The Moth Holiday Special 2016: Unexpected Gifts of December - Pierre Epstein

“In huge capital letters he wrote ‘AIDEZ MOI!’”

Photo by Jason Falchook

The Moth Holiday Special 2016: Unexpected Gifts of December

A special Holiday Hour from The Moth. The unexpected gifts of December: holiday customs, brand new traditions, flying cows, fruit, luminaries and a magical forest. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.
Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.
Ed McCarthy breaks into the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.
Katie Fales grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.
Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.
David Frieberg and his son are amazed by an accidental forest during a blizzard in NYC.
Denise Scheurmann has a terminally ill father but her neighbors don't forget to light her Christmas luminaries.

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Stories in this Episode

05:10
Do You Buy What I Buy?

by Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.

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08:39
Christmas 1940

by Pierre Epstein

Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.

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05:11
Family Ornaments

by Ed McCarthy

Ed McCarthy breaks into the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.

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06:47
Modern Day Ranching

by Katie Fales

Katie Fales grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.

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04:25
Homesick for the Holidays

by Catherine McCarthy

Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.

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05:31
Gabriel’s Forest

by David Frieberg

David Frieberg and his son are amazed by an accidental forest during a blizzard in NYC.

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05:03
Luminaria

by Denise Scheuermann

Denise Scheurmann has a terminally ill father but her neighbors don't forget to light her Christmas luminaries.

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Extras From This Episode

Pierre Epstein Radio Extra

This photo was taken six months after Igor came to America. Pierre was eleven when it was taken.

Ed Mc Carthy Radio Extra

Ed McCarthy with his brothers. “Mom's favorite ornament was a small manger, which you can see in the photo. That ornament, along with some of the others in the photo, were rescued.” - Ed