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The White House is decked out with 62 Christmas trees and more than 70,000 ornaments. The decorations on the East Landing include garlands made of airmail envelopes, mailboxes and iPad stations that allow visitors to send messages to military service members. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Christmas At The White House, Where You'll Want To Hang That Snowflake Just Right

Every year, hundreds of people apply for a chance to volunteer to decorate the White House for the holidays. All 70,000 ornaments and 8,000 snowflakes of it.

People hold candles during a vigil for shooting victims in San Bernardino, California. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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After Mass Shootings, People Turn To Prayer — And Prayer Shaming

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First Touch Marcin Wasilewski
Vignette Marcin Wasilewski
The Beginning of the Partnership Original Soundtrack
Three Little Drummers (arr. for wind ensemble) Gregory S. Balvanz & United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Blues for the Double Vee Jenny Scheinman

Young Jewish children gather around the piano, circa 1955, to perform songs during the Hanukkah celebrations. George Pickow/Getty Images hide caption

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Beyond The Dreidel: The Songs Of Hanukkah — And How They've Changed

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Reckoner Robert Glasper
Barangrill Robert Glasper

The White House is decked out with 62 Christmas trees and more than 70,000 ornaments. The decorations on the East Landing include garlands made of airmail envelopes, mailboxes and iPad stations that allow visitors to send messages to military service members. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Christmas At The White House, Where You'll Want To Hang That Snowflake Just Right

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Let It Snow Count Basie Orchestra
Good "Swing" Wenceslas Count Basie Orchestra
Hand It To The Kids Duplekita
When I Fall Tasman
Safe from Harm Massive Attack

Organist Cameron Carpenter is a composer and performer who plays everything from Bach to pop. Heiko Laschitzki/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'An Object Of Pure Mathematics': Organist Cameron Carpenter On His Instrument

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Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, in France on Monday. Right: Gollum in the 2012 film Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images and New Line Cinema/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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One Meme To Rule Them All — And Maybe Get A Man Tossed In Prison?

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Scottish Reels Macfeck
Muineiras VII Mutenrohi

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