Christmas's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Kris Kringles, Merry Jingles, and Holiday Cheer

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Potomac Books, Inc., Oct 1, 2005 - Reference - 304 pages
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It’s the rare bird that doesn’t like Christmas. Sure there are Scrooges and, here and there, cries of "Bah, humbug," but Christmas is a time for celebrating, for giving, and for trying to be just a little nicer to your fellow man. As the song goes, "If every day could be just like Christmas what a wonderful world it would be."

Christmas's Most Wanted™ is a celebration of the fun side of Christmas - the songs, the movies, the television shows, the history, the people, the laughs, even the commercialism . . . all that and more. So you’ll see such top-ten lists as different versions of both "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol". You’ll read about traditions and the standard gift givers around the world. You’ll find out about how different song genres celebrate Christmas in music. You’ll relive the great-and not-so-great-cartoons of Christmas past. You’ll discover which television celebrities "graced" the world with their very own album of holiday tunes. And you’ll learn about births, deaths, and historical events that occurred on Christmas Day. With more than forty top-ten lists on all things merry, you’ll laugh, you’ll smile, and you’ll learn a lot of interesting stuff about Christmas that you didn’t know before.

So curl up before the Yule log, pour yourself some eggnog, bite into a gingerbread cookie, and enjoy the book. Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, and Erry-may Istmas-chray. However you say it, Christmas's Most Wanted™ will certainly bring a dose of merriment to your holidays.
 

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Contents

Holiday firsts and starts
1
Facts and figures on Christmas
5
Geographic holiday fun
11
The story behind traditions that stand today
19
Odd worldwide holiday traditions
25
Giftgivers around the world
31
All about the North Pole
37
All about Christmas trees
41
Classic rocks best Christmas songs
155
Christmas novelty songs
163
Nontitle holiday cartoon songs
171
The Twelve Days of Christmas performed ten different ways
177
Christmas albums from TV stars
183
Christmass most fun songs
189
Popular but bad Christmas music
195
Great modern Christmas music
203

All about reindeer
47
Ten of the most famous reindeer
53
Classic Christmas songs
59
Jazz vocals to play by the fire
67
Jazz instrumentals for the season
73
Rock oldies for Christmas
81
Great Christmas carols in country music
89
The best in Christmas blues
97
The best Christmas soul RB and funk
105
Celtic holiday music
113
Top Christmas movies
121
Bad and offbeat holiday movies
129
Christmas comedies
135
Ten versions of the Dickens classic
143
Holiday movie bit players
149
TV holiday specials
211
Top holiday cartoons
217
Bad and offbeat holiday cartoons
225
Holiday cartoon bit players
233
People who were born on Christmas
239
People who died on Christmas
245
Historical events from Christmas day
253
Top holiday toy fads
259
Holiday food and drink
265
Other things to celebrate around Christmas
271
Ten translations of Merry Christmas
279
Bibliography
281
Index
283
About the Authors
289
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A former Santa Claus, Kevin Cuddihy is an associate editor for a publishing company. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.; Phillip Metcalfe is a technical writer and an obsessive music collector, owning more than 1,500 albums, tapes, and CDs. He lives in Sterling, Virginia.

Phillip Metcalfe is a technical writer and an obsessive music collector, owning more than 1,500 albums, tapes, and CDs. He lives in Sterling, Virginia.

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