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The Christmas Stocking

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A short audio show celebrating the happiest time of year all year long

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A short audio show celebrating the happiest time of year all year long

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Christmas fun!

By princess purple1 - Sep 10 2018
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I look forward to this podcast every year! If you like Christmas you should give it a try !!

Merry Christmas!

By guitarsandbeaches - Dec 05 2017
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Reallly quite enjoyable. Puts you in the Christmas spirit!

iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
8
4
0
3

Christmas fun!

By princess purple1 - Sep 10 2018
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I look forward to this podcast every year! If you like Christmas you should give it a try !!

Merry Christmas!

By guitarsandbeaches - Dec 05 2017
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Reallly quite enjoyable. Puts you in the Christmas spirit!
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The Christmas Stocking

Latest release on Dec 22, 2018

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A short audio show celebrating the happiest time of year all year long

Rank #1: 126 “The Fairy Christmas” by Etheldred B. Barry

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A bedtime story with an important message for all of us. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25. Call and tell me what Christmas IS to you. Thanks to everyone who has given to the Christmas Stocking! MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Get social with the Christmas Stocking on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Google+ and Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/126_theFairyChristmas_ByEtheldredB.Barry.mp3

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Featured music:

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Al Lewis
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“Emmanuel” by Melody and Truth from the album “Merry Christmas”
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Background music:

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by Howard Eddy
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“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Frank Carter from the album “Christmas Cheer”
Get the album from Frank
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Read along and find other stories in The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories for Children.

Dec 22 2016

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Rank #2: 136 “Home Alone”

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Some things you probably didn’t know about a holiday favorite. Thank you for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. I feel a little like Sally Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” but it really does help. Stop by the Christmas Stocking Facebook page (and Like and Follow us, too!), and Follow on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and on Pinterest (where I realize I’m not active enough). The phone’s always open, any time, (323) 487-12-25. Don’t wait if you want to share on the show. What is Christmas to you? Or email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/136_homeAlone_.mp3

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Featured music:

“Away in a Manger” by Matt diVenti from the EP “Christmas Songs Vol. 1” (from Noisetrade)
Find Matt on YouTube

Background music:

“Jingle Bells” by the California Guitar Trio
Buy their music here

“The Wassail Song” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Christmas Medley by Gina and Kev” by Gina Kellenberger and by Kevin Zerbe

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
Buy their music here

More information:

Learn all about “Home Alone” from Wikipedia.

IMDb has a lot of info, including trivia.

Learn about the making of the gangster movie in “Home Alone” (it’s totally part of the movie) from Vanity Fair, of all places.

See the connection between Kevin McCallister and Monica and Chandler.

An analysis of Marv and Harry’s injuries suffered at the hands of Kevin.

Hear about more Christmas movies in the Christmas Stocking at Movies.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 18 2017

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Rank #3: 112 Nutcrackers

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You know the ballet. Do you know the history of the nutcrackers and how they became so popular at Christmas? It wasn’t just the ballet. Wish your loved ones Merry Christmas on the show at (323) 487-12-25. Or do it by email at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. The Christmas Stocking is on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Google+. Everything is at MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/112Nutcrackers.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

Featured music:

“Dance of the Reed Pipes” by William Arnold from “Expedition: Nutcracker Suite” (from Noisetrade)
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Check out William’s podcast, the Music Instigator

Background music:

“Waltz of the Flowers” by William Arnold from “Expedition: Nutcracker Suite” (from Noisetrade)
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“Trepak (Russian Dance from the Nutcracker)” by Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven from “A Little Love This Christmas”
Buy from CDBaby
Buy from Bandcamp

More information:

Slate has more in their Brief History of Nutcrackers.

Wikipedia will brief you in a more expansive history.

And of course the Nutcracker Museum has more, with lots of pictures.

Dec 14 2015

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Rank #4: 98 Dickens Christmas

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Charles Dickens is one of the individuals who’s made the biggest impact on how we celebrate Christmas. Call the Christmas Stocking and wish someone Merry Christmas, talk about your favorite childhood Christmas memory or your favorite memory of your kids’ Christmas. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net and either click “Call Me” or dial 323-487-12-25.  At various times throughout the season, I’ll be on the other end answering live. Watch Twitter (@XmasStocking),  Google+ or Facebook.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/98ADickensChristmas.mp3

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Featured music:

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “Rocking” by the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford from the album “Advent Calendar”
Click here to buy on iTunes (UK)
Buy on iTunes (US)
Buy on Amazon UK
Buy on Amazon (US)
Buy on Stone Records’ site (UK site)

Background music:

“The First Nowell” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
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“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
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“We Three Kings” by Derek K. Miller (from Mevio.com)

More information:

Listen to the related episodes of the Christmas Stocking: 17 Victorian Christmas (from 2007!), 22 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (also from 2007!), 28 Christmas Cards (from 2008!). Finally, listen to a reading of Charles Dickens’s essay in 68 “A Christmas Dinner” by Charles Dickens (from 2011).

