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of family, friends, love and laughter, kindness and compassion. music and merriment as we wish you the happiest of holidays today, friday, december 25th, 2015. >> and good morning, everyone. we do wish you the happiest of holidays. merry christmas. thanks for joining us. merry christmas to you guys, too. >> merry christmas, guys. >> first christmas with wrangler so that's nice. >> it is our first. >> cool. >> and we have our christmas set out here. might roast some marshmallows later. >> might get toasted. >> coming up we'll speak about the true spirit of the season with card nay nal timothy dolan. >> and a look back the at how we shared holidays with you. >> and music from the gramming award winning group train and a surprise hoda couldn't wait to
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>> let's get to a chur with nbc's kristen welker. kiss ten, good morning to you. good morning to you. merry christmas, everyone. tens of thousands of faithful gather today for christmas day celebrations at vatican as pope francis delivers his traditional message. last night the pontiff celebrated midnight mass at st. peters basilica and urged the world's 1.2 billion roman catholics not to be in his words intoxicated by possessions and also sounded a cry to right injustice. today, american troops posted overseas are also taking time to mark christmas and remembering family members celebrating without them back at home. here's nbc's kelly cobiella. >> reporter: it was a somber christmas day in afghanistan where they honored six fallen soldiers killed in a motorcycle bomb attack called earlier this week. >> especially important here where we got the opportunity to remember those who we have also lost. >> reporter: more than 200,000
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spending the holiday far from home in 100 countries on every continent, from the korean east. 3,000 are in turk to and another 5,000 just arrived in the arabian sea and 4,000 in the african country of djibouti where they celebrated with a special "feliz navidad." at military bases around the world they will be served up a holiday feast today with all of the trimmings. >> we've got about 500 pounds of turkey that's got to be cooked. we've got 500 to 600 pounds of ham. >> reporter: a lucky few will get the best present of all. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: like specialist william marlow and his mom marry. >> nothing else i want in this world. got everything i want right here. >> reporter: a surprise christmas at home with family. >> kelly cobiella, nbc news, london. >> and we thank all them for their service.
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a rough christmas in the deep south. at least 14 deaths are now blamed on storms that hit arkansas, tennessee and mississippi where there's now a state of emergency in seven count its. heavy rains are also drenching parts of the southeast. meanwhile, several western states got a white christmas much to the delight of these kids in california. in the east there's record-breaking warmth. washington, d.c. hit 71 degrees christmas eve breaking a record of 69 set in 1933. new york city also reached 71 degrees, breaking a 1988 record by 15 degrees. meanwhile, a tragic start to the holiday in charlotte, north carolina when gunfire erupted at a mall. police say it began as a feud among a group of people who knew each other. an off-duty police officer fatally shot an armed man who pointed a weapon in his direction. well, santa may be resting up after a busy night but fedex workers will be back on the job today. company says it could not make
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time christmas eve so they will try today. they blamed the delays on the weather and last-minute online shopping surge. a check of the weather now. record highs in the east and temperatures 25 degrees above from southeast to new england and a frontal system will bring locally heavy rain louisiana northward to west virginia. flooding will be a possibility in many areas of the south today. it will be cool and pleasant for christmas day in most of the midwest. chicago will see highs today in the 40s. farther south dallas will be sunny and warm with a high near 70. a storm system moving through the west will bring a new round of heavy snow and gusty winds to the rockies. up to 10 to 20 inches of snow is expected to fall today in the mountains in western colorado while salt lake city could see up to 4 inches of snow. and we'll be back after this. get to kohl's after christmas sale! starting 7am saturday with amazing early bird specials
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the afternoon as all right. kristen, thank you. as you get ready to dive into all the gifts under your tree it's also important to remember the real reason for the season. his eminence cardinal timothy dolan made the trip from across the street. good morning. >> a blessed christmas to you and everybody. >> merry christmas to you. >> thanks for the invite. become a regular thing with us. >> i was thinking this morning you've preached a christmas mass so many times how do you make it fresh and how do you have it come alive for your parishioners? >> christmas is always fresh. you could -- people could recite the christmas gospel from memory they have heard that a hundred times. always brings tears to your eyes. there's a newness, a freshness there all the time and this year because we so crave the hope, the light and the promise, just the decency and goodness that christmas stands for because of what we see in the world.
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violence, terror, the fear. people are saying i'm afraid. >> we need some good news. >> so when we hear to the angels say to the shepherds be not that. >> at my prayer there's we do the prayer for the people and you pray for the world. where do you even begin and what should our prayer be? >> the best prayer is to say dear god, you know our need better than we do, but you know what's good for us to articulate them because in doing that we're placing our trust new and we're acknowledging that you can bring healing that is way beyond us, so, savannah, sometimes just to say, lord, you know the troubles of the world as much as we do. you're more concerned than we are over what your creation and what's happening to your creation and what's happening to your beloved creatures. all we can do is trust in you and would you give us the grace to be an agent of the mercy and healing that only you can give. >> i love having therefore conversation with you. >> thank you. >> because we all love
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>> and a lot of fun and joy and family traditions and eating and ripping open presents but how can we focus on this day and kind of get back to what really matters? >> well, can we go back to the eating part? >> yeah. >> that's why we love you, cardinal dolan. >> all right, focus. for us, for christians, for catholics, the focus comes of who has to be underneath the christmas tree, name lit crib scene. up until last night you have the beautiful crib scene of the manger the stable, the animals and shepherds and mary and joseph. up until last night that christmas eve, the manger, the straw bed was empty. with christmas we put the son of god, the savior and messiah in there. that beautiful simple manger scene that was a gift from st. francis of assisi, a 1,000 year-old tra dis. that's the focus and you know where you can see it. across the street at st. patrick's. 4 million people who walk
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you can see it the most is in the eyes of the kid because right away they are magnetized by that. nothing touches the human heart like a baby, right? nothing changes -- >> i'll agree with that. >> yes. >> nothing changes lives more than a baby. nothing gives new identity more than a baby. you weren't a mom and now you have a new identity because of that baby. that baby, the son of god, geezus, he gives us an identity. he gives us a purpose. he changes and transforms our lives, just lake a baby does in a family. there's focus of christmas. >> and i have to talk to you >> ah. >> may have paid a visit. >> you were part of it, and i'm glad you were. >> what an honor and neat experience. what are your favorite memories of that in. >> let me tell you the favorite memory because i used at cathedral. when we were coming down fifth avenue, savannah, exuberant crowds, the pope was waving t.greeting the hundreds of
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looking this way and all of a sudden he stops and turns to me and says why are we stopping, and i said, holy father, there's st. patrick's cathedral, a, and he said it's right in the middle of everything. you know what he meant, most cathedrals are on top of a hill, fenced off, in a park area, a little aloof and he turns and he says but that's where it should be because god is in the midst of his people. that's what christmas is about, right. emanuel, our jewish neighbors will tell us you know what that means, god is with us. that's christmas. that's my memory of pope francis when he turned and looked at st. patrick's cathedral and said oh, my lord it's right in the middle things. that's where god is. >> so many people of varying faiths have been really touched by his example and his words. what do you think his visit hered to the u.s. accomplished? >> you know what i'm amazed at and it's been three months now. most people wish they did, but most people don't remember his words.
