live up to that? >> i know. >> he was up all night. even better. >> i'll say the "pop news" chair is more comfortable than the sports chair. i don't know what that's about. >> well, we'll find out coming up in "pop news." >> love your hair. >> yeah. >> let's get it over to rob for another look at the weather. hey, man.
>> all right, dan and tony along with the rest of us. we'd like to dash through the snow, right? you'd like to have a white christmas. you don't want to travel through it. here's the spots where an inch or more of snow will be on the ground. all the intermountain west 3,000 feet and above you'll see a white christmas for sure but then that blizzard, yeah, you'll dump some snow across parts of the dakotas, but on the east side of this, it's pretty warm, windy conditions with this storm as it presses through and a foot or more through the mountains, the four corners region, a foot or more in higher elevations. there's your white christmas and icy northwest of minneapolis. but east of this we're really pumping up the heat, so much so we'll see some severe weather across parts of nebraska and kansas during the day tomorrow, and this is really just a couple of miles east of where the blizzard is happening so a huge difference in temperature here, and that's going to make it not feel like christmas across parts of the east coast where it really won't be white. but christmas eve tonight, not so bad flying weather after the rain moves through the east coast today and warm conditions across parts of the south including parts of new mexico, 51 degrees in denver.
santa has been busy going over his list to see who's naughty and nice. >> how did i do? >> you can at least clean these glasses because i can't see a darn thing. >> santa, by the way, has launched, and we'll track him later in the show. >> good to know he is on his path. >> he is on his way across the other side of the international dateline. >> speaking of being on the right path, how many of you have finished your shopping for the
holidays, hanukkah, christmas? >> finished my shopping? i haven't even started my shopping. >> okay, so we have two procrastinators at the table today. i'm not done yet either, and if you're a procrastinator, you are in your element because just hours to go before christmas. but believe it or not, there are still bargains to be found, bargains aplenty, and abc's becky worley joins us from san francisco. good morning, becky. >> good morning, rebecca. merry christmas, happy hanukkah, all that. >> all the good things merry, merry to you, so what are your favorite bargains out there this morning? >> well, as you know, rebecca, online shopping was huge this year, and so brick and mortar retailers are feeling pinched to make up ground. so, that means, yes, discounting before christmas. some examples, gap has 50% off, kohl's 20% off purchases of $100 or more, sears offering up to 60% off some women's and kids' boots and 50% off some tools. good prices in store. gifts only, though. the big discounts will get bigger after christmas as you know. >> yes, they always tend to get better after christmas, but they're still pretty good right now. what about store hours? >> well, with christmas falling on a sunday, this christmas eve
is the ultimate panic saturday so let's run through your options, kohl's open till 6:00 p.m. tonight. toys "r" us open till 9:00 p.m. target open till 10:00 p.m. >> wow, and this is a sign of the times, because delivery is still an option in a lot of places. >> shocking, right? there are same-day delivery services still available in select metro areas. amazon prime now offers delivery today. stores like best buy, bloomingdale's, a bunch of other ones are using a start-up called deliv, same day delivery christmas eve in 17 cities, city is the operative word there and suburbs, that's kind of where you're limited. >> i love the amazon calling it the procrastinator's delight if you order by 9:45 on amazon now tonight. if you're not willing to leave home and you don't live in one of those urban areas, what are the best options? >> yeah, we now move into printable gifts, gift certificates, subscription services like birchbox that delivers monthly beauty treats or bark box, monthly dog treats
and toys. but here's the news, it might not feel great in the moment to have someone unwrap a printed gift certificate, but new research shows the gift giver focuses on that moment of unwrapping, but the recipient focuses on how a gift will play out through the year, so a printed massage certificate, for example, a thoughtful card about why that person deserves to relax is actually a really nice thing to do and a great way to patronize local businesses. so, get creative, guys. >> i like it. so many great options this morning. becky, thank you. >> i can't believe tony reali is willing to admit with his wife and children watching that he hasn't finished. >> i like a challenge. and didn't you just hear all that great information? 50% off at the gap today. >> a challenge and a deal. >> this is great. >> you like a deal, as well. >> tony was over there madly taking notes. becky, i love it. >> i could be done before the commercial break is over. >> exactly. next commercial break it'll be wrapped up. speaking of commercial breaks, we got to hit one. we'll be right back with more "gma" after a break. but we do want to tell you what is coming up. this new cell phone video
