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Curator Timothy Verdon says "Mary is unexpectedly fashionable" in Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna and Child, painted in the 1460s. Provincia di Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence/National Museum of Women in the Arts hide caption

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Art & Design

Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

This Christmas, images of Mary created over five centuries glow on the walls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Curator Kathryn Wat says that, to her, Mary represents bravery and strength.

The Waitresses' members were in the middle of a tour behind "I Know What Boys Like" when "Christmas Wrapping" took over the radio in 1981. David Corio/Redferns hide caption

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Holiday Music

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.

Crate-digger and director Mitchell Kezin shows off one of his Christmas finds in a still from his documentary, Jingle Bell Rocks! Elaine Littman/Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Have An Oddly Jolly Christmas: A Quirky Holiday Playlist

Hear an interview with Mitchell Kezin, a Christmas music "crate-digger," searching far and wide for rare holiday music of years past, along with a playlist featuring lesser-known Christmas gems.

Future Nails The Water 0:08

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    Scandals and Animals

Groundhog Day The Water 1:00

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    Scandals and Animals

Crybaby Blowout Kinski 1:00

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Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist Bwv 671 Kåre Nordstoga 0:05

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    Bach - Clavierübung III
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    Lawo Classics

I Get the Blues When It Rains Wil Blades 2:00

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    I Get the Blues When It Rains
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    Field Notes
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    The Royal Potato Family

Vartha Ambrose Akinmusire 0:39

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    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
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    Blue Note

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Inflatedbyspinning Ambrose Akinmusire 1:00

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    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
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Who They Wish I Was Christian Scott 0:59

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    Who They Wish I Was
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    Christian aTunde Adjuah
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    Concord Jazz

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Let It Snow Ashanti 0:39

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    Let It Snow
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    A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti
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    eOne Music

Luv Letter DJ Okawari 1:54

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    Mirror
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    Libyus Music

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O Little Town of Bethlehem Mannheim Steamroller 0:21

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    Christmas in the Aire
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    American Gramaphone

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Rock] Mannheim Steamroller 0:56

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Burl Ives 0:06

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    Best of Burl Ives: 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection
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    MCA Records

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Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!) Sufjan Stevens 0:59

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    Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State
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    Sounds Familyre

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Alanson, Crooked River Sufjan Stevens 1:00

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    Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State
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City of Glass Portico Quartet 0:24

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Ruins Portico Quartet 2:00

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Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 0:23

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Clubb Crackalacka Sabzi 1:00

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    Ravenna [TOWNFOLK Instrumental Chronicles 01]
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Valencia Sabzi 0:58

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    Valencia
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    Ravenna [TOWNFOLK Instrumental Chronicles 01]
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Reminder [Long Arm Remix] Hidden Orchestra 0:15

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    Reminder [Long Arm Remix]
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    Archipelago Remixes
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    Tru Thoughts

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The Revival Hidden Orchestra 1:55

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    The Revival
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    Fourth Wall / The Revival
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    Tru Thoughts

Signs Bloc Party 0:56

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    Intimacy
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    Atlantic

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