Thanksgiving? Not a Problem

Thanksgiving? Not a Problem

The media is making a firestorm out of a new holiday outrage some are calling The War on Thanksgiving. Silly as it all seems the rhetoric of politics never has a down season. There are several polarizing modern talking points about Thanksgiving this year: • PETA doesn’t want you eating animals for Thanksgiving…because they are sexually assaulted. • Your carbon footprint matters. The food of Thanksgiving isn’t the problem. Travel for Thanksgiving is. • Thanksgiving is best celebrated in St. Paul, Minnesota. • Thanksgiving is a “food holiday” with a “problematic” history. • Stores being closed on Thanksgiving is somethingRead more

Rehya Stevens Returns for Noelle

Rehya Stevens Returns for Noelle

Rehya Stevens is back for Christmas 2019. This year her new offering is featured in the new Disney Christmas flick, Noelle. Titled Tis the Season the song has a retro-pop feel powered by Rehya’s strong vocals. The song is upbeat, traditional and Disneyesque. Rehya sparkles as a Disney princess should. Her 2018 album featured a number of original tunes that showcased Rehya’s smoky style and did far more to exhibit her range than does this new song. But we’re happy to see that Disney has recognized her talent and has utilized them for their newest Christmas film. Rehya’s single —Read more

Maybe Buble Does Own Christmas

Maybe Buble Does Own Christmas

On the very day that Mariah Carey declared Christmas season open and not long after Robbie Williams declared that Michael Buble should not own Christmas Michael Buble did what pros do: he showed why he’s the master of Christmas music: A classic song — done in Buble style — garnished with old-school Christmas stop-motion animation. Boom. That’s how its done kids. It probably took a little money. The video has nothing but handmade visuals, done in painstaking style. And the song is an all new version too. Michael Buble has pretty much owned Christmas music since his album release ofRead more

Things to Know About Christmas 2019

Things to Know About Christmas 2019

Every holiday season brings something a little different. Here’s a quick list of things to know about Christmas 2019 – It’s going to sneak up on you. Yes, Christmas is still on December 25th, just like every year. But Thanksgiving is on November 28th. You have just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas (if you count Thanksgiving weekend, that is). Cyber Monday is on December 2nd, fer crying out loud.   The biggest trend in new inflatables for your yard this Christmas? Think Toy Story.   Justin Beiber says that if his post on Instagram gets 20 million likes heRead more

Baby, It’s Criminal How They Exploit Things

Baby, It’s Criminal How They Exploit Things

John Legend is going all-in to profit off his Christmas album from 2018, A Legendary Christmas. A deluxe version of the album is soon to be released and it is being hyped by capitalizing on the great Christmas music controversy of 2018. The song Baby, It’s Cold Outside was banned on a handful of radio stations in 2018 due to lyrics that somehow escaped the notice of the public for, oh, about 70 years. Christmas 2018 was the high-water mark in the #Me-too movement and the lyrics of Baby, It’s Cold Outside bristled the sensibilities of radio program directors stillRead more

The False Notion of Christmas Creep

The False Notion of Christmas Creep

A new survey is making the rounds on news media today that declares a large percentage of people begin holiday activities much earlier than thought. According to Minted, 43 percent of Americans think it’s suitable to put up holiday decorations before November 1. The poll of 2,000 Americans discovered people start their holiday preparations pretty early in the year. In fact, over half (57 percent) of those studied revealed they start their holiday shopping before the first day of November. And eight in 10 begin preparing for the holidays well before the autumn leaves begin to change — between JanuaryRead more

The Best of Scrooge

The Best of Scrooge

Just weeks ago it was announced that a new musical version of A Christmas Carol is being produced to star Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. Not much is known about the project, including a release date, but speculation is buzzing about just who will play Scrooge. It is an interesting question. If there is any too-often attempted re-telling of any Christmas tale it is A Christmas Carol. It’s not that we don’t love the story. And it isn’t like we don’t want to see new versions of it. But can you really see Will Ferrell or Ryan Reynolds as Scrooge?Read more

The Christmas Music of John Denver

The Christmas Music of John Denver

Each decade seems to produce a dominant performer in the popular music of Christmas. In the 1970s that performer was John Denver. Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in 1943, John Denver first rose to fame as the lead of The Mitchell Trio. As a late sixties folk-singing anti-government group The Mitchell Trio was slightly out of step with the times because they were clean-cut and wholesome. By 1969 Denver set out on his solo career. For Christmas Denver gave friends and family a demo recording of songs, some which he wrote himself. One he titled, “Babe, I Hate to Go”.Read more

Christmas 1945: The Biggest Celebration of Christmas Ever

Christmas 1945: The Biggest Celebration of Christmas Ever

As peace broke out in 1945 a literal race began to get the world at war back home for Christmas. Historians have called the Christmas of 1945 the biggest celebration of Christmas ever. In the below edition of the Merry Little Podcast we discuss how the years of 1941-1944 changed Christmas. It was an unprecedented period of Christmas withheld. Families separated for the first time in generations as many sent their sons and daughters off to fight a war in far-flung parts of the globe. They went not knowing when – if ever – they would return. (Many did not).Read more

Great Ways to Celebrate Leon Day

Great Ways to Celebrate Leon Day

The celebration of Leon Day is a real thing. Every June 24-25th Leon Day comes around to remind that the year, at last, has turned the corner on Christmas. It’s the halfway mark to Christmas, a kind of merry hump day for those who love the countdown to Christmas. Don’t laugh. Counting down to Christmas is not only a popular thing it’s an ancient thing. Ask any advent calendar follower. There are many days and reasons to countdown to the season. But how do you do it? What possibly could be done to mark this very merry un-birthday? Here areRead more