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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