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The Tears of Charles Dickens

It is said the tears of Charles Dickens were shed as he wrote A Christmas Carol. During a brief period in the fall of 1843 Dickens would take late-night strolls on the streets of London as he mulled the story he was creating over and over in his head. The more the story came together, the more he wept. Some historians claim the story was written out of desperation. They …
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The Virtual Thanksgiving

The Virtual Thanksgiving is nothing new. We have been doing it for years. What makes it different now is that many, many people will have to do it due to restrictions on family gatherings. Without getting into the politics the fact that Thanksgiving has to go virtual is not the end of the world. In fact, it can be a fun event that kicks off a whole new level of …
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Shop Early for Thanksgiving

You will need to shop early for Thanksgiving this year. Word got out fast about early Christmas shopping but few know of the problems coming in shopping for Thanksgiving. Significant food shortages on traditional Thanksgiving items are already showing with Thanksgiving now about a month away. Major food distributors in the United States are scrambling to meet the anticipated needs. Some are now saying that items such as boxed stuffing, …
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Families Carefully Planning Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 is going to happen. The annual holidays survey commissioned by MyMerryChristmas.com shows that Thanksgiving has been on the mind of a lot of people nearly all year – and they are not going to skip it. 77 percent of people are expecting a slightly bigger family gathering and a whopping 84% say Covid will not be a factor in celebrating Thanksgiving. ~ Careful with Covid ~ However, that …
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Halloween at Home: Just 1 in 10 Plan to Trick or Treat

Halloween will see only 1 in 10 braving the elements to trick or treat this year. Survey respondents of MyMerryChristmas.com’s annual survey of holidays said that long before the CDC recommended folks forego the door-to-door tradition this year. It is just one many holiday trends shifting in 2020. World events such as the pandemic, election year politics and civil unrest have changed everything about holiday celebration, as we shared previously …
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Christmas Trends Shift for 2020

Christmas trends are shifting significantly for 2020 — to the surprise of almost no one. While nobody saw this coming last Christmas the cold realities of 2020 have spelled for a different Christmas thanks to a variety of factors: a pandemic, widespread unemployment, retail closures and election year politics. For more than two decades MyMerryChristmas.com has conducted an annual survey of Christmas trends. The survey is always conducted offline and …
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New Stamps for Christmas 2020

The United States Postal Service as announced new designs for stamps to be released for the 2020 holiday season. They likewise have announced an increase in overall postal pricing for the 2020 holiday season. There will be five new Forever stamp designs similar to this one featuring the 18th century painting of Our Lady of Guápulo, where a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at baby Christ in her arms: There …
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New Realities of Christmas Shopping

Covid-19 is rewriting the rules of Christmas shopping. With each passing day the usual reminder of “only X shopping days until Christmas” is more relevant than ever. Let’s face it: there are some new realities of Christmas shopping we need to deal with. Nothing with COVID-19 has been predictable. In early June the common thinking was that most areas of the country were emerging from their quarantine. Restaurants and stores …
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Be Careful Joining an Online Christmas Swap

Online Christmas swaps have become a new tradition in the ever-evolving celebration of Christmas. Folks online swap Christmas cards, ornaments, cookies, gifts and other themed elements of the season as a way of extending traditions of old. But there are perils in the practice. ~ A Cautionary Tale ~ Last year Ken Childs of Jackson, Michigan joined a Facebook Christmas group that offered a Christmas card swap. He says they …
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Why Christmas in July is Different This Year

Christmas in July, like nearly everything else in 2020, is going to be different. Traditionally Christmas in July has been a laid back affair. Merchants would drag beat up and shop-worn merchandise on to sidewalks and put them on sale. Amazon, with almost nothing else to do, created Prime Day, an event that in their eyes (an in some in the world), rivaled Black Friday. Hallmark, who for years has …
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Yippee Ki Yay and Merry Christmas

Yippe Ki Yay and Merry Christmas. Die Hard is back. It is a Christmas movie. I knew it! Mommy told me if things don’t turn out just the way you want them to the first time, you’ve still got to believe. (Ok, that’s from a different movie but it still applies here.) What has so inspired me? This brilliant Christmas song from Jonnie Common, which was released in 2016. I …
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The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot

Famed British singer Vera Lynn has passed away at the age of 103. While she was famous for many things Dame Vera Lynn made some Christmas music history by introducing The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot in 1937. It could well go down in history as perhaps one of the saddest Christmas songs of all time. Written by British composers Michael Carr, Jimmy Leach and Tommie Connor, it tells …
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A Christmas Social Media Post from 1818

Social media Christmas is a thing. From Twitter to Reddit to Facebook, today’s youth do comment about Christmas. The social media of today is building a wonderful record of their thoughts about Christmas and that record will be available for their grandchildren to read in the future. Too bad we don’t have the same thing from the teenagers of the past, eh? Who says we don’t? In our ongoing research …
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Christmas in July Blog-a-thon

If you’re a Christmas writer or just a lover of all things Christmas we invite you to participate in MyMerryChristmas’ Christmas-in-July Blog-a-thon 2020. This is your chance to share some merry thoughts on our big Christmas stage. Until July 31st, 2020, we will be accepting written articles on the following topics: The Most Important Christmas Movie of All Time – Christmas movies are as big a tradition as mistletoe and …
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Early Signs that Christmas 2020 Will Be Different

The freak show we have come to call the year 2020 is starting to affect Christmas. Election year politics, Coronavirus, and civil unrest have so far dominated the headlines. Now folks are seeing how it will change the holidays. A survey of thousands of Americans indicates they anticipate changes this Christmas. A full 51 percent said Christmas will be spent away from extended family this year. Seventy-five percent of Americans …