While the holidays may be called the most joyful time of the year, many people simply find them to be the most stressful.

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Do you have a favorite Christmas song? For many of us, our favorite songs have memories associated with them.

Tinsel Tales Two

Dec 25, 2013
Jelene Morris

Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales," host Lynn Neary brings another hour of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Ho, Ho, Huh?

Dec 25, 2013
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Authors Ron Carlson, Frank O'Connor and George Shephard each present a different side of the Christmas experience. Also humorist Calvin Trillin reads a Christmas poem.

Tinsel Tales One

Dec 24, 2013
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Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, are all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives in “Tinsel Tales.”

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.  Lynn Neary hosts.

"A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown

Dec 24, 2013
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Beloved by Iowa Public Radio listeners for decades, the late WOI classical music host Doug Brown reads the entirety of the ultimate Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

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The holidays bring families together and sometimes that can cause stress.  In fact, navigating family togetherness when hurt and dysfunction abounds can seem impossible.

Nicholas Jones

We’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but the ads keep coming and will continue for the next three weeks. For many, this emphasis on the material aspects of the holiday season can become overwhelming and may even overshadow the joy and fun of this special time of year.