Christmas

Carin Lamontagne

In what may be TPR’s oddest holiday tradition, Peabo the rooster returns to the airwaves for his fifteenth annual special on Christmas Eve. Beginning at 11 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM, Peabo will be joined by TPR’s Nathan Cone and longtime friend David Furst for an hour of music and merrymaking as they count down to Santa’s arrival at midnight.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Celebrating 20 years in San Antonio this year, the 323d Army Band lights up Laurie Auditorium this Saturday with a performance featuring a variety of holiday favorites. There’ll be Christmas carols and songs for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 

A Very Murray Christmas is directed and co-written by Sofia Coppola, who also worked with Bill Murray on the movie Lost in Translation. In that film, Murray played an actor in Japan, reluctantly doing a series of commercials there, and not at all happy.

In A Very Murray Christmas, Murray starts out in much the same mood — he's in his room at New York's Carlyle Hotel, killing time with old friend Paul Shaffer, who's noodling at the piano. Outside, a snowstorm is raging. Inside, Bill Murray is pouting and singing a somber Christmas song.

Jack Morgan

Christianity dominates American culture, and most especially at Christmas.

But by no means is every American Christian. This was brought to the forefront perhaps most publicly when, during confirmation hearings, now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was asked this by Senator Lindsay Graham, “Where are you at on Christmas day?”

After some back-and-forth, as she tried to better understand the question, he interrupted her…

“Nah, I just asked you where you were at on Christmas.”

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, television ads, and songs. On this 100th anniversary of the cease-fire, it is possible to reconstruct the events of that day from letters, diaries, and even the recorded spoken words of the men who experienced the truce.

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