Tinsel Tales: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR

Overview

Ho ho ho! Here’s what to listen to while driving to the mall, wrapping gifts, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling holiday fire.

In Scott Simon’s modern version of the Christmas story, Jesus is born in an abandoned factory near Cleveland and the Three Wise Persons bring Chipotle gift cards. Claudia Sanchez gives a Latin accent to “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores what Christmas means for the boy choristers of the National ...

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Overview

Ho ho ho! Here’s what to listen to while driving to the mall, wrapping gifts, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling holiday fire.

In Scott Simon’s modern version of the Christmas story, Jesus is born in an abandoned factory near Cleveland and the Three Wise Persons bring Chipotle gift cards. Claudia Sanchez gives a Latin accent to “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores what Christmas means for the boy choristers of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Hint: Handel.) In a treasured 1974 recording, humorist, author, radio personality, and blacklisting victim John Henry Faulk tells of “the wonderfulest Christmas in the United States of America.” A son believed missing in action during WWII is found in time for his family to celebrate the holiday. And a Vietnam veteran tells Weekend Edition Sunday about a “Silent Night” that brought hope to patients in a military hospital.

And that’s just the star-topped tip of the tree. Each year, listeners tune into NPR for holiday offerings of all kinds: funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Now anyone can listen anytime to these evergreen delights.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Might be reason enough to start a new holiday listening tradition. . . .a festive stocking stuffer of an audio.”
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“Little could fill us with the Christmas spirit more readily than listening to NPR’s Tinsel Tales. This is a collection of favorite Christmas stories selected by NPR voices throughout the years. Each selection stands alone as narrators share their special joys of the season, hopes for the future, and childhood memories. It would be impossible to select a favorite.”
—Gail Cooke

Gail Cooke
“Little could fill us with the Christmas spirit more readily than listening to NPR’s Tinsel Tales. This is a collection of favorite Christmas stories selected by NPR voices throughout the years. Each selection stands alone as narrators share their special joys of the season, hopes for the future, and childhood memories. It would be impossible to select a favorite.”
—Gail Cooke
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615731015
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 2 hours on 2 CDs
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Lynn Neary
  • A Holiday Reading Tradition for the Whole Family
  • The Night Before Christmas, Latin Style
  • Finding Out What’s in Christmas Gifts
  • How to Make a Dream Gingerbread Home
  • Christmas in the Closet
  • Low-Glamour Christmas Party
  • Christmas: The Trivial and the Not-So
  • Late Holiday Greeting Cards
  • Rudolph: Man Who Wrote the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Away in a Factory: A Christmas Story
  • This I Believe: A “Silent Night” That Brought Healing
  • Memories of Joining a Christmas Club
  • All I Wanted for Christmas
  • Santa Clause, Private Eye
  • How Charlie Brown Came to Mean Christmas
  • Atlanta’s Pink Pig Brightens Spirits
  • Pass the Foie Grois: Christmas Menu Hard to Digest
  • Holiday Letters
  • Santa Claus Private Eye, Part II
  • People Doing Other Things on Christmas
  • Celebrating Christmas, for Better or Worse
  • Ode to Christmas
  • Shopping Is a Hateful, Boring
  • Xmas Gift Records from the Ban-Smo Label
  • Christmas Tree Chronicles
  • Santa Claus Private Eye, Part III
  • John Henry Faulk’s Christmas Story
  • Squirrel Monkey
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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    STORIES TO ENRICH YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON

    Little could fill us with the Christmas spirit more readily than listening to NPR's TINSEL TALES. This is a collection of favorite Christmas stories selected by NPR voices throughout the years. Each selection stands alone as narrators share their special joys of the season, hopes for the future, and childhood memories.

    It would be impossible to select a favorite from among such stellar tales as John Henry's Faulk's "Christmas Story", Ira Glass taking a look at the other side of Christmas in Chicago or Bailey White's "Low Glamour Christmas Party." Each story is a reflection of the narrator, and brings his or her own special message - all will touch hearts.

    We've just listened again to Paul Auster's "Christmas Morning, 1949." It seems that during 2000 - 2001 Auster collected stories from listeners for the National Story Project. The one he has chosen to read is from Sylvia Seymour of Tennessee. It's an unforgettable remembrance of a Christmas morning when she was a child, and driving with her family to her grandparent's home. Her father saw a family huddled in the cold by a bus station. This is a morning she will never forget, nor will you.

    Listening to the Christmas stories of others may well enrich the holiday season for each of us.

    - Gail Cooke

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