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Mark Karney found the recipe for his mother's Hungarian nut roll in a dusty recipe box after she passed away. After lots of experimentation, he figured out how to make it and has revived it as a Christmas tradition. Courtesy of Mark Karney hide caption

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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

We asked for stories of the holiday food traditions your family cherishes. And we learned that many of you are reviving special dishes this year to pay tribute to your heritage and ancestors.

Christmas Is Coming Vince Guaraldi, Colin Bailey et. al.
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Thanksgiving Theme Vince Guaraldi Trio
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Harold Bradley: The Guitarist Of Nashville Past

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Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms & Anita Kerr Singers
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If We Make It Through December Pickin' On Series
Feliz Navidad Richard Reyes
Santa Baby Latin Jazz Players

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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

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Tenebre Kronos Quartet
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Little Blue Something Kronos Quartet
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Soul Christmas [Instrumental] Count Sidney & His Dukes
Little Business Robert Walter's 20th Congress
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The U.S. Air Force could retire the A-10 "Warthog," despite support for the plane from infantrymen and pilots. These types of clashes occur whenever the military tries to mothball a weapon. Staff Sgt. Melanie Norman/U.S. Air Force hide caption

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Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement

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San Angeles Maserati
Martin Rev Maserati

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Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry
Frosty the Snowman The Christmas Songs Players

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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

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Inner City Blues Phil Upchurch

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How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year

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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
I'll Be Home For Christmas

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No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Rock] Mannheim Steamroller
Good King Wenceslas Mannheim Steamroller