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Ivanka Trump celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas in Hawaii

The eldest daughter of President-elect Donald Trump shared her family moments on Instagram during the holiday weekend.

Ivanka Trump and her husband, American businessman Jared Kushner, celebrated the holidays in Hawaii. Her family practices Orthodox Judaism. This year, the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah started the day before Christmas.

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"This year is one of the rare and special occasions where Hanukkah and Christmas coincide. As we light the candles, sending love from our family to yours this holiday season! Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah! #happyholidays," Ivanka Trump wrote on Instagram.

This year is one of the rare and special occasions where Hanukkah and Christmas coincide. As we light the candles, sending love from our family to yours this holiday season! Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah! #happyholidays A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Dec 25, 2016 at 7:54pm PST

Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before she married Kushner in 2009, The Washington Post reported. She will be the first member of a U.S. president's immediate family to practice Modern Orthodox Judaism.

She also shared of picture of herself and her husband, indicating that the family is in Hawaii.

Hawaii A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Dec 26, 2016 at 12:03am PST

Earlier in the weekend, Ivanka Trump shared a photo of herself at a young age performing in "The Nutcracker," a Christmas time ballet.

Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? #MuchMuchLatergram from my #Nutcracker days! @lincolncenter A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Dec 24, 2016 at 5:49pm PST

The photos came less than a month before Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the U.S. on Jan. 20.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner are reportedly looking at homes in the Washington, D.C., area and are also looking to join a synagogue in the area.

Santa's helpers deliver adopted pets to families

A North Carolina girl got a surprise from Santa’s helpers Christmas morning.

The Humane Society of Charlotte teamed up with Santa Paws & Elves to deliver adopted pets to children in the area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This is the first year volunteers personally delivered the newly adopted cats and dogs to families who want to make the special gift a surprise.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news <script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> This very special HSC Elf - Boni Lea was just on NBC Charlotte introducing their reporter to a very special cat named...Posted by the Humane Society of Charlotte on Sunday, December 25, 2016 On Christmas morning, volunteers dropped in to bring 7-year-old Maddie the family’s new adopted kitten, Noel.

“She’s been a really sweet girl all year,” volunteer Boni Lea said about Maddie. “And she really wanted a kitten."

When Noel arrived, Maddie was speechless and showed tears of joy for her new furry friend.

The Humane Society made three pet deliveries on Christmas.

For more: Charlotte Humane Society

NFL QB Kirk Cousins blames festive Christmas jacket on wife

Next time Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has an away game, he may want to take a peek inside his travel bag before leaving home.

After beating the Chicago Bears 41-21 at Soldier Field, Cousins appeared at the post-game news conference wearing a green suit jacket emblazoned with a holiday theme, including lights, candy canes and gingerbread men.

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.@KirkCousins8's jacket game is STRONG. pic.twitter.com/Ho1PrE6N9V— Washington Redskins (@Redskins)

Cousins said his wife always packs his suit when he travels for games, according to the Sporting News. His wife decided to make a fashion statement with a holiday twist for him, and Cousins was up to the challenge. While he only wore the suit at the post-game conference, saying the matching tie and pants were a bit of overkill, he donned the entire ensemble before heading out of the stadium, while singing, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Cousins went with the tie and pants after his presser. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/bmJpiDfL1K— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) December 24, 2016

Obamas, Trump offer Christmas greetings on Twitter

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offered Christmas greetings via a video message that was posted on the White House Twitter account on Christmas Eve.

The video was accompanied by a written message: "On behalf of all the Obamas—Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and that troublemaker Sunny—Merry Christmas." Sunny is one of the first family's dogs.

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@POTUS https://t.co/DMIoyKr3WHThe White House (@WhiteHouse)

The Obamas also posted a tweet marking the beginning of Hannukah.

In the Christmas greeting video, the Obamas talk about their Christian faith and the spirit of service, focusing on the sacrifices of the country’s military. The Obamas also take a look back at their eight years in the White House.

President-elect Trump also took to Twitter to offer season's greetings. He wished a Happy Hannukah on Saturday and on Sunday morning, posted an image of himself in front of a Christmas tree, with the simple message, “Merry Christmas!”

Happy #Hanukkah pic.twitter.com/UvZwtykV1E— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

#MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/5GgDmJrGMS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Internet's favorite cats take on Christmas

The internet’s famous cats are donning holiday gear and showing off their Christmas spirit. Some are naughty, others are nice, but all are delivering holiday cheer.

From the world's angriest cat to Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, enjoy these "purrfect" holiday messages.

>>Cat gives birth under Christmas tree

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Hospital staff surprises Florida fire victims with gifts

Tikisha Hobbs and her five children lost all of their belongings and nearly their lives Nov. 28 when their mobile home in Florida went up in flames.

Hobbs sobbed Wednesday while discussing the incident, but the tears weren’t about what her family lost, but rather about what it has gained.

Touched by the family’s misfortune, emergency room staffers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach teamed up and delivered thousands of dollars worth of household necessities and Christmas gifts to the new home that Hobbs; her husband, Rasheen Norman; and their children, Tikarah, 13; Tamara, 9; Tatianna, 7; Tara, 6; and Kai, 3; moved into last week in Lake Worth.

Some of the same nurses who treated Hobbs and two of her children in the emergency room for smoke inhalation showed up Wednesday loaded down with everything from mops to microwaves to mats.

