Once upon a time the merriest Christmas in the Southwest came courtesy of some lumps of coal. An electrified Christmas wonderland was built in the mining town of Madrid, New Mexico, which once attracted thousands of visitors. While the mine has long closed, that tradition continues today, in a community that hosts an off-beat Christmas parade, funky shops and boutiques, and twinkling Yuletide lights. Conor Knighton reports.
For years Adam Goldberg, a classical pianist who teaches music at a school in Queens, New York, struggled to break through to his students who have serious learning disabilities, such as autism, until he started using instruments virtually anyone can play: an iPad. The P177Q iPad Band is more than just a musical collective; the experience has helped students speak and communicate who never had before. Tracy Smith reports.
In the 1980s first lady Nancy Reagan launched the idea of selling White House Christmas ornaments. But then the White House Historical Association started honoring each president, sequentially, beginning with a dove copied from the weather vane at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Rita Braver examines the history of this White House tradition, and checks out this year's ornament, honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Four months after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded Beaumont, Texas, hundreds are still virtually homeless for the holidays. Which is why Secret Santa - an anonymous businessman who travels the country each year giving out hundred-dollar bills to random strangers - made Beaumont his first stop this year, deputizing Beaumont police officers as elves to share some needed Christmas cheer. Steve Hartman reports.
Seth Doane sits down with the Oscar-winning actor, who made a big impression in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and who now has a small part (literally!) in the sci-fi comedy "Downsizing," about humans who are miniaturized. Waltz is also taking his love of music to the opera stage, directing an Antwerp production of Verdi's "Falstaff."
This broadcast of "Sunday Morning," hosted by Jane Pauley, features John Blackstone's report on one toymaker's unorthodox road to producing and marketing the year's hottest toy. Also: Seth Doane sits down with Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz, as he directs a Verdi opera; Jim Axelrod profiles singer-songwriter Michael McDonald; Rita Braver looks into the history of a holiday tradition, the White House Christmas Ornament; Conor Knighton visits Madrid, N.M., a former mining community and ghost town which revives its Christmas traditions in a funky way; and Techno Claus (a.k.a. David Pogue) shares his suggestions of holiday gifts for the gadget lovers on your shopping list.