There is some disagreement as to whether Dickens did, in fact, invent (or reinvent) Christmas. The Victorian Web makes a case for, as does an article on Patheos.com. This article from the Dickens Project at UC Santa Cruz disagrees.

Ipsum Esse takes a deeper look at “The Carol Philosophy.”

Dec 04 2014

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Rank #5: 122 “Elf” the Movie

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Eddie Lee on Facebook suggested I talk about “Elf.” Here we go! Plus a call from Terry in New York about what Christmas IS to him. You can call (323) 487-12-25, too! We’re all over social media: on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Pinterest and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/122_elf_TheMovie.mp3

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Featured music:

“Key to Christmas” by William McKechnie from “Key to Christmas Fluffy Snow”
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Background music:

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Dave Jones (from MacJams.com)

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

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

“Joy to the World” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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More information:

Wikipedia has lots of information.

IMDb will tell you a lot.

Mental Floss will tell you some things you might not know about the movie.

Jon Favreau talked about “Elf” with Rolling Stone.

Dec 08 2016

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Rank #6: 99 O Holy Night

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You know the beautiful song, but do you know its story? It’s a good one. Join the Christmas Stocking social scene at Google+, Facebook or Twitter (@XmasStocking). I’d love to hear from you, maybe put you on the show. Call the Christmas Stocking at 323-487-12-25 or go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click “Call Me.”

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/99OHolyNight.mp3

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Featured music:

“O Holy Night”  by Eamonn McCrystal from “The Music of Christmas & Stories Behind The Songs
Buy the album

Background music:

“O Holy Night” by Michael Ryan from “A Classical Guitar Christmas”

“Noel (Holy Night) [1916]” by the Venetian Trio from “Voices of Christmas Past” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Wikipedia‘s editors do their best to tell the story.

Beliefnet relays a similar story.

Hymns and Carols of Christmas takes an alternative view of some details.

Dec 07 2014

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Rank #7: 109 Scary Ghost Stories

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Is that song onto something? Turns out ghost stories at Christmas is a thing, or was a thing (mostly).  Keep up on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+. Call (323) 487-12-25 and wish someone you love Merry Christmas. Or email your wishes to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. All the episodes are at  MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/109ScaryGhostStories.mp3

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Featured music:

“Reindeer” by Hill & Hale and Their Merry Friends from “Christmastime”
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Background music:

“What Child is This” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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

More information:

The Guardian explores the Victorian tradition.

A Gothic Curiosity Cabinet looks at the history of telling ghost stories at Christmas.

The Deseret News has more on holiday time ghost stories.

The Conversation examines why we don’t tell ghost stories at Christmas in America.

The Paris Review has five ghost stories perfect for Christmastime.

Dec 03 2015

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Rank #8: 114 Christmas Oranges

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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+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/114ChristmasOranges.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

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”
Buy on iTunes 
Buy on Amazon

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.

Dec 21 2015

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Rank #9: 111 Christmas Toys 1970-1979

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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.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/111ChristmasToys1970-1979.mp3

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Featured music:

“Fluffy Snow” by Bill McKechnie from “Key to Christmas Fluffy Snow”
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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.

Dec 10 2015

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Rank #10: 113 I Heard the Christmas Bells

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” comes from an intensely personal poem by America’s poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the time of the Civil War. Lots more Christmas info and fun on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+. Catch up on all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net. Share your Christmas plans and/or traditions on the show at (323) 487-12-25. Or do it by email at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/113IHeardTheChristmasBells.mp3

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Featured music:

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Alva Leigh

Background music:

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells”

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

“The Wassail Song” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

More information:

Wikipedia has a bit about the origin of the song, and more about different popular versions.

The website of The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States has an article with more military details about Longfellow’s son Charles.

Dec 17 2015

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Rank #11: 124 Silent Night

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You may have heard the story of the origin of “Silent Night,” but I may have some info you didn’t know about. Find out about more carols at MyChristmasStocking.net. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25 What IS Christmas to you? We do the social thing–on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Pinterest and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/124SilentNight.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

Featured music:

“Silent Night” by Shuree from the EP “Christmas Soul Unplugged” (from Noisetrade)

Background music:

“Silent Night” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Silent Night” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
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“Silent Night No Percussion Instrumental” by Katey Laurel from the album “This is Christmas”
This version isn’t available to buy, but you can buy her beautiful vocal on iTunes. The whole album is great.

