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Don't neglect your atheist friends this holiday season. This 16" long stocking decorated with the evolution of man, the Big Bang and the word "Science!" is from Archie McPhee, noted West-Coast purveyors of questionable humor.

by Archie McPhee

Of course you'll fill it with the Charles Darwin Christmas Ornament so your atheist friends can include a jolly, bearded fellow on their science tree as they gather 'round to sing secular, humanist carols. 

Charles Darwin Ornament by Archie McPhee

And don't forget the Hanukkah stockings (Oy, oy, oy!), which you can fill with Bazooka Joe bubble gum (with comics in Hebrew) and a tiny replica of the Ark of the Covenant (Note: Wrath of God not included with basic model).

Chanukkah Gifts by Archie McPhee

Additional must-have stocking stuffers for any persuasion include wasabi candy canes , glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ornaments, and the Bigfoot Air Freshener

Stocking Stuffers by Archie McPhee by Archie McPhee
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5. Spread the Good Vibes Around with Positive Music
What the world needs now is - positive music vibes. When I'm in a funk, I listen to some posi-tunes, and that totally rocks my world! Some of my favorites are the musicians I've been inspired to write about on Opednews, including Greg Tamblyn, Harold Payne, and Daniel Nahmod (subject of an upcoming article).

Positive Music Enhances Wellbeing by Meryl Ann Butler

Award-winning singer-songwriter Greg Tamblyn is saving the world from whiny, victim love songs. (We know it's true because that is the name of one of his CDs.) His clever lyrics and uplifting tunes will ratchet your joy up a couple of notches. He honors the annual AmEx Small Business Saturday offer on phone orders, and this year he's added his own 30% off sale, too. You can hear his music by clicking on the albums here. Three of my favorites are on the same album, and include All These Atoms, Holy Now, and The Grand Design, listen here.  His sale details are here.

Greg Tamblyn by Greg Tamblyn

Harold Payne is a multi-platinum singer songwriter noted for his positive tunes. My favorites include Something Wonderful, Vamos a La Playa, and his song that Peter, Paul and Mary made famous, Music Speaks Louder Than Words. Listen here. For the ultimate gift, you can hire Harold to write a custom song for your event or loved one.  Happy recipients include Regis Philbin, you can hear his personalized song on Harold's website.
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Harold Payne. Photo: Duff Ferguson by Harold Payne

I first met Daniel Nahmod nearly a decade ago when he sang at a Kucinich event in Arizona and I became an instant fan. His new Mellow Time: Soothing Songs for the Whole Family is on the 2014 Grammy ballot.  Some of my favorites include One Power, Sacred Love, and Water. He's having a 50% off sale on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Daniel Nahmod by Daniel Nahmod

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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Great ideas, Meryl Ann - proud to be included in t... by Greg Tamblyn on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:14:46 PM
Thanks, Greg! And I appreciate all you do to save ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 7:55:37 PM
Instead of buying products - all of which help to ... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 7:29:20 PM
That's a great idea, also!  (Although food an... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:05:30 PM
great ideas, Meryl Ann!  I love that you were... by Lise Stoessel on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:53:58 PM
Thanks, Lise! Glad you liked it, it's always rewar... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 9:02:30 PM
Thanks for the unconventional ideas and humor.&nbs... by Cynthia Piano on Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 6:52:14 AM
you are absolutely right, thanks for the reminder ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 8:41:40 AM