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and welcome back to "gma." on a saturday morning, happening right now, the holiday weather mess, two separate storms hitting both sides of the country making for dicey travel conditions. we've got snow, rain and ice causing problems in the air and on the roads. it's shaping up to be a difficult day, but the conditions in the northeast are expected to be drier by dinnertime per robert marciano. >> thank goodness. also right now, holiday countdown. christians around the world preparing to celebrate christmas with pope francis leading the annual midnight mass at the vatican while sundown will mark the beginning of the eight-day jewish festival of lights, which we call hanukkah. and he's on his way. santa's sleigh has left the north pole. the north american aerospace defense command better known as norad is tracking his every
move, and you can follow along on their website. >> and, rob, you're going to have more on santa's progress as we progress through the show this morning. >> yes, he has launched in the western pacific, and we'll be tracking it. >> how is he doing? >> so far so good, ron. >> glad to know you're monitoring it, makes me just feel much more calm about it. coming up on the show this morning, your sneak peek at the disney parks magical christmas celebration hosted by julianne and derek hough. lots of celebrities taking part including kelly clarkson, alessia cara and jordan fisher. and rob, speaking of rob, will have more on that coming up. but first here, the jarring new cell phone video of a mom in texas getting arrested. >> she called to report that her 7-year-old son had been assaulted but wound up getting tackled by a police officer. that officer is now on restricted duty, and abc's erielle reshef joins us with the story. good morning, erielle. >> reporter: good morning, guys. what began as a call for help now prompting calls for a ft. worth officer to be fired. a mom and her daughter caught on video pleading for an officer's assistance but ending up in handcuffs.
>> you don't have the right to grab and choke nobody's son. >> reporter: this is the moment jacqueline craig tells a ft. worth officer a neighbor choked her 7-year-old son for littering. >> why don't you teach your son not to litter? >> reporter: but the unexpected happens, the officer turns on the mother. >> it doesn't matter if he did or didn't. it doesn't give him the right to put his hands on him. >> why not? >> because he don't. >> reporter: as the situation escalates, craig's daughter tries to intervene. >> don't grab her. don't grab her. >> reporter: video of the encounter captured in cell phone video now going viral. after being posted on facebook, there are obvious breaks in the footage, but you can see the cop grab the mother and her daughter and try to restrain them. the two are taken into custody on complaints of resisting arrest. >> get in the car. >> reporter: craig telling abc news overnight she's seeking justice for her family. >> i want the police officer dealt with. i want the man that grabbed my son and choked him. i want him to take responsibility for his actions. >> reporter: ft. worth police
chief joel fitzgerald trying to tamp down tension. >> everyone in this situation deserves some due process and, quite frankly, citizens deserve a little more service. >> reporter: that officer was wearing a body camera during that incident, but texas law allows the footage to be sealed because it includes two minors and remains to be seen, guys, if police will release that body camera footage pending the end of their investigation. >> yeah, but the footage we've already seen is quite inflammatory. erielle, thank you very much. really appreciate it. >> let's get it back over to rob and another look at the forecast. hey, rob. >> hey, dan, talk about the mild temperatures out ahead of this blizzard that's going to affect the northern plains, we might see some records fall across the southeast today and tomorrow. temps 10 to 15 degrees above normal as this storm presses off toward the east. all right. next up on the docket is the milder air that's pushing into the northeast, so this will feel not quite as warm as last year but still mild. temperatures 40s into the 50s, the next several days.
