Photo may have been deleted

Face the Nation

Dr. Anthony Fauci walked back his statements about Christmas gatherings after massive backlash on social media.

Fauci went viral over the weekend for saying it's "too soon" to consider gathering with your family for Christmas.

The Covid-19 adviser to the White House clarified that his comments were "misinterpreted" and "taken completely out of context."
 
READ ALSO: Twitter Reacts to Fauci Saying ‘Too Soon’ to Consider Christmas Gatherings
 
In an appearance on Face the Nation on Sunday, Fauci told host Margaret Brennan that "It's too soon to tell" if Americans can celebrate Christmas.

Instead of celebrating holidays, he said the country should focus on getting Covid-19 "cases" down.

Following the uproar, Fauci told CNN on Monday, "I will be spending Christmas with my family."

"I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family. But ... the way all of the other disinformation goes around, you say something talking about a landmark of a time, and it gets misinterpreted that I'm saying you can’t spend family Christmas time, which is nonsense. You can."

Fauci's latest flip-flopping has generated more memes on social media.

Photo may have been deleted
 
Photo may have been deleted
 

Photo may have been deleted

Twitter.com

Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral over the weekend for saying it's "too soon" to consider Christmas gatherings.

Fauci, 80, was suspiciously silent when former President Barack Obama partied with hundreds of unmasked guests in Martha's Vineyard in August.

However, Fauci has been very vocal about Americans giving up their individual rights and getting vaccinated or wearing masks.

In an appearance on Face the Nation on Sunday, Fauci told host Margaret Brennan that "It's too soon to tell" whether Americans can gather to celebrate Christmas.

He said the country should instead focus on getting Covid-19 "cases" down.

The Covid-19 advisor to the White House said:

"There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society."

Twitter's reaction was mixed, but many called Fauci a hypocrite for ignoring the Met Gala, the Emmy Awards, and Obama's "Super spreader" party in the Hamptons.
 

Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

A Walmart store in Fort Pierce, Florida admits misusing $20,000 of a gift donation from Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to pay off 350 layaways for Christmas.

TCPalm.com reports Mack's foundation approached store management and asked to "be a secret Santa."

Mack, a native of Fort Pierce, donated $80,000 to the Walmart location to pay off 350 layaways totaling $60,000.

The store manager disbursed the remaining $20,000 to store employees. It isn't clear if the manager intentionally overinflated the total cost of the layaways.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesman admitted the store management "misused" the $20,000.

"We have determined the site did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action," company spokesperson Delia Garcia said in a statement.

A store employee alerted Walmart's corporate office to the misused funds. The whistleblower did not receive a share of the $20,000.

Garcia did not say how many employees received the $20,000.

Mack's charitable donation made headlines after the store sent out a tweet, writing: "If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Walmart, your account has been paid off!"

Photo may have been deleted

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Sports writers and Lakers fans claim that a replay in the final seconds of the Christmas Day NBA game between the L.A. Lakers (24-7) and their division rivals the L.A. Clippers violated the "spirit of the rule."

The Clippers (23-10) won the game 111-106 after point guard Patrick Beverley blocked a three point shot attempt by Lakers forward LeBron James late in the 4th quarter. The ball went out of bounds while the Lakers were down 3 points with three seconds left on the clock. After reviewing the replay, NBA refs confirmed the ball went off James' fingertips.

Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard received the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made both of his free throws to seal the win.

The replay call sparked heavy criticism online, that the NBA's replay protocol needs to be changed.

"The defender strips the ball clean out of the offensive player's hands, the ball goes out of bounds, possession stays with the offense," CBS Sports argued.

CBS Sports added that, it's only natural, when an offensive player has the ball knocked out of his hands, "that the ball is going to graze his fingertips. He should still keep possession of the ball."

CBS Sports claims the out-of-bounds replay has "cost numerous teams on numerous occasions," because it puts "the play through a magnified, frame-by-frame digital interrogation."

