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The world can't seem to get enough of Mister Rogers, and for good reason. In an era of salacious reality television, online trolls, and non-stop political scandals, Fred Rogers remains a pure beam of light and goodness, even 16 years after his passing.

The movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" opened to rave reviews Thanksgiving week, and has spawned a slew of stories and articles about the beloved children's television star. But one little-known Fred Rogers story in particular seems perfectly fitting for this holiday season.

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When the temperature drops and the sky turns grey, it can be hard to get out of the house. Sometimes all you want to do is get comfortable and watch Netflix on the sofa. Which is a perfectly acceptable Friday night activity, OK?! And if you're going to stay home, you might as well embrace your night in and be as cozy as possible. These eight items will likely make it so you never want to go outside, again. And we totally support it.

Oversized sherpa pullover jacket

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The closest thing to being pajamas without actually wearing pajamas. You can even wear it outside (if you somehow make it off the sofa) and look relatively stylish while maintaining maximum coziness, so win-win.

Zesica Sherpa Fleece Pullover, $36-40; at Amazon

Warm fleece PJ set

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There's nothing cuter or more comfortable than a matching PJ set, and this buffalo plaid pair makes the perfect pick for the holidays.

#followme Printed Microfleece Button Front PJ Pant Set with Socks, $25; at Amazon

Sheepskin slippers


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Because no one wants cold feet; this pair is made with 100% sheepskin.

Qwaruba Women's Cabin Slipper, $89.95; at Amazon

Pretty flannel blanket

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Curl up in your favorite spot with this beautiful flannel throw. And with eight color options, you'll surely find one that suits your style.

LOMAO Flannel Blanket with Pompom Fringe, $24; at Amazon

Tea gift set

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Can you be truly cozy without a hot beverage in hand? This tea set comes with everything you need to make the perfect cup.

Tea Forte Loose Tea Starter Set, $27.92; at Amazon

Bathtub overflow cover

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This genius invention lets you fill your bath all the way to the top, even if you don't have a clawfoot tub. Sink in deep and let your stress melt away.

SlipX Solutions Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover, $7.99; at Amazon

Twinkle lights

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Hanging twinkle lights is an easy and cheap way to instantly make any room cozier.

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light, $15.89; at Amazon

For fiddo

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Don't forget the puppers (or kittens) who know a thing or two about being cozy. This fuzzy donut bed will be your fur baby's new favorite spot.

Best Friends by Sheri Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler, $32-$116; at Amazon

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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Kesha's got some solid tips for beating the holiday blues.

'It's not selfish to take time for yourself.'

If you have a tough time getting through the holidays, Kesha's got some great advice.

The past few years have been a bumpy ride for the singer-songwriter — largely sidelined while she battled producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who she maintains sexually assaulted her, in court — but Kesha Rose Sebert emerged as a true force to be reckoned with in 2017. In August, she released "Rainbow," her first album since 2012, to absolutely rave reviews. A month prior, she opened up about using her art as an outlet to cope with depression and an eating disorder.

Despite the triumphant year, she, like millions around the world, struggles around the holidays.

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