Christmas

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Santa Claus is known for bringing gifts and cheer to the good little boys and girls of the world. His signature suit and sleigh make him instantly recognizable – but usually, so does his skin color. 

Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol has an interesting twist:  it was re-written and adapted by San Antonians Tony Ciaravino and  Tim Hedgepeth. I interviewed him about the production and his role in breathing new life into it.

"The challenge was for both of us to go back to the original and try to honor Dickens as closely as we could. It's a much darker novel than I think a lot of people remember," Hedgepath said.

It's not too hard to make the case that Christmas stories can be scary. Toys springing to life. That large man sneaking into your home at midnight after watching you all year. No wonder there's an entire genre of Christmas-themed horror movies. And one of them happened to be one of last weekend's top-grossing films.

Amid the ubiquitous din of annual chestnuts like "Jingle Bells" and "Let it Snow," you may be surprised to learn that people are actually writing new holiday songs. And as it turns out, some of them are pretty great.

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