All around the world today there are celebrations of what is known as Three Kings Day. It also marks 359 days until Christmas. The legend of the Magi is widely known but the purpose of the wise men and who they were is not entirely understood by most. It is by far one of the most sacred elements of the Christmas story. Secular historians have long tried to explain away the wise men as scientists, mystics or even priests of Zoroastrianism. This is due to the elements of the story that make them a strange fit in the story ofRead more
The art of counting down to Christmas is one that dates back hundreds of years. That is what Advent is all about. But even for those who celebrate Christmas in other ways the countdown to Christmas adds a delicious anticipation that seems to give the season it’s glow. Especially when you countdown down for far out. For us that countdown begins anew on New Year’s Day — a mere 359 days from Christmas 2016. That may seem a mere speck on a distance horizon right now. But it will be here before you know it. In 2016 we resolve toRead more
Love the blues? You’ll love this on day #130 of the Countdown to Christmas as Joe Bonamassa tells us about his Lonesome Christmas:
Quick trivia question: what group has sold more Christmas albums than any other in the past 30 years? That would be Mannheim Steamroller, that improbable group of classic rock/classical/baroque combo that makes music like no other. Steamroller hung around the fringes of popular music for nearly a decade until they released their first Christmas album in 1984 titled Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. This album went platinum six times and finally launched Mannheim Steamroller into the mainstream. On this day in 1984, this single was released marking the debut of the album and consequently it causes us to declare that with justRead more
Mariah Carey was denied a 2nd smash hit of Christmas back in 2000 all because of her marital woes. Today is August 14th, 2015 and there remains just 133 days in our Countdown to Christmas and today we mark it by declaring it Where Are You Christmas Day in honor of song writer and composer James Horner, who originally penned the song as “Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You“. Co-written with Will Jennings the song was given a longer version and made into its most widely known arrangement with Mariah Carey, who was originally supposed to sing the tune forRead more
The world’s first Christmas movie dates back to 1898, an age well before even popular silent films shown in movie houses. Directed by George Albert Smith, a British pioneer of film making, this wonderful bit of film was considered a technological wonder of the time and to this day remains a cherished look back at Christmas in time: While it is a first among Christmas films it is also a first in special effects. Smith links the shots in terms of both space and time, by placing the new image over the space previously occupied by a fireplace, and continuingRead more
One of last year’s biggest Christmas television specials was Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas. It was seen by millions but who knew then what we know now of the soap opera that has become Blake and Miranda? On day #135 of the Countdown to Christmas we take a wistful look back at not only a year ago knowing that Home for Christmas this year for these two will be…apart: All that drama aside, we almost forget that this isn’t really a Christmas song, it isn’t a country song….and that Shelton does Michael Buble proud.