The Spotlight: Reclaiming the Holidays

Dec 15, 2012
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Join us as we explores other ways of showing our affection to the people we care about, from handmade gifts, to “coupons” for personal favors, to giving charity in their name.

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Expect longer lines at mail centers Monday, Dec. 17 on what is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year.  The deadline is also quickly approaching to mail your holiday cards and packages to ensure they make it to their destination by Christmas.

As the peak of the holiday season draws near, Latin Roots explores some sizzling renditions of well-known Christmas classics. Most people are familiar with the traditional "Little Drummer Boy," but many have yet to enjoy a very popular Cuban version of the song, interpreted by the band Los Papines. The band, commonly known as the "Kings of Rumba," uses deep, percussive sounds to tell the story of a child's perspective of the holiday season.

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The bells of the Denver City and County Building will chime in as Hanukkah begins at sundown. Songs of Hanukkah will be played from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

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The Christmas tree has the ability to spruce up indoor holiday decorations. But KUNC Gardener Tom Throgmorton says the tradition is also a benefit for the environment.

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Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet welcomed the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree Tuesday evening. The 73-foot Englemann spruce came from Colorado's White River National Forest near Meeker.

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Most of us are familiar with the holiday tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. But KUNC Gardener Tom Throgmorton says there’s more to the story. He offers insight concerning the history of the tradition and truth about the plant.