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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!

A Dogs Journey Home Episode 2 - Buffalo, NY

In A Dog's Journey Home, see the dedicated Tracy's Dogs team in action, led by Tracy Whyatt, as they work tirelessly to save the lives of thousands of dogs and find them proper homes across the country. In this emotional episode, see the team save dozens of dogs from a "kill shelter" in San Antonio and bring them to meet the owners of their new forever homes in Buffalo, New York. Watch the full story only at onlygood.tv!

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One Woman's Touching Project To End The Stigma Around Anxiety & Depression

"The best way I have always put it is: If you wake up in the morning, and you have cancer and you don't feel well, you can call into work and say 'Hey, I have cancer, I don't feel well,' and everyone understands. You are told to rest and not worry. Now, try to call into work and say, 'My anxiety is so bad. I can't do this today.' In that case, you are told to get it together and get to work. How is that possible? How are these two conditions, which are both life threatening, treated so differently?"

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This Triple Amputee War Vet’s Love For Music Helped Save His Life

While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, Marine Corporal Juan Dominquez lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion. He may have lost 3 limbs, but it hasn't stopped him from pursuing his dreams.

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Meet High School Art Student Luis Gonzalez, and Hear About How Art Transformed His Life!

Art classes allow young people to express themselves in important ways. Unfortunately, arts education is disappearing from schools in America; since 2008, 80% of school districts have cut funding for art programs. Simultaneously, student creativity scores have dropped. Fortunately, there are people and groups out there fighting to keep arts education present and vibrant in schools across the country.

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Tennis Program Helps Low Income Teens Develop Resilience On and Off the Court

Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to do something to change it. In 2009, JTCC launched a Community Outreach initiative, with the goal of introducing underserved kids in Prince George's County, MD, and Washington, DC to tennis. And the program has become an indisputable success.

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Meet The Doggie Dress Designer Whose Fashions Have Inspired So Many!

What's more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs??

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Man Overcomes Mysterious Illness With The Power Of Positivity – Now He's Helping Others!

Jim Curtis is an award-winning health industry pioneer. But reaching the pinnacle of success, as he has today, was no cake-walk. Only after accepting the curveballs and challenges that life threw his way could Jim find happiness and thrive in his career.

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Universal FanCon Celebrates Diversity and All Who Love Pop Culture!

The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.

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