124 Silent Night

You may have heard the story of the origin of “Silent Night,” but I may have some info you didn’t know about. Find out about more carols at MyChristmasStocking.net. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25 What IS Christmas to you? We do the social thing–on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Pinterest and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Silent Night” by Shuree from the EP “Christmas Soul Unplugged” (from Noisetrade)

Background music:

“Silent Night” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Silent Night” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Silent Night No Percussion Instrumental” by Katey Laurel from the album “This is Christmas”
This version isn’t available to buy, but you can buy her beautiful vocal on iTunes. The whole album is great.

More information:

Find more information about the hymn from the BBC, In Mozart’s Footsteps and Stille Nacht Gesellschaft.

Find many English translations, including the one you probably know, on the Silent Night Web.

116 The 10th Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular! Ten years, baby!

Escape is the theme this summer, as we have plenty to escape from. Find every episode, Christmas Stocking merch and more are at MyChristmasStocking.net. Call (323) 487-1225 before you forget–what makes Christmas so special for you? Tell the world!  Or email it, along with music and show ideas, to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. There’s room for you on our Facebook  and Google+ communities. Info I discussed is on my Twitter feed @XmasStocking.

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Featured music:

“Christmastime” by Hill & Hale and Their Merry Friends from “Christmastime”
Buy on iTunes
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“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by DJ 8-8008 feat. April Forrest
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Man! It’s Christmas” by the Rev. Jimmie Bratcher from “Man! It’s Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“I Saw Three Ships” by Found Wandering from the album “On a Christmas Night”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Christmas of Love” by Tresa Street
Buy on Tresa’s website

“Good King Wenceslas” by Takenobu from “Christmas Songs”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“A Voice is Sounding” by Sojourn from “A Child is Born”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Carol of the Bells (Remix)” Spade from “CEDM Christmas 2014” (from Noisetrade)

“What Child is This, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Jazz Council from “Christmas Sampler”(from Noisetrade)

(Hear more Jazz Council on their album “Dawn” on iTunes)

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

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

“A Good King (Wenceslas)” by Kevin Zerbe from “Zerbinator’s ‘Under the Tree’”

More information:

More about Dial-A-Carol

Projected top toys for 2016

The Capitol Christmas Tree 2016 website

 

 

 

110 The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Suggested by Joe on Facebook! There’s a song about it. And a sweet story. The flower, the legend, the poem, the carol, it’s all in here. Plus bonus music! Believe it or not, time is running out to call (323) 487-12-25 and be on the show. Or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking),  and Google+. And please come to MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by the Grace Episcopal Church Choir (from Soundclick.com)

“Mvmt IV, Every Bell On Earth Will Ring” by the Oh Hellos from “The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album”
Buy on iTunes

Background music includes:

“Bethlehem” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Realidade Eterna (Eternal Reality)” by Corciolli from “Nosso Lar (The Astral City)”

“The Holly and the Ivy” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Novareinna.com has a more on the rose and the legend.

Read the poem that inspired the carol and more at NoelNoelNoel.com.

Read another version of the legend at The Baldwin Project. 

105 The 9th Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular

The promo said it and it’s still true: it’s the summer, so it’s time to enjoy some holiday music.  Everything I talked about is on my Twitter feed @XmasStocking. And make sure you join our Facebook  and Google+ communities! All the episodes, Christmas Stocking merch and more are at MyChristmasStocking.net. And tell me your Christmas plans or Christmas memories–or wish someone Merry Christmas at (323) 487-1225.  Or email it, along with music and show ideas, to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET,

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Featured music:

“Jingle Bell Swing” by Mark Smeby from “En attendant Noël…” (from the Free Music Archive) and “Christmas”
Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Seth and Betsy from the “Christmas” EP (from Noisetrade)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by Peter Furler featuring David Ian from “Peter Furler Christmas featuring David Ian”
Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

“West Coast” by The Connection from the album “A Christmas Gift for”
Buy on Amazon
Buy on iTunes

“We Three Kings/O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Groove for Thought from “Songs of Good Cheer”
Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

“Angels We Have Heard On High” by Evan Wickham from the EP “Christmas Music Vol. 1” (from Noisetrade)
Buy from iTunes
Buy from Amazon