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they remember his gentleness. they remember his smile. they remember his gestures of greeting those who are obviously suffering and struggling. they remember, savannah, his humanity. there's the meaning of christmas, too, because god takes on a human nature. god's almost saying how can i get through to you folks? i know, i'll send my son as a babe, and that's what -- that's what i think people comment about pope francis, his humanity. he also reminds us. divine which isn't -- that's a great vocation. not a bad thing at all, is it. >> i know you're up on all your theological reading, i don't know if you ever read "the onion" and they had a funny headline, pope nervous for annual performance review with god. that made me laugh. that will get you thinking if we all had our performance review. >> you have to go to reviews every time. every time i go to a meeting
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work but ultimate review, of course, is with the lord. he's our boss and judge. >> and thankfully he's merciful. >> you bet he is. christmas morning, merry christmas. >> oh. >> a medallion about the holy father's visit to st. patrick's. you were a big part of it. >> will you give one to matt. >> and tell matt if i see this on ebay he is in trouble. >> and you know i'll be first to report it back to you. >> cardinal dolan. >> merry christmas. >> and your mom. >> i was so happy to meet her. >> so happy to meet you foorks. >> matt, we'll send it back to you. >> all right, savannah, cardinal dolan, thank you very much. the holiday spirit hasn't exactly been front and center in the presidential race, but christmas does offer the candidates a rare moment to pause, rest and, of course, reflect. here's nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: at the white house, not a white christmas but a colorful one, a display that delights like no other. >> it's the holiday time.
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a timeless tradition, one 68,000 people are discovering sending over the holidays, many sending season greetings to troops overseas and honoring the once we lost. >> they say it's marvelous that they are recognized for their service and that they have given their lives for our country. >> reporter: gold star tree, one of 62 trees at the white house, including in the blue room, the official one, 18 feet full of ribbon, notes of love and hope. >> it's covered from trunk to tip with messages from military families to their service members stationed around the country and around the world. >> local students write their own messages, their big dream, hang g hanging, and while you won't find snow dogs you'll find two
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>> the little children exclaim it's bo and sonny. >> five, four, three, to you -- >> from the season's kickoff at the tree lighting. >> merry christmas, everybody. >> to the first family's farewell before their a had aan holiday vacation, it's a whirlwind few weeks at the white house, and on the campaign trail, too, as the holiday season meets election season. 2016 contenders celebrating with holiday cheer of their own. >> this could be the first christmas picture without crying and anger sglesh here. >> showing off christmas cards from family and some from supporters, and in the carson's case it's all about the christmas carols. we wish you a merry christmas we wish you a merry christmas >> reporter: and if you're doing last-minute shopping, looking for the perfect gift, try a political present, ornaments, mugs, even hillary for holiday
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for some candidates though all they want from sante sax a storybook ending. >> please read this one, daddy. >> the senator who saved christmas. >> this is a good one. >> reporter: still, any candidate hoping to make it to the white house next year will have to settle for now for the gingerbread version. hallie jackson, nbc news, washington? and, of course, we wish all the candidates a happy and peaceful holiday season. we're lucky enough to spend the holidays of view of the world's most famous christmas tree. millions of tourists make the pilgrimage to rockefeller center just to catch a glimpse of that tree. >> and this year it's a beauty, a 78-foot norway spruce that stood watch over four generations of the asendorf family to give their kids a places to climb and watch before it was brought to new york city adorned with five miles of
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>> can't look at the tree in your yard and say where did the tradition of christmas trees come from? nbc's kelly cobiella decided to find out. >> reporter: the black forest in the dead of winter where thousands of years ago people decorated their homes with branches from the evergreens as a reminder of spring, and centuries later with christmas trees. >> people used to go out in the forest to cut a nice tree for christmas. >> reporter: if anyone knows about christmas trees it's ma'amford, a tree farmer for 35 years. >> this one is close to perfect. had t has a perfect pyramid shape. >> reporter: here you can cut your own, not as easy as you think. it was a 16th century protestant preacher who brought the first tree indoors. legend has it martin luther was strolling through the woods one
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when he glanced up and saw the stars twinkling through the tree branches. he was so magical he decided to bring it home to his children with a real tree and candles for stars, but what about all the other decorations, where did they come from? a christmas market like this one is a good mace to find out. they used whatever materials they had back then. these cute little stars are made of straw and these are carved from wood from the black forest. other decorations, gingerbread, nuts and back then tinsel was made real silver. after a fortifying sip of hot spiced wine i'm for a history lesson. incredibly this small was one of the first to have a christmas tree in 1576.
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receipt for one of the first christmas trees. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: and it was queen elizabeth's german great great grandfather prince albert pictured on christmas card like this who started the worldwide craze for christmas. over centuries, our lives and the way we decorate our homes may have changed but the christmas tree has always been there lighting up our living room. oh, yes, the lies. remember the candles. they were started so many fires good old american inning out came to the rescue with the inception of electric lights, a bright idea that gives a clowe to christmas trees all around the world and to think it all began long, long ago with a tree in a forest. for "today," kelly cobiella, nbc news, germany. >> the lots of trivia there which is good. >> next cocktail party you can
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tree facts. >> very own traditional christmas tree and edge end has it the very first straw star was made by a shepherd girl after she saw the star of bethlehem. >> and the first glass balls called -- >> say that again. >> used the glass because he couldn't afford the walnut and other things they used to decorate the tree. >> coming up, a woman says it's not love that's all around. it's angels and how she's turning skeptics into believers. >> and a look down memory line and how we've celebrated over years here on "today."
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7:30 now on this friday morning. it's christmas day, 2015. we hope you're having a wonderful morning with your family, those who have little kids v.been up for four, five hours now. >> yeah. >> they didn't sleep. >> tamron decided to join the fun. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas, guys. >> coming up, guys, we'll do a little christmas studio 1a style. spent a lot of holiday mornings with you throughout the year. most of the time we eat, we drinky we make merry. well, just ahead we're going to take a look back at some of our favorite holiday moments. >> all right. the weird, wild and wacky pop culture of 2015 that you'll reveal the most. the picks on a special "pop start." >> one best selling author says angels are with us all the time and as nbc's keir simmons explains she's turning skeptics into believers. >> there 's the father with a
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guardian angel has its wings open. >> reporter: lorna says angels are everywhere. >> from the time i was an infant, in my eyes i saw angels. >> reporter: angel sightings have been report around the world of the killing fields of world war i to back here. >> and this image appeared up on the security monitor and it was an image of an angel. >> reporter: on cc-tv, and social media. nearly eight out of ten americans believe in and else, according to polls. >> people are searching again, maybe not in the most traditional and direction way but the angels are bringing us back. >> reporter: they exist says the vatican's angel expert, but they don't usually have wings. they look more like chards of light. lorna says angels helped her write a best selling book
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as you might expect, there are many who question lorna. this is lorna, and she -- i just wanted to know what you're seeing -- >> well, i have seen lots of angels around you and i see two angels of love around you as well. >> reporter: she tells the young couple angels will guide them through life, even their love life. >> that's nice for you to say that. >> my thought was terribly ridiculous. >> reporter: interesting, a nice thought but you don't really believe. >> it was if there was but i just don't see if. >> reporter: disbelief like that is not that unusual. >> i would often have later on a person that was very skeptical, especially men, come back and say i've changed my mind. >> reporter: 30 minutes later something stunning happened. he does come back. >> okay. >> okay, calvin. >> god bless. >> bye. >> he came back to say he was
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>> did he really? >> yes. >> reporter: how lovely is that. lorna lost her husband early. the angels predicted that, she says, but also told her -- >> you're a guardian-- your guardian angel does not leave you for a second and at the point of death has already taken hold of your soul. >> reporter: and now lorna just wants to help other families. >> they have love around them. two beautiful angels. you're not alone and i've been told you are good parents, you do your best >> reporter: idea that there's an angel looking after your children is very nice. >> yeah, it is. >> reporter: perhaps all we need is an open mind. do you believe in and else? you do. to see what lorna sees. for "today," kerreweer simmons, nbc news, dublin. >> wow. >> i love that idea. >> me, too. >> i think they are out there. they just take different forms. >> yeah.
