New Year, New Countdown

New Year, New Countdown

The art of counting down to Christmas is one that dates back hundreds of years. That is what Advent is all about. But even for those who celebrate Christmas in other ways the countdown to Christmas adds a delicious anticipation that seems to give the season it’s glow. Especially when you countdown down for far out. For us that countdown begins anew on New Year’s Day — a mere 359 days from Christmas 2016. That may seem a mere speck on a distance horizon right now. But it will be here before you know it. In 2016 we resolve toRead more

Christmas Chickens

Christmas Chickens

Today is Saturday, August 8th and that means there remains just 139 days until Christmas. The countdown reveals not only urgency in preparing for Christmas but also purpose: we’re about 20 weeks away! What is needed is something to help us focus, something that fills us with energy for Christmas yet to come. What we need is a healthy dose of Christmas chickens (if this doesn’t put you in the mood nothing will). And let us know if you need help with any of these lyrics:

Leon Day

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 Leon Day is a decidedly modern addition to the Christmas countdown calendar. It’s beginnings are likely tied to commerce. Christmas-in-July officially begins right after the 4th of July holiday butRead more

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas Day

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas Day

Today is May 22nd, 2015 and there are only 217 days until Christmas. This week has been an epic celebration in the countdown to Christmas. It kicked off with Frank Capra’s birthday and featured as well the birthday of James Stewart. On this day we celebrate the now-Christmas classic short film, Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, or, as some call it, Jimmy Stewart’s other Christmas movie. On this date in 1940 Academy Award winning director Kieth Merrill was born. He directed the 26-minute holiday classic known as Mr. Krueger’s Christmas starring an elderly James Stewart as Willy Krueger, a lonely, humble custodianRead more

Fruitcake Toss Day

Fruitcake Toss Day

Today is January 3rd and there are only 356 days until Christmas. It is National Fruit Cake Toss Day and no, we’re not kidding. The first Fruitcake Toss Day was celebrated in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995 where it is still celebrated today. Check it out: We haven’t seen their 2014 video yet. There is a rumor going about they smoke those things there now, so who knows. Today is also Festival of Sleep Day, a grand post-Christmas tradition. If you cannot sleep perhaps you would consider participating in National Humiliation Day. It’s not what you think. In my mind’sRead more

First Foot Day

First Foot Day

It is the 1st of January and there are only 358 days until Christmas. Today is First Foot Day, a tradition born in Scotland where first footing was a tradition recognizing the first to cross the threshold of a home on New Year’s Day. It was was so popular in England and Scotland during the 19th century that the streets were often more crowded between midnight and one o’clock in the morning than they would normally be at midday. If the “First Foot,” traditionally a man, was to bring the family luck, he had to arrive with his arms fullRead more

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Today is December 25th, 2014 — and it is Christmas. Merry Christmas! If you have followed us all year in this merry countdown, thank you! If you just joined us somewhere mid-stream, thank you! And if you’re just joining us now, thank you! Today is Christmas Day, the biggest day of the year and the one around which all other holidays rotate. Historians grapple over whether this date actually is Christmas; they debate the reality of Christ; they twist it into messages of political expediency; they decry how it is commercialized, hollow in meaning and devoid of real substance. CriticsRead more

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve!

Today is December 24th, 2014 and there remains just 1 day until Christmas. It is Christmas Eve, perhaps the most exciting day of the year for many. Many have already been busily engaged in tracking Santa around the world and most have already “rushed home with their treasures”. All around the world the celebrations of Christmas is already in full swing. But if it is not enough for you, there are still other things to celebrate today. Today is, for example, National Eggnog Day. Well, okay…it’s about time, doncha think? Eggnog is a uniquely American element of the Christmas season.Read more

Festivus

Festivus

Today is December 23rd, 2014 and there are only 2 days until Christmas. Today is Festivus, so drag out your pole and engage in your feats of strength and prepare to air your grievances. Seriously, what is Festivus? It is an alternative to the seasonal celebrations of tradition no matter the time of year, a “festivus for the rest of us”. Made famous mostly through a 1990’s era episode of Seinfeld the made-up day of Festivus has morphed into a genuine day of celebration, protest and commentary. Some use it at Christmastime as a matter of protest against the traditionalRead more

Grown Up Christmas List Day

Grown Up Christmas List Day

Today is Monday, October 6th, 2014 and there are only 80 days left until Christmas. It is Grown Up Christmas List Day. It was on this day in 1990 that the song Grown Up Christmas List first showed up on David Foster’s album, River of Love. Foster, one of the most prolific writers of American pop music ever and producer of hit Christmas albums for a variety of artists, didn’t see much success with the song until it was recorded two years later by Amy Grant: Since then the song has become a staple of Christmas and has been recordedRead more