“Warm Sweaters”, part of Winter collection by Kathryn Burress.

Since I’ve gotten a few messages worried about this being a fire hazard: I only wrapped the lights up like this and had them plugged in to take the photo. Don’t just wrap lights around stuff and leave it! Be safe this holiday season xx

gyftmas is the time of year when we like to be close to the ones we love.

i’m actually a long way from my family and my friends. been that way for awhile. but on my travels, i’ve found other friends and people i can call my family.

plus, there’s always one guy who makes me feel like i’ve come home.

happy holidays.


art is by @fadelurker and has been posted with enthusiastic permission from him, as always.

i love all the details on this. 

I’m told this mug, spotted near deputy executive producer Cara Tallo’s desk, actually belongs to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. FACT CHECK: He is, in fact, a pretty cheerful guy (have you heard that laugh?)!

I’m giving the title of cheeriest mug to this one, though – because it’s full of cookie-dough-flavored booze:

Photo credit: Becky Harlan/NPR

Saint Nick here is featured in our story Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls. And if you want the drink – and the mug! – check out the NPR Live video on that page for details. (There’s a Hanukkah-themed cocktail, too). #SOTHIRSTY

❄️ spreading holiday cheer ❄️

because my darling yenna has such beautiful and positive ideas i thought i would borrow it and do some myself, because you guys have all done so much for me, and you are all the sweetest people i’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and not knowing (regardless of if we have spoken or not, i love you dearly) so i figure it was high time i did something for you guys

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and i shall be sending as many compliments and little merry messages and what nots to your ask up until the new year, because why not keep the festivities going strong right? hehe

  • (I am working the register over Christmas.)
  • Me: “Find everything today?”
  • Customer: “Yup.”
  • (Note: she is silent through the transaction, which includes a gift card.)
  • Me: “How much would you like on this?”
  • Customer: “Oh, sorry. Can I have $150?”
  • Me: “No problem.”
  • Customer: *after paying* “Can you do me a favor?” *she hands me the gift card* “The next customer you see that you think could use this, could you give it to them?”
  • Me: *stunned* “…Of course!”
  • (After a minute another customer comes up, a visibly upset young woman.)
  • Me: “Hi! How are you?”
  • Customer #2: “I’m okay, thanks.”
  • (Clearly she is not ok, but she is trying very hard to be pleasant. She is getting very basic items: milk, bread, eggs, etc. Nothing very festive.)
  • Me: “So your total comes out to $0.00.”
  • Customer: “What?”
  • Me: “The person before you gave me a $150 gift card to use for the next person I thought could use it. You look like you’re having a rough day, so here are your groceries, and there’s about $130 left on this card.”
  • (The customer just started crying. Once she could, she thanked me about 100 times. Made my whole Christmas season.)