Christmas

6:00am

Sat December 28, 2013
Traffic

Flashing Lights, Not Pace Cars, To Wrangle Holiday I-70 Traffic

Look familiar?
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5:53am

Wed December 25, 2013
Books

Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 9:20 am

In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen to write a story for the department store's own children's book.
Rauner Special Collections Library Dartmouth College

Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store copywriter who brought his story to the world.

The year was 1939, the Great Depression was waning and a manager at Montgomery Ward in Chicago decided that the store should create its own children's book for the annual holiday promotion.

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5:30am

Tue December 24, 2013
From Our Listeners

NPR Listeners Got Talent: A 'Morning Edition' Singalong

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 10:09 am

6:00am

Mon December 23, 2013
Christmas

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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6:03am

Sat December 21, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:14 pm

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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