CNN Radio News Day:  December 25, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI Delivers His Urbi Et Orbi Blessing
December 25th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 25, 2012

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  • Family, friends, feasting, it's all part of the fun of Christmas day.  But, for some volunteers in Pasadena, California there's no time to rest.  That's because they're preparing the beautiful floral floats for the New Year's Day  Rose Bowl Parade.  CNN's Jim Roope visited the floral workshop where every little flower matters.

" We are cutting the pedals off the tops of the flowers and then it takes forever", says 17-year-old Marcy Campos a Tournament of Roses Parade float decorator volunteer. FULL POST

The rise of 'Hallelujah'
Leonard Cohen performs at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2012.
December 25th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

The rise of 'Hallelujah'

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) – It's a song that's been recorded by hundreds of artists. It's been a favorite in TV competition shows and been used as a healing anthem in times of tragedy. And just recently, after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, 'Hallelujah' emerged again.

The popularity of 'Hallelujah' was hardly foreshadowed when it was written and first recorded by Leonard Cohen in 1984. The song was on an album Cohen's record company decided not to release.

A decade would pass before it was embraced by another artist, and its true introduction began.


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