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Tinsel Tales

Performance - Spoken Word
Nonfiction: Public Radio / Christmas / Holiday / Humor
Unabridged   2.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/01/2010

Tinsel Tales

Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615731015
Digital Download ISBN:9781615731022


A Christmas stocking’s worth of heartwarming, humorous holiday tales from the National Public Radio archive.

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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.

  • 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


“Might be reason enough to start a new holiday listening tradition. . . .a festive stocking stuffer of an audio.”

“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

Author Bio

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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