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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106 Holiday Parades, Small and Boat

There’s more to holiday parades than Macy’s, although I’ll talk about that too. You’ll find all the episodes, Christmas Stocking merch and more at MyChristmasStocking.net. Tell me your Christmas plans or Christmas memories–or wish someone Merry Christmas at (323) 487-12-25.  Or email them, along with music and show ideas, to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Google+.

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Featured music:

“American Christmas” by Shawna Swansburg
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“Home 4 the Holidays”  by Devyn Rose
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Background music:

“Fretless” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Deck the Halls” by Oven Rake from “XMAS Compilation 10” (from the Free Music Archive)

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

More information:

The Guardian tells much of the background.

A Gothic Curiosity Cabinet has some theories.

So does the Deseret News.

And The Conversation.

The Paris Review has theories and some suggested ghostly reading.

95 The Hollywood Christmas Parade

One of the oldest parades in the United States is in the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it’s sort of a small parade. This episode features a listener call and the next one could be you. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net and either click “Call Me” or dial 323-487-12-25! At select times throughout the season, I’ll be on the other end answering live. I’ll let you know on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking) and  Google+, where I plan to do a hangout or two. You can also mail 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. And thanks to Brian who gave to the show at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

The Fall Song by Joy Ike from the album “All or Nothing”
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Background music:

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

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

“Carol of the Bells” and “Autumn Sunset” by Jason Shaw (from Audionautix.com)

More information:

Wikipedia has some information about the history of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. So does the official Facebook page of the parade.

Learn about this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Learn more about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the official website and tips before you go from the Long Island Press.

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.

50 Advent Calendars

From Christmas 2010: If Advent is all about the serious, Advent calendars are all about the fun. To be on the Christmas Stocking yourself, go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number.  My voicemail will call you for free. Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, and join our crew on Facebook.

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Featured music:

“Santa In L.A.” by 21 AD from “Christmas… A Winter’s Love”
(Lifestyles)
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Background music:

“Carol of the Birds” by Thomas Whitehouse (from MacJams.com)

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Joemy Wilson from “Gifts – Traditional Christmas Carols”
(Dargason Music)
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More information:

Wikipedia has some info.

Lego has a bunch of Advent calendars, including this latest one.

A couple of online Advent calendars are here and here.

And if you’re thinking of buying the $1 million Advent calendar, here’s more on it.

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”
(Classic Fox Records)
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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.

46 Tournament of Roses Parade

From Christmas 2009: For over 120 years, Pasadena, California, has been where it’s at on New Year’s morning. Learn a little something, and hear one more Christmas tradition. Get in touch with me on the phone by going 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. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.   Join us on Facebook. And follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking.

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Featured music:
“What Are You Doing for New Year’s Eve” by Rick Dempsey, The Deanna Bogart Band from “Home Run Holiday” (Vista)
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Background music:

“Shoot ‘Em In The Pants” by The Christmas Jug Band from “On The Holiday Highway” (Globe Records)
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“Joy to the World / The Gift” by Al Petteway & Amy White from “Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas” (Maggie’s Music)
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“Auld Lang Syne” by Pittsburgh Symphony Brass from “A Song of Christmas” (Four Winds Entertainment, Inc.)
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More information:

The Tournament of Roses website has everything you need to know if you’re thinking of attending sometime.

Wikipedia has a nicely organized history, including a list of all of the Grand Marshals.

36 Small Town Parades

From Thanksgiving 2009: The Christmas season has returned, and we look at smaller parades around the country. There is a new way to call the Christmas Stocking. Go to 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:
“Season of Joy” by Sounds Of Blackness from “The Night Before Christmas 2” (Atomic K Records)
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Background music:


“Christmas Morn (Stop! Stop! Stop!)” by Jeff Tincher from “Well… Where’s The Presents?” (NiteLife Music)
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“I Saw Three Ships” by Brian Bunker Christmas (from GarageBand.com)

More information:

It may seem like I exhausted the parade list, but this is only the tip of the iceburg. Wikipedia has a list that isn’t exhaustive, either, but if you want to explore….

More on the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

A list of holiday events in Chicago, including the McDonald’s Parade which has already happened.

See what Target has cooked up for Holidazzle 2009 in Minneapolis.

Find more articles I tweeted using this search page. Enter XmasStocking in the “From” box, and “Parade” in the Words box.

14 Parades

From Thanksgiving ’07. All-new for 2007! It’s not Thanksgiving without parades, and this year we will look at a bunch of the parades that usher in the Christmas season. Let us know what you think at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

“A Christmas Prelude” by US Air Force Band Of Mid America (from “A Musical Christmas”)

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“He Is Born” by Eric Wyse (from “Christmas Peace – Seasonal Favorites On Solo Piano”)

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Featured songs:

“Christmas Wishes” by Greg Hauge (from GarageBand.com)

“Silent Night” by Dean Krippaehne (from GarageBand.com) (and Dean’s myspace page….)

More information:

Macy*s has some stuff about their parade.

Here’s more about Detroit’s parade.

Chicago’s parade.

Houston’s 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