127 The Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular Number 11

Another year we need a bit of escape from the world. That’s what I’m here for–in the summer, at least.  The Christmas Stocking is on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Pinterest. Please join me! Thanks to everyone who has given to the Christmas Stocking! MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Call (323) 487-12-25 and say Merry Christmas to someone you love, you could hear it this season!

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Featured music:

“Snow” by Sleeping at Last from the album “Yearbook – Collection”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“O Come O Come Emmanuel” by NiTasha Jackson from the collection “Transcending Christmas: A Beautiful Journey from Heaven to Earth” (from Noisetrade)
Click here to get the album

“Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” by Found Wandering from the album “On a Christmas Night”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Where Angels Don’t Belong” by David and Deidre Casey from the album “Imagine It’s Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“O Holy Night” by Philip Calder from the collection “Transcending Christmas: A Beautiful Journey from Heaven to Earth” (from Noisetrade)
Click here to get the album

“Angels We Have Heard on High (Glory to God Most High)” by Stephen Miller from the EP “Light Has Broken Through” (from Noisetrade)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Two Birds” by Katey Laurel from the double album “This is Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“To Absent Friends This Christmas” by Philip (Squire Tuck) Rougier from the EP “A Festive Felicitations” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Bringing Joy at Christmas” by Philip (Squire Tuck) Rougier from the EP “A Festive Felicitations” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by the California Guitar Trio
Buy their music here

“Christmas Card” junior85 from the album “It’s Christmas II” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Christmas Bells” by Philip Gardner (from MacJams.com)

More information:

Top toys for 2017 and more top toys for 2017.

The Capitol Christmas Tree 2017 website

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123 Christmas Toys 1980-1989

We continue on our march through toy time. Did you love any of these toys? Let me know on Twitter (@XmasStocking),on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. And of course MyChristmasStocking.net. Call (323) 487-12-25 and share what Christmas IS to you!

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Featured music:

“Infant Lowly Infant Lowly” by Chris Rupp featuring the Hound + the Fox from “A Little Bit of Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Christmas Rap” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

“Winter White Forest” by Howard Eddy
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

About the Rubik’s Cube from Wikipedia and The Telegraph.

About the Care Bears from Wikipedia and AG Kids Zone.

About My Little Pony from Wikipedia and Hasbro.

Wikipedia will tell you about the Cabbage Patch Kids, the Transformers, the Koosh Ball, Pictionary, American Girl (and AmericanGirl.com), and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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
Buy on Amazon

“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

 

 

 

111 Christmas Toys 1970-1979

A lot of great toys were invented in the 1970s and put under the tree; too many to mention! But I cover some of the biggest in this episode. Follow the show on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+. And please come to MyChristmasStocking.net. Share your Christmas plans by calling (323) 487-12-25 and be on the show. Or email them to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET.

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Featured music:

“Fluffy Snow” by Bill McKechnie from “Key to Christmas Fluffy Snow”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Ringing Bells (instrumental version)” by Hill & Hale and Their Merry Friends from “Christmastime”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive history of the Nerf ball.

People magazine has a pretty breezy history of Nerf.

On Wikipedia, learn all you wanted to learn and more about Uno.

Wikipedia discusses the Kenner “Star Wars” action figures, where they all began.

Retro Junk also has a good history of the “Star Wars” figures.

Wikipedia delves into the history of “Hungry Hungry Hippos.”

Learn more about Strawberry Shortcake from Wikipedia.

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

101 Christmas Toys 1960-1969

Unless you were born before 1950 or so, at least some of your favorite toys were probably introduced in the 1960s (if not the ’50s). Get social with the Christmas Stocking on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter (@XmasStocking). Call the Christmas Stocking at 323-487-12-25 or go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click “Call Me.” You might be on the show! Thanks Kathy in Minnesota for your generous gift to the show. MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

“Fum, Fum, Fum” by Irene Nachreiner with Her Latin Jazz Band from “A Hot & Spicy Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

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

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

More information:

Go back to the previous Christmas Stocking Toys of the 20th Century  episodes: 79 Toys for Christmas 1900-1950 and 90 Christmas Toys 1950-1959.

Learn more about the Troll dolls from Wikipedia and the old GoodLuckTrolls.com from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Wikipedia will also tell you about Etch-A-Sketch, including technical info.

Find out about the original and the new Game of Life on Wikipedia.

Get cookin’ with Easy Bake Oven info from Wikipedia.

Here’s the long history of G.I. Joe–from Wikipedia.

Wikipedia lets you know about the game of Operation.

Get the info about Spirograph from Wikipedia.

Find out about Twister in this Wikipedia article.

Battleship’s history is detailed by…Wikipedia.

Wikipedia’s article on Lite-Brite.

Rev up the Hot Wheels info from Wikipedia.

96 Black Friday and Hot Toys for 2014

Complementing past Black Friday episodes about online and credit card safety, we look at other techniques for staying both safe and comfortable on Black Friday and beyond.  Join me on  Twitter (@XmasStocking) where you’ll get some Christmas news, Google+, where I hope to do a hangout or two, Facebook, where we talk about the show. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Call the Christmas Stocking and tell us about your favorite childhood Christmas memory, your favorite memory of your kids’ Christmas  or simply wish someone Merry Christmas. 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. Big thanks to Anne who gave to the show at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

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Featured music:

“Christmas Bells are Ringing” by The Connection from the album “A Christmas Gift for”
Buy on Amazon
Buy on iTunes

Background music:

“Dance to da Beat” by 5 is Even (from Mevio.com)

“Carol of the Bells” by Live Action Fezz from the album “Badgerland: A Very Badgerland Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

The National Crime Prevention Council has tips for your personal safety plan for Black Friday.

