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Christmas Countdown - 2018

Discussion in 'Christmas Countdown' started by Crown 84, Jan 1, 2018.



  1. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Louann Jeffries Award

    ** OFFICIAL THREAD - CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2018 **


    Greetings, Folks!
    For the 12th consecutive year here at My Merry Christmas (and the 15th year overall) it is time once again to begin another Countdown!

    Here are the statistics since we began the Season Countdown idea 14 years ago:
    2004 = 1,217 posts (Christmas.com) = 3.3 posts per day.
    2005 = Over 2,700 posts (Christmas.com) = over 7.4 posts per day.
    2006 = 3,756 posts (The Christmas Place) = 10.3 posts per day.
    2007 = 1,957 posts (My Merry Christmas, where the thread was not launched until July) = 12.1 posts per day.
    2008 = 5,103 posts = 13.9 posts per day.
    2009 = 8,231 posts = 22.6 posts per day.
    2010 = 16,226 posts = 44.5 posts per day.
    2011 = 31,091 posts = 85.2 posts per day.
    2012 = 39,183 posts = 107.1 posts per day.
    2013 = 59,747 posts = 163.7 posts per day.
    2014 = 63,096 posts = 172.9 posts per day.
    2015 = 56,859 posts = 155.8 posts per day.
    2016 = 58,288 posts = 159.3 posts per day.
    2017 = 18,081 posts = 49.5 posts per day.
    Interestingly, we had a huge drop off in 2017. Not sure why, but the quality of our posts is still quite high. And that's more important than volume any day!

    So, here we are ready to go again, at the start of 2018.


    A word of explanation. We are running a dual countdown in this thread - one for Christmas Day and one for the start of the Christmas Season (November 13).
    There seems to be general agreement that we look forward to the entire Christmas Season rather than just to Christmas Day itself.
    But why November 13?
    Well, it just seems about the right time to regard the season as arriving. That date is exactly 6 weeks before Christmas Day and is around the time the public at large is beginning to really get into the holiday spirit. Many of the malls and stores have decorated. And starting the season then gives us exactly 50 days (Nov 13 through Jan 1) to enjoy being "within" the season, giving it a depth that is lacking with just the Christmas Day count by itself.

    We also enjoy noting special "Milestones" along the way (see the chart below).

    And there is one date you CERTAINLY do not want to miss! Many of us gather here on the evening of November 12 for our annual hour by hour and then minute by minute countdown to the start of the Season at midnight Eastern Time. It's something we really look forward to and is truly great fun!

    OK then, Everybody.
    Climb aboard once again to enjoy reading the posts and following the count, which begins today at 316 to the Season and 358 to Christmas Day.

    Here is a list of our Christmas Season and Christmas Day countdown milestone markers:

    CHRISTMAS SEASON MILESTONE MARKER CHART
    January 17 = Day 300
    February 12 = 1/4 mark
    March 15 = 1/3 mark
    April 27 = Day 200
    May 15 = 1/2 mark
    July 14 = 2/3 mark
    August 05 = Day 100
    August 14 = 3/4 mark
    October 07 = 90 percent (The Home Stretch begins)
    November 13 = THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ARRIVES!

    CHRISTMAS DAY MILESTONE MARKER CHART
    February 28 = Day 300
    March 26 = 1/4 mark
    April 26 = 1/3 mark
    June 8 = Day 200
    June 26 = 1/2 mark
    August 25 = 2/3 mark
    Sept 16 = Day 100
    Sept 25 = 3/4 mark
    Nov 18 = 90 percent
    December 25 = MERRY CHRISTMAS!


    - CROWN
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018
  2. NcGunny

    NcGunny Candycane Wrangler MMC Emeritus Member

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  3. Christmasstar

    Christmasstar one Crazy Canadian ! MMC Lifer

    Happy new year !!!
     
  4. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Talk Alum

    [​IMG] Here we go!!!
     
  5. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Louann Jeffries Award

    Off and running again.
    Good night, everyone!
     
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  6. e_xander

    e_xander Executive Producer, Tracking Santa Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa Christmas Talk Alum

    Happy New Year everyone In the eastern time zone!!! Another 56 min before it flips here! Here to an even better new year for everyone!
     
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  7. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Talk Alum

    Let's make it a good one! :lightman
     
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  8. NcGunny

    NcGunny Candycane Wrangler MMC Emeritus Member

    Happy New Years ya'll!!!
     
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  9. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    Another new year to spend with all of you! May it be a happy, healthy, and prosperous one for all!
     
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  10. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Talk Alum

    I have officially added my vacation request for the 13th so I can stay up with the grown ups on the 12th - might as well book the 12th off too and consider doing some Christmas shopping that day.

    I'm going to see if I can coax the cat out from under the bed and wish you all a great 2018!
     
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    Holiday, xmas365, Minta and 10 others like this.
  11. xmastidings

    xmastidings Santa's Mentor MMC Lifer MMC Donor

    Happy New Years! Wishing a great 2018 for everyone.
    Stay safe, stay warm, and always keep Christmas in your Heart.

    God Bless!
     
    Solice, Holiday, Minta and 12 others like this.
  12. Christmasstar

    Christmasstar one Crazy Canadian ! MMC Lifer

    well everyone of my party goers have been delivered home safe and now i am also home again and ready to get some sleep.
    good night all !!
     
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  13. Ryan

    Ryan Christmas Podmaster Christmas Crew MMC Lifer MMC Donor

    Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you have a blessed 2018. I had taken a break From MMC to focus on a lot of stuff the last several months of 2017. Missed it! Y’all have a good day.
     
  14. ballcoach

    ballcoach Merry Forums Elf, 1st Class MMC Lifer

    Fresh socks!
     
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  15. ballcoach

    ballcoach Merry Forums Elf, 1st Class MMC Lifer

    The view from here is great! We can see 4th of July, CIJ, the special posts, The Season, Christmas 2018...wow...and it will all be here before we know it!
     
  16. CGYager

    CGYager Santa's Helper in South Dakota MMC Emeritus Member

    It's January 1st here in the Mid-west. Another year behind us and another one to look forward to. As is usual for me, I will take some time this today to look back at 2017 and then make some plans for 2018. I certainly hope that this past year has been good to you all, with many more great memories to store up for the future.
    Current temps here (not counting windchill) is a balmy -19 degrees. With a expected high this day of -3. Always nice to have a day off on these occasions.
    To each and every one of you... Happy New Year!!!
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  17. ballcoach

    ballcoach Merry Forums Elf, 1st Class MMC Lifer

    Good night, friends. Off to bed....we are getting up early to try to get back into our routine...and I stayed up way too late. Doc and the girls turned in a few hours ago....I can't believe I made it til past midnight.
     
  18. ballcoach

    ballcoach Merry Forums Elf, 1st Class MMC Lifer

    Good night, friends. Off to bed....we are getting up early to try to get back into our routine...and I stayed up way too late. Doc and the girls turned in a few hours ago....I can't believe I made it til past midnight.
     
    Holiday, Christmasstar, Minta and 7 others like this.
  19. Christmasplease

    Christmasplease Elf Supervisor MMC Lifer Christmas Talk Alum

    Happy New Year!!
     
  20. Nash

    Nash Merry Forums Elf, 1st Class MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa Christmas Talk Alum

    A healthy and prosperous 2018 to all MMC family see you throughout the countdown
     

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