Christmas

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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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Nov 18, 2015
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WKMS is celebrating the spirit of the season with over 70 hours of special holiday programming from Thanksgiving through New Years! See the complete schedule here, which is subject to change. And, as you put the final touches on your charitable giving for the tax year, consider making a holiday gift to WKMS. Thanks!

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Calloway County Public Library hosts holiday events such as the "Christmas With Santa" theatre production for children 3-12, the Holiday Safari Animal Tales Program and the library's Holiday Open House. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Sandy Linn about these events and recent and upcoming community read meetings.

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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The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County host "A Day With Trains" this Saturday and next Saturday at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Watch as conductors run five trains on two elaborate model train layouts. Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to describe the train exhibits, the Christmas village and other arts and crafts activities scheduled for the event. 

Never mind that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, Kate Bateman has Christmas music playing inside her Radcliff, Kentucky home.  When you visit, you'll find she's obsessed with Christmas.

"Bad enough that I put up five trees.  I have Santas in a showcase that stay out all year long.  I have a six-foot tall Santa in the foyer and he's out all year long," explained Bateman.  "It's kind of an overkill I guess, but I love Christmas."

The retired Hardin County Schools art teacher will soon combine her passion and talent to help America’s First Home sparkle for the holidays.  Bateman is part of an all-volunteer group of people from all over the country selected to help decorate the White House for Christmas.  She first learned about the opportunity while watching a special on HGTV. 

"I thought to myself 'Man, I'd love to do that!' but it wasn't a good time for me," she said.  "I was still teaching and I said 'I'm going put that on my list for when I retire."'

Fast forward a few years to the end of last month when Bateman learned the application she submitted over the summer had been accepted.  She leaves for Washington on Thanksgiving Day.  The opportunity puts a crimp in her traditional Thanksgiving plans, but she doesn’t mind.

"My youngest daughter had already said she wanted to host Thanksgiving at her house this year and I was all for that," stated Bateman.  "I'm making the pies the day before.  Their dad will take the pies over, and I'm on a plane.  And I'm so okay with that!"

Bateman will join a group of about 100 volunteers ranging from florists to lawyers who will put their mark on the 132-room White House.  She doesn’t have her assignment yet, but the suspense, she says, is part of the fun.

Downtown Paducah transforms into a magical atmosphere in "Dickens of a Christmas" on November 29, as part of Small Business Saturday. Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the day, featuring carriage rides, dancers, s'mores by the fire and more.

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