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Kenny Rogers to Release His 6th Christmas Album

Kenny Rogers plans to release his first Christmas album in 17 years this fall. Titled Once Again It’s Christmas the album shares traditional fare with new songs produced specially for the project. Rolling Stone provides the details: Joining Rogers on the holiday project are Alison Krauss, who sang with the Gambler on his Number One single (with Billy Dean) “Buy Me a Rose,” in 1999. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, who performed …
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Sleigh Ride Day

On this date in 1946 American composer Leroy Anderson penned the holiday favorite, Sleigh Ride. Though long associated with Christmas and played each holiday season as a classic Sleigh Ride was never officially a Christmas song. But given its cult status as staple of the season, we declare today Sleigh Ride Day of Christmas. There are 168 days left until Christmas. The song was born during a golden era of …
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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas Day

On this summer day in 1953 Gayla Peevey recorded one of the biggest novelty hits of Christmas, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. We declared today to be I Want a Hippopotamus Day of Christmas, with just 169 days remaining until Christmas. Peevey was a child star from Oklahoma with a five year contract with Columbia Records. Songs such as “All I Want for Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth” …
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Amazon Fires the First Shot of Christmas Selling 2015

Christmas in July is typically limited to Hallmark’s new line of ornaments and QVC’s heat-of-summer Christmas shows. But Amazon has quietly lobbed the first bomb in the annual fight for Christmas selling dominance. The online retailer will hold a “Christmas-in-July” event that Amazon management promises will be better than Black Friday. The e-commerce giant is calling its special sales day Prime Day, after its $99-a-year program that gives customers free …
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New England Christmas

The Puritans who first settled New England may have been hesitant to celebrate it. But their children and grandchildren have embraced it wholeheartedly. Many of today’s iconic images of Christmas come from traditions long celebrated in New England. But the modern Christmas in New England is breath taking in its own right. This locally produced video beautifully showcases the modern Christmas in New England:
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July Brings a Peek at Christmas Yet to Come

With Leon Day successfully celebrated the world goes on a bit of a Christmas binge in July as both a way to beat the heat and to anticipate the season ahead. “Christmas in July” is commonly celebrated in stores as a means to do something to attract shoppers but it also has bled into other aspects of society. Take, for example, an event scheduled for July 25th in Frankenmuth, Michigan …
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Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas to Debut on BluRay

In mid-December 2014 NBC aired a stop motion animated special called Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, based on the 2003 hit movie titled Elf. The television special was well received by critics and seen by millions. The holiday musical movie combines the humor and spirit of the beloved holiday film Elf with songs from the Broadway hit Elf: The Musical. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced the show will become available …
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Leon Day

Today is a day long anticipated by those who countdown to Christmas: it’s Leon Day. Leon Day marks the exact half way mark to Christmas. It’s all down hill from here. Why is it called Leon Day? Leon is Noel spelled backwards. The history of Leon Day is a bit murky. While counting down to Christmas is a tradition hundreds of years old tied to old world Catholic church teachings …
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Mariah Carey Bets on Christmas

Mariah Carey wants to be back on top — and she is looking to Christmas to get her there. The now unmarried mother of two is in the middle of a revitalization phase of her career and recently started a run in Las Vegas that has already run into snags with reported many diva-like show cancellations. But Vegas was never the smart bet for Mariah Carey’s career reboot — looking …