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against the backdrop of that iconic tree the holiday season is always a special time here at rockefeller center. >> the pack six decades our day today family has celebrated with laughter and singing and some egg nog. a look at the fun we've had on the holiday over the years. >> good morning. this is "today." >> christmas morning, 19464. i like christmas, i like it, i
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stade de gerland i just stuck myself. ow! >> a cactus are you? know what the best thing about christmas, the presents. the music. they never let poor rudolph silver bells oh, night silver bells this christmas laughing all way the way, ha, ha, ha ring-a-ling holy night oh, my jolly have a holly christmas this year >> talking about the traditions of christmas, two words, egg nog. >> is this stuff fatning? >> fedex arrived with the egg nog. >> the tree is lit and so are we. >> we're back with gametime. this one is called picture this. this is a problem. >> what was it? >> that's ice skating and it's the rockefeller tree.
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you go back over there. >> have you ever seen what they do out there? have you ever seen ice skating? >> and then you just turn etch-a-sketch upside down and shake and the picture disapeefrpts the fun and challenge of etch-a-sketch. >> you have brought with you a karaoke machine. >> a what? >> god bless you. >> oh, okay. oh, that's the wrong one. >> oh, sorry. >> this one. >> okay. i'm trying. i'm so they are vows! oh, that's so pretty. >> who like you more than you? >> get out of here. >> that's the spirit that keeps on giving. >> congratulations. >> oh, mile gosh. >> a holk hogan action figure. >> and apparently mine, too.
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chestnuts roasting on an open fire jack frost nipping at your nose yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like eskimos merry christmas to you frosty the snowman was a fairy tale, they say he was made of snow, but children know how he came to life one day call on your angels, let's go down to the city let's all crowd around the big tree, all you strangege you know
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>> christmas, ringing bells of hope and singing carols for forgiveness in the high air and we look heaven wad and speak the word aloud and we look at our world and speak the word aloud, peace. and i'm wishing you a very merry new york christmas and a prayer fulful peace on earth if not too late we hear them say, merry christmas sing hall huia and merry christmas >> love that christmas cactus. >> a cactus in a bag.
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much. tamron is focusing on the latter. >> he's a joel man with a beard but it can be intimidating, let's face it, missing santa for don't believe me. take a look, guys. this is carson and siri's daughter london daly, not quite ready for her big moment but london is not alone. dana's toddler felt the same way. they split just different directions there, and from this one you have to look closely. jamie said the babies weren't having it. my middle son apparently needed to use the restaurant and my oldest help not laugh but the smile on the one who has to go to the restroom adorable and look at santa, looks like he's in a state of shock. what's going on here? mary's son thought it was best to keep his distance. >> going to tuck and roll. >> and when all else fails, you
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this case, dad, to play buffer here but santa did get success, wrangler and his friends, listen, they held a picture picture pose. there you have it. the goal for santa you but let's face it. you guys have kids. can be tough when you be might santa, big moment with the big guy. >> had a lot of explaining to do to try to get my kids on the lap. >> i thought you were going to say santa. >> tamron, thank you. that was fun. >> coming up, beautiful music to add some music to your holidays. >> and coughing...sniffling...
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america is not just electing a president, we're also electing a commander in chief. that choice matters. because strengthening thth economy, making healthcare more affordable, raising incomes. all of that depends on us being both secure at home and leading the world. i will get up every single day and do whatever it takes to make sure our country is safe and strong.
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new this morning: fire fighters called to an apartment fire this morning. it happened at a complex along ravenwood circle in waterloo about 7 this morning. here's a picture from our reporter on the scene. crews say a bathroom exhaust fan started the fire. no one was hurt -- and fire fighters say it didn't take long to ut a lottery winner in iowa may have to return hiss100- thousand-dollar prize. lottery officials say he was too young to buy a ticket... but he lied about his age. he'g facing misdemenor charges for underaged gambling. now, let's go to eileen with a look at weather. mild christmas and then a wintry mix for tonight and tomorrow
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afternoon. temperatures will be steady or falling with the breezy conditions sunday and a
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good morning it's 8:00 on "today" and merry christsts. >> merry christmas. >> good morning, santa! >> merry christmas to grampy and gramma. >> merry christmas to all our friends in switzerland. >> rocking around the christmas tree at the "today" show. >> merry christmas on the "today" show. >> thanks for sharing part of this special day with us, today, friday, december 25th, 2015. and welcome back to "today"
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are we seen in switzerland? >> i hope so. otherwisee those ladies are out of luck >> pulled out the old fishbowl on trending. this morning in honor of the day we'll dive into a special stocking of random questions. >> a special edition. >> a woman who got her big present a bit early thanks to a big surprise her family and hoda. >> we'll geto all of that and a check of the top stories from kristen welker who is filling in this morning. kristen, good morning. merry christmas, everyone. >> families are returning to their neighborhoods in southern states hit by deadly storms and tornadoes. for many it's only to salvage belongings from homes that were destroyed. at least 14 people were@ killed by the violent weather with the worst of the destruction in mississippi, arkansas and
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>> it was very devastating to -- to take the tree up and see everybody's belongings and christmas papers and everybody's limphood across their front yards. >> reporter: one growing concern is flash flooding in places like southeast alabama where 10 inches of rain caused sections of roadways to collapse. in northern california heavy snow forced drivers to provide provided the thrill of a white chririmas for others. in record northeast record low temperatures had people leaving their coats and en sweaters at home. at the vatican hundred tread thousands gathered for prayers for syria and libya and praised the countries who have taken in their refugees. and last night the pontiff celebrated midnight mass inside st. peter's basilica. francis urged the world's 1.2 billion roman catholics not to
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possession and he also sounded a cry to right injustice and a lcome taste of home is making the holiday a little easier for family service members serving far from home. troops in having feasted on ham and turk to a all the trimmings. a fewucky ones to the to enfay a family reunion. >> oh, my god, my baby. >> and not forgotten amid the celebrations are the six u.s. soldiers who lost their lives in aflg earlier this week. the mall gunfire that raised spheres of an active shooter was the result of a long-standing feed among people who knew each other. panic shoppers ran when they heard shots and an on duty security guard shot the gunman.
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direction of our officer. our officer fired h h service weapon. >> reporter: >> no other arrests were made but officials recovered other weapons at the scene. the 1-year-old who was killed had a long police record. a cafeteria worker who was fired for letting a child have a free lunch. she let a girl had a a hot lunch that cost $1.70. girl was hungry and didn't have any money. school oicials offered her to let her come backwintry mix tonight into tomorrow before sunday gets breezy and colder. road conditions are pretty good this morning, but we have some foggy and some not so much. temps are mostly in the 20s this morning, but will couple of days. we have some clouds tracking through and that before the next system gets close enough by evening. this will then bring in a light wintry mix`late tonight and will spread over the dakotas. we won't see much snoo, but we in the mid 30s to around 40. tomorrow morning before becoming light rain for the afternoon as highs climb
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to 20 at times. sunday will be bring a chance of snow monday through wednesday, a all righ thank you. coming up. the kids who found onehristmas present too big to pick up and chase and the special gift they found inside. >> plus, on "pop start" we have all of our favorites, but what is the most successful christmases of all t te at box office? tamron will have the answer. and one our favorite surprises of the year. the unforgettable reaction when hoda showed up at her door, but, first, these messages. big newsws the new sprint lte plus network is faster than verizon and at&t... based on data from the world's foremost authority on independent measurement. to celebrate, we're gonna cut some prices in half. switch to sprint and save 50% on rizon, at&t or t-mobile rates. no gimmicks. no tricks. it's the biggest offer in u.s. wireless history! what about verizon? 50% off. at&t too? 50% off. even t-mobile? 50% off.f. plus, we'll even pay your switching fees,
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we are back. special christmas morning
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today, and i mean really special because here's your gift. i don't want a lot for christmas there is just one thing i need >> all right. >> this time i think we're probably a little holiday partied out, in jfnlt you guys like going to party. >> i do, yeah. >> hosting parties. >> attending. >> you don't have to be as responsible. >> that's true. >> this might surpriseeyou. if you're a millennial you may just prefer to stay home. a story in the "new york times" called the death of the party. the story says, believe it orngtsd many millennials are just not i ierested in either hosting or even attending parties anymore. they say they would rather stay home. there's two possible reasons for this. helicopter parent, k kping their kids on a very tight leash an technology, modern staples like instagram and netflix providing the illusion of social
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>> no more high school parties or keggers. >> some awkward dance moments. >> but, my nephew is 19. over thanksgiving and this holiday, snapchating every moment but not t tking to everyone and looking at the snapchats being sent back to him. that is not a holiday. >> as long as there's wine, whether you're home or having a party. >> true. >> intimate gathering. >> all right. >> how about this one. two adorable kids in the uk probably g the best christmas present ever. their mother led them to this joined package that was set on the floor. one of the kids even said how could an elf carry suc a heavy gift and inside t ty found an in incredible surprise. >> daddy. 4% >> daddy. >> daddy. >> orable. >> here's what happened. that was scott stevens hiding under a mound of wrapping paper.