More information:

Find more information about the hymn from the BBC, In Mozart’s Footsteps and Stille Nacht Gesellschaft.

Find many English translations, including the one you probably know, on the Silent Night Web.

Dec 16 2016

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Rank #12: 134 Christmas Toys 1990-1999

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If you grew up in the ’90s, or had kids who grew up in the ’90s, you will remember these classics. Let me know if you loved any of these on Facebook, or on Twitter (@XmasStocking), or Pinterest. Make a phone call to the Christmas Stocking! (323) 487-12-25. Tell me what Christmas is to you. Or write (or send an audio file) to TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/134ChristmasToys1990-1999.mp3

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Featured music:

An Elf Named Moe” by Carl Stuck
Buy on iTunes
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Find out more about the art contest at AnElfNamedMoe.com

Background music:

“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

“El Noche De Silencio” byBrian Bunker Christmas

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Deck the Halls” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

More information:

Learn more about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from GrnRngr.com.

Wikipedia will tell you about Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo, Tamagotchi, Furby, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Learn more about Pokémon from Bulbapedia on Bulbagarden.

Hear episodes about toys from all of the other decades of the 20th century, and find other episodes where I talk about toys, at Toys.MyChristmasStocking.net.

Dec 11 2017

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Rank #13: 102 Winter Solstice

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It’s no coincidence that we celebrate Christmas around winter solstice time. At least that’s the theory. We’re talkin’ science! Thank you, David in Arizona, for your gift to the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute. You can find us on  Google+, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Facebook. Be on the Christmas Stocking yourself by calling 323-487-12-25 or go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click “Call Me.”

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/102WinterSolstice.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

Featured music:

“Remember When it Snowed” by Rosie Thomas

Background music:

“Now What” by Beeblebrox from “Dominant Domain” (from Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
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“God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” by Kevin Zerbe from “The Christmas Wish List”

More information:

EarthSky has “Everything You Need to Know” about the solstice.

Mashable has 8 solstice facts.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has more info about the solstice and winter.

The Radical Methodist does some digging to connect the solstice with Christmas.

Dec 17 2014

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Rank #14: 133 The First Noel

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It’s a great story, beautifully told in this old, old carol. How old? Not sure. Thank you for giving to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute! Call me at (323) 487-12-25 and tell me what_is_ Christmas to you. Or write (or send an audio file) to TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Join the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Facebook and Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/133TheFirstNoel.mp3

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Featured music:

“The First Noel” by Sleeping at Last from the album “Christmas Collection, Volume One”
Get it on Noisetrade and support Love Does
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Background music:

“The First Noel”  by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Peace Christmas” by Lobo Loco from the album “Memories” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Learn more about “The First Noel” from CBN and Wikipedia.

Learn about the origins of many other carols, caroling and more from The Christmas Stocking at Carols.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 07 2017

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Rank #15: 108 Christmas Trees: Real vs. Artificial

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Whether real or artificial, Christmas trees are a symbol of the season. Which is better for you? Come to MyChristmasStocking.net for more episodes. Another question: What are you doing for Christmas? What is  your favorite Christmas memory? Call (323) 487-12-25.  Or email it to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/108ChristmasTrees_RealVs.Artificial.mp3

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Featured music:

“My Christmas Wish” by Doreen Taylor
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Background music:

“O Christmas Tree 2007” by John Stebbe (from MacJams.com)

“O Tannenbaum” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
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More information:

Earth911 weighs the pluses and minuses of both choices.

So does ZME Science.

NPR has a look at the tension between the two types.

The History Channel has a history of Christmas trees. 

So does the Christmas Stocking. Way back in 2006. Episode 3!

Wikipedia relates the history of the artificial tree, and the types.

The Boston Globe discusses what it takes to grow a natural tree.

Nov 30 2015

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Rank #16: 101 Christmas Toys 1960-1969

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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.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/101ChristmasToys1960-1969.mp3

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Featured music:

“Fum, Fum, Fum” by Irene Nachreiner with Her Latin Jazz Band from “A Hot & Spicy Christmas”
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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.

