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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Worth living for: George Bailey, center, played by James Stewart, is reunited with his wife, Mary, played by Donna Reed, and his children in the final scene of Frank Capra's 1946 classic, It's A Wonderful Life. AP hide caption

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Our drive to eat more in the winter may be a product of less sunlight — or more temptation around us. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Why Are We More Hungry In The Winter?
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