138 The Three Wise Men

Thanks to a suggestion Vivian made on Facebook, we learn a bit about the Three Wise Men, Three Kings, Three Magi–all the same people and all more characters than verifiable real people. Call (323) 487-12-25 any time and share whatever you’d like. Get in on next season or summer early, or just say hi. Email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. I so appreciate the gifts to the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. They make a huge difference. Besides Facebook, find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking) and on Pinterest.

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Featured music:

“We Three Kings” by Found Wandering from the album “Christmas in Country Village”
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Found Wandering’s Christmas videos are also available.

Background music:

Wish Background” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

“We Three Kings” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
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“Auld Lang Syne” by Dexter Britain from “Xmas 2012” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Actually, Wikipedia has a lot of good information about the Magi.

The Washington Post article by Diana Butler Bass headlined, “Why Jesus’ first Christmas gifts were truly shocking.”

The Christmas Stocking talked about the traditions of Three Kings Day at Epiphany.MyChristmasStocking.net

Find all of the post-Christmas episodes, some or all of which you may have missed, at PostChristmas.MyChristmasStocking.net

 

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93 New Year’s

For the final episode of 2013, we look at some random New Year’s traditions/customs.  Whenever you want to get in touch, just email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. The Christmas Stocking will be on social media throughout the year, including Google+Facebook, and Twitter (@XmasStocking).

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Featured music:

“Last Day of the Year” by Reid Jamieson from “Songs for a Winter’s Night
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“Happy New Year” by Ivor Game
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“Auld Lang Syne” by Roger McGuinn  (from the Free Music Archive)

Background music:

“Smooth Sailing” by Jason Shaw (from Audionautix.com)

More information:

FatherTime’s.net has traditions from a whole ton of countries around the world.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac discusses New Year’s customs.

Of course, Wikipedia has info, 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.

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.

11 Three Kings Day

From Epiphany ’07: Our look at the happiest time of year comes to an end with Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Listen to find out ways many people finish out the Christmas season. And please keep your subscription open for future projects. Thanks for all the downloads, and make sure you come back next year! MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music includes:

“We Three Kings/Deck the Halls” by Christmas Classical Music (from GarageBand.com)

“We Three Kings” by Steven Belong (from SoundClick.com)

Featured song:

We Three Kings” by Stephen Bashaw (I found it at feelslikechristmas.com)

For more on Epiphany/Three Kings Day:

Wikipedia goes in-depth, as usual.

The CRI/Voice website has some good information.

El Boricua gives a Puerto Rican perspective on Los Reyes Magos.