enjoy that because by the time the new year rolls around we'll be back to reality into the 20s and 30s. santa launched on the marshall islands moments ago where it was rain, he has redolph, he's pointed the wrong direction but like a lot of airplanes, he makes a u-turn and starts going this way over asia, over europe, over africa and finally later on tonight, the western hemisphere. now, here's the thing, santa battles often this time of year a very strong jet stream which goes from west to east but very streamlined and he's going to have to deal with a front pushing off toward the east and snowstorm across parts of the intermountain west where he digs that snow as he lands on that rooftop softly. tomorrow, though, thunderstorms could be severe across
>> this weather report is brought to you by walgreens, and we have dreidels on set. >> nice. >> gimbal. >> huh? >> go for gimbal. >> i have's been getting lessons. >> your dreidel skills are tight, rob. i like it. >> i don't know how much longer that will last if it's bad luck. anyway, happy hanukkah and merry christmas. >> it's not bad luck. good luck, in fact. coming up here on "gma" we're going to go behind the scenes for the disney parks magical christmas celebration and a look at the all-star lineup. and family jet lag, it really is a thing and tony reality is going to break it -- tony reali is going to break it all down for us in reality ahead on "pop news." >> reality. tony reali is going to break it all down for us in reality ahead on "pop news." >> reality. y! hey! ♪ this is for you. did you really? didn't have too! ♪ getting the gift you almost kept for yourself? now that's a holiday mini miracle. and it's easy to create your own at walgreens...
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♪ it's the most wonderful time of the year ♪ all right, that's karl-anthony towns of the minnesota timberwolves taking part in freeform's pop-up santa initiative to surprise kids from new jersey's read academy, a nonprofit school for children with autism with tickets to a game. >> that is awesome. you can see more of the pop-up santa surprise on freeform tonight when the channel airs the christmas classic "elf" and you can watch towns' action on espn's nba christmas day game tomorrow night.
>> i love the movie "elf." >> that's a great movie. >> one of my favorite movies of all time. >> and there's another reason to stay close to home on this holiday weekend. >> the disney parks magical christmas celebration airs tomorrow loaded with celebrity appearances, and rob is here with a sneak peek. >> it is so much fun to be down there. i have in the past. not this year. amazingly, it's the 33rd year they've done this christmas celebration, and it's always a holiday favorite. ♪ special magic christmastime this year ♪ >> reporter: derek and julianne hough are kicking off disney's magical christmas celebration from the heart of magic kingdom. >> jesse from "toy story." >> reporter: it's where all your favorite disney characters are gathered. >> look at woody. >> reporter: for the traditional christmas day parade down main street. >> it's awesome. i love the holidays, and i love disney, honestly, so it's like the perfect hybrid of both. >> reporter: look for alessia cara to perform her holiday favorite. ♪ have a holly jolly christmas and when you walk down the street ♪ ♪ oh >> reporter: jordan fisher lends
his pipes to the festivities. the star of the broadway smash "hamilton" says disney's christmas show is a family tradition. >> this special, abc christmas special every year i've watched with my family religiously for as long as i can remember, and i've always said i'm going to do that, i'm going to be a part of that. >> reporter: you can count on kelly clarkson to warm hearts. ♪ i'll be home for christmas >> reporter: while garth brooks and trisha yearwood raise the temperature with their lively performance of -- ♪ feliz navidad [ singing in spanish ] >> reporter: "gma's" jesse palmer part of the festivities. >> and now the moment you've been waiting for, santa claus himself led by eight not so tiny reindeer. >> reporter: no shortage of stars in this special, but this one is bound to steal the show. there is no way to upstage santa. that is for sure.
it's a great show as always and christmas is a great time to watch that parade to watch basketball or your favorite christmas movie which -- >> tony says he has ten hours of football to watch today. >> yeah, the nfl week 16 is today and then tomorrow is 13 hours of basketball. this is how i live my life. >> i don't know how you stay so skinny. >> i'm 10% happier. >> all right. >> i like your way. >> i appreciate it. like i say, how do you stay so thin? you sit around watching -- >> i won't be after tonight. we have the feast of the seven fishes in the reali household. >> we were talking about the feast of the seven fishes. tony gave me the stink eye when i asked whether dessert could be swedish fish. he didn't like that at all. >> apparently not. by the way, you can catch the disney parks magical christmas celebration sunday morning right here on abc. and coming up on "gma," how to have the best staycation, in other words, how to survive a staycation if you have kids and the fun things you can do in your hometown and "pop news" with tony reali. keep it here.
