Christmas en Baking With A Two Year Old: Holiday Biscotti Now Known As 'Christmas Pirate Cookies' <p>This month for Foodstuffs I’ve been talking with New Hampshire bakers about what they do at the holidays. This week, it’s my turn. And I’ve got a very special baker working with me - my two year old son, Owen, who has a special message for you:&nbsp; “Hello, people! I’m making cookies people!’</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:47:48 +0000 Brady Carlson 40808 at Baking With A Two Year Old: Holiday Biscotti Now Known As 'Christmas Pirate Cookies' Here's What It Would Take To Be Santa Each Christmas <p>It is perhaps the greatest scientific conundrum of our time – how does Santa do it all, getting all those toys under the tree for kids each Christmas?</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 41625 at Gerald Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' <p>The London Sunday Telegraph once proclaimed Charles Dickens as "The Man who Invented Christmas" and his timeless story "A Christmas Carol", the main reason why. Written in London in 1843, at a time of expanding urbanization and industrialization, and a declining interest in old customs and ceremonies, "A Christmas Carol" with Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of ominous ghosts, helped its readers find the true spirit of Christmas. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 40650 at Gerald Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' Why New Hampshire's Tiny Christmas Tree Industry Thrives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire’s Christmas tree farms are mostly very small operations—even by Granite State standards.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 40331 at Why New Hampshire's Tiny Christmas Tree Industry Thrives The Christmas Tree That Got Away <p>For the last 3 years, NHPR's Sean Hurley and his family get a $5 permit to cut down their Christmas Tree in the White Mountain National Forest and every year, as Sean explains in this audio postcard, they run into the same problem.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>We walk beside an ice snagged brook looking for the balsam fir we tagged with a purple ribbon the month before. &nbsp;My wife Lois leads us along, interpreting the wildlife signs as we go.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:29:05 +0000 Sean Hurley 40554 at The Christmas Tree That Got Away What's 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 What's Your Most Revered And Most Reviled Holiday Ditty? Why Is There A Dearth Of New Holiday Songs? <p>The song, “<a href="" target="_blank">All I Want for Christmas is You</a>” by Mariah Carey was released in 1994, and has become a Christmas standard, consistently topping the billboard holiday charts. Despite the sleigh load of holiday albums released every winter, there hasn’t been an original holiday single with the staying power of Mariah Carey’s hit for <em>nineteen years</em>.</p><p>So, has our culture stopped welcoming new holiday songs? Has our Christmas carol quota been met?&nbsp; <strong>Chris Klimek</strong>, is here to weigh in, his article for <em>Slate</em>:&nbsp; “<a href="" target="_blank">All I Want For Christmas Is A New Christmas Song</a>,” pretty much says it all.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:51:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40449 at Why Is There A Dearth Of New Holiday Songs? The Story Behind "The 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="" 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 The Story Behind "The Christmas La La Song" The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Presents "Creole Christmas" <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a>, one of New Orlean’s most legendary bands, will be rousing the crowds at <a href="" target="_blank">The Music Hall in Portsmouth</a> this Saturday with its “Creole Christmas” show… a joyful mix of Christmas tunes, jazz standards, and original music that busts out of the nutcracker and King Wenceslas mold.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ben Jaffe</strong> is creative director and sousaphone player for the band and joined us from the road.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:54:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40447 at The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Presents "Creole Christmas" Scrooge Visits Christmasville, USA <p></p><p>What happens when a veritable Grinch is confronted by unbridled Christmas spirit? Last year we sent favorite contributor Sean Hurley to visit a town <a href=",28804,2099452_2099450,00.html" target="_blank">Time Magazine dubbed one of America's "most Christmassy"</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Is there a better place to celebrate Christmas than Vermont, where the air has a fragrance of pine needles and the ground is (most likely) dusted with snow? For the past 25 years, Woodstock has hosted <a href="" target="_blank">Wassail Weekend</a>, a pre-Christmas festival that is rooted in 19th century Norse culture and traditions. While the city itself is a sight to see during the holiday season, Wassail Weekend brings a distinctive parade of more than 50 horses and riders adorned in holiday costumes and period dress, as well as wagon and sleigh rides, a wassail feast and tours of the city's most notable historic buildings ... It's everything you imagine Christmas to be, but so much more. -<em>Time Magazine</em></p></blockquote><p>He was, perhaps, a bit of a Scrooge about it.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:34:10 +0000 Sean Hurley 26064 at Scrooge Visits Christmasville, USA Live In Studio: The Christmas Revels <p></p><p></p><p>Lotus Wight, Pete Sutherland and Sheesham Crow of The Christmas Revels recently joined Kate to perform live in NHPR's studios.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:21:38 +0000 Kate McNally 40284 at Live In Studio: The Christmas Revels What's Your Favorite Ornament? <p>It’s kind of the season for objects and artifacts of sentimental value. Consider the Christmas ornament: we trundle them out every year and unpack our memories. Whether it’s the tacky bulb from your childhood Christmas tree, your grandmother’s crèche or your child’s first handmade snowflake, we’d like to see yours. Post a picture--and even a story--of your most treasured holiday ornament on our Facebook page, <a href="" target="_blank">wordofmouthradio</a>, or tweet it to us <a href="" target="_blank">@wordofmouth</a>. You can also email your photos to <a href="'s%20my%20favorite%20Christmas%20ornament!">our producers!</a></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:55:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40212 at What's Your Favorite Ornament? Christmas In Bethlehem: An Audio Postcard <p>Saturday night it was the third annual Christmas in Bethlehem celebration in the North Country.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen sent this postcard:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 39753 at Christmas In Bethlehem: An Audio Postcard A New England Christmas Card From Robert Frost <p></p><p>Some Christmas traditions – like trees, and ornaments and carols – seem to be as popular as ever. Others, like the annual Christmas card, aren’t faring quite as well. Last week <a href="" target="_blank">a columnist for TIME Magazine asked whether Christmas cards are obsolete</a> in the social media era.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 19:19:02 +0000 Brady Carlson 19079 at A New England Christmas Card From Robert Frost A Public Story About A Private Gift (Rebroadcast) <p><em>When reporter Sean Hurley heard that one of his neighbors was giving away Christmas trees, he wanted to find out more about this local charity. And what he found was that this man's very public act, letting people wander over his property to pick out and cut down one of the Christmas Trees, was also very private. This story won Second Place in the 2007 Best Feature category from the New Hampshire Associated Press Broadcasters Association.</em></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 26059 at A Public Story About A Private Gift (Rebroadcast)