100 Christmas in Denmark

Jean on Facebook wanted to hear about Danish Christmas (as opposed to Christmas danish. Ha!). Wanna be on the show? Call the Christmas Stocking at 323-487-12-25 or go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click “Call Me.” The Christmas Stocking is on the social networks: Twitter (@XmasStocking)  Facebook and Google+.

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Featured music:

“A Long Way Home” by Sofia Talvik

Background music:

“The Holy Child” by IKOS David Clifton & the Choirs of Peterborough Cathedral from “Christmas Carols and Songs

“I Heard the Bells – Carol of the Bells Medley” by Kevin Zerbe from “The Ghost of Christmas Past”

“A Good King (Wenceslas)” by Kevin Zerbe from “Zerbinator’s ‘Under the Tree'”

More information:

Denmark.dk, the official website of Denmark has a nice overview of their celebration. VisitDenmark, the official tourism site of Denmark, discusses Danish Christmas traditions and Christmas Eve in Denmark.

AboutTravel looks at Danish Christmas.

 

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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.

87 Christmas in Antarctica

How festive does it get on the bottom of the world? Find out in this episode. The Christmas Stocking is on Twitter (@XmasStockingGoogle+, and Facebook. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NETShare your childhood Christmas memory at MyChristmasStocking.net, click “Call Me.” It’s easy and free!

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Featured music:

In the Bleak Mid-Winter” by IKOS David Clifton & the Choirs of Peterborough Cathedral from “Christmas Carols and Songs
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Background music:

“One Christmas Night” by Tommy Emmanuel from “All I Want for Christmas”
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“Xmas Fantasy/Silent Night” by Fran Dagostino (from MacJams.com)

More information:

Learn about McMurdo Station from Wikipedia.

See McMurdo Station for yourself on the USAP webcams. They also tell you the temperature and windchill. You might be surprised at how warm it is this time of year!

Learn about the culture in Antarctica, including the Christmas season.

Learn about Christmas in Antarctica from a semi-local (he’s there a few months per year).

Want to take a holiday tour of Antarctica?

80 Christmas in the Philippines

The Philippines celebrate Christmas like no other people. Learn some of the traditions.  All the show notes are at MyChristmasStocking.net. Follow the Christmas Stocking on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, Like us on Facebook, and circle us on Google+. Thank you Dave in Kansas for your generous gift.

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Featured music:

“Oh Holy Night” by Hangad from “Pasko Naming Hangad”

Background music:

“What Child Is This” by Marimba Quest from “Christmas Carnaval” (80-Minutes of Music/Talking Taco Music)
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“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” by John Nilsen from “Heaven and Nature: Music of Christmas” (Magic Wing)
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More information:

CNN.com has a nice piece with pictures.

Learn more from Northern Illinois University.

Wikipedia has a pretty extensive article.

Instructions on building your own paról.

76 Canadian Christmas

For longtime listener Jeffery, the neighbors to our (the U.S.) north are the focus. Follow us on FacebookTwitter.com/XmasStocking, and Google+. Find all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks, Diana in Ontario Canada for your generous gift to the Christmas Stocking. Go to Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net if you’d like to give.

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Featured music:

“Snowy White River” by Sofia Talvik

Background music:

“Il est né le divin enfant” by Washington Saxophone Quartet from “Tis The Season Celebrate With WSaxQ” (Americus Records, Inc.)
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“The Huron Carol” by Vic Diesel (from MacJams.com)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas-Harp and Strings” (Classic Fox Records)
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More information:

WhyChristmas.com has lots of good info, as does this article from Kaboose.com.

From Boston.com, learn about the tree Halifax, Nova Scotia, sends to Boston each year.

74 Christkindlmarkts

They’re more popular than ever–and they’ve been around a long time!  Follow the show on Twitter.com/XmasStocking, circle the show on Google+ and like the show on Facebook. What does Christmas mean to you? Tell me atMyChristmasStocking.net by clicking the Call Me button or email an audio file to  TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:

“A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob” by BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra from “There Is a Star: Celebration of Christmas (Live at BYU)” (BYU Records)
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Background music:

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

“Ding Dong! Merrily on High” by Davyd Booth, Michael Stairs from “It’s Christmas Again At Longwood Gardens” (DTR)
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More information:

Wikipedia has a lot to say about the markets.

Vancouver, Canada not only has a Christmas Market, they have a pretty good history of them, too.

