Christmas

You know it from the first few notes of Thurl Ravenscroft's barrel-chested performance — singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" with the same flair he brought to playing Tony the Tiger in Kellogg's cereal commercials — Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday classic.

The animated film turns 50 this year, airing on NBC about three weeks before its actual birthday. And it is, admittedly, a little weird to call a 26-minute cartoon about a green guy who learns not to steal Christmas presents an enduring masterpiece.

Say what you will of Christmas songs, but there are some that have found the formula to worldwide appeal. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has a list of the top 25 most played and recorded holiday songs.

And as Joy Diaz, of Here & Now contributor KUT, reports, there’s only one bilingual song on the list: “Feliz Navidad.” José Feliciano, the musician behind it, is more than a singer – he’s a political figure.

His resume is unimpeachable and he has great approval ratings. Santa Claus sounds like the perfect candidate — so what if he ran for president? That's the central question in this work of audio fiction by the podcast The Truth

The story begins at the North Pole, where two mysterious strangers have just arrived by sled to Santa's office.

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

What makes for a truly merry Christmas? Is your time better spent picking perfect, personalized gifts and decorating your home, or enjoying holiday cheer with family and friends?

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