Prairie Home Christmas

Version: Unabridged
Author: Garrison Keillor
Narrator: Garrison Keillor , Ensemble Cast
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: September 1995
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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Overview

Orginally broadcast on Christmas Eve 1994, A Prairie Home Christmas is a delightful compilation of all-time-favorite highlights from past holiday broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, including:

* Keillor's tender edition of the beloved Danish Christmas song "Det Kimmer Nu"
* "The Twelve Days of Christmas," hilariously enhanced by sound-effects marvel Tom Keith
* A kaleidoscope of music, from Christmas polkas to toe-tapping bluegrass carols

And of course,

* A special Christmas rendition of "News from Lake Wobegon"
Filled with music, laughter, and the genuine spirit of Christmas, A Prairie Home Christmas will make Lake Wobegon everyone's home for the holidays.

Reviews (1)

A Prairie Home Chrstimas

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on December 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another nostalgic journey through the past, with the cast and crew of Prairie Home Companion. A must have for the holidays.

Author Details

Author Details

Keillor, Garrison

Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth (née Denham) and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker.[1][2] He was raised in a family belonging to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination he has since left. He is six feet, three inches (1.9 m) tall[3] and is of part Scottish ancestry. Keillor is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently an Episcopalian,[4] but has been a Lutheran.[5] His religious roots are frequently worked into his material: he often remarks that most Minnesotans, being of Scandinavian descent, are Lutherans. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. While there, he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station known today as Radio K.

Keillor has been married three times:

* To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.
* To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark at Keillor's high school whom he famously reencountered at a class reunion), from 1985 to 1990.
* To violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), who is from his hometown of Anoka, since 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1997.

Between his first two marriages he was also romantically involved with Margaret Moos, who worked as a producer of A Prairie Home Companion.[6]

The Keillors maintain homes on the Upper West Side of New York City and in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

His brother, the historian Steven Keillor, is also an author.

On Feb. 3, 2008, Keillor endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary. In a letter to the Obama campaign, Keillor stated "I'm happy to support your candidacy, which is so full of promise for our country."[7][8]