Dec 13 2014

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Rank #17: 121 Happy Vs. Merry Christmas

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Do you say “Happy Christmas” or “Merry Christmas”? Either way, you’re right. Find out how the expressions developed.  Plenty of Christmas news and info on Twitter (@XmasStocking), a great Christmas community on Facebook, and Google+ and Pinterest. Call (323) 487-12-25 and tell me what Christmas IS to you, and you may be on the show. Thanks to everyone who contributes, MyChristmasStocking.net, click Contribute.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/121HappyVs.MerryChristmas.mp3

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Featured music:

“Sing We Noel” by Found Wandering from the album “On a Christmas Night”
Buy on iTunes
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Background music:

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by the United States Marine Band from “Holiday Music Selections” (from the Free Music Archive)

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Jason Shaw (from Audionautix.com)

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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Sing We (Merrily on High & Now of Christmas)” by Frank Carter from the album “Christmas Cheer”
Get the album from Frank
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Patheos delves into the Happy vs. Merry conundrum. Hello Giggles’ take on the same thing. And so does Wonderopolis.

Dec 05 2016

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Rank #18: 110 The Legend of the Christmas Rose

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Suggested by Joe on Facebook! There’s a song about it. And a sweet story. The flower, the legend, the poem, the carol, it’s all in here. Plus bonus music! Believe it or not, time is running out to call (323) 487-12-25 and be on the show. Or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking),  and Google+. And please come to MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/110TheLegendOfTheChristmasRose.mp3

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Featured music:

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by the Grace Episcopal Church Choir (from Soundclick.com)

“Mvmt IV, Every Bell On Earth Will Ring” by the Oh Hellos from “The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album”
Buy on iTunes

Background music includes:

“Bethlehem” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Realidade Eterna (Eternal Reality)” by Corciolli from “Nosso Lar (The Astral City)”

“The Holly and the Ivy” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Novareinna.com has a more on the rose and the legend.

Read the poem that inspired the carol and more at NoelNoelNoel.com.

Read another version of the legend at The Baldwin Project. 

Dec 07 2015

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Rank #19: 123 Christmas Toys 1980-1989

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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!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/123ChristmasToys1980-1989.mp3

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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.

Dec 12 2016

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Rank #20: 131 The Yule Cat

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Sounds cuddly, right? He’s not. He’s from Iceland. Some of their Christmas legends are stone cold scary. Call (323) 487-12-25, and be on the show! Tell us what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas, or do your own thing! Follow the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Pinterest. Give to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Thank you if you have!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/131TheYuleCat.mp3

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Featured music:

“This Great Old Christmas Night” by Sofia Talvik from the album “When Winter Comes, A Christmas Album
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Still, Still, Still” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“The Happy Elf” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Sussex Carol” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon.com

More information:

Learn more about the Yule Cat from Wikipedia, I iz Cat, Nerdist, and I Reykjavik.

Hear Björk perform “Jólakötturinn – Hvít Er Borg Og Bær (Icelandic Christmas Cat).”

Nov 30 2017

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141 O Come, All Ye Faithful and more

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The story of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is a bit fuzzy. We’ll see if we can focus it a little. Just a little. Plus bonus songs you’ll love! I do.  Email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Call (323) 487-12-25. Follow the Christmas Stocking on Facebook and Twitter @XmasStocking. Thanks to the generous souls who have given to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute. Find videos and all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/141OComeAllYeFaithful.mp3

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Featured songs:

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Meagan Taylor and Jason Coleman from “A Tennessee Christmas” (from Noisetrade)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Charleene Closshey
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

See the video on YouTube (she’s amazing)

“Joy Whispered” by Rändi Fay
Buy on iTunes

See the lyric video on YouTube

Background music:

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”  by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Adeste Fidelis” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

More information:

Learn more about “O Come, All Ye Faithful” from Wikipedia.

Hear more carols and their origins at Carols.MyChristmasStocking.net

It’s the 200th anniversary of the first performance of “Silent Night” and I talk about it and play it here.

Dec 22 2018

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140 Christmas Lights

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It’s not Christmas without Christmas lights. Well, at least these days. How did the electric ones develop and get popular? We’ll talk about that and more. Every episode is at MyChristmasStocking.net, along with a lot more, including video and some pictures. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Call (323) 487-12-25. Find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter @XmasStocking and Facebook. Thanks to everyone who’s given to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/140ChristmasLights.mp3

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Featured song:

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“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

“The French Carol” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Learn more details from The Smithsonian Magazine.