43 Christmas in Ireland

From Christmas 2009: A Mini Irish Christmas Music Spectacular! Info, music and Christmas traditions from a listener who emailed TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. You can be on the Christmas Stocking. Just 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. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And join us on Facebook.

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Featured music:

Mrs. Fogharty’s Christmas Cake” by Darby O’Gill (from Soundclick.com)

Children Go Where I Send Thee” by Darby O’Gill (from Soundclick.com) An African-American spiritual they say is based on an ancient Irish patter song.

“Silent Irish Night” by Rebsie Fairholm (from MacJams.com)

Background music:

Christmas Day in the Morning” by Shira Kammen (from Magnatune)

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by Monika Herzig from “Peace on Earth” (Owl Studios)
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More information:

Santa’s Net, Kaboose.com, and WhyChristmas.com all have cool tidbits.

34 Christmas in Europe

From Christmas 2008: We conclude our initial tour of continents with a look at Christmas in Europe. Also, another listener tradition! More at MyChristmasStocking.net. 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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Featured music:

“Silent Night” by Justin Faulknor

Background music:

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Eden Symphony Orchestra from “A Symphony of Christmas Joy”
(Classic Fox Records)
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“Oh Holy Night” by Chris Goddard from “An Acoustic Christmas with Chris Goddard”
(Milomix Productions)
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More information:

You’ll find links about Christmas in  eastern and central Europe, Italy, Germany, France, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Spain.

30 Christmas in Australia

From Christmas 2008: Summertime, and Christmas is easy…in Australia. Well, maybe not easy, but definitely warm. We get up close and personal with the folks down under in the latest episode. More at MyChristmasStocking.net. Shout out to Sarah who emailed me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.  Follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And 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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Featured music:

“On The Rooftop” by Gentleman Auction House from “Christmas In Love”
(Emergency Umbrella)
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“Happy Christmas” by Dan Lopes (from MacJams.com)

Background music:
“Wise Men Trio” by Yelena N. Eckemoff from “New Christmas Songs”
(L & H Production)
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“Adeste Fidelis” by Bruce Cockburn from “Christmas”
(True North Records)
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For more information:

Santa’s.Net has lots of info about Australian Christmas (they should, they’re in Australia).  So does HowStuffWorks.com, LovelyChristmas.co.uk and Wikipedia.com. And Sarah from Australia deserves to be read.

21 Christmas in South America

From Christmas ’07: Too cold for you? Then travel to South America with the Christmas Stocking to see how they celebrate there. Then let us know how you celebrate at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” by The Mambo Folk (from “A Latin Christmas Fiesta- A Rhythmic Collection of Seasonal Sambas, Merry Mambos & Christmas Cha Chas!”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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Featured music:

“See Amid the Winter’s Snow” by The Mambo Folk (from “A Latin Christmas Fiesta- A Rhythmic Collection of Seasonal Sambas, Merry Mambos & Christmas Cha Chas!”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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More information:

An Indian website (as in India), Christmas-Day.org, has a great overview of some South American Christmases, as well as many other traditions from around the world that have influenced their celebrations.

Wikipedia.com has a tour of Christmas around the world.  This link will take you to the South American section of the page.

“Christmas historian” Bill Egan looks at Christmas in Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina.

18 Christmas in Africa

From Christmas ’07: So many countries, so little time…but we try to cover as many as we can. Africa sounds like a great place to spend Christmas. How do you celebrate? Tell us at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET .

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Background music:

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Tommy Harden (from “Peace On Earth”)
(IMI)
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“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” by Simon Bernard-Smith (from “26 Christmas Panpipe Favorites Played on authentic European & Andean Panflutes/Panpipes”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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Featured music:

“Christmas in London” by Krista Detor(from “Christmas in London”)
(Corazong Records)
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More information:

Australian site Santas.net has a lot of great Xmas info, including much of this episode.

About.com has some interesting info, including how to say Merry Christmas in many languages native to Africa.

A personal account of Christmas in Africa in 2002.

How do they celebrate in Ethiopia?

7 Christmas in Asia

From Christmas ’06: All kinds of people celebrate Christmas all over the world! We travel around Asia in this edition of the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

“Oh Holy Night” by Chris Goddard (from “An Acoustic Christmas with Chris Goddard”)Milomix Productions

Featured songs:

“Christmas Morning 1969” by Heather Sullivan

For more about Christmas in Asia:

An article from the Christian Science Monitor.

Info about east Asia.

Info about south Asia.

Wikipedia looks at Christmas in Asia. And Christmas customs in the Philippines.

And a bit more about the Philippines.