BlackFriday.com has more good Black Friday etiquette. Not quite Emily Post….

The toys returning from the 1980s. Some other great toys this year.

Tips to save on Christmas shopping all year.

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”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

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.

90 Christmas Toys 1950-1959

You may be surprised at how many of your childhood favorites, and maybe your children’s favorites, first showed up in the 1950’s. Don’t forget episode 79, which covers the first half of the 20th century.  You’ll find all the episodes at  MyChristmasStocking.net.  Join the parties on Twitter (@XmasStocking),  Google+, and Facebook. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Thanks to everyone who starts their Christmas (or any Amazon) shopping at Shop.MyChristmasStocking.net. You help the show a tiny bit and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

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Featured music:

A Christmas Story” by Kevin Dremel (from Mevio.com)

Background music:

12 Days of Christmas” by Oregon Chad (from Mevio.com)

Memory Box” by junior85 (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Forbes had an article a few years ago about some of the biggest toys of the last 100 years.

Wikipedia has many good articles (too many to list here, but they’re easy to find).

85 Black Friday 2013

It’s a big shopping day, not the biggest, but one of them. When did the stores start calling it “Black Friday?” Join the family at Google+Facebook and Twitter (@XmasStocking). Email us TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. The home site is MyChristmasStocking.net, where you’ll find all of the episodes and how you can get on the show. And thanks to Nancy in Nebraska and Paul in the UK for your generous gifts to the Christmas Stocking. Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net

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Featured music:

December 26” by Todd Wright from “Imperfect Heart
Buy on Amazon
Buy on iTunes

Background music:

“Happy Holiday” by Tigertail (from Mevio.com)

“Jingle Bells” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

More information:

The Visual Thesaurus has more on the modern usage of Black Friday.

Here’s more on the hot toys I told you about.

And some quality gifts for kids courtesy of HuffPost Parents.

What are the toys that Target and Toys “R” Us promoting?

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.

79 Toys for Christmas 1900-1950

A lot of the toys we loved when we were kids have been around a long time. We go back in time to look at some of the biggest. Get all the episodes and more on MyChristmasStocking.net. Lots going on at FacebookTwitter.com/XmasStocking, and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” by the Phoenix Quartet

Background music:

“Swinging Santa Claus” by Marc Reift Orchestra, Marc Reift from “Noris: White Christmas” (Marcophon)
More On This Album

“O Tannenbaum” by The Unified Jazz Ensemble from “Make a Joyful Noise” (Panda Digital)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

Forbes had an article a few years ago about some of the biggest toys of the last 100 years, and Wikipedia has many good articles (too many to list here, but they’re easy to find).

72 Black Friday and Christmas Shopping 2012

The shopping season is here. Some strategies for getting deals, some hot toys and the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. You’ll find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter.com/XmasStocking,  Facebook.  Let the world know what Christmas means to you. Call me privately from MyChristmasStocking.net using the Call Me button or email an audio file to  TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:

“Coming Home” by The Sota Boys from “MistleFlow” (Distrophonix)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

Background music:

“Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” by Charles Afton from “The Reindeer Room II” (Kriztal Entertainment Group, Inc.)
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“We Three Funky Kings” by  Jay Soto from “Smooth Soul Holiday” (NuGroove Music LLC)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

Predictions for the 2012 Christmas shopping season from smarter people than me (which isn’t saying a whole lot).

The logic behind the myth of the Black Friday deal.

The ins- and outs- of price-matching policies you need to watch out for.

The Toys ‘R’ Us 2012 Holiday Hot Toy List!

The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book!

There have been Black Friday episodes in every season (6 of them! Plus one more where I talk a little about it!)

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.

62 Toys For Tots

From Christmas 2011: The story of a great program that bring hope to kids in America. Call and introduce the show yourself. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net. Click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Add us to your circles on Google+. Join us on the Facebook page, too!

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Featured music:

“Rock ‘n’ Rolling Snowman” by Plastic Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon.co.uk
Watch the video

Background music:

“Christmas Day” by Pete Dooley (from MacJams.com)

“The Magic Of Christmas Time (Instrumental)” by Tommy Emmanuel from “All I Want for Christmas”

“Deck the Halls” by Lil Mom (from MacJams.com)

More information:

You’ll find the history of Toys for Tots and ways you can help at ToysforTots.org.

Thanks again, Tim, for the introduction! Tim has his own podcast, PageantCast, all about the world of beauty pageants.

The Festival of  Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge is on the BBC in Europe, BBC World Service and American Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio in the U.S.

49 Christmas Shopping, Online Safety and Hot Toys

From Black Friday 2010: While you’re shopping, or getting ready to, check out the trends for 2010, and get some advice about how to be safe online this season. Lots happening on our Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. And let us know what your deepest wish for Christmas is at MyChristmasStocking.net. Just click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free.

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Featured music:

“Hip Hop Christmas” by Mark Mangold, Lyza Wilson and Elijah K.

Background music:

“We Wish You a Merry Synthmas” by the Genius Johnnies (from MacJams.com)

“Iron Horse” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Very Christmasy” by DJplaneten from “Jul PÃ¥ Techno – 9 Swedish Christmas Anthems”
(Clubstream Mix)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

“Jingle Bells” by Corky Hale from “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas”
(LML Music)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

More information:

Suggestions on where to shop online.

Gallup‘s survey on 2010 shoppers.

The 12 Scams of Christmas. Look out!

Here’s more on the hot toys for 2010.