94 The Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular Eight

With the summer we’re having we need some Christmas spirit. Thanks to some good music I think you’re going to find it.  Have you liked us on Facebook? Followed us on Twitter (@XmasStocking)? How about circling us on  Google+? We’ll video hangout there a bit. The Christmas Stocking has a new phone number!  Wish someone Merry Christmas, leave an intro to the show or share your special Christmas traditions at (323) 487-1225. Or go to MyChristmasStocking.net. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.Thanks very much to everyone who’ve given at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

“A Christmas Song” by Elizabeth Chan (@lizchanmusic on Twitter) from “Naughty & Nice”

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“Jolly Old St. Nicholas” by Pitch Feather   (from the Free Music Archive)

“Merry Christmas Mood” by Greg Lato (from Mevio.com)
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“Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year” by Rosie Thomas from “A Very Rosie Christmas”
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“Sing We Now of Christmas/Noël Nouvelet by Irene Nachreiner with her Latin Jazz Band from “A Hot & Spicy Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
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“Give Me All Your Love at Christmas Time” by Nick Bukuvalas (from Mevio.com)
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“Set a Place at Your Table for a Zombie” by Debra Mann from Badgerland: Yuletide Entertainments (from the Free Music Archive)

“All I Want for Christmas” by Devyn Rose (from Mevio.com)

“Christmas is Coming” by Roger McGuinn  (from the Free Music Archive)

Background music:

“Carol of the Bells” by Kevin Zerbe

“What Child is This” by Jason Shaw (from Audionautix.com)

“It’s Christmas Christmas Time” by junior85 (from the Free Music Archive)

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Mano Reza from “Guitar for Christmas” (from Soundclick.com)
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“Joy Kinda Holiday-ish” by Charlie Crowe (from Mevio.com)

“Silent Night” by Nullsleep from “The 8bits of Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Gypsy Christmas Deck the Halls/Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Lee Alexander (from Mevio.com)

“Joy to the World” by Roger McGuinn  (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Hamley’s Top Toys

About the White House Christmas tree from Pennsylvania

About the Capitol Christmas Tree from Minnesota

About Opryland’s Christmas plans

About Jim’s Tastee Freez Christmas in July

W.E.L.F.–An Elf Run Podcast

The Christmas Stocking Zazzle store

The Christmas Stocking International Zazzle store

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45 Boxing Day

From Christmas 2009: The day after Christmas means more shopping for many Americans. But for those who celebrate Boxing Day…okay, it means more shopping for them, too. But there’s even more to it! Have a suggestion for the ChristmasStocking?  Go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free; and you can mark your number private so nobody will know where the call came from. Or get in touch on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Or Facebook.

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Featured music:

“Good King Wenceslas and His Merry Band” by  US Air Force Airmen of Note from “Christmas Time Is Here” (Altissimo!)
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Background music:

“Breakin’ Up Christmas” by Al Petteway & Amy White from “Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas” (Maggie’s Music)
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More information:

Snopes.com disabuses my impression of Boxing Day and gives some info.

Kaboose.com has a little Q&A on the topic.

And of course Wikipedia is full of knowledge.

43 Christmas in Ireland

From Christmas 2009: A Mini Irish Christmas Music Spectacular! Info, music and Christmas traditions from a listener who emailed TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. You can be on the Christmas Stocking. Just go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number.  My voicemail will call you for free, and you can mark your number private. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And join us on Facebook.

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Featured music:

Mrs. Fogharty’s Christmas Cake” by Darby O’Gill (from Soundclick.com)

Children Go Where I Send Thee” by Darby O’Gill (from Soundclick.com) An African-American spiritual they say is based on an ancient Irish patter song.

“Silent Irish Night” by Rebsie Fairholm (from MacJams.com)

Background music:

Christmas Day in the Morning” by Shira Kammen (from Magnatune)

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by Monika Herzig from “Peace on Earth” (Owl Studios)
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More information:

Santa’s Net, Kaboose.com, and WhyChristmas.com all have cool tidbits.

42 Handel’s “Messiah”

From Christmas 2009: This one is for you, Mom! Find out some background on “Messiah” by Handel, and listen to a couple of snippets, including the Hallelujah Chorus. You can be on the Christmas Stocking. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free; and you can mark your number private. Join us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:
“For Unto Us A Child Is Born (from Messiah by G.F. Handel)” by  Oregon Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra from “The Life Of Christ: The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus in music” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Hallelujah Chorus” by The Choir & Orchestra of Pro Christe from “Christmas Traditions-20 Treasured Songs of the Season Performed in Classic Styles” (Classic Fox Records)
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Background music:

“Sinfonia (from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 by J.S. Bach)” by Bach-Collegium Stuttgart from “The Life Of Christ: The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus in music” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Snowfall” by Michael Allen Harrison from “Snowfall” (MAH Records)
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More information:

Not surprisingly, GFHandel.org has a nice overview of the creation of “Messiah.”

Also not surprisingly, Wikipedia does, as well.

38 Advent and Christmas Trees 2009

From Christmas 2009: The season of Advent has been around for a long time, but it has not always been the same. Share your family’s Christmas Eve/Christmas Day traditions at MyChristmasStocking.net. Find the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free; and you can mark your number private so it won’t be revealed. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStockingEmail: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   And join us on Facebook.

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Featured music:

“People Look East” by Al Petteway & Amy White from “Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas” (Maggie’s Music)
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Background music:

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” by The London Fox Players from “A Peaceful Christmas” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Pannonian Christmas” by Mike Collins from “Desert Anthem” (Talus Music)
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More information:

Wikipedia has a nice overview of Advent.

CRI/Voice, Institute, an ecumenical ministry has its own perspective of Advent.

Advent from a Catholic perspective in the online Catholic Encyclopedia.