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in the military and fortunately he made it home in time to celebrate the holiday with his family. >> that's a gift that you'll always remember. >> that's amazing. >>beautiful. >> all right. it's friday. we sometimes do friday fishbowl when we're running out of topics but instead of the fishbowl we'll do a christmas stocking. >> we'll put two minutes on the clock. >> we haven't started yet. >> two minutes on the clock. >> okay. >> i'm nervous. >> i'm like the schoolmarm. > ready, go. >> mine says this is the year i'm asking santa to -- to make me life with mend my boyfriend better, even better. it's already great. even better. .
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clock by 30 seconds. >> would you rather not celebrate christmas this year or not celebrate your birthday. >> i would rather not celebrate birthday. i want christmas. >> i agree. >> mine says would you rather make your partner's gift by hand or drink a gallon ofgg nog.g. >> bring me the egg nog. i'm not kraflty at all. >> would you rather do all of the holiday shopping or wrap all of the presents. >> i'd rather do the shping. >> do the shopping. >> that's more fun. >> i love wrapping. >> do you really? >> would you rather see "the nutcracker" or dance in "the nutcracker." >> i'd rather crack some nuts. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> back to hfda to make the relationship better. >> what holiday tradition can you do without?
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>> i love them all. >> got to be one. >> pictionar why. >> it's a do over for you. >> i wish my b bfriend was handsommer. >> it isn't christmas until my boyfriend kisses . > way to go. >> still have five seconds, hoda hoda. >> now to one othe most successful christmas movies of all time and the pop culture moments most popular. tamron has "pop fix. " >> the website only looked as far back as 1910, no "miracle on 34th street," or "it's a
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third place, "elf." >> yeah, buddy. i know him. starring will ferrell came out in 2003 and has earned more thah $173 million. second place goes to the animated film "polarics press." >> it grossed more than $183 uillion. >> and the highest greece grossing christmas m mie of all time "how the grinch stole christmas" from 2000. jim carey has the movie itself. made $260 billion. >> made more than "diehard. ". >> that's not a christmas movie. >> and now tonight at the same time weekly and their roundup of the weirdest and most unbelievable pop culture moments from 2015 and the gifts that keep going. john travolta reunited w wh adele and thehe went viral with this embrace of scarlet johansson on the red carpet.
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awkward but totally welcome and who could get scary lucy, the bronze statue miss that honored the great lose eel ball and ended up terrifying people. >> looked moror like ricky. >> upstate new york, and in october statue was used in a real halloween haunted house so whole thingndinally thehe celebrity singing competition that had everyone talking about, of course, the lip synch battle. i will always love i came in like a wrecking ball i never head -- big wheel keep on turning, proud maryeepn burning rolling, rolling, rolling on the river because up town funk don't give it to you saturday night and we're in
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don't believe it just watch >> there's hoda. the best all. that is your christmas "pop start." >> you did great. >> that was a fun day. >> all right. tamron. now the other reasons that hoda is here. we asked her to revisit one of our favorite stories of the year. we all love this one. >> so much fun. the idea was to take a fan's special day and dial it up just a notch so i headed to the high seas for the ultimate party crcrh. >> a thee-day carnival cruise from miami to the bahamas, the perfect place to celebte a birthday, and the last place you'd find meust hours after a live broadcast from new york. >> ready. >> okay. here we go. >> but, first, a little about the lucky lady behind this door. >> my mommed is the life of the
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>> she is comical. loves her >> doesn't know a stranger. she would keep a shirt off her back. >> kateri worked on an assembly line at generalal motors for 3333 years. as the primary breadwinner, she worked around the clock to put her three daughters through college and grad school. >> she's always doing for others and seemsike nobodod ever d ds for her. >> kathy's going on this cruise with her daughter buffy. she has no idea that her other two kid, africa and torry are each coming. they sneak on early to coordinate every detail is it she loves strawberry, chocolate strawberries would be great. >> meanwhile our crack camera crew wires kathy's room with half a dozen cameras with a letter sayinin a cruise director will come back. >> mom watches "today" every day and loved hoda.
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>>alks to hoda like they are best friends, they love her. >> victoria and africa sneaks back to the can ain just as kathy boards. check her out. already partying. buffy distract mom until i get my julie mccoyoy on, and it is go time. >> they upgrade us. >> when she opens the door and she realizes who it is they are goinggo run from everywhere to see who died because she is going to see who died. >> ready, ready. >> it's huge, mom. this is huge. >> yeah. >> okay. >> cat rin and buffy, welcome % aboard. the crowds director will bebe stopping by. >> here we go. let's go. >> oh, okay the let sit here for a minute. >> okay. go check it out.
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>> oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, hoda. hoda, hoda kotb. oh, jesus. i'm going to have a heart attack. oh, jesus. oh, my god. ohoh jesus. >> happy birthday. happy birthday. >> no you didn't, no you didn't. >ou know who did it. >> buffery did it. >> i can't believe it, you pretty girl. >> hi. >> here's what we're going to . it's your birthday and we have a bunch of surprises for you. >> no, you don't. >> one of the thirst things we're going to do is a wine tasting. you don't like. i like chardonnay. >> you're the best, b bfy. >> buffy is the best. >> is she your only daughter. >> i have two others but they couldn't come. >> butou have buffy. >> after a near heart attacke
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>> this is a first class wine tasting. got to swish it around. >> swishy wishy. got to close youryes tight. >> what do you like better? >> that's delicious. >> i feel like we need something sweet. i think we have something even sweeter. turn bround. >> oh! oh, guysys >> happy birthday. >> i heard a rumor that your mom kes to sing. >> best karaoke queen. >> karaoke feels. >> but karaoke feels too small for kathy. >> i don't know about this. >> she's not sure. this is your headliner. let's give them something to
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>> she just brings so muchjoy. i'm just thankful, know, that i am her daughter. >> she's always in my heart and in my mind. >> all the thing she does and all the things she's done for us nobody has ever said thank you. i just want to say thank you. >> make a wish. make a wish. >> i hope this day never ends. >> is she the best. >> how about that. >> oh, my gosh. really cool. well done. >> by the way, christmas morning. that hoda day was better. >> more cheer to spread this christmas morning with the help of some ebebeptional children. the uniondale high school choir from uniondale, new york,
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fill up the stockings cause we need a little christmas right this very minute candles in the windows, carols and the singing yes,s, we need a little christmas right this very minute climb down the chimney for we need a little christmas need a little laughter and we need a little trappings, happy ever after
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jingle bells, jingle all the way oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse opeped sleigh, hey jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way oh, what fun it is to ride et? in a one-horse open sleigh in a one-horse sleigh over the filds we go laughing all the way cats on bob tail rings and making spirits rise enjoy and sinin a s sighing song tonight
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oh, jingle pels, jingle bells, jingle all way oh, whatun it is to ride in a one-horse slay jingle beals, jingle bells, jingle bells oh, what funun it is to ride oh, what fun it is to ride in a bun-horse open sleigh jingle, jingle, jingle bells [ applause ] >> uniondale high school chorus. thank you. coming up, the best way to regift your unwanted presents, and i'm sure that won't be
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secret santa gift swap.
