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Reaching Out to Christmas

We all know that 2020 has become a mess of unpredictable events disrupting both our global and our personal worlds. A virus called COVID-19 has upended our lives, shut us up indoors, robbed us of income, separated us from loved ones, and restricted our lives outside our homes. Our collective frustration with hatred and intolerance in our communities has run the gamut from peaceful protests to violence in the streets. …
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New Realities of Christmas Shopping

Covid-19 is rewriting the rules of Christmas shopping. With each passing day the usual reminder of “only X shopping days until Christmas” is more relevant than ever. Let’s face it: there are some new realities of Christmas shopping we need to deal with. Nothing with COVID-19 has been predictable. In early June the common thinking was that most areas of the country were emerging from their quarantine. Restaurants and stores …
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Chasing Christmas

I can still remember exactly how it felt on Christmas Eve as a child, when I would go down to my Grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, along with my Mom and Dad. We would begin the evening by all going to church for the special candlelight Christmas Eve service, and conclude it by all spending the night together at my Grandparents’ house. It seemed absolutely magical as a child, seeing …
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The Influencers of Christmas in the 20th Century

Who are the influencers of Christmas? Influencers are people who create a lasting impact. In 21st century terms, influencers are people with a long reach via media that everyone follows what they do. As we go back in history we can see influencers in just about every kind of topic. George Washington was an influencer in liberty. Elvis was an influencer in Rock ‘n Roll. Babe Ruth remains the ultimate …
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Be Careful Joining an Online Christmas Swap

Online Christmas swaps have become a new tradition in the ever-evolving celebration of Christmas. Folks online swap Christmas cards, ornaments, cookies, gifts and other themed elements of the season as a way of extending traditions of old. But there are perils in the practice. ~ A Cautionary Tale ~ Last year Ken Childs of Jackson, Michigan joined a Facebook Christmas group that offered a Christmas card swap. He says they …
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Christmas Anniversaries 2020

Every year for Christmas in July we recount the anniversaries of Christmas – literally a history of Christmas history. The amount of Christmas to recount in 2020 is amazing. ~ Christmas 25 Years Ago (1995) ~ One of the amazing things about Christmas is that a Christmas movie doesn’t necessarily have to be about Christmas to be a Christmas movie. In 1995 such a movie was made in While You …
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The Ghost Story of Mistletoe

The ancient roots of mistletoe have nothing on the 19th century popularity of mistletoe. It was, for all intents and purposes, a great fad of Christmas. It began with a poem, as many things popular with Christmas of the 19th century did. It was 1823 in a book titled “Italy” by Samuel Rogers. The poem was titled “Ginevra”. The poem tells the horrific story of a young bride who got …
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Thank Christmas for Your 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks at Christmas are not a thing many people think about. For many folks, Christmas is long associated with snow, stockings and jingle bells. None of that seems to fit with the colorful summer traditions of fireworks. But the truth is that without Christmas you likely would not celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. For hundreds of years fireworks have had a long association with the celebration of Christmas around the …
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Why Christmas in July is Different This Year

Christmas in July, like nearly everything else in 2020, is going to be different. Traditionally Christmas in July has been a laid back affair. Merchants would drag beat up and shop-worn merchandise on to sidewalks and put them on sale. Amazon, with almost nothing else to do, created Prime Day, an event that in their eyes (an in some in the world), rivaled Black Friday. Hallmark, who for years has …
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Yippee Ki Yay and Merry Christmas

Yippe Ki Yay and Merry Christmas. Die Hard is back. It is a Christmas movie. I knew it! Mommy told me if things don’t turn out just the way you want them to the first time, you’ve still got to believe. (Ok, that’s from a different movie but it still applies here.) What has so inspired me? This brilliant Christmas song from Jonnie Common, which was released in 2016. I …
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The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot

Famed British singer Vera Lynn has passed away at the age of 103. While she was famous for many things Dame Vera Lynn made some Christmas music history by introducing The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot in 1937. It could well go down in history as perhaps one of the saddest Christmas songs of all time. Written by British composers Michael Carr, Jimmy Leach and Tommie Connor, it tells …
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A Christmas Social Media Post from 1818

Social media Christmas is a thing. From Twitter to Reddit to Facebook, today’s youth do comment about Christmas. The social media of today is building a wonderful record of their thoughts about Christmas and that record will be available for their grandchildren to read in the future. Too bad we don’t have the same thing from the teenagers of the past, eh? Who says we don’t? In our ongoing research …