The Five Greatest Christmas Albums of the 1960s

The Five Greatest Christmas Albums of the 1960s

By D. Lon Nichols, Guest Blogger at MMC Many people consider the 1940s and 1950s to be the golden era of Christmas music. But to me the 1960s was a time when Christmas music broke out of traditional molds and brought us true classics. We hear more Christmas music from the 1960s on the radio these days than we hear of Crosby, Autry and Cole of the 40s and 50s. It is time to acknowledge that. One of the best of the 1960s came from Johnny Cash – an artist who’s rough edge was worn smooth by the message ofRead more

Five Things the Christmas Shopper Should Know About Prime Day

Five Things the Christmas Shopper Should Know About Prime Day

The Internet has changed so many things when it comes to how we spend money. Amazon hopes that is true as it touts Prime Day, the third year in a row of what they are hoping is an annual shopping event that rivals Black Friday. That is their hope, but it will never be their reality. But for the savvy Christmas shopper – even a very forward thinking Christmas shopper – Prime Day can indeed become part of great Christmas in July celebrations. It begins by understanding what Prime Day really is and what it is not: 1. It’s aRead more

MMC Celebrates Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

MMC Celebrates Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

The third Friday in December has come to be known as Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. That day this year falls on December 15th – and of course, My Merry Christmas will celebrate it. How? By giving you a way to showcase your ugly Christmas sweater. Yes, we’ll have those who will post up their pictures right to the Merry Forums. But we think a gloriously fun exhibitionist event like Ugly Christmas Sweater Day deserves something more. Stay tuned for those details. In the meantime, do a little research online into the art of ugly Christmas sweaters. It is a wildlyRead more

Neptune, the Smiling Christmas Mutt

Neptune, the Smiling Christmas Mutt

By Tad Archer This is a submission from our Christmas in July event for guest blogging on My Merry Christmas. Tad chose the topic “The Christmas I Remember Best” as the theme for his blog post. To participate, please see this link. Mutt is a horrible name for a dog. But that was what we first named the scraggly looking thing because that’s what he was – a medium sized, wired-haired, brown-eyed, dirty dog. Little did I know that this dog would become the Christmas Mutt. He had followed us all the way from the school. We were walking homeRead more

The Great Christmas Social Media Survey

The Great Christmas Social Media Survey

Christmas is a social media event and there are a million ways to find Christmas online. While we like to think we have it all covered we know there are literally thousands of resources out there dedicated to Christmas. And we want to find them all. We’re looking to find new, unique websites, apps, Facebook pages and groups, Twitter feeds and other resources dedicated to Christmas. We desire to find new contacts, to interface with Christmas experts and to share resources via our own site, social media channels, newsletters and podcasts. Long before we were online we learned the powerRead more

Hop on Santa’s Sleigh

Hop on Santa’s Sleigh

Every year we engineer an effort that we call Santa’s Sleigh. Our simple goal is to anonymously give a little Christmas to families or individuals in need. Santa’s Sleigh partners with churches, service organizations, hospitals and charitable groups to reach out in a personal way without disclosing who we are. This is done through what we call the Spirit of Santa. The original St. Nicholas worked anonymously and did all he could for others without credit or attention to himself. All that mattered were the needs of others. That too is our modest goal. There are two ways you canRead more

12th Annual Christmas Card Exchange

12th Annual Christmas Card Exchange

We are pleased to announce the opening of our annual Christmas Card Exchange here on My Merry Christmas. This Merry Forums event was formalized in 2005, though we had loosely organized an exchange for some years before that on MMC. Many of the same names from our original exchange still participate in this great event. Imagine going to your mailbox every day from Thanksgiving forward and receiving cards nearly everyday until Christmas. These cards come from your Christmas friends from places all over the world. In my home it is a little like Christmas morning every day during the seasonRead more

Track Santa….again!

Track Santa….again!

How do you track Santa in July? Tracking Santa is something we’ve done for more than a quarter of a century…and you can hear it all again as it happened just six months ago. Just click the player below to hear a special edition of the Merry Little Podcast that shares highlights from the live radio news broadcast from last Christmas Eve on Kringle Radio — straight from the North Pole! Every year it begins when it is just December 23rd for most people. As Christmas Eve dawns in the far corners of the world the North Pole radio newsRead more

Heart of the Servant Santa

Heart of the Servant Santa

Mrs. Claus’ eyes were full of tears by the time I arrived at the hospital. Santa stood there stunned, as if hit with unbelievable news. “What is it?” I asked. Ryan had just hours to live. Santa and Mrs. Claus had met the boy just months previous but it was only within the past few days that things seriously took a decline and hope was lost. These are the calls Santa hates to take. How do you present the hope and love and brightness of Santa Claus to a dying child? “Why am I here?” I asked, nearly sucking inRead more

Secrets of the Servant Santa

Secrets of the Servant Santa

“I recognize that suit,” I said nonchalantly at the dry cleaner as I was doing business. There, on a hanger and freshly bagged, was Santa’s suit. Her eye brows lowered and she looked at me suspiciously. “How do you know that suit?” she asked. “Well it belongs to Santa,” I said. “Everyone knows that.” She relaxed a bit and smiled. “But not everyone knows this Santa,” she sighed. “Well I do,” I said. She put down her pen. She stared at me. “C’mere,” she said, pointing for me to follow her to an office. “You know who Santa is?” sheRead more