Calling Santa for Free

Calling Santa for Free

Can you imagine the kinds of messages Santa must get? Calling Santa is easy — and now free. In a new video released today by the North Pole Santa shares a few of the messages he receives on his toll free number. They are, to say the least, adorable: Most published phone numbers you see for Santa are not toll free. In fact, most calls to Santa not only require you to pay the long distance or cell charges — they have their hand out in selling something else. Not this one. Maybe that’s because it comes from the realRead more

Five Reasons to Skip the Christmas Eve Box

Five Reasons to Skip the Christmas Eve Box

Trending over the past several years is the idea of giving kids a “Christmas Eve Box” top open on Christmas Eve morning. The box can be filled with anything but typically they contain the kind of stuff you might find in a Christmas stocking. But now the trend is starting to catch some flak. Some call it just an extension of the commercialization of Christmas – and yet another way to spoil children over the holiday season. Other parents suggest it is “just one more thing” to get done in creating the perfect Christmas for their families. “I did itRead more

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Dressing in something unusual for Christmas is certainly nothing new. Anciently part of Christmas celebrations meant wearing something silly or out of character. That notion continues today with Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. There is nothing meaningful behind this tradition other than fun. It is universal – meaning anyone can do it – and the only rules are that there are no rules. In fact, the more insane your sweater the better you are celebrating the day. What makes the ugly Christmas sweater so fun is that many of the great Christmas sweaters of the past are considered better ugly sweatersRead more

The Christmas Beat Goes on for Pentatonix

The Christmas Beat Goes on for Pentatonix

Every third week of October for the past several years Pentatonix has debuted a new Christmas single. This year is no different. But this Christmas single features just four singers — an odd thing for a group whose name is based on “five”. The song is a traditional Christmas carol — Away in a Manger — performed respectfully in Pentatonix’ untraditional style. And yes, it’s great: But there is more than a new Christmas song to announce to America’s biggest selling Christmas group of the past five years. First, there’s the new NBC Christmas television special scheduled for Monday, NovemberRead more

Christmas Stamps to Feature Famous Carols

Christmas Stamps to Feature Famous Carols

The United States Post Office will officially distribute new Christmas stamps for 2017 on October 5th. Christmas card exchange fans will be pleased with the festive theme celebrating famous Christmas carols in this year’s design. “Jingle Bells”, perhaps the mostly widely heard, sung and known Christmas carol is an all-American creation dating back to the 1850s. Lyrics featured on the stamp honoring this song are “One Horse Open Sleigh”. Interestingly enough, though commonly associated with Christmas the song never once mentions Christmas in its lyrics. It does set itself aside as an American classic by really being a song aboutRead more

Dickens Preview Surprises Little

Dickens Preview Surprises Little

Dickens might be sick. The long awaited first preview of the Charles Dickens biopic awkwardly titled The Man Who Invented Christmas is here and it is as horrid as we feared. The movie hits theaters on November 22nd and it is billed as the big Christmas movie release of 2017. The movie casts Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and features every computer animated/generated special effect to give you the feel of Victorian-era England. Dan Stevens stars as the great Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol and a long time legend of Christmas. This movie purports to tell the story ofRead more

Give Back Double and a Little Bit More

Give Back Double and a Little Bit More

Santa’s Sleigh is an effort of nickels and dimes that we make every Christmas to help a few folks in need. Compared to most high profile charitable campaigns ours pales a little in comparison. But what it lacks in monetary impact it more than makes up for in spirit. Last year I shared the story of a grandmother in a nursing home who drew a very meager donation from Santa’s sleigh – only $41.78. All she wanted for Christmas was to send a little love and a few minor things to her faraway grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This Santa’s Sleigh wasRead more

Herb Alpert Releasing New Christmas Album

Herb Alpert Releasing New Christmas Album

Fans of trumpeter Herb Alpert have waited 50 long years – okay, well, 49 long years – for the follow up to his 1968 LP, Christmas Album. On September 29th, Alpert releases the long-rumored holiday album titled The Christmas Wish. And it not Herb alone either – he’s got a host of friends in a 45-piece orchestra, a 10-piece rhythm section and a 32-member choir. That sounds suspiciously like the ingredients of his first Christmas album which dropped on the 16th of December 1968 – and rocketed to the top of Billboard’s Christmas chart. Here is what we get thisRead more

Jacob Marley and Me

Jacob Marley and Me

(Editors Note: This guest blogger wishes to remain anonymous. Over a period of three weeks of July 2017 I met with her by phone as she told me her story and explained how she wanted it told. It has been through many revisions. This is a true story, difficult in parts to read. But at the same time it is one of the most profound Christmas stories I have ever had related to me.) “Marley was dead to begin with…” So wrote Charles Dickens to begin telling his story, A Christmas Carol. I identify a lot with Marley. And comeRead 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 powerRead more