The Many Memes of Christmas

The Many Memes of Christmas

Christmas memes have become not only a staple of each holiday season online but they have found a place year round. Christmas, it seems, has memes for every season. There is an entire generation – or two – that does not understand the idea of memes at all. And there is yet another generation that cannot look at anything in life without them. Memes have been the subject of philosophy courses and marketing classes alike. There just isn’t much out there that is as pervasive in our culture than the meme. A meme is a statement of humor, irony, sarcasm or wit tied to anything catching the public’s attention. It is a yet another form of personal expression. For thoseRead more

Christmas Trains

Christmas Trains

For more than a century trains were the center piece of mass transportation. This time in culture also saw the rise of the industrial revolution and, as well, the media-driven mass popularity of the secular Christmas. The real connection of trains to Christmas was born of the fact that going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house for the holidays was best accomplished by trains and it happened every Christmas. In fact, more people moved by train in November and December over the course of those 100 years than by any other method. If you wanted to be home for Christmas, you very simply had to take the train. But the real kicker for when it comesRead more

Sarah McLachlan to Release Wonderland in October

Sarah McLachlan to Release Wonderland in October

Sarah McLachlan joins the parade of artists bringing out new Christmas albums this year. On October 21 she will release Wonderland, her first Christmas album since her hit holiday album of 2006 titled Wintersong. “I love everything about Christmas and this record was a joy to make,” said McLachlan of “Wonderland”. Fans will enjoy such holiday classics as “Silver Bells”, which is reimagined as “a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale,” as well as “Go Tell It On The Mountain” (featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright), while “Away In A Manager” is reinvented as a country shuffle. In all, Wonderland features 13 contemporary and traditional holiday songs. Throughout her career in the music scene, McLachlan has sold in excess ofRead more

Country Christmas Albums Coming Out in October

Country Christmas Albums Coming Out in October

It is a country Christmas this year as multiple country artists have announced albums for the festive season. Long ago we announced Reba, Merle Haggard and Rascal Flatts. Today the news comes of albums from Loretta Lynn, Chris Young and Jennifer Nettles. Loretta Lynn’s new album is due in just a few weeks, on October 7th and is named White Christmas Blue. The unusual title of the album is due to an original song by the same title the album is named for. Lynn sings several classics include a reprise of her Christmas hits, Country Christmas and To Heck with Old Santa Claus. Chris Young will bring out It Must Be Christmas on October 14th and he brings an all-starRead more

History of Christmas Villages

History of Christmas Villages

As far as Christmas goes, the city of Palm Springs, California is far removed from being a Christmas village. But for Dennis Lloyd his annual return for winter time in Palm Springs signals the beginning of Christmas. He just can’t wait to get there right after Halloween each year. In a large bedroom in the Lloyd home Dennis has painstakingly constructed a shimmering Christmas village made of porcelain buildings, molded Styrofoam mountains, and thousands of miniature details, from trees to light poles to roadways, some handcrafted by Dennis himself. Dennis is 88 years old this Christmas and he sees no end to his Christmas hobby. The village, he tells me, grows a little bit each year. And the heart ofRead more

Neil Diamond Goes Acoustic in New Christmas Album

Neil Diamond Goes Acoustic in New Christmas Album

Neil Diamond has announced yet another Christmas album release to be titled Acoustic Christmas. The album drops on October 28th. Neil Diamond, who is famously Jewish, has made a fortune producing Christmas albums in the later stages of his career. Rolling Stone notes with hope that this new album is a return to his acoustic roots claiming the album was recorded “with a handful of musicians, sitting around a circle of microphones, wires and, of course, Christmas lights.” We’re assuming they were all playing acoustic guitars. Diamond is one of the most successful recording artists of all time having sold more than 100 million albums over the course of his long, long career. This will be his fifth Christmas albumRead more

Pentatonix Releasing ANOTHER Christmas Album

Pentatonix Releasing ANOTHER Christmas Album

Pentatonix just announced via their Twitter feed another new Christmas album to be titled A Pentatonix Christmas. The unexpected release shakes up the recording market for Christmas music in 2016 significantly. The new album will debut exactly 2 years after their last Christmas album was released. That album went double platinum. Our upcoming holiday album 'A Pentatonix Christmas' will be released on 10/21, and we can't wait for you to hear it! More info coming #soon. — Pentatonix (@PTXofficial) September 16, 2016 The group’s last Christmas album — That’s Christmas to Me — was released just two years ago to rave reviews. That made it one of the most significant new Christmas albums in decades, probably the most important sinceRead more

Christmas Songs You Don’t Know that You Know

Christmas Songs You Don’t Know that You Know

Some Christmas songs are so familiar we can pick out a tune in the middle of July. Other Christmas songs have titles so obscure or from another language that we couldn’t pick them out if they were handed to us. The brand new episode of the Merry Podcast explores this in depth with an hour long exploration into great music you maybe have heard but can’t talk about. Here’s a good example: last Christmas hot vocal super group Pentatonix released the following single of a famously old Christmas tune brilliantly performed…that almost no one can name: What is great about Christmas music like this is that the songs are so very old and many have a back story of ChristmasRead more

She and Him to Release 2nd Christmas Album

She and Him to Release 2nd Christmas Album

New Christmas music is being announced all over the place and sure to please fans of their 2013 Christmas album the duo She and Him — also known as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward — have announced today their 2nd holiday offering to be titled Christmas Party. Their 2013 album was met with critical and sales success. This new album features guest appearances by Jenny Lewis, the Chapin Sisters and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. Here is the track listing: 1. All I Want for Christmas Is You 2. Let It Snow 3. Must Be Santa 4. Happy Holiday 5. Mele Kalikimaka 6. Christmas Memories 7. Run Run Rudolph 8. Winter Wonderland 9. The Coldest Night of the Year 10. ARead more

Amy Grant Announces New Christmas Album

Amy Grant Announces New Christmas Album

Pop recording artist Amy Grant has announced the release of a new Christmas album titled Tennessee Christmas to be released October 21st. It is the first new Christmas album in twenty years from Amy Grant. A collection of thirteen new recordings, including the title track, Tennessee Christmas, offers a blend of heartfelt originals and Grant’s own spin on popular Yuletide classics, seamlessly weaving together the joy, love, laughter, and even grief this season brings. It is surprising that Grant has waited this long to release a new Christmas album. Her previous holiday releases have been wildly popular. With over six million Christmas records sold all of Grant’s holiday projects have been honored with RIAA platinum or gold certification. This holidayRead more