"There's a responsibility not to compromise the entertainment value of the game in search of an impossible standard of officiating perfection."

Other reporters made similar arguments, that the game shouldn't be decided based on the offensive player's fingertips grazing the ball before it goes out-of-bounds.

"It's clearly off LeBron. He touched [the ball] last. That's not the point of this," tweeted ESPN NBA writer Royce Young, who added, the ball should automatically be off the defender who knocked it out of the offensive player's hands.

"Such absolute nonsense. We need a rule, because it's simply common sense... Beverley is the one that knocked it out. Fix this, NBA," he tweeted.

No photo

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

But James, 35, insists the game wasn't decided by that blocked shot.

"That wasn't the game right there," he said. "I mean, it's a big play and you want to try to get it right, but it wasn't where the game was lost."

The Clippers are now 2-0 over the Lakers this season. The two teams meet again on January 28.

Photo: Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Christmas is a holiday tradition filled with joy and laughter. But it can also be a very stressful time for many, especially women.

Studies show that half of all women in America say they feel stress or anxiety during the Christmas holidays. Increased stress puts our health at risk.

Almost half of the women manage their stress by eating and drinking to excess. This excess can lead to extra pounds gained after the holidays.

Here are 10 simple tips to eliminate stress and get you through the holidays so you can be merry and light.
 

Stock photo by Getty Images

1. Exercise

If you feel the stress of shopping, cooking and cleaning over the holidays, just stop, drop and take a little time to exercise the stress away. Exercise reduces anger, tension, fatigue and confusion by lowering your body's stress hormones such as cortisol. Exercise also releases endorphins which help to improve your mood and acts as natural painkillers.
 

Stock photo: Vkbhat/Getty Images

2. Squeeze your stress away!

Squeeze your stress away with stress balls. Stress balls work by keeping your hands busy so your mind will relax your body. If you don't have a stress ball, you can make your own stress balls from common household items.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot. Apply pressure there for 30 seconds to relieve tension in your upper body.
 

No photo

Photos by Sandra Rose/Sandrarose.com

3. Hug your stress away!

Our arms were designed for hugging. Hugging relieves stress and anxiety by releasing a hormone in our bodies called Oxytocin. Researchers call Oxytocin the "cuddle hormone" because levels of the hormone rises when we hug. Oxytocin not only relieves stress, it also lowers blood pressure and decreases the stress hormone norepinephrine. If you're feeling a little stressed, hug it out!
 

Stock photo: Getty Images

4. Light a candle

Burning essential oils or a scented candle can put us in a relaxed mood and reduce our feelings of stress. There are many varieties of candles and scents that calm and sooth our nerves and relieves stress. Aromatherapy can also improve sleep. Some of those scents include:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange or orange blossom
  • Geranium
  •  

    Photo: Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images Plus

    5. Reduce your caffeine intake

    We can reduce stress by watching what we eat and drink. Some food and beverages increase our anxiety because they contain stimulants. Caffeine is a stimulant that can wreak havoc in our bodies. If you're feeling jittery, anxious or your hands tremble, you're probably consuming too much caffeine and other stimulants. To improve your stress levels, avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks during the holidays. Try drinking water, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk instead.
     

    Photo: EnchantedFairy/iStock/Getty Images Plus

    6. Chew gum

    Chewing sugarless gum is a quick and easy way to relieve stress. Studies show that people who chew gum have a greater sense of calm and well-being.
     

    Stock photo by Getty Images

    7. Spend time with family and friends

    Having a strong family support system can help you get through the stressful holidays. If you don't have family, there are many organizations where you can volunteer, such as children's hospitals, nursing homes, rescue animal shelters, etc.
     

    Stock photo by Getty Images

    8. Laughter

    They say laughter is the best medicine. Laughing helps to relieve stress by relieving tension in your muscles. Laughter also helps your immune system. A study of cancer patients found that patients who laughed experienced more stress relief than those patients who were simply distracted. If you're feeling stressed over the holidays, watch the comedy film Coming To America or a funny TV show. Or hang out with family and friends who make you laugh. Laughing is good for the heart too. No one ever actually dies laughing.
     

