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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117 Getting Your Eats on for Thanksgiving and Christmas

What do you eat for the holidays? What’s common? What’s special to regions and families? And a phone call at (323) 487-12-25. You should call! Or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Tell the world what Christmas IS to you. Lots more Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes, show notes and links at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Christmastime”Buy on iTunesBuy on Amazon

Background music:

Wish Background” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

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

More information:

As you might expect, Wikipedia has a large article about Thanksgiving dinner.

Foodtimeline.org goes through the history of Thanksgiving meals in North America, all the way back to Native American traditions.

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg Media Center has a history of the Thanksgiving feast of their own.

Sports and political data site FiveThirtyEight had an unscientific look at what different regions of America eat at Thanksgiving.

Lonely Planet has a similar take on regional Thanksgiving foods in the U.S.

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.

59 Thanksgiving Potpourri

From Thanksgiving 2011: We return for our sixth year; I’m glad you’re here. Keep up with Christmas at  Twitter.com/XmasStocking and our Facebook page, and circle us on Google+. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. Call me from MyChristmasStocking.net, where you’ll find many more episodes, too.

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Featured music:

“She’s Coming Home for X-mas” by The Beautiful Losers from “Peace, Love and Xmas” (Strawberry Hill Music)
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Background Music:

“Nasareth Homeboy”  by HÃ¥kan Lidbo from “Jul pa techno 2011 – Electronic Christmas Anthems” (Clubstream Mix)
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“O Come All Ye Faithful” by Amy Marie from “Simple Gifts” (Spiritwood Music)
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More information:

Background on this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree.

If you’re interested in the Capitol Christmas tree you might be interested in its driver as it travels across the country. He’s a volunteer.

Check out this video of the Chicago tree being loaded on the flatbed truck.

Learn where the official White House tree for the Blue Room came from.

Find out more about James Taylor as Bob Cratchit.

Thanks again to Beth from North Carolina. If you’d like to give a gift to the Christmas Stocking, go to contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net.

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.

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.

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)
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“Mo’oz Tsur” by Laurie Z. from “Heart of the Holidays” (Zebra Productions, Inc.)
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“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

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