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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

90 Ratings
Average Ratings
76
7
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

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

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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
Buy on Amazon.com

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 #3: 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
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“Chispas de Christmas (Club Mix)” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” (from Mevio.com)
Buy on iTunes
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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 #4: 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

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Featured music:

“Remember When it Snowed” by Rosie Thomas

Background music:

“Now What” by Beeblebrox from “Dominant Domain” (from Mevio.com)
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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 #5: 107 Black Friday and Wanamaker’s Christmas Light Show

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Some advice on what to avoid and what to go for on Black Friday, and a trip to Philadelphia for the Wanamaker Christmas Light Show. Find a lot more Christmas info on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Google+. Home base is MyChristmasStocking.net, with all the episodes and a lot more. Be on the show! Share your Christmas memories or Christmas plans–or wish someone Merry Christmas at (323) 487-12-25.  Or email them to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/107BlackFridayAndWanamakersChristmasLightShow.mp3

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Featured music:

“Christmas Gets Worse Every Year (feat. Oscar Foxley)” by The Other Guys 
Buy on iTunes
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Background music:

“The First Noel (pKai Remix)” by pKai from “The CEDM Christmas 2014”

“Für Elise” by Lenny Marcus from “The Jazz of Beethoven”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon
Buy on CDBaby

More information:

The NY Daily News tech guide for 2015.

Kim Komando warns you against these Black Friday “deals” in USA Today.

Black Friday preparation and shopping strategies from U.S. News and World Report.

The outlook for the UK’s Black Friday from c|net.

The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ have a website with lots of information.

All the info you need if you want to visit the Wanamaker organ at Macy’s from Visit Philadelphia.

Wikipedia has lots of info on the history of Wanamaker’s and the organ.

Nov 26 2015
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Rank #6: 106 Holiday Parades, Small and Boat

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There’s more to holiday parades than Macy’s, although I’ll talk about that too. You’ll find all the episodes, Christmas Stocking merch and more at MyChristmasStocking.net. Tell me your Christmas plans or Christmas memories–or wish someone Merry Christmas at (323) 487-12-25.  Or email them, along with music and show ideas, to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/106HolidayParadesSmallAndBoat.mp3

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Featured music:

“American Christmas” by Shawna Swansburg
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“Home 4 the Holidays”  by Devyn Rose
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Fretless” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Deck the Halls” by Oven Rake from “XMAS Compilation 10” (from the Free Music Archive)

“Carol of the Bells (Afrolizer Remix)” by Afrolizer from “CEDM Christmas 2014” (from Noisetrade)

More information:

The Guardian tells much of the background.

A Gothic Curiosity Cabinet has some theories.

So does the Deseret News.

And The Conversation.

The Paris Review has theories and some suggested ghostly reading.

Nov 23 2015
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Rank #7: 100 Christmas in Denmark

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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+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/100ChristmasInDenmark.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

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.

Dec 10 2014
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Rank #8: 103 The Peppermint Pigs of Saratoga Springs, NY

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A local tradition in upstate New York, the peppermint pigs are spreading around the country and the world thanks to the internet. Call the Christmas Stocking anytime at 323-487-12-25 or go to MyChristmasStocking.net and click “Call Me.” All the episodes are at that address, too. Join the parties on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Facebook and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/103ThePeppermintPigsOfSaratogaSprings.mp3

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Featured music:

“Christmas Time Again” by Smalltown Poets from “Christmastime Again”
Buy on iTunes
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Background music:

“Deck the Halls B” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech)

More information:

Saratoga Sweets’ website has a lot of information on the peppermint pigs tradition, how they’re made, and of course you can order directly from them online.

The New York Daily News covered them in 2012.

Who was that who introduced the show? W.E.L.F.–An Elf Run Podcast

Dec 20 2014
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Rank #9: 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

Click here to download the show to your device.

