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The Curious Listener: A Holiday Favorite

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Everyone has those distinct traditions that make their holidays special. Maybe it's that delicious family recipe, visiting a distant relative, or sitting by the fire sing carols or telling stories. For at least one of our listeners, a certain NPR story makes her holiday complete.

Now a radio feature may not fall in line with the usual holiday conventions - wreaths or baked goods or tinsel - but it can be just as timeless. This classic narrative about a little boy sharing what he did on Christmas has been heard many times on NPR over the years. Unwrap the details and discover the story for yourself, through this exchange between NPR Listener Services and Amy, our Curious Listener.

Hi, folks.

For many years, NPR ran a narrative about a little boy telling a man about his Christmas - his orange, Santyclaus, his white family sharing Christmas day dinner with their black friends. I can't recall the name or author and would so much like to be able to listen to it (or read it, if it's not available any longer to listen to on your site). Can you provide the details so I can look further? Thank you so much.


Wake Forest, NC

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Here is the link to the story requested:

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