Hear more episodes about Christmas trees of all types at Trees.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 12 2018

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Re-re-representing Episode Number 8: A Middle Ages Christmas

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Rereleasing the show again! Another episode from the first season back in 2006. I wrote, “How was a Middle Ages Christmas different? For one thing, no one got an iPod.” I guess our Christmases have more in common with the Middle Ages now than when I first presented it. Find out how they celebrated way back when on this edition of the Christmas Stocking. The Christmas Stocking is on Facebook and on Twitter (@XmasStocking). And call (323) 487-12-25. Find every episode, including the unaltered version of this episode at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/Re-presentingEpisodeNumber8_AMiddleAgesChristmas.mp3

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Featured song:

A Pirate’s 12 Days of Christmas” by Gastronomical Unit (from GarageBand.com)
Buy it on iTunes

Background music includes:

“What Child is This” by Stephen Bashaw. I found it at feelslikechristmas.com

“Jingle Bells” by The R&R Project (it was on GarageBand.com)

Dec 10 2018

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Representing Episode Number 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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From all the way back in 2006! Back then I started the season the day before Thanksgiving, so I assumed, correctly, I’m sure, that everyone listening had already seen the parade. Well, I’m even later this year. And the info is 12 years old. I don’t know how many episodes I’ll be able to get out this year, but I hope to have a few new ones. I’ll also sprinkle in some of these chestnuts that have dropped off the feed. I hope you enjoy it. There are old ways to get ahold of me and to find the show. All the episodes are at MyChristmasStocking.net. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Facebook. Call (323) 487-12-25.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/RepresentingEpisodeNumber1_MacysThanksgivingDayParade.mp3

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Featured song:

The Santa Claus Rock by Howard Pearlman (originally from feelslikechristmas.com)

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 the old GarageBand.com–not the Apple digital audio app)

More information:

Learn more about the parade from Macy’s. And I talked about them streaming it later, and I think you may be able to stream it later on the NBC app or NBC.com. Oh–and the Verizon 360 view.

I briefly mentioned the Boscov Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, which is now the abc6 Dunkin’ Donuts Parade, and in-between was the IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade. Also America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago (now Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston, and the Best Buy Thanksgiving Day Parade in Baltimore, which doesn’t seem to be a thing anymore.

Nov 22 2018

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139 The Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular! Seriously!

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Happy Labor Day weekend! Still summer! (At least when I’m posting.) It’s been a crazy year. It’s a mostly-favorites (mine) spectacular this year, with a couple of special previously unplayed songs I think you’ll like. Thank you for your gifts to the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. They mean a lot. The Christmas Stocking is on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Pinterest (not enough, I know) and Facebook. Email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25, open any time.

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Featured music:

“Christmas Valentine (With You)” by Kimly
Music and lyrics by Kimly Hoang
Arranged by Jerry Andrews and Kimly Hoang
Produced by Jerry Andrews
Originally titled “Mine This Christmas.” On YouTube.
Find more Kimly on SoundCloud and Facebook.

“It’s Christmas” by Cleveland DERUE Cathnott (from GarageBand.com)

“O Christmas Tree” by 21 AD from “Christmas…A Winter’s Love” (Lifestyles)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Amazon MP3

“The Christmas Song Song” by Rocky and Balls from the album “We Like Cake And Beards And Stuff”

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.

“Doesn’t Seem Like Christmas” by Dennis Hensley

“Wake Up, It’s Christmas!” by Peter Combe
Buy at AmazonMP3
 Buy at CD Baby

Background music:

“Dance to da Beat” by 5 is Even (I found it on Mevio.com)

“Joy Kinda Holiday-ish” by Charlie Crowe  (I found it on Mevio.com)

“Nutcracker” by Dat Boi Trill

Angels We Have Heard on High” by Rhesa Siregar (Songs of Praise)

“God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” by Kevin Zerbe from “The Christmas Wish List”

“Veni, Veni, Emmanuel” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

More information:

Upcoming Christmas albums: “Shatner Claus” by William Shatner (preorder the CD); “Happy Xmas” by Eric Clapton (preorder the CD and vinyl!); Brett Eldredge’s new Christmas album, still a mystery at release time; “It’s the Holiday Season” by Martina McBride (plus a tour!)–okay, okay, I said she hadn’t released a Christmas album in 20 years, giving Brett Eldredge a hard time. EXCEPT YOU DIDN’T HEAR THAT! Due to an editing mistake by my editor (aka me), I cut out info on Brett Eldredge’s Christmas album, which will come out this year. He last had a Christmas album two years ago, and he’s the one I was referring to when I talked about that. Not Eric Clapton, who’s never released a Christmas album (although he has performed a few recorded songs for compilations). I apologize to you, Brett Eldredge and Eric Clapton. And Martina McBride released “The Classic Christmas Album” in 2017. Oops.

