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What is Eid Al-Fitr?

Eid Al-Fitr is a holiday in Islam that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The “Festival of Breaking the Fast” is typically celebrated for three days, but the Muslim world has been split on the start of Eid, as it’s based on the new moon.

In the U.S., Eid starts on May 24, 2020.

Muslim observers mark it in different ways around the world with prayers, social gatherings, festive meals, charity and gift-giving.

The common greeting is “Eid Mubarak,” which means “Have a blessed Eid.”

Eid Al-Fitr also is known as the lesser Eid celebration compared to the Eid Al-Adha, the “Feast of the Sacrifice,” or “Greater Eid,” which marks the sacrifice of Abraham.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Super Bowl LIV will ‘easily’ generate $1B in revenue

Super Bowl LIV will “easily” generate $1 billion in revenue, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive interview airing on Fox News Channel Sunday.

Goodell said that the Super Bowl becomes “bigger and bigger every year.”

“And, it becomes more complicated because of that. But, that’s also the fun of it. Because more people share in it. And, more people have an opportunity to be part of the Super Bowl,” he said.

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The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will go head-to-head Sunday for the NFL championship in Miami, Florida. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.

Both teams were among the top seeds in the NFL Playoffs and won their conference championship games decisively.

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Signage is displayed near the FOX Sports South Beach studio compound prior to Super Bowl LIV on January 25, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. The San Francisco 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the 54th playing of the Super Bowl, Sunday February 2nd. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

The NFL celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, with last year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta marking the beginning of the league’s “NFL 100” initiatives, events, and programs.

“We are proud of our 100-year anniversary. It’s been a wonderful celebration for us, so that’s great,” said Goodell, who noted that both teams in Super Bowl LIV have storied histories.

The Chiefs are appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. San Francisco has won five Super Bowls, but have not lifted the Lombardi trophy since 1995. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to their most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2013, but San Francisco fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

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“We’re excited about the game, of course,” Goodell said, ” but the event is more than a football game.”

“It’s something very special that people look forward to and plan around. It’s essentially become its own holiday,” he stated.

The buildup to the big game has been overshadowed in some respects by the sudden loss of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

Goodell said that crash was a terrible “tragedy.”

“I think it’s hard for all of us to fathom that kind of sadness,” he told Bartiromo.

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“And, it unfolded pretty much during the middle of our Pro Bowl last week,” Goodell continued. “So, we began [tributes] immediately. His picture was up in the stadium making our fans aware of the sad news — paying tribute to him. A moment of silence. We did it again on Monday night,”

“So, we’ve continued to keep him, his family, everybody, in our thoughts and prayers. And, obviously, had opportunities for our players to express their sadness about the entire circumstance,” he added.

Watch Maria Bartiromo’s exclusive interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 2.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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What is Easter?

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Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a holiday observed in the United States and around the world.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as recorded in the Bible, the third day after his crucifixion, and it is considered one of the most important days for believers as the culmination of Holy Week and the end of the 40-day period called Lent.

When is it?

This year Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 12, according to the Gregorian calendar. In Orthodox churches, it will be observed on Sunday, April 19, according to the Julian calendar.

Many who celebrate mark the holiday with prayer, sunrise services, family dinners, Easter egg hunts and gift-giving.

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Britney Spears shows off Christmas decorations, asks fans not to ‘say the meanest things’

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Britney Spears has a special wish this holiday season.

The “Toxic” singer took to Instagram to show the world her Christmas decorations — and to ask her fans to be nice this holiday season.

“Guys, this is what my Christmas tree looks like this year,” Spears said in the video before showing off a massive tree, covered in white lights as Michael Buble’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” played.

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In the caption, however, the 38-year-old singer revealed that she had a hard time sharing things online “because people say the meanest things.”

“Happy holidays friends,” she began the caption. “I love sharing with you all … but it’s been hard to keep wanting to share because people say the meanest things!!!”

Comments on her past posts included statements such as “I can’t see life in her eyes. God… what happened to her,” “It seems like she got a lobotomy” and more.

