136 “Home Alone”

Some things you probably didn’t know about a holiday favorite. Thank you for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. I feel a little like Sally Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” but it really does help. Stop by the Christmas Stocking Facebook page (and Like and Follow us, too!), and Follow on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and on Pinterest (where I realize I’m not active enough). The phone’s always open, any time, (323) 487-12-25. Don’t wait if you want to share on the show. What is Christmas to you? Or email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Away in a Manger” by Matt diVenti from the EP “Christmas Songs Vol. 1” (from Noisetrade)
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Background music:

“Jingle Bells” by the California Guitar Trio
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“The Wassail Song” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Christmas Medley by Gina and Kev” by Gina Kellenberger and by Kevin Zerbe

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
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More information:

Learn all about “Home Alone” from Wikipedia.

IMDb has a lot of info, including trivia.

Learn about the making of the gangster movie in “Home Alone” (it’s totally part of the movie) from Vanity Fair, of all places.

See the connection between Kevin McCallister and Monica and Chandler.

An analysis of Marv and Harry’s injuries suffered at the hands of Kevin.

Hear about more Christmas movies in the Christmas Stocking at Movies.MyChristmasStocking.net

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122 “Elf” the Movie

Eddie Lee on Facebook suggested I talk about “Elf.” Here we go! Plus a call from Terry in New York about what Christmas IS to him. You can call (323) 487-12-25, too! We’re all over social media: on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Pinterest and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Key to Christmas” by William McKechnie from “Key to Christmas Fluffy Snow”
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Background music:

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Dave Jones (from MacJams.com)

“Jingle Bells” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“The Holly and the Ivy” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Joy to the World” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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More information:

Wikipedia has lots of information.

IMDb will tell you a lot.

Mental Floss will tell you some things you might not know about the movie.

Jon Favreau talked about “Elf” with Rolling Stone.

67 “It’s a Wonderful Life”

From Christmas 2011: I had been planning to focus on this movie for a couple of years, and chose this year because it’s an anniversary year (65 years young!). But Jeff mentioned it on  Facebook, I think people have asked on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, and Brian mentioned it in his note I read in the last episode (which he sent to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net). So it really is time. Other ways to get in touch with us are in the Contact Us tab on MyChristmasStocking.net where you can listen to episodes also. And circle the Christmas Stocking on Google+.

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Featured music:

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by The Cathedral Singers, Richard Proulx (conductor) from “Catholic Classics, Vol. 8: Christmas Classics” (GIA)
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Background music:

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Gavin Sutherland  from “Piano Past Times Volume Three – The Christmas Album” (Campion Cameo)
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“One Christmas Night” by Tommy Emmanuel from “All I Want for Christmas”

“We Will Meet Again for Christmas” by Enrique Gil  (from MacJams.com)

“Sleigh Ride” by Tony Evans & His Orchestra from “Merry Christmas – Tony Evans” (Tema International)
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More information:

I found a lot of information on the movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

If you’re thinking of heading to “the Real Bedford Falls,” Seneca Falls, NY, this site will fill you in on what’s going on. Big doin’s this year, of course.

If you’d like to buy “It’s a Wonderful LIfe” on Blu-ray or DVD, click the title to head to Amazon.

31 “A Christmas Story”

From Christmas 2008: 2008 was the 25th anniversary of the movie A Christmas Story and we celebrate with some behind the scenes info. More at MyChristmasStocking.net. Also a couple of traditions from Christmas Stocking listeners who emailed TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And join us on Facebook, too.

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Featured music:

“Sno” by Tonic Sol-Fa from Sugarüe”
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Background music:

“Deck the Halls” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by David Shelley from “Christmas Sax – Seasonal Favorites With Smooth Jazz”
(Classic Fox Records)
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More information:

Buy a two disc “Ultimate Collector’s Edition,” a regular “Two-Disc Special Edition,” or on Blu-ray from one of these links and help The Christmas Stocking!

You can visit Ralphie’s house! They’ve had over 100,000 visitors.

IMDB is full of information about this movie and its sequel.

Of course, Wikipedia has lots.

23 “Miracle on 34th Street”

From Christmas ’07: My family’s favorite holiday movie is the original Miracle on 34th Street. I love Santa Claus. There’s a lot you may not know; you’ll get the info in this episode. Tell us about your miracle at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET . Oh, yes–Merry Christmas!

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Background music:

“Jingle Bells” by The Eden Symphony Orchestra (from “A Philharmonic Christmas”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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“Joy to the World” by Simon Leyton (from “Classical Christmas – Classical Interpretations Of Christmas Favorites”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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Buy at Rhapsody
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More On This Album

Featured music:

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by The New Bethlehem Ensemble (from “A White Christmas”)
(Ultraviolet Productions)
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Buy at Napster
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More information:

imdb.com has all kinds of info.

Wikipedia.com has a pretty good article.

Here’s the Amazon.com link, which has a very in-depth review with lots of info on the extra’s (and from the extras).