    Stock photo by Getty Images

    9. Learn to Say No

    You're probably the responsible family member who saves your money - and everyone knows it - so they come to you for money to buy Christmas gifts or pay their credit card bills. Juggling other people's problems is very stressful and unfair to you. The next time a family member or friend asks you for a "loan," just say "no." Saying "no" helps to relieve your stress in the long run.
     

    Photo by Hinterhaus Productions / Getty Images

    10. Stop procrastinating!

    Procrastinating increases your stress levels by forcing you to scramble to catch up to pay that late bill, which causes stress. Stop procrastinating. Take control of your life by planning ahead and setting goals. Stay on top of your priorities. Buy yourself a notepad or a dry eraser board and keep track of your bills, doctor's appointments, yearly mammograms (if you're over 40), etc. Give yourself easy tasks to do. Make a to-do list and then go down the list and check things off as you complete them. Always give yourself time to complete the to-do list.

    Merry Christmas!

    Sources: Belmar Pharmacy, Healthline.com

    No photo

    Photo: Instagram.com/@gabunion

    Gabrielle Union shared a normal photo of her stepson Zion Wade, 12, on her social media account over the weekend.

    Union, 47, posted a series of photos that show her, Zion, and her toddler daughter, Kaavia, posing next to a backyard tree decorated in Christmas lights. She captioned the images, "Family Time Is The Best Time."

    In the Christmas photos, Zion appears to be a normal 12-year-old boy. The new images are in contrast to the provocative Thanksgiving photo she shared on Instagram.com that showed Zion wearing a crop top, leggings and acrylic nail tips.

    His appearance, which was clearly inappropriate for a minor child, sparked a massive backlash against Union and her husband, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, on social media.

    Many called Wade an unfit father. Critics said the issue was not Zion's assumed sexual identity. They accused Wade and Union of exploiting an emotionally troubled child for their own selfish benefits.

    The criticism must have struck a nerve with Wade because the 37-year-old sports analyst hit back, telling concerned social media users to kindly mind their own business.

    Union posted the controversial photo after she was fired from NBC's America's Got Talent. She later accused the show's founder, Simon Cowell, of sexism, and she accused guest judge Jay Leno of racism.

    After a 5-hour meeting with NBC and lawyers representing Cowell's Syco last week, Union deemed the meeting "productive".

    She allegedly said Cowell's staff claimed her hair and clothes were "too black" for the show's audience.

    Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

    A Texas family has been ordered to take down their festive Christmas display after neighbors complained it's too early.

    The San Antonio police have a lot more to worry about than Christmas decorations, but the homeowners association for Nick Simonis's neighborhood threatened to call the cops when he refused their demands to take the display down.

    The Simonis family received notice from the Diamond Association Management & Consulting on Nov. 4, three days after they put up their holiday decorations.

    The homeowners association said the elaborate Christmas decorations — including a life-size inflatable snowman - must come down because it's too early for holiday decorations.

    Claudia Simonis, who is eight months pregnant, said they put the decorations up now because, after she gives birth, she will be too busy to help put up the decorations later.

    "Because probably in two more weeks, I'm not going to be able to build all this," she told WOAI News.

    The display includes reindeer and a Santa Claus holding on to a helicopter. But the HOA complaint only mentioned the snowman. The family told WOIA that they refuse to remove their decorations.

    "We're not going to do it," said Claudia's husband, Nick. "It's the Christmas spirit. We're not going to be forced by the HOA to take it down."

    FYI: Images in this post don't reflect the Simonis' actual Christmas display.

    Jim Jones

    Rapper Jim Jones called out a fraudster who is exploiting his mother after her home burned to the ground on Christmas Day. Jones took to his social media to inform his followers that his mother's house caught fire on Christmas Day.

    The Dipset member fought back tears as he recalled how he bought his mother the house when he started making money.

    Read more »