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♪ ♪ for many of us sticking close to the home for the holidays, and i speak speak for myself, it's all about family time and, more specifically, about how to keep the kids from killing one another or killing you. >> and abc's diane macedo recently got pro tips from a ringer. >> thanks, guys, and in today's "weekend download," making the most of your staycation. just because you're keeping close to home doesn't mean you can't have fun, so let's get some fun ideas on what exactly to do with that time from denise albert, founder of themoms.com. denise, thanks so much. >> thank you. >> for being here. so, that time off is so precious. what can we do to make the most of it? >> the best thing you can do if you're staying home is be a tourist in our own town and if you're having family come to visit, have each person
choose two places they haven't been and if you live in a city or town, it doesn't matter. there are libraries, kids today don't know libraries, so many fun things and take a walk on the street and explore the buildings. kids learn about structures in school, so there's always something to learn and have fun while you're doing it. >> such a great idea to give them the opportunity to have input too because then they feel like they're part of the planning, right? >> exactly, and then every family member can choose something. >> what about weather? not everybody lives in a place where they can go outside this time of year. >> well, if you want to go outside and you don't mind the coal, you can do a family olympics. have every family member choose something. i love a game called repeat which is like one person does one thing and then have everyone try to follow it, and you can make your own games, but if you want to stay indoors, i'm a big fan of technology, and i also believe that you can really learn from technology, so have each family member choose their top five apps, teach each other how to use them. >> and then you say you can also have a dance-off at home. how do you structure that? >> well, i'm not great at dancing. my kids don't let me dance in public, but i think at home it's okay, so you can do your own "dancing with the stars" and
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the comedic actor said the movie is a figment of the internet's imagination. that hasn't stopped the internet before. by the way saying, have you noticed no one my age has seen this so-called sinbad genie movie. i do remember one with shaquille o'neal. no sequel unless shaq is selling the sham-wow. >> they need too team up with sham-wow to get it done. >> that's what i'll get my wife for christmas. there we go. let's move on. "pop news." >> i want to protect you. do not do that. once holiday festivities wrap people may experience severe days of exhaustion. several days of it. it's being called family jet lag and, mom, no, i'm not talking about us, it comes from a disruption of your normal routine. clinical psychologist dr. adam freed says the feeling is more than just too many servings of apple pie or ma's scungilli. okay, maybe i am talking about my family resulting in extreme fatigue and be caused by
feeling you have to have a picture perfect gathering. hot button topics at the table. dr. freed's helpful tips to combat family jet lag, he says positive self-talk, thoughtful planning and meditation, dan. >> nice. i was actually talking to some meditation teachers recently about how to deal with the holidays and one thing they said is expectations are a killer. if you expect -- >> lower expectations. >> -- a norman rockwell holiday you're going to be disappointed. >> okay, so of all the "pop news" we have, this is just the lowest expectation possible. we'll move on. the knicks team jumped into the christmas spirit by taking 20 families on a holiday shopping spree. here's carmelo anthony joined by the knicks coaching staff. the garden of dreams foundation, and a bronx-based community development organization at a target in new york for the big holiday haul. the basketball team partnered with the garden of dreams to take on the entire cost for the shopping event. how great is that? the nine-time all-star anthony said, you got shoes, clothes, books, laptop, now you're all right. >> that's great. >> that's cool. >> yeah. >> by the way, the knicks
meditate just -- not for nothing. >> they do. >> their gm is known -- >> and for the last 15 years how has that worked out for them? >> fair. >> longer than that. >> but the chicago cubs meditate too. >> and that's a win for them too. >> the knicks need to eat more scungilli. i think that's -- >> mom's scungilli. let's get back to that. let's talk about this, the fairmont san francisco has built a 22-foot-tall gingerbread house. >> what? >> in the lobby of their hotel. look at this. the two-story creation boasts almost 8,000 ginger bricks, three-quarters of a ton of royal icing and 700 pounds of candy. it took the pastry team 375 hours to pull off this delicious design, and the hotel's executive pastry chef says the trick to making a sturdy structure is extremely hard gingerbread to keep it from peeling. now, before you really try to take a bite out of this -- marciano, i see you getting ready right here -- it's built out of plywood and 2x4s and masonite, at least the foundation. >> that's cheating. >> that hasn't stopped rob or ron before.