Christmas

2:26pm

Tue December 25, 2012
Food

The Bittersweet Tale Of An Odd Christmas Cookie Sandwich

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We've asked you to tell us what you eat on Christmas Day, regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday. And one thing we've learned from your emails, many of you do share common food traditions: puddings, cookies, eggnog. And some of you have your own little bit of quirk, like Sarah Schwab's(ph) family in Milwaukee. They have a special drink.

SARAH SCHWAB: It's called a Holiday Harvey.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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2:20pm

Tue December 25, 2012
Animals

Study: Red Noses Help Reindeers Cope With Polar Air

Rudolph is of course known as the red-nosed reindeer, and scientists say they may know why that's the case.

Physiologist Dan Milstein with the University of Amsterdam and a group of colleagues examined the noses of several living reindeer.

"There was a much richer amount of blood vessels present inside Rudolph's or reindeer's nose in comparison to humans," Milstein says.

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10:03am

Tue December 25, 2012
World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Christmas Music Of Latin America

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 4:46 pm

Ranchera star Lila Downs.
Eric Jamison Getty Images

In this edition of World Cafe, Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson sits down with host David Dye to discuss the Christmas music traditions of Latin America. One thing that sets Central America's music apart from that of North America, she says, is the fact that a lot of it is made for dancing.

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10:03am

Tue December 25, 2012
World Cafe

The Polyphonic Spree On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 2:20 pm

The Polyphonic Spree.
Steve Wrubel Courtesy of the artist

6:03am

Tue December 25, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 238: Making Christmas More Joyful, And More Efficient

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 1:40 pm

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This episode was originally released on December 21, 2010.

Gift-giving makes economists crazy. It's so inefficient!

So we wondered: Is there a way to make the holiday season both more efficient and more joyful?

On today's Planet Money, we try to answer that question by conducting a wildly unscientific experiment. We go into a seventh-grade classroom and give a bunch of kids some small gifts — candy, raisins, fig newtons.

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