Christmas http://wunc.org en Raleigh Viral Video: 'Xmas Jammies' Close To 11 Million Youtube Views http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-viral-video-xmas-jammies-close-11-million-youtube-views <p>We've been following the story of a local family and their holiday video that has gone viral. We noticed it when it had 1.5 million Youtube views.</p><p><strong>Here's our original story, posted 12/17/13:</strong></p><p>Possibly the cutest Christmas viral video ever features local Raleigh-based&nbsp;WNCN anchorman Penn Holderness, his wife Kim, six-year-old daughter Lola, and four-year-old son Penn Charles.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2kjoUjOHjPI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The song is really catchy:</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 27561 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Viral Video: 'Xmas Jammies' Close To 11 Million Youtube Views Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon http://wunc.org/post/dukes-john-brown-jazzes-christmas-durhams-nnenna-freelon <p>Christmas music. It's nearly inescapable&nbsp;at this time of year - on the radio, in shops, in cafes, everywhere. When Phoebe Judge sat down to talk about "Christmas" with jazz double bassist John Brown, the question arose: Why would musicians want to add to the large catalog of existing Christmas songs and recordings?</p><p>"It comes from a place of joy," said the double bassist. "We wanted to take this material that's tested, tried and true and say something different about it."</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:48:52 +0000 Keith Weston & Phoebe Judge 27615 at http://wunc.org Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers http://wunc.org/post/great-harvest-nc-christmas-tree-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Jessie Davis started tagging trees for sale in his 500-acre farm in western North Carolina this fall, he noticed his </span>Frasier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> firs were taller and brighter than they were in previous years. He knew the reason was simple: this was a rainy year.</span></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 26503 at http://wunc.org Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers Hanover County Converts Christmas Trees to Biomass http://wunc.org/post/hanover-county-converts-christmas-trees-biomass <p>Counties across North Carolina are embarking on one of their official after-Christmas duties – disposing of hundreds of tons of Christmas trees. Here's what's happening in Wilmington.<br> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 6823 at http://wunc.org David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries' http://wunc.org/post/david-sedaris-reads-his-santaland-diaries 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 <em>Morning Edition</em> in 1992.<p>Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 08:17:00 +0000 editor 6494 at http://wunc.org David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries' Operatic Holiday Hits http://wunc.org/post/operatic-holiday-hits <p></p><p>Everywhere you go right now, you’re probably hearing holiday tunes. But the internationally regarded baritone <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.stkimbrough.com/page_2a.htm">Steven Kimbrough</a></span> is bringing a new sound to Christmas: opera. His new album, “Christmas Lullabies From Around the World” has the celebrated singer doing operatic renditions of some little known Christmas songs.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:57:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 6269 at http://wunc.org Operatic Holiday Hits Christmas with Nnenna Freelon http://wunc.org/post/christmas-nnenna-freelon <p></p><p>Grammy award winning singer <span class="link-external"><a href="http://nnenna.com/">Nnenna Freelon</a></span> is called the “international voice of jazz.” And along with bassist and composer <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.jbjazz.com/">John Brown,</a></span> she is changing the sound of Christmas. The two have put out a collaboration called, “Christmas.” They’ll be performing at the Carolina Theatre on December 21st. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their collaboration.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:32:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 6272 at http://wunc.org Christmas with Nnenna Freelon Bank Robberies Down Slightly http://wunc.org/post/bank-robberies-down-slightly <p>The North Carolina Bankers Association says the number of bank robberies is down slightly since last year. The group met with law enforcement agencies yesterday to discuss how to reduce the crime rate. The association says there have been 113 robberies this year compared to 129 in 2011. Associate counsel Dawn Thompson says the group keeps track of crime trends to help law enforcement cut down on robberies.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:45:00 +0000 Keith Weston 5762 at http://wunc.org It's a Wonderful Life http://wunc.org/post/its-wonderful-life <p></p><p>The iconic Frank Capra film has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. It’s the quintessential American Christmas movie. Now, the Playmakers Repertory Company is bringing a stage adaptation to Chapel Hill. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is showing through December 16th at the Center for Dramatic Art on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:15:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 5699 at http://wunc.org It's a Wonderful Life The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus http://wunc.org/post/saint-who-would-be-santa-claus <p></p><p>As Christmas draws nearer, we are flooded with images of Santa Claus. He is perhaps our most iconic symbol of the holiday. The modern Santa Claus is based on the legends of Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra from the 4th Century. Adam English is Associate Professor of Religion at Campbell University and author of “<span class="link-external"><a href="http://saintwhowouldbesanta.com/">The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus</a></span>” (Baylor University Press/ 2012). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the historical origins of Santa Claus.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:06:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 5700 at http://wunc.org The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus