For the past four years, JT Griffith has been OPB’s guide to the niche genre of holiday music. He spoke with “All Things Considered” host Crystal Ligori about being on the hunt for Christmas music year-round, new takes on old classics and a 40-year-old holiday tune that's still Japan's most popular Christmas song.
There is no denying that holiday music has staying power: just ask Mariah Carey whose 30-year-old song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," is back on the charts this month. And for the third year in a row, OPB's Christmas music guru, JT Griffith, is here to guide us through this very niche musical genre.
The Eastern Oregon mining town of Sumpter is officially known as a "ghost town." But every Christmas, the old steam engines of the Sumpter Valley Railroad bring the spirit of the season to life for hundreds of visitors.
Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge health care for all, vaccines for the poor and for dialogue to prevail in resolving the world’s conflicts.
Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year.” At least it is in one song about the season. And that wonder has to do, in part, with annual traditions. As the holiday fast approaches, a popular pastime is facing roadblocks: visits with professional Santas.