Go Tell It on the Mountain Played with Hands and Feet

Go Tell It on the Mountain Played with Hands and Feet

Go Tell It on the Mountain may not be the most well known or popular Christmas song of all time. But this rendition not only brought down the house it continues to be a marvel to those who have seen it over and over. The song itself actually dates back to 1865 and it’s considered a Christmas song because it references the Nativity of Jesus Christ. It has been recorded by multiple artists over the decades in a variety of styles — but none are quite like this rendition. Most songs have to be heard. But Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist Richard Elliott has to be seen while performing this classic spiritual. He usually takes a part in the Choir’s annualRead more

Abraham’s Impact on the History of Christmas

Abraham’s Impact on the History of Christmas

Modern historians usually work backwards in uncovering the origins of Christmas. For example, historians tell us that the modern Christmas tree grew from use of evergreens by English royalty in the 1830s and 40s, who picked it up from Germans who celebrated with trees for a couple of hundred years after St. Boniface first used the tree as a symbol of eternal life through Jesus Christ, which was a fable crafted by the Church in order to adopt the ancient pagan practice of decorating with evergreens indoors during the season of Yule. This is usually as far back as most historians go, causing some to declare that Christmas “evolved” from a pagan ritual. But where did pagans get their practices?Read more

Real and Rumored New Christmas Music of 2016

Real and Rumored New Christmas Music of 2016

New Christmas music is released each year traditionally in the months of September, October and November. While country music fans have a lot to celebrate this year with several major artists coming out with albums the news has been a little slow this year for artists in other genres. Here is a brief recap of some of the major releases we know about or have heard rumored: 1. Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album “‘Tis the SeaSon” will be released on October 28, 2016. It is now available For Pre-Sale at Mailboat Records. On the Bing and Bong show Jimmy said the name of the album is “‘Tis the SeaSUN”. No information is currently available on the song list for theRead more

If You Suck at Throwing Christmas Parties This is for You

If You Suck at Throwing Christmas Parties This is for You

Are your Christmas parties lame? Or do you throw what YOU think are great Christmas parties but everyone else thinks are lame? Are you stressed out about Christmas already? The CW Network wants to talk to you. The network has just posted a casting call for a new reality television series they want to start filming next month about Christmas freaks who do not really know how to throw Christmas parties. They only want to embarrass you on national television, no biggie. Filming will take a week and the shoot will happen sometime between the end of September and the first part of November. No doubt the Christmas fiasco showcase will air before Christmas. Christmas reality shows seem to beRead more

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

There is a new Christmas movie heading to theaters this year and the buzz is building — even if it is getting late in the year. Will Smith is starting to promote Collateral Beauty, which is due in theaters December 16th. The film tells the story of a man — Smith, apparently — who suffers a personal tragedy and is trying to put his life back together. The film has an all-star cast of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, and Keira Knightley. Billed as a “dramedy” Smith says the film is a curious mix of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the “Wizard of Oz”. Smith says “It’s a smart, funny, and heartwarming Christmas story about reclaiming one’sRead more

Casting a Remake of It’s a Wonderful Life

Casting a Remake of It’s a Wonderful Life

Back in 2013 Hollywood announced a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life. Thankfully the project never happened and hopefully it never will. It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic American film that is best honored by leaving it completely alone. In 1977 the film was remade as a made-for-TV movie. It was horrible. But you’ll have to recall that in 1977 It’s a Wonderful Life was not the Christmas classic it is today, even though it was 30-years old by that point. The strange path that It’s a Wonderful Life took to nearly untouchable status as THE film of Christmas came about because of television in the 1970s. It was played over and over right around the time the made-for-TVRead more

Going Home for Christmas

Going Home for Christmas

Have you ever spent a Christmas away from home? Sooner or later we all do. It is an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But at the same time I consider it one of those crucial life experiences. A Christmas away gives the gift of gratitude. It centers you on what is really important at Christmas. Once upon a time I was a young man. My life and its adventures took me away from home at Christmas. And I can recall well the feelings of isolation, of time lost and wasted in solitude on Christmas. And just as true I can remember a hero’s welcome when I later returned. I can recall the tears and the sense that I hadRead more

What Christmas was Like 100 Years Ago

What Christmas was Like 100 Years Ago

We tend to think of Christmas much the same year after year. We listen to many of the same songs, we watch the same movies, we eat the same stuff and we do many of the same things that we have always done. We cling to Christmas traditions faithfully. But a look back in time separates the celebration of Christmas for us in many ways. Christmas 100 years ago has many similarities to Christmas today – and yet it was so very different. After all, there was no White Christmas, no Rudolph, and no Bing Crosby in 1916. Hard to imagine it, isn’t it? There are other things that influence our celebrations of Christmas that set them apart over time,Read more

Disney Re-Releases The Enchanted Christmas

Disney Re-Releases The Enchanted Christmas

Beauty and the Beast — and Christmas. Does it get any better than that? Evidently after 25 years it does not get old — Disney is re-releasing the animated classic on DVD this October. The Enchanted Christmas tells a tale set within the story of the original feature, about Belle spreading Christmas cheer within the confines of Beast’s castle during her time there. The film’s all-star voice cast features Robby Benson as Beast and Paige O’Hara as Belle, along with the castle’s enchanted staff including Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth, Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, Haley Joel Osment as Chip, Bernadette Peters as Angelique and Tim Curry as a grumpy pipe organ who threatens to ruinRead more

It’s August and Okay to Think Christmas

It’s August and Okay to Think Christmas

Today is the opening of Christmas Creep Season. It happens the first of August every year when the media suddenly discovers the presence of – gasp! – Christmas items in stores. They complain about it endlessly claiming Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. But let’s get one thing straight right now: it’s August and it is okay to think Christmas. Like all things in popular culture Christmas has changed in many ways thanks to technology and the shifting make up of families. Christmas is still celebrated and forever will be. But how it is done and when it is done will always be changing. For example, if your Christmas means bringing family together from long distances now is theRead more