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9:21 am
Mon December 23, 2013

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

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Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 3:03 pm

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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Holiday Special
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Enlightened Message Of Scrooge

Flickr Photo/Stuart Anthony

Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” is a holiday favorite. It was performed earlier this month in front of a live audience at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living under the title “The Enlightened Message of Scrooge.”

This show will air on KUOW December 23 at 9:00 p.m.

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Kitchen Window
9:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:21 am

As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Instantly, I was ambushed by a flashback to the tiny Italian pastry shop of the small riverside town just north of Manhattan where I grew up, and where, I felt sure, I had been given star-shaped sprinkle cookies of a similar kind as a reward for my excellent behavior.

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Credit Fraud
7:48 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Holiday Shoppers May Hit Snags As Banks Try To Curb Fraud

File photo.
Michael Kappel Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:58 pm

An unprecedented rash of credit card fraud in one corner of the Northwest is forcing banks to put limits on card purchases – just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year.

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Beginning To Look A Lot Like ...
7:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Massive Nativity Collection Represents More Than Just The Christmas Story

Neil Allen, the interim pastor at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, holds one of his most prized crèche, a wood carving from Ecuador.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:06 pm

At a small Presbyterian church in Richland, Washington, one pastor has been trying to spread a little solace with an unusual exhibit.

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Recipes
11:57 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish is delicious over latkes.
Selena N.B.H. Flikr

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:35 am

It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.

This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.

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Recipes
2:53 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Death Becomes Whimsical On Dia De Los Muertos

Melissa Block/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:55 pm

On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.

"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.

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Fireworks Safety
12:03 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

How To Have A Safe Fourth Of July Celebration

Flickr Photo/Howard Ignatius

Fourth of July is coming up, and you can’t celebrate America’s freedoms without some fireworks. But what are our freedoms when it comes to lighting fireworks in King County? Chris Ricketts is the King County Fire Marshal. He shares the rules and regulations for shooting off fireworks on the upcoming holiday.

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Holiday Music
8:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Pink Martini's Multilingual Holiday Joy

Pink Martini performing at Nice Jazz Festival in 2008.
Credit Flickr illustration/Guillaume Laurent

Portland's Pink Martini released "Joy To The World" in November 2010. It's a collection of nondenominational holiday music from various countries. Among the traditional holiday tunes that we can all sing along to, the album features works in Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish -- the list goes on. It's a joyful celebration of culture.

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Santa Facts
11:13 am
Mon December 24, 2012

What Do You Really Know About St. Nicholas?

Michael Sciaraffois, costumed as Santa Claus, makes a toy delivery to a home in the Bell Harbor neighborhood of New York, Dec. 18, 2012.
Bebeto Matthews AP Photo

You think you know him: red suit, white beard, jolly old elf, etc. But do you why St. Nicholas became the Patron Saint Of Prisoners? David Hyde talks with Adam English, author of "The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life And Trials Of Nicholas Of Myra."

Holiday Festivities
10:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Weekday Holiday Fireside Chat!

Welcome to the Weekday fireside holiday fun.

Warm yourself by the fireside with us this morning. Steve Scher is kicking back before Christmas with Santa Claus, Jimmy Stewart, Frosty the Snowman and you!

Attend Weekday's holiday fireside chat by sharing your favorite holiday traditions, games and tasty delights with us. No holiday gathering is complete without laughter too.

Recipes
9:22 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Top 5 Holiday Cocktails

Bartender Kristen Naranjo helps us think beyond peppermint patty and egg nog for holiday drink ideas.
aya padron Flickr

The weather outside is frightful, so why not curl up by the fire with a nice holiday cocktail? David Hyde talks to veteran bartender Kristen Naranjo about her favorite holiday cocktails.

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Holiday Festivities
9:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

'Tis The Season For Weekday's Holiday Party

Santa John Roderick for Three Imaginary Girls, a popular music blog.
Credit Flickr illustration/Laura Musselman

'Tis the time of year for a good party, and you're invited to ours! Join us as Steve Scher hops aboard our horse-drawn sleigh with Frosty the Snowman, Jimmy Stewart, Charlie Brown, Ebenezer Scrooge and, of course, Santa Claus.  

Bring your favorite traditions, games and culinary delights. Tell Santa what you're hoping for this year, and help keep Frosty cold.

Holidays In Seattle
11:33 am
Thu December 20, 2012

What Do The Holidays Mean To You?

Laszlo Ilyes Flickr

Hanukkah has come to a close, and Christmas and Kwanzaa are still on the way. These are the three we hear about, but how do you celebrate the holidays? David Hyde takes calls from listeners and hears what the holiday season means to Seattle.

'Tis the Season
12:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

A Cross-Country Holiday Tradition

Former Seattle resident, Barry Ford, sells Christmas trees in the Central District.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

To many people, the holidays are about family tradition. Tradition is what brings Barry Ford and his wife, Shirley Babilya, to Seattle every December. They drive their RV across country from Iowa to do a job they love in the town where Ford grew up.

This year, the couple is 1,849 miles apart. Shirley is home in Iowa recovering from a heart attack and Barry is on his own in Seattle this season. When some Seattle neighbors found out, they stepped in to help fill the void.

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