“Blood Oranges in the Snow” by Over the Rhine from “Even The Snow Turns Blue: An Over the Rhine Christmas Compilation” (from Noisetrade) and “Blood Oranges in the Snow”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Cumbia de Tannenbaum (Club Mix)” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” (I found it on Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Xmas Medley by Gina and Kev” by Gina Kellenberger andby Kevin Zerbe

“xmas songs plastic sputnik arcade punk remix” by Hally from “The 8bits of Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Decking the Halls in 1966” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” (I found it on Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Joy to the World” by Bing Futch (from MacJams.com)

“Goodbye Charles” by Over the Rhine from “Even The Snow Turns Blue: An Over the Rhine Christmas Compilation” (from Noisetrade) and “Snow Angels”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Hamley’s top toys for Christmas 2015

The official site for the Capitol Christmas Tree 2015

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”

Buy on iTunes

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

“Merry Christmas Mood” by Greg Lato (from Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year” by Rosie Thomas from “A Very Rosie Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Sing We Now of Christmas/Noël Nouvelet by Irene Nachreiner with her Latin Jazz Band from “A Hot & Spicy Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Give Me All Your Love at Christmas Time” by Nick Bukuvalas (from Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“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)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“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

83 The 7th Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular!

Yay! It’s here! I timed this to arrive at the precise point you’re sick of summer. No? Too late? Sorry. Too early? Well, you can wait a bit; I’ll still be here. And I’ll be on  Google+, where we’ll hang out at least once or twice before Christmas, on Facebook and on Twitter (@XmasStocking).  Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Tell us about your favorite childhood Christmas memory, your favorite memory of your kids’ Christmas  or simply wish someone Merry Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks very much to everyone who’ve given at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

“Jingle Bells” by Skid Row from “Monster Ballads for Christmas”  (Razor and Tie) (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

“Christmas in Hawaii” by the Hot Rods from “Tiger Room presents The Hot Rods (It’s Christmas Time Again)” (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

“Christmas All Year Long” by Darrell Smith from “Ordinary Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

“O Come O Come Emmanuel” by IKOS featuring Dave Clifton from “Christmas Carols and Songs” (Little Room) (from the Free Music Archive)
Buy at Amazon

“Mr. Christmas” by Kristine W. from “Hey Mr. Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

“Christmas Time’s a Comin'” by Rusty Bladen from “Feels Like Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

“Greensleeves” by Lee Harris & the Tijuana Trumpets from “A Whole Lotta Santa” (from Mevio.com)

Background music:

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

“Silent Night (Jazz Trio Version)” by John Stebbe (from MacJams.com)

“The Gloucestershire Wassail” by IKOS featuring Dave Clifton from “Christmas Carols and Songs” (Little Room) (from the Free Music Archive)
Buy on iTunes
Buy at Amazon

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” by Bing Futch (from MacJams.com)

“Up on the Housetop” by Paul Slocum from “The 8Bits of Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)
Buy on their site

“Chispas de Christmas (Club Mix)” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” (from Mevio.com)
Buy at Amazon

More information:

Some cool, adventurous Christmas cruises.

More about Selfridges Christmas Emporium, with some nice photos.

All about Maddy’s Coloring for Christmas charity work in Missouri.

Learn about the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2013 here.

78 Manger and Halls

The origin of a couple of carols and some great versions, too! Join us on Twitter.com/XmasStockingFacebook, and Google+.  MyChristmasStocking.net is the main site where you can get in touch and listen to all the episodes.

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Featured music:

“Away in a Manger” by Martha’s Trouble from “This Christmas” (ItsAboutMusic.com)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Deck the Halls” by the HoHoHos (aka the Juliettes) from “It’s the HoHoHos”
Buy the album at Bandcamp.com

“Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle” by Bucko and Champs from “Vol. 1-2-Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs”
Buy the CD at Amazon.com
 Buy at iTunes Music Store

Background music:

“Away In A Manger” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas – Lounge Jazz” (Classic Fox Records)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Deck The Halls” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas – Lounge Jazz” (Classic Fox Records)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

Wikipedia has excellent info on both “Away in a Manger” and “Deck the Hall(s).”

