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Ahh Christmas. The tree, the stockings, the mistletoe and - of course - the holiday televisão programming.

Some of my fondest natal memories were spent in front a of televisão watching such classics as the animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or one of the myriad versions of Dickens' 'A natal Carol'.

So without further ado, I am presenting you with my big, big list of holiday specials. I've tried to categorize the list into subsections to make it a little mais bearable and consumable. The...
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Back when I was a kid watching natal specials on TV, Mrs. Claus was invariably portrayed as a sweet but dowdy older woman of slightly plump stature. She could cook a mean pie and reminded you of your Grandma. Of course, we loved her and so did Santa.

But did you ever wonder what Mrs. Claus might have looked like when she was younger? I mean, I assume she must've be smokin' (natch).

So why is it that so many of the classic holiday programs show us a Santa Claus surrounded por androgynous little elves and a matronly Mrs. Claus? I mean, it's cold up at the North Pole. Surely Santa isn't adverse...
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posted by HannaK
For all the people who want a happy artigo about Christmas, I'm sorry to let you down, and maybe I'm a little pessimistic but now I'm getting older this is how I think about Christmas:

Five years atrás (I was nine) I was sitting in my aunts car on natal Eve, and we were talking about a tv show in Holland called 'all you need is love'
I don't know if you know, or have the show in America but the tv show is about people who get unexpected visits from people that they love,and then, for one night, they can forget all their problems and enjoy Chrismas Eve together. I thought that it was a silly...
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posted by zanhar1
Not a fã of your traditional natal music? Here's a list of hard natal songs from all over the metal spectrum! If you have any mais suggestions feel free to drop them in the comments.

Within Temptation's gótico Christmas

Ben Kweller's It Ain't natal Yet

Material Issue's Merry Christmas

Lacuna Coil's Naughty Christmas

Amarna Reign's Black Christmas

Hedegaard's Scary Christmas

Trans Siberian Orchestra's Carol Of The Bells

August Burns Red's Carol Of The Bells

I Declare War's Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Hope For Tomorrow's A Very Metalcore Christmas

Hollywood Undead's natal In Hollywood...
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posted by deedragongirl
 Santa Baby!
Santa Baby!
Hi guys, I know that this artigo is pretty early, but I thought that I write about why I amor natal and how I celebrate it here in Malaysia.

How?

Every year, my church (I'm not baptized yet, mind you) would organised a special occasion. But the common one is definitely caroling, the location is normally depends because we need to get the approval from the management team themselves.
On natal Eve, we would have a night service accompanied por jantar prior to the service. A few days earlier, the youths would decorate the church with the birth of jesus and setting up the natal tree....
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posted by islandprincess
In Ukraine, the natal holidays begin since 2nd of January. Prior to natal in the Ukraine, people try to complete almost all important work. As usual, the hostess thoroughly cleans the house, covers the new tablecloth, tries to make new clothes before holiday. On January 4th Ukrainians prepare everything for the future festive natal dinner. According to tradition, there should be 12 courses for Svyatvecher (Christmas). All they have to be lean.

Traditionally, 12 courses are prepared because it is believed that during the ano the mês run over the earth for 12 times. Therefore,...
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posted by carenlee
Rock música is deeply spiritual and it has profound mystical roots, natal rock música is nothing but rock songs having natal as the theme. link is the most listened to during natal time and there is a wide variety of musicians who make natal music, natal rock música included.

There are traditional natal songs that are deeply traditional, and they have been making natal special since ages. These link have been re-mixed with the cliched rock-riffs and power chord progressions, this aspect of natal Rock música is neither inclined to Rock música nor natal Music, it...
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posted by jhopgood
Remember when life was simple and everyone wore jellies, leg warmers, and parachute pants? If so, you were lucky enough to have lived some years in that crazy time of the 80’s. All you had to worry about was school and what GI Joe you were getting this ano (please God, let it be Storm Shadow)? Well, this list is a flashback to those fun times of the 80's. Whether you were 8 or 38 in the 80’s, you’ll enjoy this blast from the past. I’ve included all the best of cartoons, sit-coms, holiday specials, música vídeos and commercials. So sit back, relax, and pop up the colarinho, colar of your polo...
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In Germany, today is the First Advent – meaning the first of the for Sundays before Christmas. It is often the last Sunday in November, but this year, it happens to be exactly on December first. Advent is here the time we spend in preparation for the natal celebrating, lighting one candle every Sunday.

The sixth of December is a very special day, Nicholas day. The prior evening, everyone in the house is cleaning their largest pair of shoes and putting it in front of the fireplace (or another special place). The seguinte morning, the shoes are filled with sweets – if the children have been...
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posted by vikaspintu
Santa clause is a funny fatty guy. Who distribute gifts to childrens on christmas. I think he is fatty because he always eat chocolate and lixo foods throughout the year. He looks funny. He always make childrens happy. I like him soooo.....much. MERRY natal SANTASanta clause is a funny fatty guy. Who distribute gifts to childrens on christmas. I think he is fatty because he always eat chocolate and lixo foods throughout the year. He looks funny. He always make childrens happy. I like him soooo.....much. MERRY natal SANTA
Another Holiday season is upon us and you know what that means: break out the egg nog, light up the tree, put up the stockings, take out a segundo mortgage for the credit card bill and fogo up The Carpenter's natal album (turn it up to 11, will you?).

