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Slush and celebrities as we groggily recover

Happy Boxing Day! If you haven't tipped your coachman, be sure to pull a few shillings from behind your ascot, then send him off to spend the day with his brood.

With most people still out of the office, online trends are leaning toward what movie to see while spending an extra day with relatives. Also of interest today are a bidding war in the English Premiere League for Spanish player David Villa and gossip about what celebrities did over Christmas.

|| ONLINE TRENDS ||

Boxing Day (Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Christmas)
(International Twitter, national Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Google Plus)
Boxing Day is today. Christmas is over, but Kwanzaa is still going on, as is the guy who started the holiday: Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, is scheduled this week to make an appearance in Buffalo to mark the city's annual observance of the holiday. [Wire via Baltimore Sun]

Snow (weather, Winter)
(National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Google Plus)
A storm that caused rare winter tornado activity in the South is coming through the Northeast. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area as a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain moves in from the south, the National Weather Service reported. [Baltimore Sun]

Beyonce
(International Twitter, national Twitter)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprised last-minute shoppers in New York City on Monday as they made their final gift selection rounds at FAO Schwarz and Bergdorf Goodman. Blue Ivy's gotta have her diamonds! [Zimbio]

Chelsea (David Villa)
(International Twitter, Google Plus)
Courting David Villa, offering Barcelona £12million for his contract. Arsenal and Liverpool are also competing for his employment. [Scottish Daily Record]

Justin Bieber (Ed Sheeran)
(International Twitter, national Twitter)
When he isn't busy playing ping-pong with Nick Jonas, it looks like Bieber might be hard at work with Ed Sheeran. Tuesday night, Bieber's manager Scooter Braun tweeted about Sheeran being in the studio with him the same night that Bieber happened to be working on the January 29 album release.Rumors of a collaboration. [mtv.com || Fun fact: Sheeran has been named a baron in Sealand.]

Chris Brown (Rihanna)
(International Twitter)
Chris Brown just showed up at a Lakers game with Rihanna, spurring lots of tasteless Boxing Day jokes on Twitter. In happier and slightly older news, the Barbadian pop star marked Saturday with a ceremony to commemorate her gift of $1.75 million worth of medical equipment to the island's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in honor of her grandmother, who died in June. [Wire via Baltimore Sun]

Harry (Taylor Swift)
(International Twitter, national twitter)
Harry Styles did not spend Christmas with Taylor Swift, but he sent a singing telegram. Styles, 18, a member of band One Direction, sent the song What makes you beautiful, sung in a country and western version for Swift, 23. [India Today]

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/harry-styles-taylor-swift-telegram/1/239516.html

Les Miserables (Django Unchained, #nowplaying, netflix)
(National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter)
Anne Hathaway, a fairly sure bet for a supporting actress Oscar as Fantine, grabs ahold of her big song "I Dreamed a Dream" like someone with an Oscar to win. [Wire via Baltimore Sun]

|| LOCAL RISING SEARCHES ON GOOGLE ||

columbia mall
    +150%
weather baltimore
    +90%
safeway
    +80%
weather
    +60%
barnes and noble
    +50%
christmas
    +50%
minecraft
    +50%
the voice
    +50%
cool math
    +40%
cool math games
    +40%

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