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From the dropping of the ball in Times Square through the marathon of A Christmas Story on TBS, we pay tribute to the greatest moments on the calendar. (All posts guaranteed not to shoot your eye out.)


“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

He’s wanting her to stay, she can’t make up her mind. Such a simple idea, but brilliantly executed by the wonderful Frank...

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“America the Beautiful”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Holiday | 0 comments

“America the Beautiful” is in our pantheon of greatest patriotic songs, right there with “God Bless America,”...

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“Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Holiday | 0 comments

How does Santa Claus look? We can thank the Coca-Cola Company for giving Americans a visual that we all now accept as the jolly old man....

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Tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Legend has it that it all started with a typo. Sears printed a number that kids could call to keep up with Santa, and it went to NORAD...

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“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

It’s a high point of one of the high points of the Christmas season (you know, “the holidays”). There are lots of good...

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Some Christmas songs are “owned” by one particular performer. Bing Crosby owns “White Christmas,” for example. No...

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Christmas Cookies

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

The lines are drawn, the preference often a family tradition, passed down from mother to daughter. There’s no middle ground. Either...

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Frosty the Snowman, TV Special

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In 1949, Gene Autry recorded a song called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Big hit. The next year he wanted another fun...

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Thanksgiving Day Football

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In addition to the blessings for which we are grateful on Thanksgiving, here’s one more in 2011: Thank goodness the Detroit Lions are...

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Holiday: Candy Corn

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

The one absolutely distinctive seasonal candy for Halloween is candy corn. Not everyone likes it (though I do – come to think of it,...

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