The Meaning Of Christmas, Kwanzaa, And Hanukkah

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Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that, in Christianity, commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on December 25, but this date is not known to be Jesus actual birthday, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, a historical Roman festival, or the date of the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin mica (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas
KWANZAA is a holiday where Black people acknowledge their African roots while at the same time remind themselves of their goals as a people.   READ MORE

As I was sitting here, getting into full fledged holiday mode, I was thinking of my top 5 Best Christmas songs of all time. Check out the songs listed below.

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Nat ‘King’ Cole

2. Silent Night- The Temptations

3. This Christmas- Chis Brown

4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jacksons Five

5. Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer- The Temptations

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Amy Winehouse Arrested Over Theater Incident

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Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault. Blogs are reporting that the charge stems from an incident over the weekend where the “Rehab” singer was reportedly carried out of a London theater by her own security staff. Winehouse turned herself in Wednesday to the Thames Valley Police but made bail soon after. She has a court date set for January 20th. The singer allegedly heckled performers and assaulted the stage manager at a pantomime show on Saturday.

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There will still be “American Idol” with or without judge Simon Cowell. That’s according to a report from “The Hollywood Reporter” that says Fox is nearing a deal to order more seasons of the hit TV show. Fox currently has a contract with the show that extends through the end of 2011. A deal is in the works, however, that could possibly include three more seasons of the show — with or without its most cantankerous judge.

Rumors have been swirling that Cowell is leaving the show after its ninth season. Cowell’s brother, Tony Cowell, just made an announcement that the upcoming season will be his brother’s last. There had been recent speculation that Cowell would depart “Idol” in order to dedicate himself to bringing an American version of Britain’s “X Factor” to the states. “X Factor” is scheduled to debut in 2011 on Fox. The ninth season of “American Idol” gets underway January 12th.

Tim Robbins And Susan Sarandon Announce Split

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Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are confirming that they’ve parted ways. People.com reports that the one-time “Bull Durham” co-stars are splitting up after a 23-year relationship. Sarandon’s rep, Teal Cannaday said via statement, “Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years, actor Tim Robbins have announced that they separated over the summer. No further comments will be made.”

In addition to working together on the baseball film “Bull Durham,” Sarandon and Robbins collaborated on “Dead Man Walking,” which Robbins directed. Sarandon’s starring role in that 1996 film earned her a Best Actress Oscar. The couple has two sons together — 20-year-old Jack and 17-year-old Miles. Sarandon currently stars in the new thriller “The Lovely Bones,” now in theaters.

Diddy’s Holiday Cocktail!

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“I’m what you call a mixologist,” Diddy tells PEOPLE with a smile. “I haven’t really gotten certified, but I’ve been doing it for years. I started with Kool-Aid and I graduated to alcohol.”

My man Diddy recommends tweaking his signature cocktail, The Diddy (Cîroc and lemonade) by adding cranberry juice, as well as the following drink – his favorite for the holidays.

As the celebrity endorser for Cîroc vodka, the Grammy winner and entrepreneur recommends using a light hand while pouring your cocktail, “so it’s smooth and not too strong,” he says. That way, “You can have a couple.”

Cheers to the New Year from Freddyo…

Diddy’s Holiday Cocktail

1.5 oz. Cîroc vodka
3 oz. Ocean Spray White Cranberry & Peach Juice drink

Pour vodka and juice into a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into glass, or simply pour vodka and juice over ice.

Jennifer Hudson Says She’s Is Not Pregnant!!!

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Those recent tabloid including FreddyO.com stories about a new baby are all false says Miss Hudson..

“Contrary to what has been falsely reported, Jennifer Hudson is not pregnant,” her rep Lisa Kasteler says. “Jennifer leaves in April for South Africa where she will portray Winnie Mandela in the feature film, Winnie.”

“It is a commitment she is excited about and takes very seriously,” the rep adds. “Jennifer is currently in the studio recording her second album and this is the only delivery she is looking forward to in 2010.”

The Oscar winner is already busy with one little one at home – son David was born in August. – Mike Fleeman and Julie Jordan

Kid Cudi, Entourage Mistakenly Arrested In L.A.

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It seems like these days Kid Cudi cant get a break. Kid Cudi was involved in a police manhunt Monday in Los Angeles. According to TMZ.com, Cudi and his crew were pulled over in Hollywood because their vehicle matched the description of a car used in a burglary. A police helicopter spotted the rapper’s ride, and authorities quickly detained Cudi and his crew. While no arrests were made, at least one of Kid Cudi’s boys was placed in the back of a squad car. Police eventually determined that the emcee and his friends had nothing to do with the crime and eventually let everyone go. A member of Kid Cudi’s entourage discussed the incident with TMZ saying, quote, “This is what you get for being black and driving around L.A.”
Kid Cudi made news earlier this month when it was announced that he was leaving Lady GaGa’s “The Monster Ball Tour.” Cudi says he left the tour in order to “balance his schedule.” Just days before his departure, it was reported that Kid Cudi had punched a fan during a show in Vancouver, British Columbia. The man who was allegedly punched says he won’t press charges.