US Post Office Releases New Contemporary Stamps for Christmas 2016

US Post Office Releases New Contemporary Stamps for Christmas 2016

The U.S. Postal Service announced today that this year’s contemporary holiday stamps will highlight the role windows play during the holidays. The Holiday Windows Forever stamps will be issued in October, providing plenty of time for mailing greeting cards. Details will be announced soon. This is one of a number of holiday-themed stamps that will be issued this year. Portraying winter nights, these elegant stamps showcase ways we observe traditions and spread cheer, letting us delight in the snow when we’re inside while also sharing our warmth and merriment with the outside world. Available in booklets of 20 with each design repeated five times, the stamps feature a candle, a wreath, a star and a lighted tree. The stamps areRead more

Trailer Released for Bad Santa Sequel

Trailer Released for Bad Santa Sequel

It is a sad day when the most anticipated new Christmas movie of the year is a sequel to one of the worst Christmas movies ever made. But Bad Santa has its fans and today they cheer the release of this new trailer: Billy Bob Thornton is back to reprise his role as the Santa nobody wants to take their kid to — and this time he brings his mother, played in this film by Kathy Bates. In this film Willie and his mother — who’s just as mean and foul-mouthed as her son — try to scam a charity headed by Diane. Although Diane looks prim and proper on the outside, she apparently “has a thing for shady lowlifesRead more

Reba Launches New Christmas Album

Reba Launches New Christmas Album

Country music hall of famer Reba is launching a new Christmas album on September 2, 2016 in association with Cracker Barrel. My Kind of Christmas includes eleven highly-recognizable standards, including Reba’s cover of Dolly Parton’s classic, “Hard Candy Christmas.” Reba is no stranger to crooning a Christmas tune, having already notched two holiday collections in her catalog, 1987’s Merry Christmas to You and 1999’s The Secret of Giving. Here’s the complete track listing for My Kind of Christmas, which will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel starting September 2: “Winter Wonderland” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” “Holy Night” “Hard Candy Christmas” “Come All Ye Faithful” “Jingle Bell Rock” “Silent Night”Read more

Five Weird American Christmas Traditions the World Misunderstands

Five Weird American Christmas Traditions the World Misunderstands

There is plenty to Christmas around the world that people consider weird. Krampus, for example, is strange. The popularity of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan on Christmas Eve is another weird one. But when it comes to Christmas no place is known for weird better than America. While Christmas wasn’t born in the United States it sure has taken it over. And that dismays much of the world that still considers Christmas a sacred and religious festival. The secular growth of Christmas in America is what lends the odd elements of it that people around the world consider so strange. Americans who read this might not think a thing of these items below. But to the world these five thingsRead more

The Christmas Candy Bomber

The Christmas Candy Bomber

The epilogue to World War II was the massive effort made to recover war-torn Europe. For months and even years following the war times were lean as millions scrambled to recover lives. U.S. President Harry Truman led a massive effort – dubbed The Marshall Plan – to bring relief to the starving, homeless and unemployed in Europe. Part of that effort was the Berlin Airlift of 1948, a round-the-clock operation of landing planes with relief supplies in Berlin. This is where the story of the Christmas Candy Bomber begins. Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, of Provo, Utah, piloted a C-54 aircraft, typical of those used during the Berlin airlift. One day while waiting for his just-landed aircraft to be unloaded heRead more

History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. grew up with Christmas firmly a part of his family’s culture. An 1885 school essay speaks of Christmas being celebrated with family and sleigh rides. But Christmas was never on his mind years later as he envisioned the “city within a city” that would become Rockefeller Center. In 1928, about a year before the famed market crash of October 1929, Rockefeller leased land in the heart of New York City intending to build a showcase development that would have the Metropolitan Opera as its centerpiece. But with the market crash the Opera backed out and Rockefeller hesitated due to his own losses of the times. But after giving it lots of thought Rockefeller re-drew his plansRead more

Tips to Prepare for Christmas Card Sending

Tips to Prepare for Christmas Card Sending

It is our tradition to announce and open our annual Christmas card exchange during our Christmas-in-July festivities each year. In advance of that we thought it best to share with you some tips for preparing for the sending and receiving of approximately 100 cards from around the world as part of the exchange. Many of us have done this now for over a decade. In a time where the world has seen a decline in the practice of sending cards we have merrily clung to the tradition for many reasons. For many of us the joy of receiving this mail throughout the season far outweighs the efforts to participate. We take great joy in holding in our hands something thatRead more

For the Love of The Christmas Song

For the Love of The Christmas Song

Christmas purists are funny people. Earlier this week we released a new podcast featuring the best selling songs of Christmas. We thought folks would be interested in this list. But no…..they seem to be a little upset by it, if our email is any indication. The most feedback we have received has not been about the list itself but rather those songs that DIDN’T make the list. And the #1 song not on the list that has some Christmas music fans dismayed is The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole. Well, we’ve decided to issue a new episode of The Merry Little Podcast to address these concerns, which you can listen to below. Trust me, we explain it all. AndRead more