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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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Opie’s Angels Wish – Monster Trucks [AUDIO]

Each year we team up with Opie's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning to give back to the local community. Individuals are nominated for the program and Opie's Angels grants selected wishes.

Here's another Opie's Angel Wish.

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Bake Puppy Cookies!

Not cookies FOR your puppy and not puppies IN your cookies (Goodness! We're not talking horses here!) but cookies that LOOK like puppies. Just the cutest little puppies you've ever seen and (bonus!) the mess they make is entirely edible.

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Stocking Stuffers: Christmas in the United States

UNDATED – Christmas in America has become a mixture of both secular and religious themes, a time of joy, gratitude and celebration.

But in Colonial times, it was a different story.

Surprisingly little is known about how early Americans celebrated Christmas

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Stocking Stuffers: The Tradition of the Tree

Each year, we buy millions of Christmas trees at lots and tree farms across the country. As with many Christmas customs, this one has its roots in many times and places.

Most historians believe the first decorated Christmas trees in the United States appeared in the mid 19th century

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Stocking Stuffers: Waiting for Christmas

For many kids, it’s the most exciting and sometimes the most difficult time of the year. The days before Christmas are filled with wonder and amazement.

Everyone prepares for Christmas in different ways

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Rocks Pantsuits and Sequins on ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Jennifer Nettles was clearly glowing from the countdown to her big wedding day when she filmed the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special! The Sugarland singer hosted this year’s holiday event by bringing warm yuletide cheer to the crowd — and by wearing festive (may we say daring?) outfits at the show.

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Vince Gills Joins Wife Amy Grant to Sing ‘Breath of Heaven’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

The Vince Gill/Amy Grant marriage showed no signs of strain after Gill’s earlier indiscretion with Miss Piggy at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. The two turned in one of the more intimate performances of the evening, singing Grant’s ‘Breath of Heaven.’

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Martina McBride Gets in the Spirit With ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

As Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles remarked, Martina McBride has one of the best voices in music — not just in country, but in all genres. McBride practically floated as she sang her rendition of ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on the Dec. 1 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, which we’d argue could be the performance of the evening.

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Rascal Flatts Add Spirituality to ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Rascal Flatts sang a haunting rendition of ‘Mary Did You Know’ at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special. In an evening filled with fun and laughter — including an appearance by Miss Piggy — the song added a spiritual tone to the evening

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Keith Urban Delivers Moving Performance of ‘The Christmas Song’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

After taking the stage earlier in the evening with Little Big Town on the airing of ‘CMA Country Christmas’ on Thursday night, Keith Urban returned to the spotlight to sing a sentimental and moving rendition of ‘The Christmas Song.’

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Brad Paisley and Brian Setzer Perform Two Songs on ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Special

Viewers in the audience and at home could only watch in amazement as two of the finest guitarists around traded licks during Thursday night’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. Brian Setzer sang while Brad Paisley took lead on ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.’

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