70 Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular 6

From summer 2012: It’s not later than usual, but the summer’s been so crazy it feels like it. Especially if you’re in America’s heartland or bread basket.  We’ve been busy on Facebook and  Twitter (@XmasStocking). Also find us on  Google+, where we’ll hang out at least once or twice before Christmas. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Tell us what Christmas means to you or wish someone Merry Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks very much to everyone who’ve given at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

“Carol of the Bells”  by John Angotti from “Welcome Home For Christmas” (World Library Publications)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Mulberry Lane from “Christmas Spirit” (World Egg Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Eerayiram Aandugal Mun” by Uma Ramanan from “Happy Christmas Vol.1 & 2” (Unique Recording Co.)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“For Christmas’ Sake” by Sounds Of Blackness from “The Night Before Christmas 2” (Atomic K Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Little Drummer Boy” by etypejazz from “HOHO Volume Two” (Etype Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Sleigh Ride” by Tom Grant from “Santa Claus is Going to Town!” (Nu-Wrinkle Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“A Merry Christmas” by Marc Reift Orchestra, Prague Chamber Choir, Marc Reift from “Voices 6 Christmas Swing” (Marcophon)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

Background music:

“Angels We Have Heard On High”  by Darren Rahn from “Smooth Soul Holiday” (NuGroove Music LLC)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Away in a Manger” by Alice Gomez from “Native American Flute for Christmas (For Massage, New Age, Spa & Relaxation)” (Talking Taco Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“The Shepherds Of Argentina” by Marimba Quest from “Christmas Carnaval” (80-Minutes of Music/Talking Taco Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Joy to the World” by Moat Jumper from “Christmas at the Renaissance Fair”
Buy the song at iTunes Music Store 
Buy at Amazon.com

“Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Behold Him Medley” by Bob Baldwin from “Smooth Soul Holiday” (NuGroove Music LLC)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

The Target/Neiman Marcus Christmas Collection.

The story of Furby’s return, and Furby’s website.

The official website of the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2012.

Christmas tours from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Aaron Neville and Wynonna.

I mentioned the Rockettes, the Grinch at MSG, “A Christmas Story, The Musical” on Broadway.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Christmas music from Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart, Chris Mann, and Scotty McCreery.

Preorders are up for “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” on Amazon.

58 Christmas Stocking Summer Spectacular Number 5

From summer 2011: Another hot summer means another music spectacular full of Christmas music. If you haven’t, please follow Twitter.com/XmasStocking,  and “Like” our Facebook page. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. And share your Christmas memories or wish someone Merry Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net. Just click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free. Thanks to everyone who’ve given. Click “Contribute” at the top of MyChristmasStocking.net to find out more.

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Featured music:

“Rock 4 XMAS Anthem (feat. Ira Black, Ron Keel & Terry Ilous)” by Ira Black from “Rock 4 XMAS, Vol. 3” (Tau)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album


“O Christmas Tree” by 21 AD from “Christmas… A Winter’s Love” (Lifestyles)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Mystery of the Midwest” by the Kathy Fleischmann Band from “A Bent Pussycat Xmas Vol. 3” (thanks to Ariel Publicity)

“Silent Night Revisited” by Joe Droukas from “Christmas is a State of Mind” (ItsAboutMusic.com)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album


“Hot Christmas”  by Dr. Elmo from “Up Your Chimney” (Laughing Stock)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“While Shepherds Watch Their Flock by Night” by Mystified (from MacJams.com)

“The Christmas Song Song” by Rocky and Balls from the album “We Like Cake And Beards And Stuff”

Background music:

“Oh Christmas Tree (Salsa)” by BobbyRodriguez from “A Latin Jazz Christmas” (LatinJazz Productions)
 Buy at iTunes Music Store
 Buy at Amazon MP3
 More On This Album

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

“Cold Sun” by Yelena Eckemoff, Mads Vinding, Peter Erskine from “Cold Sun” (L & H Production)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”  by Bradley Leighton from “Holiday of Lights” (Pacific Coast Jazz)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“We Three Kings (Jazz Quartet)” by Donald Doyle (from MacJams.com)

“Joy to the World” by Jim Edwards (from MacJams.com)

More information:

All about the Capitol Christmas tree, from California to Washington.

I mentioned the Sears Christmas page. It’s hard to find, and it’s not as official as I’d thought. But they have some stuff.

If you want to see Harrod’s Christmas merch, here it is (no official page yet as of the release date).

If you’re looking for my weather forecast information, I was most impressed with this page and this page (part two of the first one). Accuracy not guaranteed.

Listener pages mentioned:

The online Christmas radio station I talked about.