It also means it's time for another list of natal video goodies.

So kick back and get ready to enjoy another batch of holiday fun. Oh, and in case you missed last year's list be sure to check out link

So without further ado...

The Essentials
I'm reposting these from last year's list because these are the items most people want to see....
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posted by the_bunkster
Hi everyone!

I just wanted to say Merry Cristmas to all of you fanpoppers out there.

If you believe in god or you don't, it is always a special dia for families and friends to show how they really feel about one another, either this being comida fights, real fights or praying for the less fortunate, spend it as a way that is special to you.

Living in Australia, i have always had sweaty, hot christmas'. natal morning spent with my mum and in the afternoon, it is spent with my dad. This is all that i have basically known, i am just grateful that i get to spend one of my most favourite days of the ano with my whole family.

But remember that natal is not just about the presents or the food, although it is the best part lol, it is about family, friends and santa.

So spread the joy and amor that this season brings, spread it to everyone that you know and maybe even to those that you don't. Have a great natal :)
posted by katiemariie
I really enjoy the natal season. I amor the filmes that get played every year. I amor the natal música radio station. I amor the lights. I amor the snow. I amor the togetherness. I amor the Claymation. I amor wrapping presents. I amor unwrapping presents. I amor making cards and presents for my friends and my teachers. I amor going to the mall and finding the perfect gift. I amor going shopping with my friends. I amor the classroom natal parties that are against school rules. I amor going to Petsmart with my mom to get meia stuffers for my cats. I amor waking up early on Christmas...
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posted by werewolflover
Okay,first of all,this isn't what u might think.And you might've played it before.I'm gonna get to the point.
Dirty natal is a game you and your family can play on Christmas.Everyone brings a mystery gift(it can be funny or normal).You draw numbers out of a bowl,cup,or hat,something like that.The person with the lowest number goes first.TRhey pick a present,and unwrap it.That is what they keep.BUT,someone with a higher number can steal it,then the person it was stolen from gets another present.Youkeep going until everyone has a present.
My family plays it in different groups;Adults,teens,and little kids.Above is the way the teens and adults play.
The kids play in a different way.They get in a circle,and go around grabbing presents until they are all gone.No one can steal anything.
It's a really fun game,and I say you and your family should try it.
posted by deedragongirl
 Quite a pleasant tune to listen to.
Quite a pleasant tune to listen to.
Since I had done with my favourite natal films, now it's the famous Oratorios composed por famous classical composers.

1) The Messiah por George Frederick Handel

This oratorio premiered in Dublin, Ireland and it's the first oratorio to be performed in English. Which was unusual at that time.

2) Alexander's Feast por George Frederick Handel

Although this oratorio is link to Alexander the Great, it's música sounds very natal oriented and it is highly recommend for both natal and Handel fãs alike!

3) St. John's Passion por Johann Sebastian Bach

It's dramatic música will not only celebrate...
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 Is the word "Xmas" a result of the commercialization of Christmas?
Is the word "Xmas" a result of the commercialization of Christmas?
Every holiday season, newspapers, malls and televisão commercials urge you to take advantage of "Xmas sales and specials." The word "Xmas" is easier to use in advertisements, and as a result, it's become associated with the commercialization of Christmas. But some Christians take offense to
the word "Xmas" and have called for the abolishment of this truncated version of the word "Christmas." So why is it so controversial, and where did it originate?


For some, Xmas is a dreaded four-letter word that reemerges every holiday season. The phrase is literally and symbolically distasteful, according...
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posted by SRitchieable
I
The shepherds went their hasty way,
And found the lowly stable-shed
Where the Virgin-mother lay:
And now they checked their eager tread,
For to the Babe that at her bosom clung,
A mother song the Virgin-mother sung.


II
They told her how a glorious light,
Streaming from a heavenly throng
Around them shone, suspending night!
While sweeter than a mother's song,
Blest anjos hearlded the Saviour's birth
Glory to God on high! and Peace on Earth.


SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE "A natal CAROL"
 Would you pick this over something else?
Would you pick this over something else?
Last edited on 20 December 2007.

While not necessarily limited to the natal holiday, White elefante Gift Exchanges are popular at this time of ano for clubs, associations, small groups, churches and offices around the United States. It is often a mais affordable (and, possibly, fun) alternative to buying presents for everyone in the group. But what is a White elefante Gift Exchange?

The history
The story - almost certainly apocryphal - goes like this: in pre-colonial India, the rajahs would give gifts to their vassals as tokens of their esteem. Chief among these was the elephant. The elephant...
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posted by _cloudwatcher
I really think natal is a magic time of the year! Even though I am starting to grow up (I am sixteen), I always become a little child again when natal is near, and go playing in the snow, waiting for Santa (Dad) with my little,and big, cousin, baking, meeting near and dear and just enjoy the moment and life.
I mean, do you really do that in the same way any other time of the year? Because I dont think so...
And the natal music- wonderful! :)
I think people in general becomes nicer when Christmas, and for a season to have the power to make people nicer- that I call pure magic!!! :D
posted by Mallory101
Dominick the Donkey
Lou Monte


Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian natal donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Santa's got a little friend,
his name is Dominick.
The cutest little donkey,
you never see him kick.
When Santa visits his paisans,
with Dominick he'll be.
Because the reindeer cannot
climb the hills of Italy.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian natal donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)...
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