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Rebecca Judd leads the Christmas well-wishes on Instagram 

It's the season that sees joy and happiness being spread around and celebrities joined in the on the festivities. Roxy Jacenko posted a sweet photo (centre) with husband Oliver Curtis and the kids as they relished a Christmas together after Oliver was in jail for last year's big day. Alex Nation enjoyed a Christmas with her fiancee Maegan Luxa and her son Elijah (left). Lauren Brant sported a racy Christmas outfit as she and Barry Hall prepared to open a mountain of presents, while another former AFL great Chris Judd sent greetings from Canada where he, wife Bec, and the kids took shelter from the cold in a warm spa pool. 

Woman's body found after house fire Christmas at Merimbula

A 61-year-old woman has been found dead inside a burning home after a man was pulled out of the smouldering house alive. Emergency services were called to a home at Tura Beach, Merimbula, on NSW's Far South Coast on about 12.30am on Christmas after a man woke to find smoke filling his bedroom. Two officers entered the burning building and found a 67-year-old man on the floor and helped him to safety, but the intensity of the fire prevented them from searching further. The number of Christmas tragedies has soared after a two-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool, three died in a high-speed crash and a young boy died in a quad bike accident.

Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, is renowned among conspiracy theorists who believe the Bulgarian foretold natural disasters and other major events.

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The brother of a man who fled Australia to become in ISIS terrorist three years ago was allegedly accepted into the Queensland Police Force.

Couples in Darwin are flocking to sex shops to spice up festive lovemaking, despite stress of planning perfect Christmas leading to a drop in September and October babies.

The former head (pictured) of a Pentagon program to understand the mysteries of UFOs has said that such objects visiting Earth had been 'proved beyond reasonable doubt'.

Christmas fails of the awkward and hilarious moments

It's the season to be jolly but unfortunately, it doesn't always work out as planned. From burnt food and dead trees to broken ornaments and cutting the wrapping paper too short, the list of Christmas fails are endless this year. Fortunately, people are seeing the funny side to their disappointment by sharing their photographs on social media showing how their holiday cheer didn't live up to expectation. Here, Femail rounds up some of the hilarious and awkward fails that will sure make you feel slightly better about your day.

A woman is fighting for life after she was pulled unconscious from Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, a year after a man drowned swimming in the same spot.

An Australian one-dollar coin is now worth thousands to collectors because of a distinctive error which took years for anyone to notice. So can YOU spot what it is?

Zara Philips seen a year after her tragic miscarriage

While the rest of the royals, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, gather at the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk, Zara and Mike Tindall (centre) are on the other side of the world in Australia. Pictured along with their young daughter Mia (pictured right and far left), the Tindalls appear to have opted for a low-key Christmas. It's exactly a year ago today that the couple announced, on Christmas Eve 2016, that they had tragically lost their second baby. Zara, 36, and her husband Mike, 39, were today spotted taking Mia, wearing an adorable green dress, to a Christmas party in Sydney. The family looked subdued as they strolled in the sunshine, carrying presents and a festive pudding.

French backpacker couple tie the knot at Gold Coast beach

A young couple were certainly feeling the heat when they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of hundreds of beachgoers on Christmas Eve. French backpackers David and Audrey Le Sergent - who have been travelling around Australia for 18 months - got married at Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast on Sunday. As scoring temperatures soar to a sizzling 32 degrees, the bride wore white as she walked down the sandy candy cane aisle to meet her husband-to-be.

Skies will be sunny over most of Australia for Christmas with warm temperatures forecast for barbeques and pool party across much of the country, but the east coast will be hit with rain.

Royals gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service

The royal family officially started their festive holiday this morning as they arrived at St. Mary Magdalene Church ahead of the traditional Christmas Eve service. A sprightly-looking Duke of Edinburgh, 96, led the way with the Queen, dressed in an elegant blue skirt-suit, closely behind. Other royals in attendance included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. (Pictured: Prince Philip and Prince Andrew arriving at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. Right, the Queen. Inset: Princess Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie)

The restaurant chain has issued an apology after a manager at one of its London branches forbade staff from taking sick days over the Christmas period unless they could arrange cover.

Hilarious prank or pure stupidity? The dramatic moment an internet prankster plunges two storeys from a balcony into iconic Bondi Beach pool while pretending to be a salmon

Internet prankster Luke Erwin jumped off the Sydney's Bondi Icebergs balcony two storeysinto the pool metres from other swimmers, tucking his arms to his sides and wriggling like a jumping salmon, to the shock of onlooking families. He was dared by partner in crime Jackson O'Doherty as part of a compilation of the pair jumping into water - or a pallet of bottles - whenever the other wanted.