“If you don’t like a post … just keep it to yourself and unfollow that person,” Spears continued. “There’s no reason to ever go out of your way to make mean comments and bully people 😢😢😢 Stay happy and nice this holiday season y’all and God Bless!!!!!”

Spears’ boyfriend, Sam Asghari, commented with, “It’s so easy to cyber attack and hide behind their phones and write mean comments, but when they run into you in real life all of the sudden they act like they have been such a huge fan and want a picture 🤔 #haterplease.”

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Recently, the singer shared a video on Instagram with clips of her and Asghari, 25, celebrating her 38th birthday in Miami.

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The video included clips of them bowling, viewing sand sculptures and more.

“It’s my Bday B–ches,” the caption read.

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‘Santas’ subdue stabbing suspect on train after New York City’s SantaCon

Santas descended upon New York City on Saturday and brought more than Christmas cheer.

Several men partaking in SantaCon — an annual tradition in which revelers bar hop in festive costumes — subdued a stabbing suspect aboard a Long Island Rail Road train, officials said.

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Two men were fighting on the train, heading from Manhattan to Long Island, around 6 p.m., when one of them, a man who was allegedly drunk, shouting homophobic comments and wielding a knife, stabbed a 22-year-old in the leg, according to the New York Daily News.

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That’s when a group of “Santas” jumped to the rescue and restrained the man. A video posted to Twitter shows the bystanders subduing the man as people aboard the train are heard shouting at them to stop.

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Once the train stopped at a station in the borough of Queens, the stabbing victim was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

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Thousands dressed up as Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and other festive holiday characters participated in New York City’s SantaCon on Saturday.  (AP Photo)

“A bunch of people jumped on him and they managed to hold the guy down and beat them up bad until the cops arrived and even then he was resisting arrest,” witness Matthew Monte told NBC New York of the incident.

The suspect was a 45-year-old man, per the news outlet, which confirmed the man is accused of whipping out a knife and stabbing a man in the leg.

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The user who uploaded a video of the altercation to Twitter tried clarifying what happened, writing: “just so everyone’s clear the guys in the santa costumes did not start this. the old drunk man enticing them did.”

SantaCon attendees are often stereotyped as drunk, young adults who descend upon New York ahead of Christmas, annoying locals who claim they wreak havoc and chaos. The event, described on its website as a “Non-commercial, Non-political, Nonsensical Santa Claus Convention That Happens Once A Year To Spread Absurdist Joy,” raises money for charity and is held in many cities across the U.S.

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Grandma offered holiday services in Craigslist Christmas post and the story went viral

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A woman from Tusla, Oklahoma, offered her services as a grandmother for Christmas via Craigslist on Wednesday, and the post went viral after it was shared by one of the site’s users.

The initial listing was titled: “Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?” and was under the “free” section of the website.

Her post read, “I cook and I’ll cook dinner and even bring gifts for the kids. I just don’t want to be alone because it hurts,” Fox6 reported. The message ended with: “Let me be a part of your family.”

Craigslist user Carson Carlock was moved by the post and told Fox6 that he felt sad for the woman.

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“I go through the free part of Craigslist pretty often, just looking for stuff, because sometimes people give away stuff for free,” Carlock said. “I saw that post, and I was like, ‘You know, that’s really sad.’”

Carlock said he was especially empathetic after losing his elderly mother to cancer in 2018. The post was reportedly inundated with so many hateful messages and accusations of trickery that the woman deleted the ad entirely.

“A lot of people started sending her hateful messages,” Carlock said. “I understand that everybody can be wary about it because there’s a lot of bad things happening in the world right now.”

He said he made his own Craigslist ad in an effort to find the woman; it, too, went viral, with 2,000 people sharing it overnight on Facebook.

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“I just want you to know that you aren’t alone,” his ad read. “If you find yourself wanting to be a part of a family on Christmas, just reach out.”

When they finally connected via email, Carlock discovered the woman’s name to be Carrie but said she is having second thoughts about following through on her Christmas wish after the intense feedback.

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Kristin Chenoweth on being Christian in Hollywood: ‘It’s been an interesting journey’

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Kristin Chenoweth is sharing her experience as a Christian in Hollywood.

The actress sat down with “Fox & Friends” on Monday to discuss her upcoming Christmas special and also opened up about her faith.

“I’m a Christian person and I never thought that was different or interesting at all until I moved to New York and started understanding that there are a lot of people with a lot of faiths,” said Chenoweth, 51.

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“It’s been an interesting journey being in show business and being a Christian,” the Broadway star admitted. “I’m an LGBTQ activist and sometimes that doesn’t always go together, you know? But, I just keep trying to say, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and that’s the way I live my life.”

Chenoweth is perhaps best known best for her performance as Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked,” but she’s also made waves in Hollywood, earning Emmy nominations for her work in “Pushing Daisies” and “Glee.”

“I’m not perfect, I mess up a lot,” said Chenoweth. “But, I’m certainly glad I have my faith.”

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Chenoweth’s Christmas special, which is slated to air Dec. 16, is the 16th annual “Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir,” where she’ll perform holiday classics.

“I think (performing with the Tabernacle Choir) is kind of a right of passage for a lot of artists,” Chenoweth said. “I look at the people who have come before me and done it and I’m like, ‘I want to… do it.”

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“It’s 200 singers behind me and 175 orchestra members and the musicianship at the Tabernacle is at the highest level and some of the best music that I’ve been a part of,” she said of the upcoming special. “I’m very, very proud of it. And, you know, just because we don’t exactly believe everything the same, the Mormons and I, I feel like music is such a unification thing and we move forward through the music.”

Chenoweth also could be seen in her new Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, “A Christmas Love Story,” airing on the network throughout the season.

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Woman shares husband’s Elf on the Shelf kitchen-wrapping prank: ‘2 hours later and a divorce on the cards’

This might be the most labor-intensive way to ensure you get coal from Santa — or your wife.

Nichola Mullen-King, 36, shared photos of a very involved plan that her husband, Carl, hatched as an Elf on the Shelf prank. According to Nichola, Carl, 24, approached her about wrapping the entire kitchen in gift wrap to trick their 6-year-old son Max into thinking the mischievous elf did it.

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Nichola agreed to the stunt. However, according to her Monday post on Facebook, she did not realize what an undertaking it would be.

“My a–h— of a husband came up with the bright idea for us to wrap part of the kitchen for Ef on the Shelf… 2 hours later and a divorce on the cards, it’s done including the fruit, eggs, utensils and chopping board,” she wrote.

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Nichola Mullen-King, 36, shared photos of a very involved plan her husband, Carl, 34, hatched up as an Elf on the Shelf prank. (Caters News Agency)

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The U.K. couple’s prank quickly went viral on social media with thousands liking and commenting on the crazy stunt. Several tagged others in comments, suggesting they would like to pull off their own kitchen-wrapping makeover.

“Possible idea?” one person wrote, tagging another in the comment.

“I want someone to be this extra with,” another said.

“This is next level for elf on the shelf,” someone else commented.

The 2 hours-worth of work — including the alleged threats of divorce — were apparently all worth it, though, seeing as Nichola shared with Metro that Max was “absolutely flabbergasted” by the finished display when he came downstairs the next morning.

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The two hours worth of wrapping included fruit, eggs, utensils and chopping board. (Caters News Agency)

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Originally, the boy did not want the Christmas elf to make an appearance this year, as he thought “the elf gets him in trouble with Santa,” Nichola said.

“But he had a last-minute change of heart on Saturday, which prompted Carl to think outside of the box on the spot,” she continued. “I assumed Carl, who is a customer service advisor, was joking when he said let’s wrap the whole kitchen. But after reading Max a book and putting him to bed, he had started and asked me for a hand.”

Nichola said she “couldn’t stop laughing” during the wrapping prank, but she didn’t say if she was still in high spirits during the 40 minutes it took to unwrap everything in the kitchen – including the eggs.

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The couple said they will use the paper to wrap gifts this holiday season, so that none of it will go to waste.

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Christmas cards banned at England school by principal concerned about their environmental impact

The principal of an elementary school in England has apparently banned students from sending Christmas cards to fellow students — claiming the festive tradition is bad for the globe.

Jonathan Mason, of Belton Lane Primary School in Lincolnshire, claimed in a letter to parents that many students approached him with concerns “about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment.”