Wayne’s Comics is the comics podcast I mentioned. It’s on this page with a pop culture podcast called sfp-now. Scroll down and you’ll find the comics one. Two for the price of one!

54 Christmas in the Late 20th Century

From Christmas 2010: The world went from black and white TV just catching on to the internet beginning its domination, but did Christmas change very much? We travel down memory lane. Join us on The Christmas Stocking’s Facebook page! Lots happening. Lots going on at Twitter.com/XmasStocking, too. Not much time to tell the world your Christmas wish at MyChristmasStocking.net. Click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you.  Or email your answer to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:

“We Three Kings” by Pink Martini from “Joy to the World”
(Heinz Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

Background music:

“Surf’s Up Emmanuel” by Brian Bunker Christmas (from GarageBand.com)

“Oh Holy Night” by Brian Bunker Christmas (from GarageBand.com)

More information:

Retrohousewife.com goes back to Christmases in the 40’s to recent times. I’ll just link to the 50’s and you can go from there.

Some Christmas toys from the past. And more, from a slightly British perspective.

Here’s a Toys ‘R’ Us commercial from the 70’s. Here’s an M&M’s commercial from the 80’s. Much more warm and fuzzy than these days.

I could link to a bunch of Amazon pages that would help The Christmas Stocking, but I think this one from TopTenReviews will be easier for both of us. One fan’s opinions of the best of the 90’s doesn’t gibe with mine.

Wikipedia has a good list of Christmas hits from the 20th century.

47 4th Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular

From summer 2010: It’s been a hot summer in some places, a cool one in others (like mine). Either way, we still need some Christmas, right? This is a pretty summery episode, I think. Lots more Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net, on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, and on Facebook.  Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. You can also get in touch by phone, see pictures and videos and more at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Sandy Claws” by Allen Dean (from MacJams.com)

“Christmas Boat” by the Woofers (from MacJams.com)

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sandra Nordstrom from “Another Silent Christmas” (BT ENTERTAINMENT)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“All I Want for Christmas is a Funky Brass Band” by Phat2sDay from “Ambassador From N’Awlins” (Sound of New Orleans / LocoBop)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

“Best Little Christmas” by Don McAvoy & the Great Whatever from “Peace, Love & Scrapple”

Buy the CD at their website

“The Christmas Goose” by The Oxford Waits from “Hey For Christmas”  (Beautiful Jo)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby from “Bing Crosby Christmas” (Spectra Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

Background music:

“White Christmas Uke Style” by Martin Leroy (from MacJams.com)

“Oh Christmas Tree (Salsa)” by BobbyRodriguez from “A Latin Jazz Christmas” (LatinJazz Productions)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” by Arturo Stalteri from “Flowers” (Materiali Sonori)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

Twitter.com/XmasStocking has all the links.

35 3rd Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular

From summer 2009: Lose yourself in the Christmas season with lots of music, information and advice, all with a summer feel, somehow! You’ll find more at MyChristmasStocking.net and Twitter.com/XmasStockingEmail: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   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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Featured music:

“Yule Swing” by Anna Wilson from “Yule Swing!”
(Transfer Records, LLC)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album

“Carol of the Bells” by Darby O’Gill (from Soundclick.com)


“Santa Baby” by The Swingle Singers from “Unwrapped”
(The Sound Corporation)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album


“Joy To The World” by Prague Chamber Choir, Philharmonic Wind Orchestra from “Greatest Christmas Carols”
(Marcophon)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album


“Go, Santa Go!” by Howell – Freundlich Overdrive from “Christmas Fervor”
(Fervor Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album


“Nutcracker March” by Pittsburgh Symphony Brass from “A Song of Christmas”
(Four Winds Entertainment, Inc.)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album

“Sno” by Tonic Sol-Fa from Sugarüe”
More from the Tonic Sol-Fa store

Background music:

“Deck the Halls” by Brian Bunker (from GarageBand.com)

“Surf’s Up, Emmanuel” by Brian Bunker (from GarageBand.com)

“Sleigh Ride” by Jeffrey Scot Wills from “A Central Standard Christmas”
(IMI)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album


“Let It Snow” by In Due Season from “In Due Season EP”
(gMusic)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

For more information:

Twitter.com/XmasStocking has all the links. Like Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” train tour, hot toys this year, the personalized Rubik’s Cube, ways to save for the holiday, and more.

