114 Christmas Oranges

Where did the tradition of getting an orange in the Christmas stocking start? With St. Nicholas, of course! Find everything at MyChristmasStocking.net. Call (323) 487-12-25 to wish someone Merry Christmas! Or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. The Christmas Stocking is on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Everywhere I Go” by Joshua and Heather from “Merry Christmas – EP” (from Noisetrade)
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Background music:

“Shakespeare’s Carol” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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“Sans Day Carol” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Moat Jumper from “Christmas at the Renaissance Fair”
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More information:

Why’d You Eat That has a pretty good history.

Dave’s Garden has some theories.

Smithsonian.com will tell you about the orange and the stocking.

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73 Krampus

Not all of Christmas is sweetness and light. By request from Brian and Charlie from our Facebook posse, we focus on the Alpine sidekick of St. Nick, Krampus. Gahh! Wish your favorite someone Merry Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net by clicking the Call Me button or email an audio file to  TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. The Christmas Stocking is also on Twitter.com/XmasStocking and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Gift of Giving” by Pamela Hines from “New Christmas” (SPiceRack Records)
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Background music:

“Antagonist B” by Kevin Macleod (freepd.com)

“Circus Tent”“Movement Proposition” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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

More information:

You can learn more about Krampus from this Etsy blog. And Wikipedia.

A few years ago, I talked about a similar set of Christmas characters. If you like Krampus, you’ll love the Yule Lads.

57 “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clark Moore

From Christmas 2010: Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy it. Stay in touch on Twitter.com/XmasStocking and our Facebook page. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. Other ways to communicate and a lot more are at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Santa’s On His Way” by The Pipettes
from “Santa’s On His Way”
(Fortuna POP)
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Background music:

“A Silent Night” by Bernd Rover (from MacJams.com)

“Christmastime” by illuminati (from MacJams.com)

“I Saw Three Ships” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Joemy Wilson from “Gifts – Traditional Christmas Carols”
(Dargason Music)
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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by TennesseeVic (from MacJams.com)

More info:

Several versions of the poem, including four published in the 19th century, are on Wikisource.org

56 About “A Visit From St. Nicholas”

From Christmas 2010: Travel with me to the busy workshop in the North Pole, where we discuss Clement Clark Moore’s classic work with a special guest! I love getting mail. Email’s good, too: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. All the ways to get in touch are at MyChristmasStocking.net. For instance, click the Call Me button and put in your phone number. My voicemail will call you. The Christmas Stocking’s Facebook page has a good group of people, so you’ll fit right in. And follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking.

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Featured music:

“Coventry Carol” by The Noel Project (from MacJams.com)

Background music:

“Winter Whimsy” by Shay MacKay (from MacJams.com)

“Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee” by Von Ives Orchestra from “Merry Christmas”
(TMG)
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More information:

Wikipedia.com has an article about the poem and Clement Clark Moore himself, About.com’s Urban Legends page will tell you more about Moore and the poem. Even more on Mr. Moore (that never gets old) from merrycoz.org.

The New York Institute for Special Education is proud to have had Clement Moore on their board of managers.

The St. Nicholas Center discusses the poem and much more about St. Nick.

Donald Wayne Foster says Henry Livingston wrote the poem. Here’s his Wikipedia page, a New York Times article about his assertion and supporting evidence, a timeline supporting this view, and an excellent refutation by Stephen Nissenbaum from UMass.

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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Featured music:

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by The New Bethlehem Ensemble (from “A White Christmas”)
(Ultraviolet Productions)
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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).

10 Santa Claus and the Christmas Stocking

From Christmas ’06: Santa is coming soon, and one of his Christmas elves, Norman, spills some secrets about him! Plus, a great barbershop version of “Jingle Bells.” MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music includes:

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

“Jingle Bells” (mp3) by Chris Goddard from “An Acoustic Christmas with Chris Goddard” Milomix Productions

Featured song:

“Jingle Bells” by the Groove Barbers from “Kids’ Club – Holiday Fun Volume 1” (a compilation featuring many artists, including Lisa Loeb)
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