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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(CNN) –Merry Christmas and welcome to a special holiday edition of CNN Radio News Day.

  • 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.

  • A fierce winter storm is bringing a white Christmas to many across the country, but  that doesn't necessarily mean a white Christmas is a lock.  CNN's Tommy Andres found out that countries around the world have different definitions for what makes a white Christmas:

"In the U.S., the official definition of a White Christmas...is a snow depth of at least one inch at 7:00 am local time on Christmas morning."

  • It's a song that's been recorded by hundreds of artists.  And just recently after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Hallelujah emerged again.   CNN's Edgar Treiguts talked with author, Alan Light who writes about the song's journey from obscurity to a modern standard in his new book,  Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, the Holy or the Broken:

"There are now countless ways that people first encounter this song. And, so there isn't one fixed version that everything gets compared to because people enter it through all of these many different uses and these many different versions."

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  1. dee

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    December 26, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. stopabortion

    God bless our Holy Pope...

    December 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stacy12

    the pope is queer

    December 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • regal80

      LOL, really?? this is what you've got for a little Christmas cheer? Funny tho

      December 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mane

      Deus, misereatur vos

      December 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |