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When I was growing up in Atlanta, Christmas was about concerts. That's because my stepfather, Robert Shaw, conducted at least 12 of them every year, including a festival of carols with collegiate and children's groups and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a "Messiah" with more than 300 people in the chorus.


Robert was Mr. Christmas. His album Christmas Hymns and Carols was the first classical record ever to go gold, and each year tens of thousands of people heard his concerts live, not to...

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