David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'()  

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December 24, 2012 It's tradition! Writer and humorist David Sedaris reflects on his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's. Sedaris first read the "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992 — and instantly, a classic was born.

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Tinsel Tales 2011: NPR Christmas Stories()  

Tinsel Tales

December 22, 2011 Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hourlong special, wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope — all the emotions we feel at this time of year — are summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

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A Holiday Reading Tradition For The Whole Family()  

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December 16, 2008 Sally and Stephen Kern read to their kids pretty much every night, but one box of books is special, reserved for this time of year only. Filled with stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the winter solstice, the books in this box are part of a cherished tradition.

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Your Letters: Linda Wertheimer's Fruitcake Recipe()  

Linda Wertheimer's recipe for lemon fruitcake, handed down from her mother.

November 19, 2011 Among the letters we received this week, many listeners shared their love of autumn in response to guest host Linda Wertheimer's essay on the simple joys of the season. In response, we're sharing her mother's fruitcake recipe.

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Matchless: A Christmas Story()  

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December 25, 2008 Every year, NPR asks a writer to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. This year, Gregory Maguire reinvents the Hans Christian Andersen classic "The Little Match Girl" for a new time and new audiences.

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Bailey White: 'The Green Bus'()  

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November 22, 2007 Bailey White's annual tradition of Thanksgiving Day stories continues this year with a tale of two modern-day hippies who get just a little too comfortable in the home of a woman who herself was once just like them.

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Jonathan Winters' 'A Christmas Carol'()  

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December 13, 2004 Master comedian Jonathan Winters offers a distinctive reading of the Dickens' classic. He recreates Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future.

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John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story()  

American humorist and author John Henry Faulk, circa 1955.

December 9, 2005 The gifted storyteller and former radio broadcaster John Henry Faulk recorded his Christmas story in 1974 for the program Voices in the Wind. It remains a perennial favorite with NPR listeners.

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David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'()  

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December 23, 2011 It's tradition! Writer and humorist David Sedaris reflects on his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's. Sedaris first read the "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992 — and instantly, a classic was born.

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Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Stories()  

Tinsel Tales

December 21, 2010 NPR presents a new holiday tradition: stories from the archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

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