Category Archives: Christmas Countdown 2012

Happy Boxing Day!

Good King WenceslasToday’s Boxing Day here in Canada — the day after Christmas. Time to start cleaning up and trying to figure out what to do with all that leftover turkey!

Boxing Day is also the Feast of St. Stephen, which you may remember is mentioned in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas — the only Boxing Day carol of which I’m aware!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — as our thoughts now turn to bidding adieu to 2012 and welcoming 2013!

Christmas Countdown 2012: 1 day!

Meet Me in St. LouisToday is Christmas Eve! Time to finish up all those loose ends for the big night tonight! It’s time to get the cookies and milk ready for Santa Claus, too — and don’t forget a carrot or two for the reindeer!

The now-iconic modern Christmas song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is identified primarily with two singers — Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. It was Garland, however, who introduced the song to audiences in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis — 68 years ago. Here’s a look back at the first time audiences heard the song.

And, of course, have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Christmas Countdown 2012: 2 days!

When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick Jr.It seems hard to believe for fans of Harry Connick Jr. like me, but his excellent first Christmas album is nearly 20 years old! When My Heart Finds Christmas was released in 1993.

I’ve listened to this CD dozens of times. It’s right up there with A Charlie Brown Christmas and anything by Bing Crosby, if you ask me.

The album’s title song has been a favourite of mine for years and is today’s countdown feature with only two days to go!

Christmas Countdown 2012: 3 days!

Digital Story of the NativityOnly three days to go! Can you believe it?

Today’s countdown feature has been around for two years. It was originally posted on Dec. 13, 2010, and subsequently went viral. It’s very clever.

What if Mary and Joseph had used social media back when Jesus was born? Well, it might have gone something like this: The Digital Story of the Nativity.

(For a better experience, view the video in full screen format. There’s a lot of writing that really needs to be seen and read in order to fully appreciate the video.)