The Winklevoss twins, who are best known for suing Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg claiming he stole their idea for the social networking site, started buying up Bitcoin back in 2012.

The Australians born on Christmas Day

Daily Mail Australia spoke to Christmas babies who revealed the ups and downs of being born on December 25. Sophie Stafford (left), a mental health worker from Rouse Hill in Sydney's north-west, will turn 24 on December 25. The day is extra special for Ms Stafford because she shares her birthday with her twin brother. Brett Thomson (right), a roofer at Konka Construction in Port Macquarie said he used to feel 'ripped off as a kid' but as he grew older he has learnt to embrace his birthday.

A five-year-old child was dramatically rescued from a Birmingham tower block after he was left hanging 50ft in the air by his ear. Hero firefighter, Lyndon Flavell, risked his life climbing to the rescue.

Esteemed Sydney pastry chef, Anna Polyviou, has created a special four-metre-long gingerbread train, complete with 1,000 kilograms of gingerbread bricks, 200 lollipops and lashings of icing.

Pets do the darnedest things! Australia's funniest cats and dogs get caught chasing tail, reading the paper, and stealing wallets - so which is YOUR favourite?

NEW The pet sitting site Pawshake has revealed its 10 finalists for funniest pet in Australia. The video submissions feature pups trying to catch balls, furiously doggy paddling, and playing dress up. The finalists also include two unlucky kittens who get stuck while pawing at toys and flies.

The Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants, told faithful at late-evening Christmas vigil Mass that the 'simple story' of Jesus' birth in a manger changed 'our history forever'

Jeff 'Swede' Swedenhjelm was injured on Monday as he tried to stop the animal from steeling his hat in Bali. He has since raised $60,000 online to pay for a Medevac to get back to Florida.

QLD mum-of-five has four kids the same age every Christmas

There is no doubt Christmas is a hectic time of the year and it's even more chaotic for one unique Queensland family-of-seven (left). Mel and Pat King have five teenage children and four of them are the same age (top and bottom right) for three weeks every December - and they're not quadruplets. This Christmas, the King's have a house full of four 13-year-olds and one 17-year-old.'We have to wrap our head back around it every year,' Mrs King told Daily Mail Australia. 'It's busy with the presents and making sure everyone is even.'

Christmas Day: Turia Pitt shares first family photo

Young mother Turia Pitt has shared her first family photograph on Christmas Day (right) just weeks after giving birth to a baby son. The 30-year-old burns survivor lovingly gazed at her newborn boy Hakavai as her partner Michael Hoskin smiled at the camera. Taking to Instagram on December 25, the happy Australian family-of-three shared the intimate picture as they celebrate their first Christmas together.

Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) reveals how to store leftovers correctly in a new guide to how to make your leftovers go further. Cooked turkey lasts for up to six months in the freezer.

Sheena and Colin Hill found their 24-year-old son Dean dead in his bed in Washington, Sunderland last Christmas. They now want to raise awareness of myocarditis, the condition that killed him.

Lorna Jane Clarkson reveals what she eats at Christmas

FEMAIL spoke to activewear queen, Lorna Jane Clarkson (pictured left and inset), to find out exactly what she plans to eat this Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The 53-year-old multimillion-dollar-business owner also offered a sneak peek inside her festive fridge ahead of the day's festivities.

Prince Harry (pictured) will not be taking part in the traditional royal Boxing Day shoot in Sandringham, Norfolk, because he does not want to upset his fiancee Meghan Markle.

Christians celebrated Christmas in Iraq's second city of Mosul for the first time in four years today. As hymns rang out one exiled worshipper said it showed that 'life is returning to Mosul'.