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your local news.the salvation army red kettle campaign just finished. the famous red buckets are going back in storage for another year. we know for sure the cedar falls/waterloo and dubuuue salltion armies diiend up getting some gold coins and gold rings. seven gold liberty coins were found in buckets throughout cedar falls and waterloo this week. the salvation army thanks the
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that speeal...somethingg different um show's the as of yesterday... the waterloo/cedar falls salvation army raised 476- thousand dollars toward it's 730- thousand dollar goal. they'll continue to raise funds after the chchistmas season. now, let's go to eileen with a look at weather. mild hristmas and then a wintry mix for tonight and tomorroro morning wiwih light
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>> from your girl, lovia. >> happy holidays, "today" show. >> merry christmas. for us it's allll about family. >> favorite memories, caroling, all the neighbors at christmas time except j.d., never wanted to be thatdorky. >> i think it's fun to be dork yy. >> running down the stairs and seeing the tree with all the presents, the smellsn the house and it's -- just christmas is family to meme >> i'm clint black and happy holidays from the "today" show. >> would i like to say merry christmas and happy new year to all and to all a good night. >> she made that sound so good. >> back at 8:30. love patty labelle on this christmas morning. love her and all our celebrity guests. december 25th, shall we mention,n, 2015 and here's hoping that you and your family have the best holiday ever.
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of cheer in n e f fm of hot chocolate that packs a punch to make you feel warmy and fuzzy side. >nd we'll be rocking around the christmas tree as train stops by to perform a song off their new holiday album. >> sometime to open the presents and our secret santa. we drew names and set a small limit. mr. lauer, you go first. >> when we did this and savannah looked and said who did you guys get? >> missing the point. >> yeah. >> so i actually drew savannah's name so what i wanted to do was 4% get you sething that was festive and also something that i knew you needed and would actually use. >> we had a dollar limit. >> oh, no. >> a dollar limit. >> i think 40 bucks. >> not $1. >> not $1. >> see, this isn't nice.
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i'm always falling. >> yes. >> there's something festive in there also. >> what's the festive. >> no, no. >> there's lotss of bandages and aceebandages and things but there is also -- >> i will use it. >> a christmas candle in there, isn't there? >> is it on fair? >> that was supposed to a christmas candle. >> i see knee sporin. >> triple antibiotics. >> wait, wait, wait for it. >> see, that's nice. christmas candle. >> and some burn cream just in case. >> thank you so much, matt. >> really, shouldn't have. >> she's just slightly klutzy. >> decided to go the thoughtful route and actually got tamron, and tamron and i drew each other last ar. >> yeah, we did.
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saw your eyes and i ew. >> you can't keep a secret. >> you don't have a poker face, but you give great gifts, i do know that. >> oh. it's a recipe box. >> witit your own personal line. >> open an look at your recipe cards. >> where did you get that dress? >> from the kitchen of tamron ll. >> that's awesome. >> that's the sweetest thing. >> feel weird about your gift now? >> savannah, things. >> because tamron loves to cook. >> and i have a burn onn my a a to prove if. >> and i have some ointment here. >> savannah, can i borrow your burn cream. >> tt's darling. >> oh, boy. > tamron. >> i picked -- i tell, right. >> sorry. >> is this really that complicated?
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>> natalie. >> yes. >> natalie we kno is athletic, is on the go and no time to waste. she's a healthy eater and likes to splurge and have treats, too, and i went on the go natalie and healthy. >> that's not your gift. >> that's not your gift. >> here's what happened. >> oh, boy. >> they switched -- >> i love t t sing. >> do i get to keep it? >> can i just tell you. >> they pull this off in elementary school. >> natalie. i have a recipe book. that can't be regifted. >> this is the other gift that we'll give natalie.
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loud from all of you off of my iphone. >> i don't know. there's the other gift. >> gone so well so far. mine is for al. and al, i know two things about you. you love "star wars" and you do recently love your gin & tonic. >> this is a nice combo. >> "star wars" plantry glasses. >> very cool. >> and some n. >> s sething we all can use. >> daddy's about to blast off. >> and in keeping with the "star wars" theme. >> all right. because you know how much -- >> you may be taking the kids to go see it. i got you something that you could use. >> tha you very much. >> to go see that.
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>> a darth vader wunsie. >> may the force be with you. >> i will be wearing in. >> i know you will. >> this is cool. >> it's nice and soft, too. >> very, very nice. >> merry christmas. >> i got natalie two gifts. >> i love this one. >> you'll see the other one, too. >> this is the gift that's going to keep giving. >> we love our gift and would never re-gift and let's say you did wanted to. let's bring in elizabeth mayhew. >> hi. >> first of all, you think re-gifting is okay? >> if done properly. you need to k kw whoou're -- who gave you that gift. don't want to give it back and you just want to follow some very careful precautions before you re-gift. >> makes givivg things away easy. >> christmas is about getting and it's really about getting and you all got a lot of great stuff and maybe you want to give some stuff away.
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give charities you can give it to and one tt mes it real easy. callll pickup please. go on their site and the they will pick up stuff in 24 hours. ey will take close, run by veterans. >> there's also a way to use gift cards. >> absolutely. get a gift card to a "star wars" place our not going to use go to a website called and put in a name. place, the number and p.i.n. and choose from over 250 places to give it to. >> merry christmas.
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>> i give useful ness. >> that's yourratest weather. >> that went really well up. >> next a touching story on this christmas morning. how football brought together two families on opposite sides of the world.
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morning, this is "today" o onbc. paris: there's a lot to do on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out bybyig money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our next president to get in there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street, take on big business, take on big money, and get the working class back to where they should be. he's a rock.
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we're back now with "together we make football," our ongoing series with the nfl where we highlight game changngs on andndff the field.
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christmas morning. hey, willie. >> good morning, guys. looking very fistive this morning, merry christmas. you're about to meet fourth of our five finalists competing f f a trip t t super bowl 50, and their story really captures what the holiday spirit is all about. family. >> hello, dear. we're so glad you came. >> during holidays families gather to take a photo for their christmas cards. >> we're all set. >> the picicre of the hancock and childs family tells a story that began in 199 when the two were still worlds apart. >> i was about 9 yearsrs old when he left vietnam. when communism took over, we snuck into the hold of a small fishing boat and didn't know where we were going or where we were going t land. in the aftermath of the
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refugees fled the country. >> my dad seeing all of us malnourished, he said we won't survive too long unless we get off the island. >> that's when thehe hancocks sponsored the family which allowed them to come to seattle. >> at a 10-year-old boy who didn't speak english dume found common ground watching a a expapaion football team. >> they watched the seahawks and very quickly duke in particular was speaking really pretty well. >> i remember jim zorn could go trick plays. >> this is the kind of plays that football needs. >> it became a way to talk t them without knowing the full breadth of english. >> it's something we couldld all look forward to and all gather around and football is kind of unique that way. >> by the time the seahawks made their first playoff appearance in 1984 the family was struggling financially and had to move to los angeles to find work.
