The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.Three for the holiday that teach us to embody faith, from the annals of public radio:
01. An Immigrant's First American Christmas - Congolese Diary. Heard this as I was driving from Michigan to Connecticut on Wednesday morning. Crushingly beautiful.
02. Couple Gives the Gift of Electricity to Town Residents. A couple in Iowa paid the December electric bill for every home, business and public building in their city. Come on now. If that ain't what Christmas is all about!
03. Short story: "A Fool For Christmas," by Allan Gurganus. One of the best works of fiction I've ever heard on public radio, possibly even anywhere. My phone started playing its irritating little Latin loop immediately after it finished, and it was Nathan calling to make sure I'd heard the story of Vernon and his pregnant mallrat.
And two simply to make you laugh:
04. Vanquishing 'The Frozen Thing' from the Holiday Table. Commentator Laura Lorson exorcises the culinary demons of Christmases past in a hokey Southern accent.
05. David Sedaris's immortal Santaland Diaries, rebroadcast this morning on Morning Edition.
Addendum! A piece on the New York City Ballet's production of the Nutcracker.
Merry Christmas! Wishing you and yours peace and joy and comfort...