The complete Good Housekeeping list of Hot Toys for Christmas 2018. Including Fingerlings Untamed Raptors which I saw available on Amazon, in spite of the fact that the website link previous says “Be the First to Know;” Num Noms Snackable Cereal; Hasbro’s Don’t Step in It game (oh, man, I hadn’t seen Don’t Step in It Unicorn Edition when I talked about it!); Pomsies Grumblies; Melissa and Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Set; Little Live Scruff-a-Luvs pets (man, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!).

More about the Capitol Christmas Tree is here.

Sep 01 2018

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138 The Three Wise Men

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Thanks to a suggestion Vivian made on Facebook, we learn a bit about the Three Wise Men, Three Kings, Three Magi–all the same people and all more characters than verifiable real people. Call (323) 487-12-25 any time and share whatever you’d like. Get in on next season or summer early, or just say hi. Email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. I so appreciate the gifts to the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. They make a huge difference. Besides Facebook, find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking) and on Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/138TheThreeWiseMen.mp3

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Featured music:

“We Three Kings” by Found Wandering from the album “Christmas in Country Village”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Found Wandering’s Christmas videos are also available.

Background music:

Wish Background” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

“We Three Kings” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Auld Lang Syne” by Dexter Britain from “Xmas 2012” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Actually, Wikipedia has a lot of good information about the Magi.

The Washington Post article by Diana Butler Bass headlined, “Why Jesus’ first Christmas gifts were truly shocking.”

The Christmas Stocking talked about the traditions of Three Kings Day at Epiphany.MyChristmasStocking.net

Find all of the post-Christmas episodes, some or all of which you may have missed, at PostChristmas.MyChristmasStocking.net

Jan 03 2018

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137 “Keeping Christmas” by Henry van Dyke

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Not a story this time. More like a sermon/essay. I hope you like it. Please join us on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Facebook and on Pinterest (where I realize I’m not active enough). Call (323) 487-12-25 and share what Christmas is to you or wish Merry Christmas. Or you can email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Thank you so much for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking. MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. They mean a lot.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/137_keepingChristmas_ByHenryVanDyke.mp3

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Featured music:

“Glory in the Heights” by Ryan Flanigan from the album “Merry Christmas, Good Night Vol. 5” (from Noisetrade)
Buy on Bandcamp

Background music:

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by Kevin MacLeod (from Incompetech)

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Read along with me and read the rest of _The Spirit of Christmas” on Project Gutenberg.

Dec 21 2017

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136 “Home Alone”

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Some things you probably didn’t know about a holiday favorite. Thank you for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. I feel a little like Sally Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” but it really does help. Stop by the Christmas Stocking Facebook page (and Like and Follow us, too!), and Follow on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and on Pinterest (where I realize I’m not active enough). The phone’s always open, any time, (323) 487-12-25. Don’t wait if you want to share on the show. What is Christmas to you? Or email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/136_homeAlone_.mp3

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Featured music:

“Away in a Manger” by Matt diVenti from the EP “Christmas Songs Vol. 1” (from Noisetrade)
Find Matt on YouTube

Background music:

“Jingle Bells” by the California Guitar Trio
Buy their music here

“The Wassail Song” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Christmas Medley by Gina and Kev” by Gina Kellenberger and by Kevin Zerbe

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
Buy their music here

More information:

Learn all about “Home Alone” from Wikipedia.

IMDb has a lot of info, including trivia.

Learn about the making of the gangster movie in “Home Alone” (it’s totally part of the movie) from Vanity Fair, of all places.

See the connection between Kevin McCallister and Monica and Chandler.

An analysis of Marv and Harry’s injuries suffered at the hands of Kevin.

Hear about more Christmas movies in the Christmas Stocking at Movies.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 18 2017

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135 The Jesse Tree

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It’s not about Advent, really, but it’s kind of about Advent. If you want to be on the show, call (323) 487-12-25 now. We’re getting kind of close to the day. What is Christmas to you? You can also email TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Thank you for giving to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. It’s huge to me. Keep in touch on Twitter (@XmasStocking), or Facebook, or Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/135TheJesseTree.mp3

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Featured music:

“Star of Hope” by Katey Laurel from the double album “This is Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Joy to the World” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Star of Hope Instrumental” by Katey Laurel

More information:

Wikipedia has a lot about the history of the Tree of Jesse.

Why Christmas has a bit about how you can incorporate a Jesse Tree into your holiday.

Jesuit ministry the Loyola Press has more ideas about working the Jesse Tree into your Advent.

