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Brothers Paul and Hank Barnes – 87 and 95 years old respectively – grew up on a 1,000-acre farm in Warm Springs, Georgia that has been in their family since 1832.

Paul's grandson, Clifford, brought the brothers to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to learn more about the workings of the family farm and what Christmas was like for them in this bygone era.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

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Courtesy of Laurie Stone

There’s one holiday ritual that goes back a long time, and it doesn’t involve strings of lights, office parties, giving presents or baking cookies.

It's the Christmas Bird Count, a tradition that began in 1900, according to the Audubon Society, when an ornithologist suggested counting birds, instead of what had been the Christmas tradition of hunting them.

Now, in the weeks around Christmas, there are thousands of counts in the U.S., Canada and a handful of other countries. Tens of thousands of people count tens of millions of birds every year.

City Lights: Christmas Cabaret; Food Gifts; And More

Dec 19, 2016
Photo courtesy of Alliance Theatre

Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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This weekend, Atlanta has concerts for those getting into the holiday spirit and for those who are not. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows.

Photo courtesy 7 Stages

Where Santa Claus brings toys to good little boys and girls, his associate Krampus drags naughty kids off in the middle of the night. So if one is looking to write an anti-Christmas show, full of heavy metal and monsters and alcohol, you could do a lot worse for a main character.

And that is exactly what 7 Stages has been doing since 2010 with their annual "Krampus XMas" show. This year, our nine-foot-tall hairy beast of an anti-hero is facing a new foe: gentrification. 

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