Featured music:

“Star of Hope” by Katey Laurel from the double album “This is Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
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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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Rank #10: 97 The Holiday Blues

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This season isn’t always happy. Some tips about how to deal with the down times. You never have to be alone. Come by Google+, maybe hang out; Facebook, and Twitter (@XmasStocking). Thank you so much to Paul, who gave to the show at www.MyChristmasStocking.net/Contribute. It’s easier than ever to call the Christmas Stocking. Go to MyChristmasStocking.net and either click “Call Me” or dial 323-487-12-25! Talk about your favorite memory of your kids’ Christmas, your own favorite childhood Christmas memory, or simply wish someone Merry Christmas! At select times throughout the season, I’ll be on the other end answering live. Watch Twitter for more.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/97TheHolidayBlues.mp3

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Featured music:

“Try to Have a Merry Christmas” by Elizabeth Chan (@lizchanmusic on Twitter) from “Everyday Holidays”
Buy on iTunes
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“Christmas in the City” by Elizabeth Chan from “Christmas in the City”
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

Background music:

“Deck the Halls with We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Doug Boldt (from Mevio.com)

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

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Mano Reza from “Guitar for Christmas” (from Soundclick.com)
Buy on Soundclick
Buy on iTunes
Buy on Amazon

More information:

Get the tips from the Mayo Clinic and UC Davis. Also WebMD has a large section full of resources.

USA Today discusses Blue Christmas services.

Dec 01 2014
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Rank #11: 96 Black Friday and Hot Toys for 2014

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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.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/96BlackFridayAndHotToysFor2014.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

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.

Nov 27 2014
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Rank #12: 105 The 9th Annual Christmas Stocking Summer Music Spectacular

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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,

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/105The9thAnnualChristmasStockingSummerMusicSpectacular.mp3

Click here to download the show to your device.

Featured music:

“Jingle Bell Swing” by Mark Smeby from “En attendant Noël…” (from the Free Music Archive) and “Christmas”
Buy from iTunes
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“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

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

Aug 15 2015
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Rank #13: 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
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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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Rank #14: 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

Click here to download the show to your device.

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 #15: 104 “Papa Panov’s Special Christmas” by Leo Tolstoy

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It’s time for a Christmas story. This one’s really nice. Make sure you’re caught up with all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net. Keep up with the show on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Google+.

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.archive.org/download/ChristmasStockingPodcast/104_papaPanovsSpecialChristmas_ByLeoTolstoy.mp3

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Featured music:

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by Peter Furler featuring David Ian from “Peter Furler Christmas featuring David Ian”
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Background music:

“Away in a Manger – Traditional Christmas Carol for Piano” by Mario Ajero (from Mevio.com)

“After Christmas” by Dexter Britain from “Dexter Britain: Creative Commons Vol. 2” (from the Free Music Archive)

“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

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

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Paul and Brenda Neal from “Two Harps Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
Buy from iTunes

“Snow Day” by Rosie Thomas from “A Very Rosie Christmas”
Buy on iTunes
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“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”” by IKOS featuring Dave Clifton from “Christmas Carols and Songs” (Little Room) (from the Free Music Archive)
Buy on iTunes
Buy at Amazon

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

More:

Read the story yourself thanks to Google Books.

Dec 23 2014
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Rank #16: 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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Buy on Amazon

“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
Buy on Amazon.com

“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 #17: 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.

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Featured music:

“Glory in the Heights” by Ryan Flanigan from the album “Merry Christmas, Good Night Vol. 5” (from Noisetrade)
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Background music:

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
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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”
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Read along with me and read the rest of _The Spirit of Christmas” on Project Gutenberg.

Dec 21 2017
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Rank #18: 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!

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Featured music:

An Elf Named Moe” by Carl Stuck
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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)
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“El Noche De Silencio” byBrian Bunker Christmas

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
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“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 #19: 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”
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Background music:

“The First Noel”  by Mark Bodino from “My Favorite Christmas Guitar Songs All Year Round
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“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 #20: 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)
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Background music:

“Ipanema Holiday” by Juan Oskar from “Christmas is for Grownups Too” 
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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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