Schapelle Corby's first Australian Christmas in 14 YEARS

Few Australians will know what it's like to celebrate the holidays in 'Hotel Kerobokan'. But for 10 years, from 2004 to 2013, Schapelle Corby was forced to spend the festive season behind bars in Bali's most notorious prison. But after her release on parole in 2014 and subsequent deportation in May this year, the former beauty student is now enjoying her first Australian Christmas since 2003. The Gold Coast native, 40, has offered her loyal supporters a glimpse of her Christmas plans using her preferred media channel: Instagram. In the past few days, Schapelle and her family members have been sharing festive snaps of themselves preparing for the holidays. Over the weekend, Schapelle shared a photo (pictured left) of herself sitting on Santa's lap. She also appears absolutely smitten with her pet pooch Lucille (inset), who is now a regular fixture on her popular Instagram account. It is believed Schapelle enjoyed a festive trip to the Movie World theme park on the Gold Coast over the weekend too. She was pictured there with her younger sister Melenae, in a photo posted to older sister Mercedes' Instagram account on Sunday. Schapelle was arrested at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport on October 8, 2004 after customs officers found 4.1kg of marijuana wrapped in plastic inside her boogie board bag. She has always maintained her innocence, denying the drugs belonged to her and insisting they were planted without her knowledge. She was sentenced to 20 years at her 2005 trial, spending almost a decade in prison.

The top five children's bedroom trends for 2018

FEMAIL spoke to leading Sydney-based interior designer, Kristy Withers, of Incy Interiors , to find out what the top trends are for children's bedrooms in 2018. According to the expert, the next 12 months will see a rise in popularity with metallics (top right), millennial pink (bottom left), unicorns (bottom right) and more. FEMAIL takes a look.

Patrick Hahn, 25, was last seen getting into a taxi outside the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown on Friday morning. Mr Hahn, from Drummoyne in Sydney, had been celebrating Christmas.

At least 37 people, including call centre staff from an American firm, are believed to have died in a fire that tore through a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao,

What lies beneath! Shocking moment an alligator attacks a dog paddling in muddy waters and the pooch lets out an agonizing wail

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. This is the shocking moment a dog was brutalized by an alligator. Video shows the dog approaching a small, muddy pond in an unidentified location. A woman, perhaps his owner, films him wading into the pond. But his curious observation of the pond came to an abrupt end when an alligator leaped from the pond's depths and attacked.

Special Christmast feast and not a turkey in sight

A record number of Australians will be tucking into cruelty free Christmas feasts this year as demand for faux meat hits an 'unprecedented' all-time high. Sales of fake roasts, sausages and burger patties have skyrocketed, with some stores reporting a massive 50% increase in demand in the lead-up to the festive period.  Increased availability of tasty non-meat products and rising awareness of animal suffering have been pegged main reasons for 2.1 million Australians now following a 100% plant based diet.

A diver has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack as he resurfaced in Perth on Sunday morning. The man, aged in his 50s, was diving off Garden Island with three friends.

Student found dead wrapped in clingfilm in Siberian woods

A 19-year-old Russian student has been found strangled to death with her body wrapped in clingfilm after responding to an advertisement for a 'governess' with a 'model appearance'. Kristina Prikhodko (pictured left and inset) was missing for two days before her body was discovered in a forest (pictured right) close to Siberia's largest city. The student had been sexually attacked before being strangled to death, say police, who have arrested two men, both aged 28, on suspicion of murder. They warned about men using advertisements to lure young women for sex under false pretences. It is known that Kristina had posted revealing pictures of herself and was this year registered on a site where women can meet 'sugar daddies'. Her naked body was wrapped in clingfilm and put inside a zip-up bag which was found on snow-covered ground dumped close to a reservoir on the River Ob near Novosibirsk city. Two men caught driving a car in which the body was transported were later arrested on suspicion of murder.

An official with the prefecture in the eastern Isere region said Sunday that most of the skiers were evacuated after spending one or two hours stuck on the gondola at the Chamrousse resort.

A British Mumsnet user said she found out about her partner's private account after seeing he had been tagged in a photo. He claimed he created an account 'ages ago' and never uses it.

Rupert Murdoch and wife Jerry Hall play Scrabble

Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall have kicked off the festive season with a spot of Scrabble. The media mogul, who is worth an estimated $12 billion, and his 61-year-old wife were snapped playing the board game on Christmas Eve as they celebrated with family in London. Rupert and the former model were pictured sitting in a cozy living room as they rearranged pieces on the Scrabble board on Sunday. Jerry's daughter Georgia May Jagger earlier posted a selfie to her Instagram story with her dogs with the caption: 'They are already fighting about Scrabble'.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chilling photographs unearthed by MailOnline show the suspected killer of Rebecca Dykes (right) posing with a gun and in a separate but equally disturbing piece of footage, Tarek Hawchieh (left), 36, appears to perform a sex act on a fish. He is currently in police custody after the body of Miss Dykes was found dumped at the side of a road in Beirut, Lebanon (inset, the scene). Hawchieh has reportedly confessed, according to a senior police source who claims the taxi driver told officers he thought the British diplomat would be ‘easy to rape’ because she was foreign and was wearing a short skirt.

