Category: Christmas

Christmas Jazz Delight: Celebrating the Holiday Season with Oscar Peterson

As the holiday season unfolds, there’s no better way to indulge in its merriment than by immersing oneself in the melodic charm of jazz, particularly the timeless tunes of Oscar Peterson. His soulful renditions of classic Christmas songs resonate with warmth, evoking nostalgic memories of past holiday seasons while creating new ones. One cannot talk …

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The History of Aluminum Christmas Trees: From Space Age to Nostalgia

The aluminum Christmas tree is a unique cultural artifact that embodies a certain era of American history. Born out of the Space Age fascination with new materials and technologies, the aluminum Christmas tree was a symbol of modernity and progress. Its journey from a novelty item to a piece of nostalgia is a fascinating story …

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A Fusion of Sweetness: Duke Ellington’s ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’

“Sugar Rum Cherry,” a reimagined rendition of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” released in 1960 and arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, is one of Duke Ellington’s most celebrated compositions. Known for his innovative and transformative approach to music, Ellington effectively recasts Tchaikovsky’s classic piece from The Nutcracker Suite, imbuing it with his distinct jazz …

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The Sparkling History of Christopher Radko Shiny Brites

The shimmering history of Christopher Radko Shiny Brites is a fascinating journey into the world of Christmas ornaments. Christopher Radko, a renowned designer of holiday decorations, has made a significant impact in the sphere of Christmas ornaments, particularly with his Shiny Brite collection. This collection is well-loved and cherished for its unique blend of vintage …

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Step into Nostalgia: Why Christmas Tree Bubble Lights Are Making a Comeback

Bubble Lights, those charming, bubbling ornaments that graced many a mid-century Christmas tree are making a comeback. There’s something about the soft, colorful glow and the gentle bubbling action of these lights that stirs up nostalgia, transporting many back to their childhood holidays. Bubble Lights were originally introduced in the 1940s by NOMA, the largest …

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On This Day: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Premieres

For generations, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has delighted audiences with his bright red nose and heartwarming tale of acceptance. But have you ever wondered about the story behind this beloved Christmas character? Enter Rankin-Bass, the production company that brought Rudolph to life and transformed him from a misfit into an icon. Through a combination of …

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The Festive Charm of Leavenworth, Washington during Christmas

Step into a winter wonderland of enchantment and experience Christmas like never before in the charming village of Leavenworth, Washington. Nestled amidst the majestic Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth transforms into a mesmerizing holiday destination during the festive season. Immerse yourself in the magic as Leavenworth comes alive with twinkling lights, fragrant spiced cider, and traditional Bavarian …

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Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: A Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane with Rankin & Bass

Step into a world of whimsy and nostalgia as we journey back in time to the enchanting Frosty’s Winter Wonderland. Released on this day December 2, 1976, this beloved holiday classic created by Rankin & Bass has captivated audiences of all ages and continues to warm hearts with its endearing characters and delightful story. Set …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas (1951) was directed by the prolific Soviet animation duo of Valentina Brumberg and Zinaida Brumberg, who were also known as the “Brumberg sisters” as well as the “grandmothers of Russian animation.” Some of their most well known films are Little Red Riding Hood and Ivashka and Baba-Yaga. Not your typical Christmas story, it begins …

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Beating to a Different Drum: The Lasting Appeal of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ by Rankin/Bass

First airing on December¬†19,¬†1968, The Little Drummer Boy, an animated television special produced by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, has long been a staple in holiday television programming. Its timeless appeal transcends generations, making it a beloved classic that continues to captivate audiences worldwide even after more than half a century since its initial …

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