While we’re at it, I talked about Advent in 2009, and played a great rendition of “People Look East.” It’s at Advent.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 14 2017

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134 Christmas Toys 1990-1999

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If you grew up in the ’90s, or had kids who grew up in the ’90s, you will remember these classics. Let me know if you loved any of these on Facebook, or on Twitter (@XmasStocking), or Pinterest. Make a phone call to the Christmas Stocking! (323) 487-12-25. Tell me what Christmas is to you. Or write (or send an audio file) to TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks for the gifts to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/134ChristmasToys1990-1999.mp3

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Featured music:

An Elf Named Moe” by Carl Stuck
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Find out more about the art contest at AnElfNamedMoe.com

Background music:

“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

“El Noche De Silencio” byBrian Bunker Christmas

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Deck the Halls” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

More information:

Learn more about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from GrnRngr.com.

Wikipedia will tell you about Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo, Tamagotchi, Furby, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Learn more about Pokémon from Bulbapedia on Bulbagarden.

Hear episodes about toys from all of the other decades of the 20th century, and find other episodes where I talk about toys, at Toys.MyChristmasStocking.net.

Dec 11 2017

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133 The First Noel

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It’s a great story, beautifully told in this old, old carol. How old? Not sure. Thank you for giving to the Christmas Stocking at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute! Call me at (323) 487-12-25 and tell me what_is_ Christmas to you. Or write (or send an audio file) to TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net. Join the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Facebook and Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/133TheFirstNoel.mp3

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Featured music:

“The First Noel” by Sleeping at Last from the album “Christmas Collection, Volume One”
Get it on Noisetrade and support Love Does
Buy on Vinyl or CD

Background music:

“The First Noel”  by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Peace Christmas” by Lobo Loco from the album “Memories” (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Learn more about “The First Noel” from CBN and Wikipedia.

Learn about the origins of many other carols, caroling and more from The Christmas Stocking at Carols.MyChristmasStocking.net

Dec 07 2017

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132 Christmas in the Caribbean

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On our Facebook page, Richie suggested I talk about this. Good suggestion! The Christmas Stocking is also on Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Pinterest. Thank you for the gifts sent through MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. They are a big help and make me feel good! Be on the show! Call (323) 487-12-25. What_is_ Christmas to you? You can also send your response to TopElf@MyChristmasStocking.net.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/132ChristmasInTheCaribbean.mp3

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Featured music:

“The Virgin Mary” by Lara Landon from the EP “Christmas“(from Noisetrade)
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Ipanema Holiday” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” 
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Little Peace at Christmas” by Philip (Squire Tuck) Rougier  (from the Free Music Archive)

A Ukulele for Christmas (instrumental)” by Lee Rosevere (from the Free Music Archive)

More information:

Believe it or not, CheapCaribbean.com has a lot of information.

You’ll find more traditions at News Americas.

Dec 04 2017

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131 The Yule Cat

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Sounds cuddly, right? He’s not. He’s from Iceland. Some of their Christmas legends are stone cold scary. Call (323) 487-12-25, and be on the show! Tell us what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas, or do your own thing! Follow the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Pinterest. Give to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Thank you if you have!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/131TheYuleCat.mp3

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Featured music:

“This Great Old Christmas Night” by Sofia Talvik from the album “When Winter Comes, A Christmas Album
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Still, Still, Still” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“The Happy Elf” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Sussex Carol” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon.com

More information:

Learn more about the Yule Cat from Wikipedia, I iz Cat, Nerdist, and I Reykjavik.

Hear Björk perform “Jólakötturinn – Hvít Er Borg Og Bær (Icelandic Christmas Cat).”

Nov 30 2017

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130 The Rockefeller Christmas Tree 2017: From PA to NYC

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Learn the story of this year’s Rock Center tree–it’s an interesting one! Thanks to everyone who’s given to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. If you want to be on the show, call (323) 487-12-25, tell what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas to someone you love, or whatever! Join us on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/130TheRockefellerChristmasTree2017_FromPaToNyc.mp3

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Featured music:

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by David and Deidre Casey from the album “Imagine It’s Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“O Tannenbaum” by Dan Lerch from the album “Badgerland: A Very Badgerland Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)

“O Holy Night” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“O Christmas Tree” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

“Carol of the Bells” by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
Buy their music here

More information:

The Today Show, of course, has some of the story.

CBS New York has the story from 1010 WINS, including an interview with the tree donor.