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ARA San Juan went missing with 44 crew members on board in the South Atlantic.The latest sonar contact will be investigated by the remotely-operated Russian Panther Plus submarine.

Maitland couple discover snake under their Christmas tree

A couple in Maitland found a little extra surprise under their pile of holiday gifts on Sunday afternoon - but it definitely wasn't on anyone's Christmas list. John spotted a red-bellied black snake (pseudechis porphyriacus) wriggling across the floor eventually seeking shelter next to a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree. But the reptile had actually been indoors for about a week - his wife had caught sight of it several days ago, but it was moving too quickly and evaded capture.

Mary Horomanski, 58, was not expecting to owe $24billion on her electric bill from Penelec for her her Eire, Pennsylvania, residence. It was adjusted to $284.46 for the month after her son called.

A man who was trapped inside the wreckage of his car for two hours after slamming it into a tree in Sydney's West on Christmas Eve has escaped the crash with only moderate injuries.

Can you find the single Santa hat in this festive scene?

Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf, has hidden a red Santa hat somewhere in this festive scene - but it is deceptively difficult to find. The artist became an online sensation when his brainteaser featuring a panda and snowmen swept the internet two years ago, and he has kept followers entertained with similarly tricky puzzles ever since.

The number of prisoners wrongly released from jail over the past year has jumped by almost ten per cent, including Ralston Dodd, from North London who was freed due to a court blunder.

Shane Smith bought a $23 MILLION LA compound

The man who served as the public face for Vice Media was living it up in a $23 million Santa Monica compound while his employees were reportedly being underpaid. Shane Smith bought the property known as Villa Ruchello in Santa Monica back in 2015, which is located on 3.35 acres of land and had been previously featured in the television series Entourage. He and his wife then put millions more into renovating the three homes on the property, which total 14,000 square feet and features 12 bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms. a pool and stunning views. The same year he bought the compound,  Smith also dropped $300,000 on steak and sushi at Bellagio's Prime Steakhouse in Vegas.

A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a couple in their Virginia home on Friday after they allegedly encouraged their daughter to break up with him due to his neo-Nazi views.

Home-grown sprouts are far superior to those large, spongy, slightly bitter ones sold in shops. In fact, I reckon their sweet, nutty flavour could convert even a diehard sprout hater.

Russell James has spent 20 years with Victoria's Secret

For the past 20 years, one photographer has had exclusive access to the more than 300 Victoria's Secret angels during their iconic holiday season fashion show. Photographer Russell James has had the privilege of being backstage photographing the world's top models including the likes of Bella Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Kendall Jenner, Gisele, Naomi Campbell and the list goes on. His new book titled, Backstage Secrets: A Decade Behind the Scenes at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, is full to the brim of the 'sexiest' backstage images from his many years working as a photographer at the major event.

The former National Security Agency contractor who exposed U.S. government surveillance programs by disclosing classified material in 2013 has a new job: app developer.

Los Angeles home has a $500m asking price

Three homes in the hills of Los Angeles showcase extravagant luxury unlike anything seen before. Pictured main is a home deemed ‘The One,’ which is expected to go on sale in mid-2018 with an asking price of $500million. If sold anywhere near that price, it will likely become the most expensive home in America. Photographs from the New York Times show the 100,000-square-foot house in Bel Air that, among other perks, has a nightclub complete with its own V.I.P room, 20 bedrooms including a 5,500-square-foot master suite, between four and seven swimming pools depending on one's definition (does the moat and indoor spa count?), five elevators and a beauty salon. Also on the market is the 21,000-square foot Opus, in Beverly Hills and on sale for $85million. The home includes $12million worth of Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce vehicles. Pictured inset top left is a gold Lamborghini. At top right and bottom right are two inside views of Opus. Another home, which does not have a name, features a statue of a gold giraffe (not pictured).

Don't let Prince Harry see this picture (right)! At least, not if you believe it’s bad luck for the groom to catch sight of his bride’s wedding dress before the big day.

Bitcoin rebounded somewhat on Saturday, briefly topping the $15,000 mark after a steep decline earlier in the week fueled concerns about the speculative nature of the popular virtual currency.

