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Eat, Don't Drink And Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through The Holidays

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This year's White House Gingerbread House is made with 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces. It also features both the East and West Wings. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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For The Holidays, The Obamas Open Up The White House One Last Time

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All that holiday grubbing really does pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images hide caption

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While the days of sharing mixed tapes and audio cassettes may be long gone, exchanging playlists doesn't have to be. Darren Johnson/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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When Mary asked Helen what she wants for Christmas, Helen said: "All I ask is to be in good spirits and in good health so I can come and show myself off when we have the party." Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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When Mom Has Alzheimer's, A Stranger Comes For Christmas

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The cuckoo clock is showcased in one of five Lord and Taylor window displays. At midnight, a fireworks animation explodes in the background. Astrid Stawiarz and Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord and Taylor hide caption

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The Art Of Holiday Cheer: A Window Into Storefront Displays

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An image from a new Christmas ad from British retailer John Lewis. Titled "Man on the Moon," the ad follows a girl's attempts to connect with a man she spots living on the moon. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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After his mother-in-law's death, NPR's Marc Silver found her go-to cookbook, filled with her copious annotations to recipes. He used it to piece together her take on mandelbread, a Jewish version of biscotti, and other holiday favorites. Akash Ghai/NPR hide caption

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Marina Franklin says audiences can always relate to jokes about heartache. "There's nothing like getting an immediate response," she says. Carlos Delgado/Courtesy of Marina Franklin hide caption

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For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

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Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share. Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes hide caption

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

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Around Christmas, people around the world covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters. Carrie Antlfinger/AP hide caption

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Sending Your Holiday Mail By Way Of Rudolph, Wis.

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A sculpture at Britannia stadium in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent commemorates the Christmas Truce, a legendary soccer game played between German and British troops in December 1914. Rui Vieira/AP hide caption

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

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All they want for Christmas is for you to sing along. Sylvie Rosokoff/NPR hide caption

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All I Don't Want For Christmas

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In Jerusalem, Syrian Orthodox Christian Nadia Ishaq prepares her burbara porridge with boiled what kernels, raisins, dried plums and dried apricots, topped with ground coconut in the shape of a cross. The holiday honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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A woman prepares a Japanese Christmas cake at the Patisserie Akira Cake shop on Dec. 23, 2011. The sponge cake is drenched in symbolic meaning. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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Wrapped in gold and silver foil, chocolate gelt are often handed out as a little treat for children (and adults) during Hanukkah. Turns out, the tradition is rooted in real money. iStockphoto hide caption

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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

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Too much partying at the office holiday bash can lead to lawsuits, firings or just plain awkwardness. Bill Sykes Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Mischief Under The Mistletoe: Office Partygoers Behaving Badly

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The airline industry is predicting more people will take to the skies this Thanksgiving than in any year since the start of the recession. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Holiday Travelers Should Expect Packed Planes, Higher Fares

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