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The unique Christmas research and publications of My Merry dating back to 1991.
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
The Real History of...
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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
Top Ten Christmas...
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12-16-2013 08:12 AM
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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.
The Christmas...
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10-29-2012 02:29 PM
The Story of Black...
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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.
Differences in the...
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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
The Mistletoe Bough...
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10-17-2013 06:30 AM
The Best of...
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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
North Pole Top Ten Lists
Elf Ed Zachary
Santa Sightings
The Science of Santa
Catching Santa:...
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11-26-2013 03:11 AM
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About Us
My Merry Christmas has been around since 1991. This section tells our story and provides information about how MMC works today.
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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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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.

Once upon a time Bla... [Read More]
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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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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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Mrs. Christmas
By Susan Howe

I didn't know it until the year she passed away, but my Grandmother held the secret of Christmas.

As a child, we would drive the 30 minutes west to her small spanish-style home on a small park in San Diego, past dairy land and open spaces unheard of today in over-developed Southern California. Those drives were filled with an almost unbearable expectation, for we knew what awaited us at Grandmas...Christmas!!! For although a white-Christmas was almost unheard of where I... [Read More]
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Santa Speaks 2000
Santa almost agreed to do Larry King this year. Since Larry was a really good boy, Santa almost gave in. But Santa has so many friends in the media that it would not be fair to be interviewed by just one. So I arranged for media professionals from around the globe to send me questions and I put them in an interview that has become an annual tradition here at the North Pole.-- Elf Ernest

Q: Santa, how are you feeling?
A: Fine, thanks for asking. In fact, I've never been better.

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Christmas Vacation...
By Jeff Westover

John Hughes was on quite a roll in the late 1980s. From Ferris Buehler's Day Off to The Breakfast Club, Hughes took his magic pen to the National Lampoon franchise about a year before he launched Home Alone into holiday movie lore.

As with all of the Vacation movies, there is not much here to take seriously. And if you take it in that light, Christmas Vacation is a great break if you need a laugh as a relief from holiday stress.

Chevy Chase returns as Clark Gris... [Read More]
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A Fat Man's Holiday
By Elf Ed Zachary

Someone around here keeps mentioning that Thanksgiving is Santa's favorite holiday. We keep getting letters disputing that fact and arguing that nothing can supplant Christmas as *the* day for Santa -- or anybody else at the North Pole for that matter.

Some readers write the dumbest letters.

A man from Toledo wrote to say that everyday is Christmas at the North Pole and that there are no other holidays observed here. Isn't it funny how someone so far away c... [Read More]
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The Legendary Role of...
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Robert L. May was a typical department store employee in 1939. He worked hard to see his employer, Montgomery Ward, succeed. Though he was but a clerk, he utilized his creative talents to provide the marketing department with a little something for the kids: a poem he entitled “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

The kids ate the Christmas freebie up that holiday shopping season. More than two and a half million copies of the poem went home with Wards shoppers that Chri... [Read More]
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