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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.

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Let it snow.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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