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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Matchless: A Christmas Story

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December 25, 2008 Every year, NPR asks a writer to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. This year, Gregory Maguire reinvents the Hans Christian Andersen classic "The Little Match Girl" for a new time and new audiences.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Wonderful Life? Not In Every Holiday Classic

Gremlins

December 21, 2008 Not thrilled about the annual viewing of Frank Capra's family favorite? Here are eight alternatives — not "holiday movies" per se, but films with timeless scenes set at the holidays. That, and some classic family dysfunction, too.

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Pass The Foie Gras: Christmas Menu Hard To Digest

Army National Guard Capt. Benjamin Tupper

December 21, 2008 Forget the picturesque tree and perfectly arranged presents. Christmas means blending old customs with new traditions, even if the result is messier than a bag full of carrot jam.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Selling The Bawdy Side Of Christmas

The Cheeky Girls shooting a Christmas music video.

December 18, 2008 Amid risque Santa suits and foul-mouthed holiday movies, is Christmas becoming more naughty than nice? Some people celebrate the season in provocative ways. Others look for deeper meaning despite the rowdy behavior around them.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Virgin Mary, Less Virgin Islands

Rev. James Martin

December 17, 2008 This week, millions of American will send Christmas cards. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, isn't a fan of cards that display family photos on the cover. "Even devout Christians have been replacing Jesus, Mary and Joseph with themselves," he observes.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Companies Say 'Bah, Humbug!' To Holiday Parties

A bucket of champagne awaits guests at a formal office Christmas dinner.

December 3, 2008 Scores of U.S. businesses plan to forgo their annual bash as a response to the slumping economy. One business consultant says the decline in parties doesn't bode well for the futures of the companies cutting back.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Back In Vogue: The Retro Way To Pay For Presents

An example of a layaway receipt.

November 26, 2008 This season, stores like TJ Maxx and Sears are offering customers the option to buy on layaway — make a deposit, and the store keeps the goods until the price is paid in full. Layaway had been discontinued decades ago, but it's making a comeback because credit cards are no longer cheap or easy to use.

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Thanksgiving Travelers Brave Holiday 'Traffic'

November 26, 2008 When you hit the road this Thanksgiving, take a look at the driver who honks at you: Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic, has a theory that men honk more than women, and expensive cars honk more at less expensive cars.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In Dark Economic Times, Christmas Tree Sales Shine

Scout the dog pulls a Christmas tree to a pile outside of the Superior, Wis., Target store.

November 25, 2008 While there might not be as much under the trees this year, customers say they don't want to leave the holiday symbol out of their celebrations.

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More Online Holiday Shopping Expected This Year

'Black Friday' shoppers grab merchandise at a Target store in Hobart, Ind., in 2006.

November 25, 2008 There should be plenty of deals on Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping season. While analysts expect retail sales to be way down from a year ago, one shopper survey predicts online sites will see sales increase 12 percent from 2007.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Satire In Your Stocking With 'A Colbert Christmas'

Stephen Colbert

November 19, 2008 Self-proclaimed "broadcasting legend" Stephen Colbert talks about his upcoming Christmas special on Comedy Central. According to Colbert, it will include goats dressed as reindeer and his own original Christmas songs.

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