The Five Most Essential Movies of Christmas

The Five Most Essential Movies of Christmas

By Lloyd Larsen — Guest Blogger on My Merry Christmas The history of film is slowly watering down the quality that was once fairly exclusive to Christmas. Recent releases with Christmas themes such as “The Night Before” has taken the once proud genre of Christmas and cast it as a suspect reason for even making a movie. That is why the following list of essential Christmas movies contains mostly older titles. Some will brand me old fashion. Or stubborn. Or maybe just old for doing it this way. But if you are a Christmas fan who guards closely not only the sanctity of the season but also holds high the standard of Christmas movie excellence you have to consider theseRead more

A Christmas Mission Accomplished

A Christmas Mission Accomplished

I have been waiting until our Christmas-in-July celebrations to tell this story. Last year we added several names to a project we call Operation Christmas Cheer. This is a simple little effort we make to reach out and send a little love to folks who could use it through our Christmas cards. These folks could be ill, maybe elderly, perhaps serving far away from home at Christmas or merely just experiencing a hardship. We make this little effort to try and lift folks a little in these situations. We received a name and address from one of our members on the Merry Forums. She explained to me that the person whose name she was sharing likely would not be awareRead more

Be Santa for Christmas in July

Be Santa for Christmas in July

The greatest joy in Christmas is giving and for Christmas in July you can be Santa! For My Merry Christmas, that means Santa’s Sleigh — our little effort to give together for a few folks who need Christmas. And we will begin with ourselves: EVERY premiere membership sold on the Merry Forums goes 100% to Santa’s Sleigh. It’s our biggest fund raiser of the year and this year it goes through the end of the year. Did you know that you can gift a premiere membership? If you go to account upgrades in your Merry Forums account you can purchase a gift membership for anyone — even someone who already has a membership. That means you can select a membershipRead 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 power of Christmas to connect people. Back in 1991 we started by publishing by fax. Sounds pretty archaic, doesn’t it? ButRead 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 can help load Santa’s sleigh. First, help us connect with those who work with people in need. Whenever we help aRead more

Lessons from a Christmas with No Money

Lessons from a Christmas with No Money

The best Christmas we ever had was the Christmas when we had nothing. A series of events during a difficult year led to that best Christmas. In early April I was diagnosed with breast cancer. A rush of doctor visits, a surgery, and months of recovery led to an extended period of time away from my work. As Thanksgiving approached I was still too weak and sick to return to work. My husband was unexpectedly laid off from his job in July when the company he worked for was sold and operations were moved out of the country. We had worked and saved for years, so we were not hurting. But as the months passed with our situation stagnant withRead more

Special Christmas-in-July Celebration Scheduled Online

Special Christmas-in-July Celebration Scheduled Online

My Merry Christmas is pleased to announce a grand celebration of Christmas-in-July beginning at 6am Eastern Daylight Time on July 23rd and running until 5am on July 25th on the Merry Forums of My Merry Christmas with support from Kringle Radio. Kringle Radio will be re-broadcasting the radio program originating from the North Pole last Christmas Eve as Santa was tracked around the world. This world famous broadcast details Santa’s flight and features reports from elves located around the world. What’s it like? Here’s report from Elf Red Stocking interviewing a Santa fan in Omaha as he prepared for Santa to arrive: Elf Crash Murphy is the North Pole’s “Eye in the Sky” reporter that follows Santa in a chaserRead more

Enter the Annual Christmas Writing Contest

Enter the Annual Christmas Writing Contest

MyMerryChristmas.com pleased to announce the 2014 Louann Jeffries Christmas Writing Contest, offering a $250 cash prize to the winner. Some of the very best original Christmas stories and features on My Merry Christmas have come from similar events in the past. We invite writers and aspiring writers of all ages to submit their best stories and memories of Christmas. Outstanding features such as My Little Lie, Ryan’s Prayer, The Angel Twin and Old Man Kramer came to MMC as a result of contests such as this. Works can be either fiction or non-fiction (though we love the true stories of Christmas the best). Full contest rules and guidelines can be found at this link. In offering this contest, which isRead more

Operation Christmas Cheer

Operation Christmas Cheer

Under the auspices of Santa’s Sleigh we’re taking on a new, simple effort this year — something we call Operation Christmas Cheer. Operation Christmas Cheer aims to make this holiday season brighter for some folks who might not be able to enjoy it as in years past. The inspiration for this, candidly, was my Mom, who had seen her world become smaller and smaller due to declining health. In the last years of her life we were able to get her into my home for a few hours at Christmas time and she greatly admired the dozens and dozens of Christmas cards our family received via our annual Christmas card exchange. Wistfully she told me, in the spirit of It’sRead more

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