Christmas

Arts & Culture
8:34 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Raleigh Viral Video: 'Xmas Jammies' Close To 11 Million Youtube Views

Holderness family in their jammies

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.

Here's our original story, posted 12/17/13:

Possibly the cutest Christmas viral video ever features local Raleigh-based WNCN anchorman Penn Holderness, his wife Kim, six-year-old daughter Lola, and four-year-old son Penn Charles.

The song is really catchy:

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon

CD cover for 'Christmas' - Nnenna Freelon and the John Brown Big Band

Christmas music. It's nearly inescapable 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?

"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."

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers

A tree farm in Rutherwood, N.C.
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When Jessie Davis started tagging trees for sale in his 500-acre farm in western North Carolina this fall, he noticed his Frasier firs were taller and brighter than they were in previous years. He knew the reason was simple: this was a rainy year.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Hanover County Converts Christmas Trees to Biomass

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.

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NPR's Holiday Favorites
3:17 am
Mon December 24, 2012

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

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Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:30 am

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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State of Things
10:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Operatic Holiday Hits

Steven Kimbrough
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Everywhere you go right now, you’re probably hearing holiday tunes. But the internationally regarded baritone Steven Kimbrough 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.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Christmas with Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon
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Grammy award winning singer Nnenna Freelon is called the “international voice of jazz.” And along with bassist and composer John Brown, 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.

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Law
12:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bank Robberies Down Slightly

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.

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State of Things
10:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life

Cast from 'It's a Wonderful Life'
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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.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus
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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 “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus” (Baylor University Press/ 2012). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the historical origins of Santa Claus.

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