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The principal of an elementary school in England notified parents in a letter that the school will not allow students to send Christmas cards to one another, citing concerns for the environment. (SWNS)

“Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times,” Mason wrote, according to Sky News. “The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.”

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The head of the school continued, saying that “in order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.”

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One parent called the move “Grinch-like,” and claimed Christmas cards “are mostly recyclable anyway.” (iStock)

Mason suggested to parents who want to send a card to “send one card to the whole class” instead of individual ones, in an effort to “save money and the environment.”

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Parents criticized the “Grinch-like” decision, including one who told the Daily Mail, “Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can’t all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity.”

“It’s great to see them come out of school with their cards and a smile on their faces. It’s a Christmas tradition they have had for a long time and now they are taking it away,” the unidentified parent said. “I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory.”

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Another mother said: “Telling people to stop sending cards in a letter sent out to hundreds of kids stinks of rank hypocrisy. … They are mostly recyclable anyway. I agree that environmental issues are important but I don’t see recyclable Christmas cards as a massive contributor to these problems.”

Belton Lane Primary School has 279 students ages 4 to 11, according to Ofsted, a department of the United Kingdom’s government that inspects educational institutions.

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White House unveils Christmas decor with ‘Spirit of America’ theme

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as the halls of the White House are officially decked out for the most wonderful time of the year.

On Dec. 1, First Lady Melania Trump announced that the White House had been decorated for the holiday season, with adornments inspired by “The Spirit of America,” this year’s patriotic theme.

“’The Spirit of America’ is shining in the White House! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season!” FLOTUS tweeted on Sunday night, sharing a video of the festive furnishings.

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In the minute-long clip, the first lady walked through the White House’s public floor alongside Christmas trees glowing with white lights, later sprinkling faux snow on a tree, adjusting roses on a fireplace and fixing a miniature wreath on the traditional gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room.

“This Christmas season I want to honor those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home, and I am excited to announce our White House holiday theme, ‘The Spirit of America’ ” FLOTUS said in a statement released by the White House.

“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard-working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation.”

According to the release, the first lady “personally selected every detail of the holiday season at the White House, making sure to capture the patriotic spirit we all share.”

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

“Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” she added.

Highlights of the decorations include the Gold Star Family Tree, which was “proudly decorated by Gold Star families” in the East Wing; a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture in the East Colonnade; and the First Family’s Christmas card and ornament in the East Garden Room — which both honor the American flag.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The Vermeil Room celebrates the “spirit of generosity” of former first ladies, with two trees adorned with tones of blush, gold and pieces of historic vermeil. The Library features the legacies of presidents past and present with the White House Historical Association’s annual ornaments, with the 2019 ornament honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

A holiday feast is displayed in the China Room, to illustrate “the joys of family coming together at the holidays and sharing in the spirit of the season.”

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

In the upstairs East Room, four “star-spangled” trees shine with stars and gilded eagles perched at the top in a tribute to America’s freedom and strength. The White House Crèche is also presented, for the 52nd year running.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

As for the parlors, visitors can find the White House Advent calendar in the Green Room, the official 18-and-a-half foot White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room, and yuletide “games galore” in the Red Room.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Decorations in the State Dining Room, meanwhile, celebrate “America the Beautiful.” This year’s masterpiece gingerbread White House itself is flanked by national landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, Gateway Arch, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty, making for a 200-pound sweet treat that took 125 pounds of pastillage (sugar-based) dough, 35 pounds of chocolate and 25 pounds of icing to create.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Tourists can wrap up their visit in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall in a “winter garden” filled with 22 evergreens, 14 golden magnolia topiaries and 10 floral urns, all dusted with fresh-fallen snow.

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By the numbers, the embellishments used in the “Spirit of America” motif include 106 of Mrs. Trump’s signature Christmas wreaths on the outside of the White House, 58 Christmas trees, over 800 feet of garland, 2,500 strands of lights and more than 400 golden stars. Over 15,000 bows were tied by hand, and another 400 handmade paper flowers were crafted.

Visitors are welcome to see the yuletide display through open houses, receptions, and scheduled tours throughout the month of December.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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