Merry Christmas Radio to Anchor the World’s Largest Christmas Party

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Merry Christmas Radio has signed on for their fourth year of anchoring the World’s Largest Christmas Party, this year to be held on Sunday, December 14th. Jay Isherwood will be broadcasting worldwide and LIVE from the studios of Merry Christmas Radio from 10am to 1pm EST and again from 2pm to 6pm EST. The program highlights Christmas-music by request and call-in from Christmas fanatics all over the world.

“This event is the broadcast highlight of our year” said Jay Isherwood, who has hosted the program from its beginning in 2010. “We take calls from young and old, near and far celebrating Christmas together on one day at one time. It has got to be one of the most unique Christmas parties in all the world. Last year we spoke to folks from Scotland, Canada, Germany, and all over the USA. Folks bring a little of their Christmas with them and we share that with the world. It’s great fun.”

The live broadcast is part of an overall effort by the Christmas community online driven by My Merry Christmas.com, a dedicate core group of Christmas enthusiasts who celebrate Christmas year round.

This year’s party extends to Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Google+ groups, other radio stations, Christmas vendors, and live parties all over the globe in a massive effort to coordinate a single Christmas celebration with as many people around the world as possible.

The Absolute Worst Performance of O Holy Night

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Day #18 of the unseen, unheard and unknown of Christmas is one you’ll never forget. O Holy Night is one of those songs — kind of like the national anthem — that just gets butchered by those who don’t know how to sing. There are many who abuse this sing. This guy singing makes no pretenses. He knows he can’t sing.

Use headphones and do your best NOT to laugh out loud. And you HAVE to listen to the end:

Santa and Rockettes Disrupt NYC Traffic

Santa and the Rockettes stopped traffic in New York City today — literally. With the traditional high leg kicks of the Rockettes and Santa’s unflappable jolliness the event was all a promotion for Radio City Music Hall’s annual “Christmas in August” event.

Santa along with 15 Rockettes costumed as rag dolls, stood on a Radio City Music Hall porch on Thursday as 12 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers marched on the street below to perform the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” The classic dance number has been a part of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” since 1933.

“It’s so fun for us to get to perform something on the street in front of Radio City that the Rockettes have been doing for years and years,” said Nicole Baker, a 9-year veteran of the dance company, told the local media.

The 6-minute promotional stunt — complete with a belching snow machine — was for “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” which starts Nov. 7.

“Merry Christmas!” said Santa. “And I want is to see you all at the show this year.”

For the record, there are 132 days until Christmas.

Black Pete to Get a Makeover

Fighting charges of racism Amsterdam’s mayor and the organizers of traditional Christmas festivals featuring the popular figure of Black Pete will work to change his physical features. In Dutch tradition Black Pete is a sidekick to St. Nicholas often portrayed by white people in blackface with big lips and afro hair styles. For nearly 200 years the tradition of Black Pete has persisted but charges of racism surfaced last year calling the tradition into question.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said that Pete’s appearance will be changed over several years from his current blackface to make him look like he has been merely covered with soot from going down chimneys to deliver presents.

Black Pete has become the subject of protests in the Netherlands. Opponents say he is a caricature of an African slave carried over from colonial times – he is usually portrayed by white people wearing blackface makeup, bold red lipstick and Afro wigs.

But a large majority of the Netherlands’ mostly white population says that Pete is a positive figure and denies any racial insult.

Last month an Amsterdam court agreed with findings by a Dutch discrimination vetting board and a UN advisory panel that Black Pete’s look is offensive.

Pam Evenhuis, spokesman for the Amsterdam committee that organises the arrival of Santa Claus, or Sinterklaas in Dutch, says change is necessary to make sure the children’s festival is fun and not controversial. Details were still being debated.

“The Pete photoshoot for 2014 isn’t ready yet,” he said.

In the Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas arrives on a steamboat laden with gifts, accompanied by numerous Black Petes. More than 250,000 people attend the celebration in Amsterdam alone.

Evenhuis said it’s not possible to change Pete’s appearance drastically in just a year, as his look is engrained in the minds of Dutch adults and children.

Although Amsterdam is influential, other towns, businesses and individuals across the country may not want to change his look, the mayor added.