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”
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“O Come O Come Emmanuel” by NiTasha Jackson from the collection “Transcending Christmas: A Beautiful Journey from Heaven to Earth” (from Noisetrade)
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“Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” by Found Wandering from the album “On a Christmas Night”
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“Where Angels Don’t Belong” by David and Deidre Casey from the album “Imagine It’s Christmas”
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“O Holy Night” by Philip Calder from the collection “Transcending Christmas: A Beautiful Journey from Heaven to Earth” (from Noisetrade)
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“Angels We Have Heard on High (Glory to God Most High)” by Stephen Miller from the EP “Light Has Broken Through” (from Noisetrade)
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“Two Birds” by Katey Laurel from the double album “This is Christmas”
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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 from the album “A Christmas Album
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“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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119 Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree

If you’ve never cut your own Christmas tree, or haven’t in a while, here are some tips in an extra-sized episode. Lots of Christmas news and fun on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook (including Live Video), Pinterest andGoogle+. Find everything at MyChristmasStocking.net. Tell me  what Christmas IS to you at (323) 487-12-25 and you could be on the show. Email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Ave Maria” by Bunny Sigler from the album “When You’re in Love at Christmastime”
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Background music:

“Oh Christmas Tree” by Frank Carter from the album “Christmas Cheer”
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“Oh Christmas Tree” by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
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“Star on the Tree” by Howard Eddy
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More information:

The Pioneer Tree Farm in McHenry, IL, provided most of the tips I gave.

The National Christmas Tree Association tells you how to care for your farm-grown Christmas tree.

The U.S. Forest Service has information for the Rocky Mountain Region tree cutting program and guidelines for getting your tree in the national forests where available.

Some information about the 2016 Rockefeller Christmas Tree and how to be there (maybe next year?) from RockCenter itself. More about the tree itself from Curbed NY.

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.

38 Advent and Christmas Trees 2009

From Christmas 2009: The season of Advent has been around for a long time, but it has not always been the same. Share your family’s Christmas Eve/Christmas Day traditions at 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:

“People Look East” by Al Petteway & Amy White from “Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas” (Maggie’s Music)
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Background music:

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” by The London Fox Players from “A Peaceful Christmas” (Classic Fox Records)
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“Pannonian Christmas” by Mike Collins from “Desert Anthem” (Talus Music)
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More information:

Wikipedia has a nice overview of Advent.

CRI/Voice, Institute, an ecumenical ministry has its own perspective of Advent.

Advent from a Catholic perspective in the online Catholic Encyclopedia.

16 Rockefeller Center Tree and The Grinch!

From Christmas ’07: This year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City has some 21st century improvements. And there is no improving on the Grinch! Let us know about your Christmas tree, or your Grinch, at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

“O Christmas Tree” by Jenny Crook (from “Christmas Harp – Elegant Expressions of Christmas with Celtic & Concert Harps”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (from “Christmas Fantastique”) I found it at FeelsLikeChristmas.com
(Nelidova Records)

“Pat-a-Pan” by US Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants (from “Light One Candle”)

(Altissimo!)
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Featured Music:

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Medley” and “Caroling Caroling Medley” by Tennessee Ernie Ford (from “Family Christmas”) (IMI)
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More information:

A detailed biography of Dr. Seuss can be found on the official Seussville site.

Find out about the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Want to buy the How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Anniversary Edition: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective?

Want to buy the video version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (50th Birthday Deluxe Remastered Edition)?

imdb.com’s entry on the TV special.

Wikipedia has entries on Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the Grinch himself.