Quadruplets look forward to their first Christmas together

Quadruplets who defied 70million-to-one odds to be born are looking forward to their first festive season together. Carla Crozier gave birth to two sets of identical twins named Isla, Demi, Alyse and Milla 12 weeks early in March. Now they are nine months old and their 35-year-old mother is looking forward to getting a nice sleep at Christmas at the family home in Grays, Essex. She told the Mirror: 'I look at each of them and I get butterflies in my tummy thinking: 'Wow, I've got four babies and I love them so much'. But it's tough! It's a constant job and I never get five spare minutes to myself.'

The most ridiculous things caught on Google Earth

Photos from all over the world show some of the funniest and bizarre distortions created by Google Earth. The technology struggles with moving images, meaning a woman relaxing on a beach ends up looking like an abstract piece of art. (Pictured from top left, clockwise: A cat looks like a whole new species all together, this woman enjoys a beer on the beach but loses half of her body and her head, a lady in this photo looks like something from a science fiction film in this google earth image, a sightseer is nothing more than a floating head with arms as she takes a photo, a man's arm appears to be coming out of his face as he is captured at this tourist spot and one woman's head merges into her back and she loses her arm as she suns herself on a beach)

Ex-High Court judge, Sir Richard Henriques has said that police shouldn't train officers to believe rape complainants following Liam Allan, Isaac Itiary and Samuel Armstrongs acquittals.

The Canadian billionaire couple whose deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide after their bodies were found hanging from poolside railings were possibly dealing with financial woes. 

Twitter users slammed the Los Angeles Times after the photo for its Thursday cover story on working in Hollywood and the treatment of women on screen featured only white actresses.

Dramatic moment 200 skiers are rescued from chair lifts above French Alps resort after being trapped for two hours

Rescue operations were underway on Sunday afternoon at the Chamrousse Ski Resort in the eastern Isere region of France after the lift broke down at about 3pm local time. Video shared by those caught up in the incident showed rescuers hanging from ropes from helicopters, swinging back and forth near the stationary bubbles. No injuries were reported and rescues were complete by 5.30pm. Violaine Demaret, the prefecture official, says two civil security helicopters dropped rescue personnel over every car to open the roof hatches, release the skiers inside and lower them down to safety with ropes.

A passer-by managed to film the hilarious break down operation and said: 'The man was sitting on his own bike while being carried home. I've never seen this happen before. Only in the Philippines.'

A drug dealer in Copenhagen is facing prison after being in such a hurry to get home, he jumped into a police car carrying 1000 joints, mistaking it for a taxi.

Glamorous fitness model Katiusha Stepanyan, 27, could spend 10 years behind bars after police allegedly seized more than $220,000 in cash secreted in her North Ryde, Sydney, bedroom.

Married couple find long-forgotten photo of them together

EXCLUSIVE: Heidi and Ed Savitt, 26, from London, had no idea about their fateful meeting aged six until Heidi's mother mentioned a 'holiday romance' with a boy called Ed and found the long-forgotten photos(left). The couple, who live in London, met in 2011 at Newcastle University(top) and married at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire in August(bottom, Ed and Heidi exchange rings; right, they kiss in the Elizabethan gardens after the ceremony).

   

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An elderly couple has been left homeless the day before Christmas after an out-of-control car smashed into their Adelaide home. Thankfully, they were unhurt and the driver only suffered minor injuries.

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Hundreds of fatherless brides in India tie the knot

The mass wedding in Surat in the western state of Gujarat, India, featured 251 young couples, including five Muslim couples, a Christian couple and two women who are HIV positive. The celebration was hosted by Indian diamond trader Mahesh Savani. Savani, who believes that giving away brides is a blessing from God, has been funding and organising mass weddings for fatherless women in Surat every year since 2012. He performs the Hindu wedding ritual of 'Kanyadaan' - the practice of giving away one's daughter in marriage.

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Twitter reveals beds they are forced to sleep in at Xmas

We've all been there. Arriving at our parents' house on Christmas eve, fatigued after an exhausting journey, almost euphoric at the thought of family comfort and roast turkey. But then the thought comes: where am I going to sleep tonight? Twitter users have shared their unusual sleeping arrangement (all pictured) with writer Rhodri Marsden in a tradition entering its seventh year. Marsden - who plays with Leeds-based post-punk band Scritti Politti - tweeted an image of the duvet that greeted him when he returned to his childhood home for Christmas in 2011. Inadvertently, his humorous post sparked a Twitter storm with people using the hashtag #duvetknowitschristmas to share similar photos.

   

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