128 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017

Some facts about Macy’s parade that I haven’t talked about, and what’s happening in 2017. Thanks for giving to the Christmas Stocking! MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Be on the show! The number is (323) 487-12-25. Call and tell me what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas to someone you love, or whatever. You could hear it this season! Find the Christmas Stocking on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Pinterest.

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Featured music:

Evergreen” by Rändi Fay from the EP “Evergreen
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Background music:

Meatball Parade” by Kevin MacLeod (from Incompetech)

Carpe Diem” by Kevin MacLeod (from Incompetech)

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More information:

NYCVP, am New York, History Channel, and Wikipedia have more on the history of Macy’s parade.

Macy’s and Thrillist will tell you more about the current parade.

Find past parade and Thanksgiving episodes of the Christmas Stocking at Thanksgiving.MyChristmasStocking.net

Hear all about “Miracle on 34th Street” in this episode from 2007: Miracle.MyChristmasStocking.net

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107 Black Friday and Wanamaker’s Christmas Light Show

Some advice on what to avoid and what to go for on Black Friday, and a trip to Philadelphia for the Wanamaker Christmas Light Show. Find a lot more Christmas info on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+. Home base is MyChristmasStocking.net, with all the episodes and a lot more. Be on the show! Share your Christmas memories or Christmas plans–or wish someone Merry Christmas at (323) 487-12-25.  Or email them to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET.

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Featured music:

“Christmas Gets Worse Every Year (feat. Oscar Foxley)” by The Other Guys 
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Background music:

“The First Noel (pKai Remix)” by pKai from “The CEDM Christmas 2014”

“Für Elise” by Lenny Marcus from “The Jazz of Beethoven”
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More information:

The NY Daily News tech guide for 2015.

Kim Komando warns you against these Black Friday “deals” in USA Today.

Black Friday preparation and shopping strategies from U.S. News and World Report.

The outlook for the UK’s Black Friday from c|net.

The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ have a website with lots of information.

All the info you need if you want to visit the Wanamaker organ at Macy’s from Visit Philadelphia.

Wikipedia has lots of info on the history of Wanamaker’s and the organ.

84 Happy 150th Thanksgiving, America!

President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving, and it’s been going ever since.  Find out what’s happening in the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Google+, and Facebook. The Email is TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. All the episodes and info on how to get on the show are at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

Christmas Crush” by Nicole Kehl from “‘Tis the Season” (from Mevio.com)
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Background music:

“Christmas Hymns [1917]” by Francis J. Lapitino from “Voices of Christmas Past”  (from the Free Music Archive)

“Xmas Fantasy/Silent Night” by Fran Dagostino (from MacJams.com)

More information:

More on Sarah Josepha Hale’s Thanksgiving campaign from History.com.

Read her letter to Abraham Lincoln that seemed to have convinced him.

Learn more about Sarah Josepha Hale from Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia.

All about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from Macy’s itself.

71 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012

We look at the history of the biggest Thanksgiving parade in the country. It’s been six years since the last time we focused on it, so I figured let’s do it. Also the first Merry Christmas wish of the season from a listener! Call me privately from MyChristmasStocking.net using the Call Me button or email an audio file to  TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Show notes are now on the front page of MyChristmasStocking.net. Join the conversation on Facebook. Plenty happening on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, too. Thank you to everyone who has given to the Christmas Stocking this year. It’s been really helpful (info on that is at Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net).

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Featured music:

“It’s The Time” by The Chi-Lites from “Street Carols” (Street Gold Records)
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Background music:

“Angels We Have Heard On High”  by Darren Rahn from “Smooth Soul Holiday” (NuGroove Music LLC)
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“Have Yourself A Merry Merry Christmas” by Tema Digital Media from “Instrumental Christmas” (Tema Digital Media)
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More information:

Macy’s website will tell you all about the parade.

About.com has some great info if you’re going to the parade. MommyPoppins.com has even more.

Marching.com has a listing of…the bands. And how you can submit yours to be in a future parade.

Of course there’s a Wikipedia page!

If you really want to compare with the original (first!) episode you can.

25 Thanksgiving

From Thanksgiving 2008: The holiday season is starting late this year because Thanksgiving is late. Whose fault is that? Find out in the first edition of The Christmas Stocking. More at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Join us on Facebook. And talk to me be on MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button, and my voicemail will call you.

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Background music:

“All Poor Men And Humble” by The Eden Symphony Orchestra from “20 Classical Christmas Favorites”(Classic Fox Records)
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“Mo’oz Tsur” by Laurie Z. from “Heart of the Holidays” (Zebra Productions, Inc.)
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“Over the River and Through the Woods (grandma mix)” by Ignite Sky (from Soundclick.com)

“Seasoned Greetings” by Davie Allan and the Arrows from (”Fuzz For the Holidays 2″)

Featured song:

“Christmas Is Coming To Town” by Anna Wilson from “Yule Swing!”
(Transfer Records, LLC)
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More information about Thanksgiving:

The History Channel lists some “Mayflower Myths,” a possible menu for the first Thanksgiving, and they have the Thanksgiving proclamation by the Continental Congress in 1782.

Wikipedia has almost too much on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s has more on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

1 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

From Christmas ’06: Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade really sets the tone. Find out where Thanksgiving Day Parades started and relive the history of the big one–Macy’s in New York. Also enjoy some great holiday music! Comment at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

1) Deck the Halls by John Morgan, available on a CD of holiday music. I found it at feelslikechristmas.com

2) Birth to the Savior by Rejoice (from GarageBand.com)

Featured song:

The Santa Claus Rock by Howard Pearlman