Holiday http://nhpr.org en What's Your Most Revered And Most Reviled Holiday Ditty? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-your-most-revered-and-most-reviled-holiday-ditty <p>Maybe it’s the repetition, or maybe the obligatory cheeriness, but there’s something about hearing <em>holiday</em> songs that you <em>don’t </em>like that rankles much more deeply than other assaults on the senses.&nbsp; We asked listeners to share their favorite seasonal tunes on our Facebook page, along with the ones they hate.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:08:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40451 at http://nhpr.org What's Your Most Revered And Most Reviled Holiday Ditty? The Story Behind "The Christmas La La Song" http://nhpr.org/post/story-behind-christmas-la-la-song <p>Christmas songs can quickly puncture the spirit of the season with deep rancor. NHPR’s Sean Hurley found this out for himself, when he decided to <a href="http://www.atomsmotion.com/ronandfez.htm" target="_blank">compose a new Christmas carol</a>. Sean's song, “The Christmas La La Song” was picked up by Sirius XM shock jocks Opie and Anthony. We’ll let Sean pick it up from there. And a reminder that these are the kind of radio personalities that love to inflame…</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:55:14 +0000 Sean Hurley 40450 at http://nhpr.org The Story Behind "The Christmas La La Song" Volunteering: Tax Preparation http://nhpr.org/post/volunteering-tax-preparation <p>It’s the season for giving back and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at soup kitchens, at clinics and hospitals, or swinging a Christmas bell for the Salvation Army … but what about those volunteer opportunities that fly under the radar?&nbsp; In New Hampshire, a number of brave and selfless volunteers tackle a task most people dread…filing taxes.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:50:00 +0000 Taylor Quimby 40305 at http://nhpr.org Volunteering: Tax Preparation The History of Hanukkah in America http://nhpr.org/post/history-hanukkah-america <p>The eight day Jewish festival of lights, known by the general public for its candles and dreidels is an ancient celebration of religious freedom and a miracle. Now, the author of a new book offers a uniquely American take on the holiday and how in this country, it was transformed from a minor festival to a major occasion.</p><p> <strong>GUESTS</strong>:</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39178 at http://nhpr.org The History of Hanukkah in America What Did The First Thanksgiving Menu Include? http://nhpr.org/post/what-did-first-thanksgiving-menu-include <p>Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and every year around this time, our thoughts and stomachs go out to food. Long before deep fried turkeys, gelatinized cranberry sauce, and boxed stuffing there was the inaugural Thanksgiving feast at the Plymouth plantation. So what was on the table that day? <strong>Abigail Carroll</strong> might have an idea. She’s a food historian and author who has studied the Colonial and Native American diet extensively. We spoke with her earlier this month about her new book,<em>Three Squares: The Invention of The American Meal</em>.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:07:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39162 at http://nhpr.org What Did The First Thanksgiving Menu Include? Celebrating The Dead With Chiles And Chocolate http://nhpr.org/post/celebrating-dead-chiles-and-chocolate <p></p><p><font size="4">The Day of the Dead is celebrated from October </font><font size="4">31</font><sup><font size="4">st</font></sup><font size="4"> through November </font><font size="4">2</font><sup><font size="4">nd</font></sup><font size="4">, from Latin America – and especially Mexico – to New Hampshire.</font></p><p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in; "> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:27:21 +0000 Michael Samuels 37771 at http://nhpr.org Celebrating The Dead With Chiles And Chocolate If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' http://nhpr.org/post/if-youre-fan-slow-food-how-about-playing-some-slow-toys <p>Whether it&#39;s a blinking laser gun, a noisy video game, or a robot doll that cries real tears, chances are this year&#39;s biggest selling holiday toys will be high-tech, battery operated, and chock full of bells and whistles.</p><p>Fighting back against the trend toward bright, noisy toys is <strong>Thierry Bourret</strong> of the toy company <a href="http://www.asobi.co.uk/">Asobi</a> and founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://slowtoymovement.com/">Slow Toy Movement</a>, a website dedicated to promoting toys that educate and engage without plastic or power sources. Later this month, he will be announcing the winners of the 2nd annual Slow Toy Awards, and joins us for a preview.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:06:11 +0000 Taylor Quimby 36550 at http://nhpr.org If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' Celebrating China's Spring Festival In New England http://nhpr.org/post/celebrating-chinas-spring-festival-new-england <p>This week marks the start of the <a href="http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/spring-festival/">Spring Festival</a>, or Chinese New Year. This fifteen-day celebration is the longest and most important holiday in China, featuring family reunions, fireworks, traditional meals, red lanterns, and the traditional gift of the Hong Bao, or <a href="http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/red-envelop.htm">Red Packet</a>. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:08:07 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 21729 at http://nhpr.org Celebrating China's Spring Festival In New England The Case of the Missing Santa Claus http://nhpr.org/post/case-missing-santa-claus <p></p><p>It’s a sad sign of holiday desperation that in many towns, burglaries and thefts spike around the holidays. Two years ago a landmark seasonal statue was stolen from a small New Hampshire town…now a <a href="http://www.17cox.com/2012/09/1000-reward-for-20-foot-santa-claus.html">gallery in Massachusetts</a> is trying to find it through the power of art. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:36:54 +0000 Zach Nugent 18767 at http://nhpr.org The Case of the Missing Santa Claus Forget the Wrapping Paper on These Gifts http://nhpr.org/post/forget-wrapping-paper-these-gifts <P>It’s not terribly surprising that for the second year running, the national retail federation claims the hottest holiday present is a gift card. But are we losing something when we focus on the material aspects of gift-giving? With us to rundown some alternative ideas for experiential gifts you can’t fit under the tree is <A href="https://twitter.com/broussard"><STRONG>Rick Broussard</STRONG></A>, editor of <STRONG><A href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/">New Hampshire Magazine</A>.</STRONG></P> <P> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:10:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18018 at http://nhpr.org Forget the Wrapping Paper on These Gifts NHPR Folk Show Playlist 12.2.12 http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-folk-show-playlist-12212-0 <P></P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 626px" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=626> <TBODY> <TR> <TD style="WIDTH: 626px; HEIGHT: 20px" noWrap> <P>Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label</P></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="WIDTH: 626px; HEIGHT: 20px" noWrap> <P>Bread And Roses/ George Mann/ Patience In These Times/ Running Scared Productions/</P></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="WIDTH: 626px; HEIGHT: 20px" noWrap> <P>Wild Mountain Thyme/ Judy Collins/ Maids &amp; Golden Apples/ Wildflower/</P></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="WIDTH: 626px; HEIGHT: 20px" noWrap> <P>Canaan's Land/ Mary McCaslin &amp; Jim Ringer/ T Mon, 03 Dec 2012 03:16:58 +0000 Kate McNally 17780 at http://nhpr.org