76 Canadian Christmas

For longtime listener Jeffery, the neighbors to our (the U.S.) north are the focus. Follow us on FacebookTwitter.com/XmasStocking, and Google+. Find all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks, Diana in Ontario Canada for your generous gift to the Christmas Stocking. Go to Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net if you’d like to give.

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Featured music:

“Snowy White River” by Sofia Talvik

Background music:

“Il est né le divin enfant” by Washington Saxophone Quartet from “Tis The Season Celebrate With WSaxQ” (Americus Records, Inc.)
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“The Huron Carol” by Vic Diesel (from MacJams.com)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas-Harp and Strings” (Classic Fox Records)
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More information:

WhyChristmas.com has lots of good info, as does this article from Kaboose.com.

From Boston.com, learn about the tree Halifax, Nova Scotia, sends to Boston each year.

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48 Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade

From Thanksgiving 2010: Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade was also an American tradition thanks to television, in fact, for a while it was a world-wide tradition. We look at the history in the first episode of the fifth season. It’s easy to get in touch with me on the phone–go to MyChristmasStocking.net. Find the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free; I will not learn your number. You can email me, TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   Join us on Facebook. And follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking.

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Featured music:

“Joy To The World” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas – Rhythm & Blues”
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Background music:

“Christmastime” by illuminati (from MacJams.com)

“Ridin’ the Yuletide” by The Woofers (from MacJams.com)

More information:

Click here for The Santa Claus Parade home page, with lots of info

Wikipedia has a good article on the parade, and Eaton’s, the original sponsor.

Parade broadcaster CityTV talked to the parade’s General Manager.

CanadaCool.com will give you some tidbits.

The Toronto Sun has a quick history, too.

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.