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Holly-jolly holiday music abounds, and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be hard to take.

December 20, 2013 Holly-jolly holiday music abounds, and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be hard to take.


Let it snow.

December 20, 2013 Marian McPartland and guests share unique musical performances of Christmas classics and originals.


Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.

December 19, 2013 American Routes host Nick Spitzer chats with NPR's David Greene about a few jazz Christmas classics.


The Chipmunks, left to right: Simon, Theodore, Alvin.

December 24, 2012 Some of the most frequently reissued holiday music of all time comes from three animated rodents.


Medellín, Colombia is famous for its Christmas lights.

December 20, 2012 Some of our favorite Latin alternative artists stop by to share their holiday memories and music.


A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.

December 25, 2012 The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.


From left: Kathryn Montoya, Jackie Moran, Hanneke Cassel, Ryan McKasson, Sue Richards and Carolyn Surrick.

December 20, 2012 The Celtic folk band shares holiday favorites from the Renaissance, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden.


The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.

December 5, 2012 Hear the acclaimed British choral group's concert of sacred music from 16th century England.


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December 15, 2009 NPR Music's resident cratedigger sneaks some unlikely songs into a world-spanning holiday playlist.

Simplicity, it turns out, is the secret to the success of Handel's ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus."

December 23, 2008 Hear what makes Handel's famous chorus from Messiah an all-time favorite.


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