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TODAY's 10 most popular stories this week: A Saint, a stressed mom's 'Hello,' Santa's surprise

Here's a look back at the most-popular stories on TODAY this past week — find out what you missed!
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Here's a look back at the most-popular stories on TODAY this past week — did you miss anything?

1. 'Hello from the Mother Side': See stressed-out mom's hilarious Adele parody

A singer-songwriter vents about the stress of motherhood — and her desire for a glass of vino — in the aptly named spoof of Adele's big hit, "Hello from the Mother Side."


2. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reveal baby name: Saint West

The 35-year-old reality star made the announcement of her baby's name on her website, noting that their new son, born Saturday, is 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

3. Sisters meet new adopted brother under Christmas tree, cry tears of joy

When Courtney Solstad's new adopted son came into her life, she decided to surprise her daughters by placing baby Nathan under the tree.

Siblings surprised by parents, get a newly adopted baby brother under the Christmas tree.Courtney Solstad / Facebook

4. Arson victim, 8, has Christmas wish of collecting cards from around the world

A thrift store metal Christmas card holder, plus the kindness of strangers and the power of social media is bringing Christmas cheer a little girl who was only member of her family to survive a house fire when she was five years old.

5. Signs of Christmas: Mall Santa uses sign language to speak with young girl

Santa knows how to connect with children all over the world, in every different language. And that includes sign language!

6. Houston police officer offers comfort in his fallen horse's final moments

A Houston officer is being heralded for his compassion toward a fallen police horse that later died from injuries sustained during a downtown traffic accident.

7. 11 slow cooker tips and tricks every home cook needs to know

If you've ever thrown a bunch of ingredients into your slow cooker, fantasized all day about the incredible dish you're making and then open the lid a few hours later only to find mush, it's time to call in a pro.

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8. Ryan Gosling can't keep a straight face on 'Saturday Night Live'

He's a seasoned, Oscar-nominated actor. But hosting "Saturday Night Live" is unlike any other showbiz gig — and when Gosling hosted for the first time this weekend, his giggles got the better of him.

Ryan Gosling hosts SNL for first time, giggles throughoutNBC

9. Boy with cancer dies after town throws him final Christmas

Just one month after Evan Leversage's town lit up in his honor, he passed away after a five-year battle with brain cancer. Evan, who died Sunday, was 7 years old.

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10. Kristin Cavallari's brother Michael, 30, found dead after two week search

"We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found," Kristin, 28, said in the statement. "This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving."

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