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Christmas Countdown - 2019


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Crown 84

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** OFFICIAL THREAD - CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2019 **


Hello, Friends!
For the 13th consecutive year here at My Merry Christmas (and the 16th year overall) it is time once again to begin another Countdown!

Here are the statistics since we began the Season Countdown idea 15 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 (MMC, 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.
2018 = 19,707 posts = 54.0 posts per day.
(Interestingly, we had a significant drop off in 2017, but then an uptick for 2018. Not sure why but, as always, the quality of our posts remains high. And that's the most important thing!

So, here we are ready to go again, at the start of 2019.


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 among our group 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. Most 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, Folks.
Jump on board 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
 

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Like a pair of fresh socks!
You stayed awake afterall or fetched yourself a pillow and had a wee nap.
Here we are in the new countdown thread. PARTY!
 

AuntieMistletoeDear

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I feel like singing carols now, but I'll likely settle down to sleep as soon as the random fireworks out the window come to an end. Poor cat was hiding under the bed for 1.5hrs; finally came out for treats, but almost took off again.
HAPPY NEW YEAR & NEW THREAD!
Stay Jolly!
 

AuntieMistletoeDear

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Any lurkers viewing - pull up a chair, hang your stocking and join us in the fun!

Night everybody. See you in a few hours.
 

sugar142286

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Happy New Year to all my MMC family! Sorry I haven’t been on here to post the last couple of days - I’ve been responding, but haven’t really posted much. I had a set back this weekend with my health, but am improving and was able to enjoy tonight with my family. Looking forward to a new countdown with you all. God Bless!
 

He_Is_Born

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Happy New Year to all my MMC family! Sorry I haven’t been on here to post the last couple of days - I’ve been responding, but haven’t really posted much. I had a set back this weekend with my health, but am improving and was able to enjoy tonight with my family. Looking forward to a new countdown with you all. God Bless!
Praying that you will be restored to full health. Have a happy and healthy 2019.
 

nmc42088

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Happy New Year to all my MMC family! Sorry I haven’t been on here to post the last couple of days - I’ve been responding, but haven’t really posted much. I had a set back this weekend with my health, but am improving and was able to enjoy tonight with my family. Looking forward to a new countdown with you all. God Bless!
Praying you start to feel better!
 

xmastidings

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Happy New Year to all my MMC family! Sorry I haven’t been on here to post the last couple of days - I’ve been responding, but haven’t really posted much. I had a set back this weekend with my health, but am improving and was able to enjoy tonight with my family. Looking forward to a new countdown with you all. God Bless!
You will be in my prayers tonight Sugar!
I’m thinking about you my friend.
 
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