Josiah, His Turkeys and His Sweetheart

Josiah, His Turkeys and His Sweetheart

(Editor’s Note: This Thanksgiving story was published sometime in the early 19th century. Like A Visit from St. Nicholas it was published as a tradition year after year in many newspapers. We found it in the Boston Traveler from 1836, though we noted it dating back as far as 1824 in another newspaper. This is a delightful look an old American Thanksgiving traditions – as well as a great story of love.) Have you ever been in Windsor, Vermont? If so, you have heard of Josiah Baker. Indeed, you have heard of him even tho you have not been inRead more

Track Santa….again!

Track Santa….again!

How do you track Santa in July? Tracking Santa is something we’ve done for more than a quarter of a century…and you can hear it all again as it happened just six months ago. Just click the player below to hear a special edition of the Merry Little Podcast that shares highlights from the live radio news broadcast from last Christmas Eve on Kringle Radio — straight from the North Pole! Every year it begins when it is just December 23rd for most people. As Christmas Eve dawns in the far corners of the world the North Pole radio newsRead more

Top Ten Alternative Uses for Fruitcake

Top Ten Alternative Uses for Fruitcake

1. Bury them in the back yard for future archaeologists to discover. 2. Give them to your son for a science project 3. Hang on to it to find out if there REALLY is more than one Fruitcake that’s making it’s rounds every year. 4. Use it to hold up a broken table or chair leg. 5. Mash them down and use for mortar when building a log cabin. 6. Use as exercise stepping block for step aerobics. 7. Makes a wonderful dessert for Road Kill Cafe fare. 8. Use them to pave the freeways with. Just place them onRead more

What it Means to Have a White Christmas

What it Means to Have a White Christmas

As the days steadily march towards Christmas weathermen and prognosticators take center stage to predict — or not — a “white Christmas”. In Ohio they are saying the 2nd half of December will be too warm for much of a chance of snow on the ground come Christmas Day. In Detroit they are saying there is a very good chance at having an inch of snow on ground. And in Minnesota they say the pattern of mild weather will likely change before Christmas. Not to put pressure on these people but we need to be clear what exactly a “WhiteRead more

Christmas Haters

Christmas Haters

There is a whole new generation of Christmas lovers out there and they face things a lot of us older Christmas fanatics have never had to endure: the Christmas Hater. The following video is from a very popular YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger, who is talented, funny and — it turns out — a Christmas lover. She does a variety of musical and comedic stuff on YouTube and I only know about her from what my teenage daughters have shared with me the past few years. But this video from her was passed to me by some others and I’ve onlyRead more

Barbie’s Letter to Santa

Barbie’s Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, Listen you fat little troll, I’ve been helping you out every year, playing at being the perfect Christmas Present, wearing skimpy bathing suits in frigid weather, and drowning in fake tea from one too many tea parties, and I hate to break it to ya Santa, but IT’S DEFINITELY PAY BACK TIME! There had better be some changes around here this Christmas, or I’m gonna call for a nationwide meltdown (and trust me, you won’t wanna be around to smell it). So, here’s my holiday wish list, Santa: 1. A nice, comfy pair of sweat pants and aRead more