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Festive fun: how the Christmas tree came to be

Songs have been written about them, carols have been sung around them and presents given out from underneath them... we are talking about Christmas trees.

Millions are sold each year and we spend ages making sure we get the right one for our homes, but have you ever wondered about their origins, and how they became the staple of Christmas celebrations ?

Free Christmas Day lunch for the elderly and homeless

The Classic Fish Bar in Erdington Credit: BPM Media

A chip shop is Birmingham is opening its doors today on Christmas Day to help feed the homeless and elderly.

Brothers Asef and Hamid Faqiri are providing a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and say free free fish and chips will also be given out to those who want something simpler.

Staff are serving up a traditional turkey dinner in takeaway boxes to give to anyone who turns up between 1pm and 4pm.

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A special festive wish from these schoolchildren

Students from a school in Birmingham which has gone from being in special measures to receiving the first positive Ofsted report in its history, have recorded a special festive message for ITV News Central.

Watch the video featuring pupils from The Oasis Academy Foundry.

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