The NORAD Santa Tracker

   Another (high tech) Christmas tradition: the NORAD Santa Tracker, which has been tracking Santa’s voyage around the world since 1951. Just click this link. The Fine Print: Special thanks to our friends at NORAD who created, maintain, and make the NORAD Santa Tracker available to all. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

The Christmas Channel: How Hallmark Rules the Season

Paying Attention: Embed from Getty Images Continuing with our look back at how we’ve covered the Holiday Season, here’s a post that went live in December 2017–before everyone in the world was watching–and has proven to be absolutely dead on in terms of predicting how the Hallmark Channel has become one of the icons of […]

Why We Love Christmas Music

The Inside Track  Why does Christmas and Holiday music always seem so magical? The easy answer is….it’s traditional. It’s something we look forward to, something we expect, a tradition with which we are all totally familiar. And now, of course, there are more channels for Christmas music than ever before–from CDs, radio, satellite radio, streaming […]

Baby, It’s Sweater Weather Outside (Re-setting Christmas Classics for the Modern Era)

Editor’ Note: Originally published in December of 2018, when the PC police went one song too far and came after “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”….and republished this year because traditions are important and it’s also important to realize the false pretense and logic of trying to apply one generation’s cultural perceptions vs. an earlier generation’s ideals….we […]

Enough

Embed from Getty Images Really–enough is enough. Here are some (but certainly not all) people, places, and things that have worn out their media/cultural/societal welcome. You may be familiar with some or all of them, but–even if not–take it from us, we’ve heard and/or seen way too much of them recently and they should bug […]

The Act You’ve Known For All These Years

Embed from Getty Images The Hunt For New Music: “It was twenty years ago today, when Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play”….—Sg. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney)Editor’s Note: Actually, it was more than 50 years ago that “Sgt. Pepper’s” was introduced in America. In celebration of that event, there are several posts and […]

Missing It: What Happened to The Tonight Show Opening

Paying Attention This post was originally put up in early September (maybe you’ve noticed a trend..as we work through some of the greatest hits from the past). Last night, 8 October 2019, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon opening returned to its’ classic opening format…the one used since the first telecasts of the show. Why? […]

The Breaking News Epidemic

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in 2015 but is just as timely–perhaps even more timely–today than when it was first released. We are going into a period of extended “breaking news” interruptions due to the chaos in Washington and the 2020 Election Year Cycle, so it’s not a bad idea to revisit the […]