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Thanks for listening to the Christmas edition of 14/59. I promised some bonuses online and the first is what you should be drinking while listening to Christmas music: a classic Manhattan. In my family tradition this is a drink for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's how I make it:

2 oz bourbon (can be rye, if you prefer, I use Bulleit usually)

0.75 - 1 oz sweet vermouth

a few dashes of bitters (can use orange bitters or mixture)

shake or stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass or tumbler (I like a tumbler with a large cube of ice in it)

If you’re planning to travel for Christmas and New Year’s, it will be you and a record number of your closest friends sharing the road.

AAA is forecasting the highest number of travelers on record; 98.6 million Americans expected to take a trip of 50 miles or more from home. That’s 3.8 million more than last year’s holiday season.

UWF Historic Trust

  On this Christmas, WUWF is digging into the archives to revisit a 2006 conversation with historian and story-teller John Appleyard about what the Christmas holiday was like in the Pensacola area around the turn of the 20th century. 

About 100 years ago, Pensacola was a bustling, prosperous city with a diverse population of about 25,000 people. Appleyard says the different customs of the city’s residents became amalgamated in the overall celebration.