Who is the best Jacob Marley?

Who is the best Jacob Marley?

Whether you read the book or simply watch A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens every Christmas there is no getting around the point that likely the juiciest role in the whole story is that of Jacob Marley. Think about it — he’s a mournful, lost, tortured soul suffering through the depths of hell that has come back to torment his former partner and friend. How can any actor resist such a role? At day #136 in the Countdown to Christmas we have to ask — who is the best Jacob Marley? We suggest this 1984 version of Jacob Marley playedRead more

Daft Punk Pentatonix Christmas Lights

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 about precision. Set to Daft Punk by Pentatonix, this display is pretty mesmerizing:

Sam Smith Has a Merry Little Christmas

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 happy Christmas tune. In fact, it is interesting to read in the comments from obviously younger fans who don’t know or understand the origin of this song. The song, ofRead more

Christmas Chickens

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 mood nothing will). And let us know if you need help with any of these lyrics:

Jingle Bells Day

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 a wanderer. He left his family in New England to strike it rich as part of the California gold rush but failed in his business endeavors. While he was goneRead more

Clement Clarke Moore Day

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 because Moore is worthy of celebrating and the story of the creation of A Visit from St. Nicholas is a great Christmas story in and of itself. It is notRead more

Sleigh Ride Day

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 Christmas classics. From 1942 to 1950 many of the classics of Christmas were written and made famous: White Christmas, Let It Snow, and many others, including Sleigh Ride, shot toRead more