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Daft Punk Pentatonix Christmas Lights

Somewhere near you right now some poor guy is slogging through the heat of summer to put up a spectacular Christmas display. If technology has brought anything to Christmas it is a whole new level of creative celebration through lights and coordinated music. On day #137 of the countdown to Christmas we take a look at a light display from last year that we missed — one that is all …
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Sam Smith Has a Merry Little Christmas

At 138 days in the Countdown to Christmas we take a listen today to crooner Sam Smith — we still call them that, right? Crooners? — well, he’s crooning here and doing it well in a popular video from last December: It is funny how a classic Christmas song remains a classic. Smith in his rendition is traditionally soulful but he seems to understand that this song isn’t your typical …
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Christmas Chickens

Today is Saturday, August 8th and that means there remains just 139 days until Christmas. The countdown reveals not only urgency in preparing for Christmas but also purpose: we’re about 20 weeks away! What is needed is something to help us focus, something that fills us with energy for Christmas yet to come. What we need is a healthy dose of Christmas chickens (if this doesn’t put you in the …
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Jingle Bells Day

On this day in 1893 the world lost James Pierpoint, composer of the most recognizable song of Christmas, Jingle Bells. The date of his death — August 5th — marks just 142 remaining days until Christmas. While Jingle Bells, like its best selling cousin White Christmas, isn’t even a Christmas song its composer was no Irving Berlin. Pierpoint was born the son of a minister but lived the life of …
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Clement Clarke Moore Day

Today is July 15th and there are only 163 days left until Christmas. Today marks the 236th birthday of Clement Clarke Moore, author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or, as it is better known, Twas the Night Before Christmas. Moore doesn’t get the love that Charles Dickens receives but his Christmas creation is likely more widely read and quoted every Christmas than even A Christmas Carol. It’s too bad …
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Sleigh Ride Day

On this date in 1946 American composer Leroy Anderson penned the holiday favorite, Sleigh Ride. Though long associated with Christmas and played each holiday season as a classic Sleigh Ride was never officially a Christmas song. But given its cult status as staple of the season, we declare today Sleigh Ride Day of Christmas. There are 168 days left until Christmas. The song was born during a golden era of …
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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas Day

On this summer day in 1953 Gayla Peevey recorded one of the biggest novelty hits of Christmas, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. We declared today to be I Want a Hippopotamus Day of Christmas, with just 169 days remaining until Christmas. Peevey was a child star from Oklahoma with a five year contract with Columbia Records. Songs such as “All I Want for Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth” …
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Leon Day

Today is a day long anticipated by those who countdown to Christmas: it’s Leon Day. Leon Day marks the exact half way mark to Christmas. It’s all down hill from here. Why is it called Leon Day? Leon is Noel spelled backwards. The history of Leon Day is a bit murky. While counting down to Christmas is a tradition hundreds of years old tied to old world Catholic church teachings …
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We Need a Little Christmas

Today is the 24th of May and there remains only 215 days in our countdown to Christmas. On this date of May 24th in 1966 the Broadway musical Mame made it’s debut starring Angela Lansbury in the title role, bringing the song (and many others) We Need a Little Christmas to the vast collection of classics that gets replayed, re-recorded and remembered so much every holiday season. Like some other …
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Mr. Krueger’s Christmas Day

Today is May 22nd, 2015 and there are only 217 days until Christmas. This week has been an epic celebration in the countdown to Christmas. It kicked off with Frank Capra’s birthday and featured as well the birthday of James Stewart. On this day we celebrate the now-Christmas classic short film, Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, or, as some call it, Jimmy Stewart’s other Christmas movie. On this date in 1940 Academy …
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Fruitcake Toss Day

Today is January 3rd and there are only 356 days until Christmas. It is National Fruit Cake Toss Day and no, we’re not kidding. The first Fruitcake Toss Day was celebrated in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995 where it is still celebrated today. Check it out: We haven’t seen their 2014 video yet. There is a rumor going about they smoke those things there now, so who knows. Today is …
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First Foot Day

It is the 1st of January and there are only 358 days until Christmas. Today is First Foot Day, a tradition born in Scotland where first footing was a tradition recognizing the first to cross the threshold of a home on New Year’s Day. It was was so popular in England and Scotland during the 19th century that the streets were often more crowded between midnight and one o’clock in …
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John Denver Day

Today is the 31st day of December, leaving just 359 days until Christmas, and on this day in 1943 one of the most popular Christmas icons of the 1970s was born. It is John Denver Day. His given name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. but the world knew him as John Denver, an All-American boy with a love of nature, country roads and a blended folk, pop and country sound …
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Merry Christmas

Today is December 25th, 2014 — and it is Christmas. Merry Christmas! If you have followed us all year in this merry countdown, thank you! If you just joined us somewhere mid-stream, thank you! And if you’re just joining us now, thank you! Today is Christmas Day, the biggest day of the year and the one around which all other holidays rotate. Historians grapple over whether this date actually is …