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Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate: A Matter of Taste
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The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My top favorite Christmas Sitcoms: All from M*A*S*H , Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley. Step By Step - I'll Be Home For Christmas
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His Name is Bud
love this story! Thanks for sharing your memories.
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The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order) All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made: Dear Dad Dear Sis Death Takes a Holiday The Bob Newhart Show: His Busiest Time I'm Dreaming of a...
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Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
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The unique Christmas research and publications of My Merry dating back to 1991.
Christmas Essentials
Christmas is ageless. It has been observed in one form or another since the beginning of recorded history -- even before the birth of Jesus Christ. With such a rich and diverse history, time has eroded, distorted, twisted and confused the fundamental elements that lay at the core of Christmas observance. Some call this progress. But Christmas, unlike matters of science, was never intended to change or "evolve". Here we explore these essentials of the season: what it means, where it began, and how it impacts us. Much of this information is not new. But for a world grown fond of making sacred things secular, these details surprise, delight and inspire.
The Evolution of...
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Christmas Past
The memories of Christmas Past are what make us look forward to Christmas each year. In this section of My Merry Christmas we converse with the ghosts of Christmas past and learn their lessons. This unique mix of Christmas history and stories of personal memories blend together in remembering the rich heritage of the season.
Christmas History Christmas Memories Holiday Disasters
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Christmas Present
The Christmas of today is celebrated with diverse enthusiasm. Here we take a look at the many ways of celebrating -- and the sometimes complex issues surrounding the season. Use these links to jump to the merry sections of Christmas Present on MMC:
Holiday Humor
Great Debates
Holiday How-to
The Frugal Christmas
Christmas Decorating
Christmas Around the World
Christmas for Parents
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Christmas Legends
Christmas has ancient roots in many societies. The passage of time has perpetuated tales of legend surrounding the very icons we treasure these days during the season. Santa Claus, the Yule Log, the Boar -- they're all legends and grand contributors to a global celebration uniquely observed in so many cultures. This is where we retell their stories on My Merry Christmas -- and how we contribute in growing their legend in our time.
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Christmas Traditions
Christmas is full of wonderful and unique traditions. But where did they come from and why do we persist in perpetuating some of them? It is easy to see why we kiss under the mistletoe, for example. But who came up with egg nog and why? Just what is wassail? When did caroling begin? Here we explore the why behind the wonderful traditions of Christmas.
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Christmas Culture
The beautiful message of Christmas has inspired creators of great art through the ages. From the classic paintings to modern movies and music to even the digital creations of Christmas online the culture of the season has long been one of the best ways to celebrate it. Here we catalogue features of classic Christmas culture.
Christmas Music
Christmas Stories
Christmas Movies
Christmas Television
Christmas Literature
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The North Pole
Santa Claus is beloved by millions of people around the world. In almost every land, his legend is spread through local traditions of warm, selfless giving and the sharing of holiday merriment. He is magic. Even kids who have grown a little long in the tooth sense the wonder of Santa and remain curious of exactly who he is, where he lives and how he remains so cherished with each passing season. My Merry Christmas is pleased to bring you the Internet's largest collection of original North Pole features with all the answers to your deepest questions -- direct from the North Pole!
Ask Elf Ernest
Santa Speaks
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Santa Sightings
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Top Ten Christmas Videos...
In a world dominated by phones, tablets and small screens the on-demand of Christmas is by far the fastest growing form of entertainment at Christmas. A recent televised Christmas special variety show by Kelly Clarkson drew about 30 million viewers and that was considered good by many standards. But some of the videos we show below have nearly as impressive numbers -- gained one at a time on screens of all sizes. Based upon views generated at... [Read More]
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Gift 2 Catching Santa: Ain't...
When it comes to Santa simple logic just escapes people.

For example, people think Santa keeps a list of kids who are “naughty” and kids who are “nice”. That story has been around for years.

It ain’t true.

We’ve told you that many times. And yet the story persists. It just is not logical.

Nearly every letter that comes to the North Pole bears the words “I’m sorry” first. It is kind of sad because the truth is that Santa believes, in his heart, there isn’t a bad kid out there.
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santahat Remember when Black...
Walmart sealed the deal finally – they too will begin their Black Friday promotions at 6pm on Thanksgiving night.

We called it a year ago – after a flood of retailers caved by opening earlier than ever before – most at 10pm on Thanksgiving night.

This year it is 6pm. Next year it may transform entirely – moving “Black Friday” to early Thursday morning and done with so that folks can finally go back to what it is all about – Thanksgiving.

It’s madness.

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Some historians are quick to label the “War on Christmas” as a fairly recent phenomenon born of political debates rooted in constitutional arguments of separation of Church vs. State. The truth is that the so-called War on Christmas has been an ongoing struggle for ages.

Many in modern society decline to recognize the war on Christmas and for good reason: Christmas is as popular as ever. How can there be a war on Christmas when Christmas only seems to grow in popula... [Read More]
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santahat The Mistletoe Bough...
Contributed by LoiS-sez

This is actually a ballad with lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayly. I've never been able to find the music by Sir Henry Bishop, but I use the refrain for my own re-telling as it's said to be based on a traditional legend.

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall;
And the baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
And keeping their Christmas holiday.
The baron beheld with a father's pride
His beautiful child, young L... [Read More]
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The Story of Black Peter

By Mac Carey

Before elves and eight tiny reindeer, St. Nicholas had a much more menacing assistant. Named Black Peter, this companion was the physical opposite of St. Nicholas. Tall and gaunt with a dark beard and hair, Black Peter was associated with the punitive side of Christmas. Traditionally St. Nicholas would hand out presents to good children, while it fell to Black Peter to dole out coal (and sometimes knocks on the head) to children who misbehaved.

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Dear Santa: I Want, I...
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Dear Santa,

Don't bring my kids anything this year. I am sick of hearing their expectations for this or that. I have three kids a daughter, who is fourteen and two sons: one is eight and the other is ten. They are good kids, for the most part, but it seems that over the last couple of years they have grown to be very selfish. Christmas is like a big payday to them. And I cannot allow that to happen anymore. This year, we're going to just donate all of the money we wou
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His Name is Bud
By Jennifer Beam

I have fond memories of Christmases past but not exactly Charles Dickens memories. Most people don't have that. I was your typical child who anticipated all the wonderful things that go along with Christmas and I came from a very large extended family with which I could share those wonderful things.

Christmas cookies, candy cane reindeer, and home-made ornaments are just a few, but we have a tradition in my family that goes back to when I was a very small child and... [Read More]
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Bells Joseph, Mary and Jesus

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The story is one we repeat each Christmas throughout life. "And lo, the shepherds were abiding their fields by night". We can practically recite these phrases from memory. And yet, behind the story and the legend and some say, the myth, lies the compelling story of real individuals in a most unique circumstance.

The story of Joseph, for example, is one that is particularly poignant. Here was a man of royal lineage recognized publicly for his patriarchal standing.... [Read More]
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Enlisting Your Kids in...
By Kimberly Ripley

Relax, all ye Christmas warriors!

I'm certainly not advocating that everyone rush down to the local Army Recruiting Office and fill out paper work. However there are a number of ways to be of service this season, and our children can play an integral role in the process.

Volunteers of all ages are needed throughout the year, and most especially at Christmas time. Those who suffer from financial difficulties find Christmas to be increasingly trying, as their bu... [Read More]
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