Christmas

Pope Francis gave the traditional Christmas Day blessing on Sunday, calling for peace in Syria and other countries "scarred by war."

An estimated 40,000 tourists and Romans gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear the message, which was delivered from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, "Urbi et Orbi": to the city and the world.

The pope offered his message of peace to the "war-torn land of Syria, where far too much blood has been spilled." He said it is time that weapons "be still forever," so that "civil coexistence" might be restored to the country.

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

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FedEx is delivering 500 Christmas trees to Fort Campbell soldiers this Saturday as part of the Trees for Troops program. 

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Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Those are the four basic food groups according to Buddy the Elf. And this time of year, the gluttonous season, it seems like he is onto something.

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  Think twice before giving pets bones to chew on during holiday meals. Licensed Veterinary Technician Racheal Shultz of the Murray Animal Hospital said to avoid giving pets any part of the meal, all together. Shultz said the biggest problem she encounters during the holidays is pets suffering from digestive problems after their owner slipped them food from the table.

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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is offering free cedar Christmas tree permits starting later this month.

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Murray State University is celebrating "A season of global traditions" this holiday season, so on Sounds Good Matt Markgraf sat down with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library, to talk about some of the holiday traditions at the university over the decades, including a giant Christmas tree, letters to Santa and a pre-Kwanzaa celebration.

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This holiday season, many families will decorate Christmas trees and front yards with dazzling electric lights, travel long-distance, maybe hundreds of miles to visit relatives, or turn up the central heat and do some online shopping for gifts. A lot has changed about how we celebrate and survive the winter months over the past 160 years. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls about how farm families celebrated Christmas in 1850.

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Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents their the annual Christmas celebration, one of the most energetic performances all season. On Sounds Good, Maestro Raffaele Ponti speaks with George Eldred about the performance and explains why some consider this concert the official start of the Christmas season in Paducah.

The Consumer Technology Association forecasts that 400,000 drones will be sold in the United States this holiday season. That's not to mention the commercial drones being developed by Google (now known as Alphabet), Amazon, Wal-Mart and others.

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