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Christmas Is About Family, Music, And Tradition For Congresswoman Dingell

Debbie Dingell

It's Christmas!  And as much as times have changed, it's the holiday traditions that many people celebrate today.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry shares what that means to local Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Born in Detroit, but growing up in St. Clair and Bloomfield Hills, 12th district Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says Christmas was an important time for her and her family.

She and her 2 sisters and a brother had many holiday traditions and rituals she believes are still the glue that holds us all together.

And she's a collector of nutcrackers!  Over the years, Debbie Dingell has collected 200 nutcrackers with at least 8 very tall nutcrackers of six feet or taller.

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Some of the Debbie Dingell's nut crackers.

Even though the congresswoman is known for having the most decorated office on the hill for the holidays, she says she hasn't quite put them all up for display his year because what goes up must eventually come down, and she's been busy keeping up with all the late-year activity in Congress leaving less time for holiday decorating.

But the congresswoman says she loves to sing Christmas carols and says there is one that stands out to her most of all, "O Holy Night," which she sang as a solo in second grade.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says it's the holiday rituals and traditions that tie us together from generation to generation.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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