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The Joy Story's Adam and Jared Have Some Amazing, Unique, Hilarious Holiday Traditions

Happy couples often share certain values, traditions, and beliefs. As you can see in this special peek into their first Christmas as an engaged couple, Adam and Jared share a passion for Christmas that's been cultivated and handed down by their respective families. Their traditions are quite different, but the spirit of the holiday has clearly played a big role in each man's life and in his relationship with his family.


For Jared, Christmas always meant a massive family party that's "like a Hallmark movie." His aunt leads the family in a singing of The 12 Days of Christmas (no sitting out allowed!). He hangs the handmade ornaments his grandmother gave him. And in this video, you can hear about Adam's first time witnessing the big holiday gathering.

In Adam's family, the traditions were a little different, but no less enthusiastic and unique. He recounts, with plenty of laughs, that his father preferred to cut down live trees with the root balls still attached at the bottom; then, after New Years, the family would re-plant the tree on their property. They still have trees there going back 20 years!

"Christmas feels so special to me," Adam says. "There's something about the energy associated with the actual day... It's always been by far my favorite holiday."

As Adam and Jared were preparing to officially start their lives together by getting married, they planned a big outing to get their tree. And let's just say... it didn't go quite according to plan, though there's still a happy ending. Watch the video for the whole sweet story—and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Yura Makarov, and edited by Varya Rookwood. To see more of Adam and Jared and the Joy Story series, check out our YouTube channel and our Facebook page!

Paralyzed Beauty CEO Still Fearless at 40 - Fearless Like Me (E2)

Very few of us are born fearless, but some ascend to that state from a seminal moment in their lives. In this episode of "Fearless Like Me", Francesco Clark recalls when he faced that moment, lying paralyzed in a hospital bed after a pool accident. "I was told by my surgeon that I would never talk, breath on my own, or move my arms ever again," he recalled. "I learned to become fearless at that moment when I felt my life had been robbed of who I was."

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81-Year-Old Priest Revives Tough Boston Neighborhood

For the past 10 years Father Richard Conway has been a fixture on the streets of Dorchester, a tough neighborhood south of Boston which has seen its share of gang violence and upheaval. He doesn't wear a bulletproof vest or carry a weapon, but what he does have is much more powerful and meaningful to his community – a warmth and charisma that is building bridges between the residents, local government and the police to bring positive change to his troubled district.

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Helping the “Unhoused” One Shower At A Time

What is universally despised in large, modern, metropolitan areas more than its public transportation, and in particular, the city bus? Slow, crowded, unpleasant – it mostly reminds us of lean times of struggle. However, a creative group of folks from San Francisco have come up with a brilliant idea that repurposes this inner city workhorse, converting it from a people mover to a mobile oasis where unhoused neighbors can seek comfort.

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Brow Guru Beats Adversity Time and Again – The Ramy Gafni Story

Ramy Gafni did not start out with a burning desire to be in the beauty industry. While growing up in Queens, New York, his parents always encouraged him to choose his own path and find the thing that made him happy. Ramy thought that law school was where he would thrive but after a year he had doubts that this was his calling. On an impulse, he traveled to Australia to attend Beauty School and after the first day, he knew what his future would be.

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A Sanctuary For Rescued Chimps

Some scientists spend their lifetimes in medical research in order to cure the world's most dangerous diseases. While we regularly celebrate their tireless work that saves thousands of lives around the world, we often forget about the animal subjects essential to this research, many of whom were bred for this role and spent their entire lifetime in lab cages. In 2014, an organization was founded by animal welfare advocates to address at least one aspect of this issue. Project Chimps was born with the mission to end the use of chimpanzees in medical research and to provide lifelong care to former research animals at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

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Using Music and Art to Build Friendships on the Border

In a small, brightly decorated building only a stone's throw from the border wall between Mexico and the USA, 50 to 100 children a week come to do hands-on art projects, learn a musical instrument, or just socialize with others. In this special place, Director Gretchen Baer's mission is to show kids that anything is possible if you think creatively, no matter who you are or where you came from.

Nonprofit Studio Mariposa is a free transformative art center for kids in Naco, Mexico, along the Arizona border. For the past three years, kids come to the small studio once a week where Gretchen and her volunteers set up art projects and music lessons. The art projects include painting, making bracelets, mosaics and weaving on a loom.

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Sharing Books and Building Communities Through Little Free Libraries

** To celebrate National Book Lovers Day (AUG 9), OGTV is re-sharing this story about an idea that has sparked the love of books for millions readers around the world. **

When Todd Bol's mother died in 2009, he wanted to honor her in a special way. She was a dedicated teacher and an avid reader, so Todd built a small model of a one room schoolhouse, filled it with books and put it in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin. His neighbors loved what he'd done, so he kept doing it.

When Todd saw how much of a positive impact this had on his community, he decided to keep it going. Advocates in other towns picked up on the idea and Little Free Libraries began to expand across the country. There are now over 75,000 of them, in all 50 states, and even in 85 countries across the world.

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Asperger Actor Finds His Audience! (With A Little Help From Mom)

Jodi Murphy is a marketing specialist, lifestyle journalist and out-of-the-box thinker who works daily to promote self-acceptance and understanding for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. She is also Mom to son Jonathan Murphy, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 13, but has gone on to become a Bay Area actor, a voice over artist, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

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