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Lone Star Santas

I love this story by Lisa Gray. When Jim Fletcher asked his fiancee whether she’d mind if he grew a beard, Madge Boyer didn’t realize what she was getting into. That was in early 2007, not long after he’d played Santa for his civic club Christmas party. In the red suit, he wasn’t just a […]

Your Mel Torme Christmas moment

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Tuesday video break: With how much care are your stockings hung?

Christmas Eve, y’all. You know what that means. I’ll post the Mel Torme story tomorrow. Until then, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Merry Christmas from Pancho Claus

If it’s Christmas time, it must be time for a Pancho Claus story. He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. […]

Compost that Christmas tree

Let your Christmas tree do some good after you get rid of it. When that Christmas tree comes down this year, take a moment to imagine its next incarnation: Chipped up and mixed into soil, it might soon secure new grasses along some South Texas highway or sustain vegetable starts in someone’s garden. Adding weathered […]

Have yourself a Mel Torme Christmas

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Get well soon, Elf Louise

If you’ve ever lived in San Antonio, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Elf Louise Christmas Project. I’m sad to say that “Elf” Louise Locker has suffered a heart attack, but thankfully appears to be recovering nicely. The woman behind one of San Antonio’s most prolific Christmas-based charities, Louise Locker, had a heart attack Sunday […]

Monday video break: Tonight’s the night

I’ve posted this video before, and here it is again: I’m nowhere close to being tired of this, so look for it again next year. Happy Christmas Eve!

Saturday video break: The Charlie Brown School of Dance

Just watch: Admit it, you always wondered what those dances were called.

Friday random ten: The annual Christmas list

The staff of Popdose has their fifty favorite holiday songs for your consideration. Those of you familiar with the Mellowmas tradition will note with amusement a few crossovers, but theirs is a pretty solid collection. As is my tradition, here are ten songs from their list in my iTunes library: 1. Christmas Wrapping – Waitresses […]

Recycle your Christmas tree

And now, a message from the City of Houston Solid Waste Department:   The City of Houston (COH) Solid Waste Management Department will embark on its 21st year of Christmas tree recycling(.pdf) after the holiday by providing recycling drop-off sites throughout Houston. All drop-off sites will be closed on New Year’s Day. Every year, Houstonians discard thousands […]

It isn’t Christmas without Mel Torme

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. But let’s not worry about such things this morning. Merry Christmas […]

Saturday video break: And all through the house

I’ve shown this video before on Christmas Eve, and since that happens to be Saturday this year, it all comes together beautifully: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Friday video break: And to you your wassail too

I’m going to take a short break from the Random Tens to bring you a few Christmas songs I wish got more exposure. First up, the King’s Singers take us all wassailing: Here’s the Irish Rovers, with “Good King Wenceslas”: I wish I could find a good video of Brave Combo doing their awesome “O […]

Friday random however many: The airing of grievances

Last week was about all-purpose songs that we hate. This week, in the spirit of the season, let’s discuss Christmas songs that we can’t stand. Here’s a list from the Chron, some of which will be familiar to Mellowmas fans. Here’s a classic rant from Making Light, and here’s a post of my own from […]

It’s hard out here on a Christmas tree

Another victim of the drought: Texas’ Christmas tree farms. [T]he Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association estimates that less than half the owners of the state’s 100 Christmas tree farms had watering systems. Those with the foresight to irrigate saved their trees, but their crop still did not grow as fast or as tall as usual. […]

Recycle that tree!

If you live in the city of Houston and have a natural Christmas tree, you can simply put it out for curbside recycling. If you need to deal with it before then, here are your options: Those who don’t want to wait for their curbside days to roll around can drop off their bare trees until […]

One more time, Merry Christmas, Mel Torme

Every year on Christmas Day, I link to my favorite Christmas story, which stars Mel Torme. Apparently, this story is so popular now that it gets ripped off a lot, which sure seems to be contrary to the Christmas spirit if you ask me. Speaking of the Christmas spirit, you couldn’t find a better example […]

Special Friday video break: Dash away all

Once more with my favorite narration of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Special Thursday video break: It’s hard out here on an elf

The Elf’s Lament, by the Barenaked Ladies: Thanks to Ezra for the link.

Saturday video break: We Three Kings are totally on Twitter

If the Christmas story were happening today, this is how it might go down: Thanks to Harold for finding this.

Saturday video break: Random acts of culture

The Hallelujah Chorus, performed in the Philadelphia Mall: I’m nearly as impressed by the mall’s architecture as I am by the performance itself. I feel compelled to note, however, that the HC is technically an Easter song, not a Christmas song, though it always gets performed at this time of year. My favorite chorus from […]

Friday random ten: Christmas favorites

I’m going to take a brief break from the Top 500 Songs lists to dip into Christmas music, since it’s that time of year. I was inspired by this Statesman story in which a number of their features writers contributed their favorite holiday songs, so without further ado, here’s a collection of ten favorites from […]

Recycle that tree redux

The City of Houston has set the example to follow. Stripped of holiday finery and misshapen after a Christmas Eve wind gust clipped off its top, Houston’s official City Hall Christmas tree unceremoniously was chopped, chipped and shipped off to the mulch factory Wednesday in an effort to encourage residents to do the environmentally proper […]

Recycle that tree

We have had an artificial tree for the past few years, so this story about where and how to recycle your Christmas tree isn’t relevant to our household, but it may be to yours. There’s no good reason for a dead tree to be taken to a landfill when there are better uses for it, […]

Saturday video break: The 12 Days of Christmas

My sister first pointed this video out to me, then I saw it at Letters from Texas. And now here it is: Happy Boxing Day, y’all.

Friday random ten: Christmas time is here

What else could we do on Christmas Day but have a Friday Random Ten featuring songs that have “Christmas” in the title? 1. Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert 2. Blue Christmas – Asylum Street Spankers 3. Carolina Christmas – Squirrel Nut Zippers 4. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2 5. A Christmas Carol […]

Merry Christmas!

From ours to yours, have a very Merry Christmas. I’ll have a Christmas version of the Friday Random Ten up later today, but that’ll be it till tomorrow.

As always, Merry Christmas, Mel Torme

It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t link to my favorite Christmas story, about Mel Torme, now would it? Of course not. But since I have, now it is. Merry Christmas, Mel Torme, wherever you are.

Night Before Christmas video break

I’ve embedded this before, but it’s worth running again because it just rocks: Now go get your kerchief and cap ready for that long winter’s nap.

Saturday video break: More Muppets

Now this is how the “Carol of the Bells” should be done: I don’t know what has spurred the recent outbreak of Muppets videos on YouTube, but I certainly do approve of it. Thanks to Oliver Willis for the find.

Friday random ten: You better watch out

I have a ton of Christmas music in my collection, but only ten songs that refer to Santa Claus in the title: 1. Back Door Santa – Jon Bon Jovi 2. Here Comes Santa Claus – Asleep At The Wheel 3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp 4. The Night Santa Went […]

Pancho Claus toy drive

Via Stace, a message from Pancho Claus: To all my friends who have sent me well wishes and messages on my health, thank you very much. It did the heart good to know I have so many friends and supporters and I am feeling 100%! Many asked how they could help with the Pancho Claus […]

Salvation Army changes its policy

Good for them. The Salvation Army of Houston will no longer require Social Security numbers from those seeking Christmas gifts, the organization announced today. “It was never our intention to offend anyone with our registration requirement to provide a Social Security number, or to give the impression that we were discriminating against those individuals and […]