Newsday’s AM New York has some secrets of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

To hear all of the episodes that mention the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (I think), go to RockCenter.MyChristmasStocking.net

Nov 27 2017

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129 Staying Secure on Black Friday and Beyond

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If you’re looking to get your shop on, make sure you do it wisely. I’m not going to help you choose gifts, but I’ll give you some tips to stay safe in the stores and online. Want more? We’re on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Pinterest. I appreciate the generous gifts! Go to MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Call the Christmas Stocking at (323) 487-12-25. Tell what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas to someone you love, whatever  you like. You might be on the show!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/129StayingSecureOnBlackFridayAndBeyond.mp3

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Featured music:

Home for Christmas” by Robbie Nova from “Mistletoe–the Christmas EP
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

“Snowmen” by Frank Carter from the album “Deck the Halls
Get the album from Frank

Angels We Have Heard on High” by Rhesa Siregar (Songs of Praise)

More information:

All the ID Shield Tips.

A look at Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay from Tom’s Guide.

From Apple: All about Apple Pay. where you can use Apple Pay.

From Android: All about Android Pay, where you can use Android Pay.

From Samsung: All about Samsung Pay.

A look at Samsung Pay from Android Central (with some comparison of that and Android Pay).

Listen to all of the Black Friday episodes of the Christmas Stocking at BlackFriday.MyChristmasStocking.net.

For folks with the holiday blues spend some time with Blues.MyChristmasStocking.net.

Nov 23 2017

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128 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017

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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.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/128MacysThanksgivingParade2017.mp3

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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)

Music byKevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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

Nov 20 2017

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127 The Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular Number 11

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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!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/127TheChristmasStockingSummerMusicSpectacularNumber11.mp3

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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)
Click here to get the album

“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)
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)
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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
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

Aug 15 2017

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126 “The Fairy Christmas” by Etheldred B. Barry

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A bedtime story with an important message for all of us. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25. Call and tell me what Christmas IS to you. Thanks to everyone who has given to the Christmas Stocking! MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Get social with the Christmas Stocking on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Google+ and Pinterest.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/126_theFairyChristmas_ByEtheldredB.Barry.mp3

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Featured music:

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Al Lewis
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“Emmanuel” by Melody and Truth from the album “Merry Christmas”
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Background music:

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by Howard Eddy
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“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Frank Carter from the album “Christmas Cheer”
Get the album from Frank
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Read along and find other stories in The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories for Children.

Dec 22 2016

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125 The Legend of the Christmas Spider

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It’s all about tinsel. Find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on FacebookPinterest and Google+. Call (323) 487-12-25 and tell me what Christmas IS to you. Thanks to Rick in Pennsylvania for the generous gift to the Christmas Stocking! Go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click Contribute.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/125TheLegendOfTheChristmasSpider.mp3

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Featured music:

“The Lights on the Trees” by Matt diVenti from the EP “Christmas Songs Vol. 1” (from Noisetrade)
Find Matt on YouTube

“This is Christmas” by Katey Laurel from the double album “This is Christmas”
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Background music:

“The First Noel” and “Good King Wenceslas” by Chris Friesen from “I Heard the Bells” (from Noisetrade)

“Unto Us a Child is Born”by the California Guitar Trio from the album “A Christmas Album
Buy their music here

“This is Christmas Instrumental” by Katey Laurel
This version isn’t available to buy.

More information:

Wikipedia has more on the legend itself, tinsel, and the Christmas spider of Australia.

Kraftmstr.com has a version of the legend.

The Pet Poison Helpline has more information on the dangers of tinsel.

Dec 20 2016

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124 Silent Night

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You may have heard the story of the origin of “Silent Night,” but I may have some info you didn’t know about. Find out about more carols at MyChristmasStocking.net. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25 What IS Christmas to you? We do the social thing–on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Pinterest and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/124SilentNight.mp3

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Featured music:

“Silent Night” by Shuree from the EP “Christmas Soul Unplugged” (from Noisetrade)

Background music:

“Silent Night” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Silent Night” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
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“Silent Night No Percussion Instrumental” by Katey Laurel from the album “This is Christmas”
This version isn’t available to buy, but you can buy her beautiful vocal on iTunes. The whole album is great.

More information:

Find more information about the hymn from the BBC, In Mozart’s Footsteps and Stille Nacht Gesellschaft.

Find many English translations, including the one you probably know, on the Silent Night Web.

Dec 16 2016

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Christmas fun!

By princess purple1 - Sep 10 2018
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I look forward to this podcast every year! If you like Christmas you should give it a try !!

Merry Christmas!

By guitarsandbeaches - Dec 05 2017
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Reallly quite enjoyable. Puts you in the Christmas spirit!