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and local television at the time would televise only the raiders. >> knowing how much he missed his five lit team the hancocks got in talk. . >> the hancox would record the hawks games on vhs and record three at a time and during that time thatas my happy plala and every week i opened up and there were videotapes, so happy to get them. i loved waiting, like christmas the whole year. >> a visit to the seahawks facility is a trip down memory lane. check it out. >> this is the history of all the seahawks. >> hey, check it out. >> that was part of game when they did that trick play. >> and a chance for their hometown team to recognize a remarkable story. >> duke. what's up, duke? >> yeah! >> congratulations on being a nalist to get a chance to go the super bowl which is awesome.
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>> fantastic. >> got a little ball for you, about being a finalist. >> really no, way. >> that's awesome. >> he's crying. he's crying. oh, wow. >> i love football because it's a langugue that transcends a lot of barriers. no words can truly express the impact it's made to give us a w life in the u.s. and t(e love for footba. i would love to see the hancocks at the super bowl so theorld can see what love and football can do. >> the mos of the family lives in southern california and they do visit and keep in touched with the hancocks. duke and his boy play against the chiao and hancock family members. >> nice story. >> a reminder to catch sunday night football here hon nbc. the new york giants try to keep their playoff hopes alive
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well, just ahead, we're going to grab a glass of holiday cheer
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hot this morning on a special edition of "today food" we're toasting the 12 days of hot chocolate and thanks to special ingredients our spirits are very merry and bright. we love this guy. zane home quest is the corporate chef at skin, erickson lodge out in utah. ppy holidays. >> thanks for having me back. >> what are those? >> turtle hot chocolate floats which we're going to make. >> show us how we do it. >> have a little half and half because it's slimming. >> we're going to go with a little condensed sweetened milk. again, it's fantastic. >> do you use regular milk.
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>> we'll just get this warm and add our shaved milkp@chocolate. >> a low heat. >> okay. >> once the milk is hot just enough to melt our hot chocolate and a little almond extract, the bitter almond will lighten it it up. >> it is going to be a later version, so a little caramel sauce. we'll take our nice milk shake glass. we've got tasters. >> enjoying. we'll go from knock latt to ramel and shavings and sea salt. >> oh, my gosh. >> and a little butter pecan ice cream. >> come to momo. >> we've taken our hot chocolate. >> savannah said earlier she would like to bathe in this. >> that's true. >> gosh, that looks amazing.
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>> withh some pecans at the end. >> so good. >> voila. this looks like a great treat. y what the next one, maybe too many carols, talking on the she, going to make a little lemon hot toddy. what's a little. >> a shot or two. a l ltle b bl of water and fresh gijer cleaned and peeled and anise and a bit of honey thaha will take the edge off the dave for cole and let it seep for
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the lemoncello, put a little anise in and a little ginger in. >> feel better already. >> the hot toddy right there. >> wow. >> what do you guys think of the hotted to? >> if i'mick i'm having this. >> and a couple other ones. >> this is our dolce latte hot chocolate and then our little papa champagne, i don't mind if we do. add a little festivities. you did buy all at
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perforornce from train, erica is not just electing a president, we're also electing a commander in chief. that choice matters. because strengthening the economy, making healthcare more affordle, raising incomes. all of that depends on us being both secure at home and leading the world. i will get up every single day and do whatever it takes to make sure oururountry is safe ananstrong.
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we're back now on christmas music with a little performance on holiday music. >> performing "have yourself a merry little christmas," here's train. have yourself a merryittle
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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 faithful friends who arere dear to us gather near to us once more through the years we all the
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if the fates allow so hg a shining star upon up on the highest bow ugh and have yourself a merry little christmas now here we are as in the olden days happy golden days of your yore
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to us gather near to us once more through the years we all will be together if the fates allow so hang a shining star upon the highest bough and have yourself a merry little christmas have yourself a merry little christmas
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christmas now >> all right. train, thank you.
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in tahoe."the iowawahawkeyes are spending their christmas in california for the rose bowl. the football team boarded their flight yesterday from cedar rapids -- surrounded by their families for the christmas eve sendoff. the playrs obviouslyyexcitied as they took pictures of each other and themselves -- to document the big day. the team will take on stanford university in pasadena on new years day. the game a week#away -- but begins from california. you can join ron steele, mark woodley and the crew to keep you updated on the hawkeyes as they get set for their rose bowl nono let's go to eileen with a look at weather. mild christmas and then a wintry
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edition of "today's take" merry christmas, everybody, grab a cup of hot hoe coo and we're sharing our favorite traditions and catching a movie this weekend, all must-see entertainmeme and we'lllead into the kitchen where al is whipping up his favorite christmas meal coming up next. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with willie geist, al roker, enhorls and tamron hall live from rockefeller plbza. look at that beautiful tree on a beautiful christmas morning. it's friday, december the 25th, 2015. i'll willie along with al, natalie and tamr. mist mass, everyone. >> merry chchstmas. >> "jingle bell rock." >> classic. >> now we're feeling it. >> uh-oh. >> jingle bell, jingle bell
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>> pretty much you're out after "bingele bell wrong. >> nothing feels as good to see someone using the christmas gift you gave them by mistakak >> except it't' not plugged in. >> in your case probably the best thing. >> it's our last hour, so we have secret swap. in the earlier hours and our hours. >> tamron had two gifts. >> she drew my name twice. >> i drew natalie's nam twice and i was hesitant because the bags would get m med up and i got the bags mix up and i'm describing the gift i'm about to get her know and i tone and it's a microphone. >> which issike a karaoke. >> and i snatched it from her hand. >> so act surprised when you get this one. >> she doesn't know what it is. >> you diesn't decipher.
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>> don't repeat it. >> okay. 1 so here it is. >> $40 a person. >> right. >> that was our man. i'm told go first. >> you go first? always my favorite part of christmas when you get the person you guess. >> you have to guess in this ur. >> tamron got me. >> again this year, al roker. >> thank you. >> you got him again. >> it was an honor to serve of. >> wow. what's in that? >> this is for a man who loves to grill. >> franklin barbecue. >> that's your place. >> franklin an h wifee stace. >> it's heavy. >> that's called the meat smoking manifesto. >> favorite barbecue sauce. >> allll the sauces. >> i knew i smelled food. it's sealed and i can still smell it.
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barbecueue eaters. franklin is one of the best. >> thank you so much. >> that's the one with the coffee beans that you like, right? >> i don't know if you have the and the to use this, but i wanted to give it to you. >> it's like a bromance because i think it's somewhat classic, going retro and i wanted to give you something old school, new school, vinyl? >> got him a little vinyl. >> yes, sir. >> vinyl. >> oh, my gosh. >> old school. best of stacks. >> oh, my gosh. >> see thosos >> litite j.j. >> oh, i look it. >> can't beat j. >> and a little middle school. >> jack light. >> and look at that. a great cor, too. >> i love vinyny >>ou gave me some nwa last year. i love vinyl. it's just so cool.
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>> deejay willie getting the ones and os. ed. >> whole thing going. >> al, very cool. >> love it. >> get a d.j. >> all right. here we go. do over. >> i'm doing me last. >> wow. so many things. okay. nat. here we go. first of all. i was elated to get yourrame twice. i was intimidated because there's so many things i can get you because it cost more than $40, as i said you're on the go, you're athletic and i thought this would be something that would pep you bus of your busy lifestyle. it's lists as the best gift to give fitness people. if you have a fitness freak in your house this is listed as top five. >> is that a bong. >> it's a christmas bong.
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>> what does that have to do with christmas. >> i can m me my shakes on the go. >> totally inappropriate. >> that gift looks so wrong in so many ways. >> partyt my house. merry christmas! >> okay. >> that leaves me. >> i love it. nono i can make my smoothies. >> we both make our smootd his in the morning. >> you pop it off and you go. you don't&have to dirty dishes. >> open this one carefully. >> it's terrific. >> is this from colorado. >> no, it's not from colorado, and there's nothing that goes in here. >> fantastic stuff. >> natalie, i need a do-over. >> this is the best. >> i thought it was a smart -- and it was listed. >> keep moving.
