Arts & Life

9:38am

Mon December 24, 2012
The Salt

Polish Christmas Wafer: A Flavorless Tradition That's Oh So Sweet

The oplatek, embossed with a Christmas scene, is shared among family members before Christmas Eve dinner.
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Nothing says "I love you," at least in my Polish-American family, quite like the sharing of a thin, flat, tasteless wafer called an oplatek at Christmas.

We're not alone. Before sitting down to Christmas Eve dinner, many families with roots in Poland and other Eastern European countries will take part in this tradition, which has roots dating back hundreds of years.

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9:31am

Mon December 24, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Nishant Choksi

In 2012, several high-profile comics creators added landmark works to their already impressive legacies. With Building Stories, Chris Ware offered 14 volumes of comics, each with its own meticulous, anagrammatic take on despair, and stuffed them into a box.

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4:30am

Mon December 24, 2012
NPR's Holiday Favorites

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

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You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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1:18am

Mon December 24, 2012
The Salt

At Christmas, A Roman Holiday Revolves Around The Food

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 9:05 am

Christmas chocolate and sweets on display at a Christmas market at Piazza Navona on Dec. 20 in Rome.
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The city of Rome may be the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, but as far as bright, glitzy decorations, Christmas there has always been a rather sober affair.

And yet at Christmastime, there's one area where Romans pull out all the stops — the dinner table.

Even with the economic crisis, outdoor markets, grocery shops and fishmongers are crowded with customers.

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4:48am

Sun December 23, 2012
History

Students Crack Code Of Rhode Island Founder

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 10:41 am

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