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“I wasn’t expecting all of this,” said Hobbs, whose unfurnished home quickly filled up with gifts. “Just look at this,” she said.

Among those pitching in was Chase Bilbrey, an emergency room nurse at St. Mary’s who was tasked with moving some of bulkier gifts, such as a sofa, into Hobbs’ home.

It was Bilbrey who attended to a despondent Hobbs the night of the fire and assured her that he and his colleagues would take care of her “from beginning to end.”

“We got you,” Bilbrey promised.

Hobbs, 38, said she didn’t know what to think. How could Bilbrey and the other staffers help a large family who had lost everything except the clothes on their backs?

“I was, like, ‘OK, you’re being nice, but I don’t think you understand that I have five kids,’” Hobbs said. “And Chase said, ‘No, we got you.’ And look.”

What has turned into a happy ending could have resulted in massive tragedy if not for 13-year-old Tikarah, an eighth-grader at Lantana Middle School.

Tikarah was awakened by smoke Nov. 28 at about 12:30 a.m. and alerted her mother. Hobbs’ husband was working when the fire broke out.

Tikarah’s heroics weren’t done with the warning to her mother. She managed to get Tatianna, her 7-year-old sister, out of the smoke-filled trailer. Hobbs evacuated the other children and then watched the family’s home burn completely in minutes. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

“We wouldn’t be here,” Hobbs said of the probable outcome if her daughter hadn’t reacted.

With the blaze sparking as they slept, there was no time to save anything but themselves. They were left with the clothes they went to sleep in.

“We didn’t even have shoes,” Hobbs said.

The family may have lacked possessions, but the emergency room staffers at St. Mary’s, both in the adult and pediatric units, were struck by the abundance of politeness and courtesy shown by Hobbs’ children during their brief stay at the hospital.

“We knew exactly what we wanted to do for Christmas,” said Lori Kimmel, a pediatric ER nurse with 14 years of experience at St. Mary’s. “We had to help this family. It was a no-brainer.”

Hobbs’ children were at school Wednesday morning and weren’t home to enjoy the hospital workers’ goodwill. But their mother resembled a child at Christmas, overcome with joy and bursting into tears several times as she opened the gifts.

“It’s truly amazing,” Hobbs said.

Disabled boy turned away from seeing Santa because of service dog

What was supposed to be a fun afternoon visiting Santa turned into an upsetting experience for a mother and her son in Pennsylvania.  "We went down there so he could give letters to Santa, because he really wanted to give these three letters. He'd been asking forever,” Linda Dallatore said.  But they were turned away because of their son’s service dog. Now the family wants to share their story to ensure everyone is aware of what the laws are on service animals. 

>> Read more trending stories  Dallatore said the family has had Jiffy, a 10-year-old Lab mix, for about nine years, and the dog has played a critical role for them. The animal helps calm and watch after their 16-year-old son, Bradley, who has a disability.  Jiffy’s presence became a problem on Wednesday when Bradley wanted to see Santa at the Washington Crown Center. The family said employees of the company that arranges and photographs visits with Santa wouldn’t let Bradley and Jiffy through, telling the family that “animals were only permitted near Santa on a Pet Day due to possible allergic reactions to other patrons.” "I explained I understood the allergies but also about the ADA law and how you have to accommodate both sets, with the allergies and with children with disabilities,” Linda Dallatore said.  The Dallatores said the mall’s management was their saving grace.  In a statement, the mall said that “mall security intervened and the issue was resolved,” ultimately allowing Bradley to give his letters to Santa.  The family said they want everyone to understand what the laws are when it comes to service animals.  “Just because your employer states to you that this is their policy, if it is in violation of any of the laws, they should be intelligent enough to know they have to follow the law,” Robert Dallatore, Bradley’s father, said.  The family filed a police report to document what happened. In a statement from World Wide Photography, the company told WPXI.com, "We always welcome service animals on our sets. They can join visitors for pictures and visits with Santa anytime."

Where is Santa Claus right now? Track Santa's flight with live updates

SANTA UPDATE: At 3:55 a.m. ET  Santa was spotted on radar near Seattle, Wash. As he heads into Canada has already delivered more than 6.6 billion toys.

Both the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the search engine Google are in full tracking mode as Santa has left the North Pole on his yearly mission to deliver toys to children all over the world.   

>>Restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016

If you want to follow Santa's trip today, you can go to NORAD’s tracking site here. 

Over at Google, the Google Santa Tracker has only been active for 12 years, but with the tools the search engine has, you can follow for Santa with ease. You can even use  Google Maps and google.com to keep up with his progress. Street View on Google maps allows you to look at the cities he is visiting as he makes his trip to deliver toys. 

Check back here for updates on Santa is expected in your area.

Santa makes special stop to visit babies in intensive care unit

Some babies can stay in a neonatal intensive care unit for many months, but it doesn't mean the newborns have to miss Christmas. 

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At WellStar Atlanta Medical Center's NICU, Santa visited with 19 families and their babies earlier this month. Many of the infants were born premature, often with respiratory issues or infections, said Heidi Squires, who works with March of Dimes at the hospital as the NICU family support program coordinator.

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center is the only hospital in metro Atlanta that partners with the March of Dimes to provide comfort and care to families while their babies are in the hospital, Squires said.

This is the second year the hospital has hosted the event, Squires said. Santa's visit was put on with help from hospital volunteers, and families received copies of the photos. 

All photos in the slideshow below were provided by Claire Elise Photography

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