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>> thanks, buff buzzfeed. >> you went to buzzfeed for a gift. >> seriously? >> wow. >> this is ful. >> i think you learned a lesson now. >> thank, internet. >> okay. >> okay. >> by the way, that's p pt one. the other one is -- there's a whole theme here. >> oh, yeah. >> natalie gave me. >> matching bongs. >> like i said party at my house. >> that actually is one, i'm sorry. >> here's a holiday tip. >ext year. >> merry christmas. >> that is a --
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>> n n to be confused with everything else. it's a decanter in spain. they pour -- you put your wine in there like you would a decanter. i think red may be too dangerous for us right now. shall we try white. >> oh, we're going to do it. >> i'll show you how you do it. >> s s it's good luck. >> thank you, nat. >> yes. >> like i don't know how i'm going to use this. >> i love it. >> it's a good party trick. way. >> you put it in and it airates the wine. >> and here's the thing. >> i've got to stand up. >> going to drink it ouou >> goioi to move my new records. >> bar tend here. >> can i have the lid to that. >> thank you. >> make sure nothing goes off the top. >> what have you got? >> you wanted t tdo it. >> oh, no.
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>> don't make me lalah. >> t tt's much better. the further you go, the closer you get. >> that's a neat trick. >> you start out with like a dollar bottle of ripple. >> i don't know. pour it f fm the bottle. >> natalie, i love my gift. >> i'm happy you're here for the demonstration demonstration. >> there you go. >> how about a christmas game. >> do you have your vinyl. >> i was protecting it. >> show you first scene it a holiday film and you have to name it. >> all right. >> here we go. number one. >> first scene. >> "what a wonderful life." >> very nice. >> bedford falls. second move.
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>> next aovie. ". >> house from "home alone." >> so fantastic. >> in chicago. >> said that area? >> john hughes land. >> "christmas story." >> based on the old car. >> shot on the west side of cleveland. >> giving the opening credits onlyly >> next one. >> the someone's christmas card. >> "frosty the snowman." >> "white christmas"s" >> i dididt see that one. >> i know you ladies will get this next one. >> "loveactually." >> he profile us. >> and the last one. this is for you, will. >> "diehard 2"2"
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>> this is one. >> that's one. >> that is one. >> i've never seen either one. >> "diehard." >> very good. >> hard to get "die hard" out of that show. >> this has been the best christmas ever. >> come on. shall we try thewintry mix tonight into tomorrow before sunday gets breezy and colder. road conditions are pretty good this morning, but we have some foggy and some not so much. temps are mostly in the 20s this morning, but will coupleeof days. we hhve some clouds tracking through and that before the next system gets close enough by evening. this will then bring in a light wintry mix late tonight and will spread over the dakotas. we won't see much snow, but we in the mid 33 to around 40. tomorrow morning before becoming light rain for the afternoon as highs climb into the mid 30s to mid 4. we to 20 at times. sunday will be .
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>> next time use the red wine over a white rug. >> i think you leave the cork off and let the air flow. >> it's fun. >> i'm going to make vine video if we do it. >> okay. >> we're going to clean ourselves up and pull ourselves a little bit and coming up share some of our favorite chale hood christmas memories and some new
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some new ones. >> when i was 8 or 9 years old my dad had a company car, a gray buick sky lark and how many he had locked all the christmas gift for us kids in the trunk. crist has was going to be ruined. my dad and my uncles, they had been enjoying egg nog over the course of the day and herb came up with a brilliant solution to save christmas and emerged from a garage with a sledgehammer and before my dad could stop him from going after the company car herb took five pore six swings anan the two sidesf the truck butter flied up and they could pulled presents out of the side. my dad had to go to work the next monday and they said what happened? and he saiai fender bender. >> one christmas i was sick and couldn't come out. i was 8 or 9 years old and i remember my dad moving the christmas trere into myy bedroom so we had christmas in my room.
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that was about as special as it gets. >> i'm 8 years older than my brother and i think i'm around 10 and he's a little kid and showing him)the ropes of christmas and showing him how to open hisoys and for me it was the time i felt like a big sister. >> when i see my kid and the joy that they have this time of year doesn't matter what they are getting for ristmas. it's more about just being together as a family. >> we dress up in our christmas pajama before we run down and we takeke pictutus with our christmas pajamas on. >> one the things that's become a tradition with us for our kids is something that happens out of necessity in new york city which isoing to get the christmas tree and i for years have taken my two young children and we walk down broadway and we go to the corner and pick up the tree
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on a december afternoon hauling a massive 6 foot or 7 foot tree down broadway. >> the teenage sleeping syndrome has not hit my boy yet. he's in the bedroom waiting to go downstairs and then there's a blizzard of wrapping paper and within an hour we're all ready to go for breakfast. >> i have three nieces and nephewses and love spending christmas with them and they love visit new york and they visit the tree and ice skate and get to dote on them. it's r rlly a special timee because of them. >> oh, that the -- i love watching that. >> love your dad story. >> up next, h hding to the movies or curlingngp in front of the tee, the best holiday the flu virus hits big. with aches, chills,
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that's why we try our best in everything we do. to help you be your best. go a little farther, soar a little higher. and then, one day you'll do the same for your children. because that's what families do. sc johnson. a family company. christmas is always a big day for movie openings so if you're planning on hitting the theater hit the lineup. >> or if you're staying moment holiday classic you can catch right on tv.v. here with your roundup is jessica shaw. jessica, good morning. >> good morning. >> love to go to see. >> yeah. >> let's start off with golden globe nominated movie "joy" jennifer lawrence racking up
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>> directed by david o'who directed her in "silver links playbook." her performance is incredible. nominated for a golden globe and see if she cleans up at the oscar. >> when the "silver linkings"" crew gets together. >> good female empowerment message too. >> like that. >> "concussion," will smith already with the golden globe nomination. >> that's right. >> so many people talking about this, a reaea life problem i ithe nfl. >> absolutely is. plays the pat gist who discovers the diseasend will smith spent timed with the doctor watching him perform autopsies and seeing the damage firsthand a it worked well because he was nominated for aolden obe. > on the lighter side, looking
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you'll want to go to dead's home. will ferrell and mark wahlberg and vince vaughn. need i say anythingmore. >> will ferrell is so good. he plays a step dad. trying to be a good guy to his wife's kids and it's holiday time and who flies into town. their birth father plalad byy markrk wahlberg. guns out and shirt out on the motorcycle and if you happy to be another at a laky game you sot to see ohe of the funny scenes in therailer where will ferrell clubs a poor cheerleader in the head with a basketball. >> this is a proven comedy combination. >> the other guys were so funny in that movie. >> absolutely. let's talk about "point break." we loved the original. and now they are remaking it. >> they are remaking it. and it stars edgar ramirez who plays jennifer lawrence's husband on "joy." >> i don't know what he's doing but going to be in the movies.
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one originated by patrick swazi. about a young fbi agent who infiltrates a group of adventure seeking criminals. >> wouldn't be christmas without all the tv marathons. "christmas story" of course is a classic. don't turn the -- don't change the channel just yet. >> because it's on right now! >> the that's okay. it's going to be on later. going ton on all day, right? >> started last night on tnt and tbs and do a -hourarathon of themovie. kind of interesting because this move came out in '82 and did well enough at the box office and now it's an outright phenomenon. >> my kids outright love it. >> it will shoot your eye out. >> good ole raffly. >> thanks so much, merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. kids who are giving gifts rather than receiving them in the true spirit of christmas. we have that story c cing up ter your local news. coughing...sniffling... and wishing you could stay in bed all day.
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now, let's go to eileen with a look weather.
