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British and German soldiers fraternizing at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914. World War I was raging at the time, but front-line troops initiated the truce, which they documented in photos and letters. Commanders on both sides were furious when they learned of it. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum hide caption

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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

World War I had just begun and the battles were blazing in the winter of 1914. But on Christmas Eve, something strange and unexpected happened. The soldiers in the trenches decided to call a truce.

I'll Be Home For Christmas Committed
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Dave Koz and David Benoit
Christmas Time Is Here David Benoit

The city of Pittsburgh is hoping that drawing more skilled immigrants will give it an entrepreneurial boost. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Pittsburgh Tries To Attract Enterprising Immigrants And Refugees

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The Carrolls, who once raised cattle, decided three decades ago to raise Christmas trees instead. The trees take seven to 12 years to mature. Courtesy of Claybrooke Farm hide caption

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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit

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O Christmas Tree Peter Green
Silent Night Brian Jarboe

Cows rotate in the milking parlor at Fair Oaks Farms, a large-scale dairy and tourist attraction, near Rensselaer, Ind. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

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A Walk Tycho
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Pittsburgh Left [Eliot Lipp Remix] Lymbyc Systym

At Calcutta's famous New Market, vendors do brisk business in fruitcake as Christmas approaches. Sandip Roy for NPR hide caption

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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

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Medley: Ode to Joy, Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy Stephan Mikes
We Three Kings/What Child Is This? Stephan Mikes

British and German soldiers fraternizing at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914. World War I was raging at the time, but front-line troops initiated the truce, which they documented in photos and letters. Commanders on both sides were furious when they learned of it. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum hide caption

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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

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Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night) Chanticleer
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Chris Thile
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Pope Francis salutes the faithful during a meeting with members of the Pope John XXIII Community association in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Dec. 20. The first pope from the global south wants to reshape the church for the contemporary world. L'Osservatore Romano via AP hide caption

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

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Time Lapse Ludovico Einaudi
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Brothers Ludovico Einaudi
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The stage version of the Hollywood classic An American in Paris combines British, French and American artistic traditions and stars Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in the roles made famous by Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. Marie-Noelle Robert /Courtesy of Theatre du Chatelet hide caption

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The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

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Trip To Omori Alexandre Desplat
Good King Wenceslas Mannheim Steamroller
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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Becky Barksdale, Albert Carter et. al.
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