32 Christmas in the Early 20th Century

From Christmas 2008: A lot happened in the first half of the 20th century, and we look at how Christmas was affected. More at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And 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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Featured music:

“Jingle Bells” by Joe Williams from “Christmas Remixed 2”
(Rock River Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
More On This Album

Background music:

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Jeffrey Scot Wills from “A Central Standard Christmas”
(IMI)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Noel Nouvelet/Patapan Medley” by Sarah Whitely (from MacJams.com)

More information:

The Antique Christmas Lights Museum has information.

History.com has details on the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Wikipedia has a list of Christmas hit singles.

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)
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Mo’oz Tsur” by Laurie Z. from “Heart of the Holidays” (Zebra Productions, Inc.)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Napster
Buy at Rhapsody
More On This Album

“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

24 Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular

From August 2008: When you need to escape the summer heat, or you just need to feel a little Christmas, pop on the Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular, chock full of extra music, some fun holiday facts and a little holiday advice, too.  See more at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. I’m looking for music.  If you know about or make podsafe Christmas music, please let me know. If you have any ideas for features this Christmas, especially interactive ones, also let me know!

 

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Background music:

“Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Jingle Bells” by Bill Cunliffe, Clay Jenkins, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbera, Tom Warrington from “Snowfall” (Jazz Compass)
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“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Cape Cod Winds Ensemblefrom “Our Nantucket Wedding Album” (BuddhaWax)
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Good King Wenceslas by Karl Frederick Grossman (from GarageBand.com)

“The First Noel” by puddydawg (from GarageBand.com)

“Seasoned Greetings” by Davie Allan and the Arrows from “Fuzz For the Holidays 2” (Spinout Records)
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Featured Music:

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”by Glen Ellyn Chorale from “Christmas Traditions-20 Treasured Songs of the Season Performed in Classic Styles” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Christmas Song” by  The Swingle Singers from “Unwrapped” (The Sound Corporation)
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A Pirate’s 12 Days of Christmas” by Gastronomical Unit (from GarageBand.com)


“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by  Gloria Reuben from “Let it Glo” (Celebrity Loop)
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“On Christmas Night” by Simon Bernard- Smith, Simeon Wood & John Gerightyfrom “Breath Of Christmas – Christmas Favorites Featuring Panpipes And Flute” (Classic Fox Records)
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“George Bailey” by Carolyn Sills from “George Bailey” (Silent Stereo Records)
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“Snow” by The von Trapp Childrenfrom “Snow – New Songs of the Season” (IMI)
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15 Christmas Shopping 2007

From Christmas ’07: Black Friday is here again, and we look at what the shopping season will be like this year, along with the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, celebrating their 100th anniversary. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net to comment. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:
“Skating” by Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (from “Carol Of The Bells”)

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

“Black Friday” by Music for Viola (from “Takin’ Care of Christmas” and Soundclick.com)

More information:

You can look at the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book yourself. Wikipedia has some choice selections from previous Christmas Books.

Back down to Earth, here’s a nice history of the Sears catalog.

Christmas shopping ’07 forecast: The Game industry and big screen TVs. Will the United Kingdom have a good shopping year? Or a bad one?

12 Christmas Stocking Summer Music Explosion!

From August 2007. Just as the heat becomes old and tired in much of the country and intolerable in others, the Christmas Stocking comes through with a music-filled episode, along with a few tidbits on how some of the summertime Christmas celebrations go down around the equator and below. MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. If you know about or make podsafe Christmas music, please let me know by email. If you have any ideas for features this Christmas, especially interactive ones, also let me know in comments or email! Thanks for listening.

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Background music includes:

“Jingle Bells R&R Style” by the R&R Project (from GarageBand.com)

“Deck the Halls” by Technohazard (from GarageBand.com)

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” from “A Christmas Concert for Brass” by Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
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Featured music includes:

“It’s Christmas” by Cleveland DERUE Cathnott (from GarageBand.com)

“Cool, Cool Christmas” by Dean Krippaehne (from GarageBand.com) (and Dean’s myspace page….)

“Carol of the Bells” by the St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir

“Holy Night” by Sandra Mooy

“Christmas In Malibu” from “Christmas in Malibu” by The Rad Dudes Radude Records

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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by the Grattones (from GarageBand.com)

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