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good morning, everyone. and merry christmas. santa maybe resting up after a busy night but fedex workers will be back on the job today.y. the company sayst could not make all its scheduled deliveries on time christmas eve so they will try again today. crist mers can also pick up packages at express offices. fedex blames the delays on weather and a last-minute online shopping surge. the u.s. xwostd has issued a new safety alert because of the potential fire hazard from hover boards that contain lithium batteries. it's now illegal to send them as cargo without confirming that they comply with hazardous material regations of the all major u.s. alines already prohibit them. fiat chrysler is recalling more than 350,000 suvs because wires in the vanity mirror can overheat and create a fire hahards. includes cheap grand cherokees from the 2011 and 2012
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recall covers 93,0002015 patriot suvs. they have a clamp that's out of place allowing fluid to leak. tens of thousands at the vatican gathered for christmas day celebrations as pope francis delivered his traditional city and the world message. the pontiff appealed for peace and praised t t generosity of countries taking refugees from war-torn countries like syria. and in england, queen elizabeth h led the royal family to a tradititial christmas day church service. prince william and duchess of cambridge also attended but their two young children did not. soue well-wishers gather and had been waiting since 4:00 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the royals. and a volcano marked rift mass eve in dramatic fashshn. theeiant plume was lit by the setting sun. people living nearby were advised to cover their doors and windows with wet towels to keep
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the volcano in the western part of the country is one of mexico's most active. and there's weather misery in the deep south and more heat in the east. christmas eve record were brokenn new york a a washington, d.c. with each city hitting 71 degrees and in northern california heavy blanket of snow fell over the sierras. drivers had to slow d dn and kids turned the holiday into powder, too. check of the weather. more record warmth in the east and most of us should enjoy a mild christmas day.
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it will millions of kids awoke this morning with gifts from santa under their tree but not everyone is so fortunate so one 9-year-old and his friends set out to changeehat by spreading some christmas cheer to those in need. >> while most kids are busy mamang holiday l lts for zapata these kids are busy making holiday meals for others. >> we're make sandwics for peopleho don't have sandwiches and we're making wrapping paper for people who don't usually get presents. >> sometimes santa's biggest elves come in the smallest of packageses south florida these elves are made up of young volunteers,
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can, a nonprofit based on the concept of kids helping ds. the ceo 9-year-old logan. >> i was coming home from my violin lesson and i aed do all kids get to taki music lessons if they wanted to and she said no and i brought together a whole group of kids and started kids can. >> i'm just feeling happy that i'm letting kids get what i already have. >> focussing on a different volunteer each month the group's mission is2to empower children the opportunity to give backo the commumuty and give back to other kids who may be less fortunate. in spring they made arts and crafts at miami children hospital and last month they nt off carar to deployedd troops and then they made art for safe places for kids after school. the motivation is simple. >> if i were in this situation i
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me. >>ed with the holidays in full swing. >> you can write santa or christmas. >> making holiday cards and gifting toys and books to deserving kids. >> how many is that? yeah. >> thank you. >> it's been great. some kids actually thought about us, to give us gifts. >> it makes me feel happy and excited. >> a bright future beginning with a bright holiday season. >> the idea is to change our community and to grow that next generation of children who want to give back works want to give of themselves and be selfless. >> they really did have to help us. >> it made me feel like we can give back to them, too. sglltd giving continues even after the holidays. next month kids can is working with a group of trade school students in orlando who will donate haircucu, food and basic medical checkups for the homeless for flee.
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on "today food" i'm making one of my favorite christmas dishes. the roast beef from "how the grinch stolele christmas." it's simple and once you glaze it, put in the oven and you used to marvel at my mother making this every christmas. >> beautifufu >> start with really good ham. i like from the snake river farms in idaho, love this ham, a lot of great ham makers out there. crushed pineapple, mustard, originin zest, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and some cloves. okay.
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and fat side up, and you're going to cut across. there's a big cap of fafa on top of this so you're going to score this. score this across and you'll make these cross hatches. >> nice. >> and then you're going to put a bunch ever water in the bottom of the pan. >> what does that does is. >> it will keep it for burning. >> have to watch it because as it. >> you kend it and put it in the oven according to the instructions you get from the hammaker and youut t(at in the oven. that will go in. in the meantiti you're going to make your glaze. you'll put in brown sugar, crushed pineapple and some mustard. >> delicious. >> and some honey. >> a little lemon zest, and -- and original zest and lemon juice, and -- and a little pinch of cloves and throw that all in. d you're going to mix this up.
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it's going to finally become like a syrup and once thth's in, you'll take it out of the oven and whether there's an hours worth cooking and you're going to keep glazing it during the cocoing proross so it get a caramel cruz. >> gorgeous. >> when an hour to go you'll take the sliced pineapple, used to love watching my mom do. would take it and put it all ararnd and stud it with cloves. >> that'sakes a little long. >> you p p it back in the oven for another hour and let the meat rest, let the meat rest and while that rests brussel sprouts, i take them and i cube the bacon and render it.
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on to the sheet, b bing sheet that has some paper towels so the oil will drain off but you'll be left with some lovely bacon fat left in the fan. >> this is so good. >> okay. i also take about 20 cloves ever garlic and peel those. >> you're going to take a pound to two poundss of beautiful brussel sprouts, small variety. >> you don't -- >> especially when they are this small. >> all right. >> a a then you're basicalal going to coat these brussel sprouts and garlic in the bacon fat. >> oh, my gosh. >> so good. >> a little salt. >> you let them cook there for a while. >> let them cook covered. >> and i actually sometimes jut like putting them right on the baking sheet. put that there. you don't put the bacon in just yet and you puthe b bon in after and into the oven and
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you'll bring them out and take the bacon and you willut the bacon together and serve it up like that and slice your ham. >> delicious. >> at the bottom of the pan, u'll skim o o this - - the clearest part and be left with the stuff underneath. whisk in a little water and flour you have a fantastic ham gravy. >> just yum. >> look how beautiful that is. >> looks so beautiful you shouldn't eat it. >> and look at that. >> look at that. >> and you eat it for the rest of the week. >> makes great ham sandwiches. by the way we'll put this and put a little bit in the freezer, whatever is left over, we'll use this to make a keach for new year's. >> and i'll be making a soup out of bone. >> for this recipe head to
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on the krirs days of christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree on the second day of christmas my true love gave me two turt will doves >> and on the fifth day gave me five golden bells on the ninth day ofhristmas my true love gave to me, eight liodice dancing, you better not shy, you better not in a pear tree >> no.
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deck the bou ohalts with boughs ss of holly tree on the 11th day of christmas my true love gave to me 11 made a milkinin five golden rings, four calling hence and three on the 12ed day my truru love gave to me 12 drummers drumming like in the sarin getting 11 pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping they were dancing for me
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were milking just for me christmas down in africa i'm at christmas down in africa i am christmas down in africa i am christmas down in africa things we never had partridge in a big pear tree partridge in a big pear tree >traight no chaser. guys, you're awesome. thank you so much.
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first this is "today" on nbc. well, that does it for us on this christmas rning. we hope you enjoy the rest of your day with family and friends. >> absolutely. and don't go anywhe. much more fun ahead with kathie lee and hoda. >> the good news is, they won't be drinking. right after your local news and weather. >> have a great weekend, everyone. merry christmas! >> cheers. >> cheers.
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>> yeah!campaign just finished. the famous red buckks are going back in storage for another year. we know for sure the cedar falls/waterloo and dubuque salvation armies did end up getting some gold coins and gold rings. sevennold liberty ccns were found in buckets throughout cedar "but it's still a lot of fun to fun part of it... it keeps the mystery in the magic.." as of yesterday... the waterloooocedar falls salvation army raised 476-
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730- thousand dollar goal. they'll continue to raise funds after the christmas season. now, let's gg to eileen witta look at weather. mild christmas and then a wintry mix for tonight and tomorrow
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