NPR's Holiday Favorites
Dec 24, 2012 — It's tradition! Writer and humorist David Sedaris reflects on his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's. Sedaris first read the "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992 — and instantly, a classic was born.
Dec 22, 2011 — Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hourlong special, wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope — all the emotions we feel at this time of year — are summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.
Dec 16, 2008 — Sally and Stephen Kern read to their kids pretty much every night, but one box of books is special, reserved for this time of year only. Filled with stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the winter solstice, the books in this box are part of a cherished tradition.
Nov 18, 2011 — Among the letters we received this week, many listeners shared their love of autumn in response to guest host Linda Wertheimer's essay on the simple joys of the season. In response, we're sharing her mother's fruitcake recipe.
Dec 21, 2008 — Every year, NPR asks a writer to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. This year, Gregory Maguire reinvents the Hans Christian Andersen classic "The Little Match Girl" for a new time and new audiences.
Nov 22, 2007 — Bailey White's annual tradition of Thanksgiving Day stories continues this year with a tale of two modern-day hippies who get just a little too comfortable in the home of a woman who herself was once just like them.
Dec 13, 2004 — Master comedian Jonathan Winters offers a distinctive reading of the Dickens' classic. He recreates Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future.
Dec 9, 2005 — The gifted storyteller and former radio broadcaster John Henry Faulk recorded his Christmas story in 1974 for the program Voices in the Wind. It remains a perennial favorite with NPR listeners.
Dec 22, 2011 — It's tradition! Writer and humorist David Sedaris reflects on his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's. Sedaris first read the "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992 — and instantly, a classic was born.
Dec 21, 2010 — NPR presents a new holiday tradition: stories from the archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.