How Fir Trees Became Christmas Trees

Dec 21, 2015
Christmas tree in front of the cathedral of Cologne.
Flickr user CRE@!V!TY (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Fir trees, decorated and lighted, are such a fixture of American homes at Christmas that it's difficult for us to imagine that it was not always so. But on a tame scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the beginning of life on earth, the Christmas tree tradition begins somewhere around 9.999999999.

Murray Hotel in Livingston Montana
Flickr user Carol Vinzant (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

To Toby Thompson, the Christmas spirit is really just the warmth of community, something we can find any time of year.

Stubby Pringle's Christmas

Dec 16, 2013

12/24/2013 - The story of Stubby Pringle's Christmas will be read at 4:00 pm

Holiday Programs on MTPR

Dec 16, 2013

Montana Public Radio Holiday Programs 2013  

December 23 – Monday 

7:30 p.m. Winter Solstice Celebration, from the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC
Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, and Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason.

December 24 – Tuesday

11:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Freeforms with Michael Marsolek