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Here's everything Christmas on my computer. I was just going through things and making sure everything was good to go. If you see anything you want or need do not hesitate to ask me and I'll get it right to you. I think I have a little of everything to please everyone.

Christmas Music List This Way! )
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I have on the FUZZ.FM Christmas station I've curated. Here are 10 of the random songs that have come up on it:

01. Bruce Springsteen - Merry Christmas Baby
A little Christmas rockin' from The Boss and the E Street Band!

02. Elvis Presley - Here Comes Santa Claus
On December 1, the official NORAD Santa tracker starts counting down to Santa's Christmas Eve visit! Keep it bookmarked all season here.

03. Percy Faith Orchestra - Joy To The World
I have a good mix of stuff on the station, old, new, choral, orchestral, rock, pop... This is classic to me and reminds me of childhood Christmases.

04. Jethro Tull - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
"...at the first sound of "God rest you merry, gentlemen! Let nothing you dismay!" Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."

05. Nat "King" Cole - I Saw Three Ships
This CD is just essential in my rotation each year. I love the classics, it's just not Christmas without some of these wonderful singers like Nat "King" Cole.

06. Elton John - Step Into Christmas
Christmas party at Elton's!

07. The New Christy Minstrels - Snow in the Street / Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine
If you saw the movie "A Mighty Wind" I believe the group in that movie, The New Main Street Singers, was based on The New Christy Minstrels, who were very popular during that "folk revival" that occurred in the 60s. The group has sold millions of records. An incredible little fact about the group: it's had over 300 members within its history including Karen Black (yes, the actress), Kim Carnes, Gene Clark (The Byrds), and Kenny Rogers!

08. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
This one has definitely become a classic.

09. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Mr. Heat Miser
"He's Mr. Heat Miser, he's Mr. Sun.He's Mr. Heat Blister, he's Mr. 101.
They call me Heat Miser, whatever I touch starts to melt in my clutch."

10. Fiona Apple - Frosty The Snowman
Gene Autry recorded this one first, on the heels of his "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" success. What happens when one snow man, built by children and helped by a magic top hat, comes to life for one day.
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Shopping has just been finished up.

Baking must commence:

Spiced Raisin Mini Muffins for Christmas morning

Holly Crackles (made like Rice Krispies treats but with cornflakes, colored green with cinnamon red hot "berries")
Candy Canes (this is a request; it's work and I never get them just right but I can try again)
Chocolate Crinkles (one of the traditional ones from my childhood)
The Neiman-Marcus Cookie (fancy schmancy chocolate chip cookies, again a request)

Also making French Chocolate Bark. I did a small batch of this for the Boat parade last week, and it worked well. I plan on giving a couple portions of it as gifts, too. It's an Ina Garten recipe, saw it on her show. LOL
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Joyeux Noel! Froehliche Weihnachten! God Jul! Feliz Navidad! Nollaig Shona Duit! And well you get the idea.

Hoping you all have a beautiful Christmas full of love. May all your wishes come true.


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Top Five on Friday @ The Music Memoirs

Top 5 Traditional Christmas Carols and tell us why you like the particular song.

There are a few, hard to narrow down a top five. But these would do it every time.

1. O Holy Night.
Has always been a favorite, because of its power and beauty. Fall on your knees! Oh hear the angel voices! Oh night, oh night divine! Oh night when Christ was born...
VIDEO - Kings College Choir of Cambridge. Because this you need to hear sung by a choir.

2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
Soft and quiet. I imagine the stillness of the place. I've loved this one since I was a child.
VIDEO - Sung by Nat King Cole, one of my favorite voices to hear at Christmas.

3. In The Bleak Midwinter
Just so beautiful and it touches my heart when I hear it.

In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter,
Long ago.

4. Coventry Carol
Oldest song, it's said, extant in the English language. Speaks of the Massacre of Innocents, the ordered slaying of the firstborn of every household by King Herod as told in Matthew. But its haunting lament, a mother for her doomed child, always stuck with me and gives me chills every time I hear it.
VIDEO - sung by the King's College Choir of Cambridge.

5. Silent Night.
Just still so beautiful to me, when sung in a hushed, lullaby like way. It just *is* Christmas to me.
VIDEO - Sung in the original German by the Innsbrucker Capellknaben. And by Andy Williams, another of my favorite voices to hear at Christmas. And well what do you know, brief introduction by Donny Osmond there! *wink*


Tuesday Tunes @ The Music Memoirs

Word Association, winter holiday style!

snowflake: Here Comes Suzy Snowflake

Here comes Suzy Snowflake,
look at her tumblin' down!
Bringing joy to every girl and boy
Suzy's come to town.

bitter: We Three Kings Of Orient Are

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in a stone cold tomb.

cold: Baby, It's Cold Outside

I really can't stay (Baby it's cold outside!)
I've got to go away (Baby it's cold outside!)
This evening has been (Been hoping that you'd drop in.)
So very nice (I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice.)
My mother will start to worry (Beautiful, what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar!)
So really I'd better scurry (Beautiful, please don't hurry.)
Well maybe just a half a drink more (Put some music on while I pour...)

Okay maybe just ONE more drink. *wink*

snuggle: Anything on Jackie Gleason's Christmas albums will do here.
They make me want to snuggle warm in front of the fire watching the snow fall when I hear them.
Christmas In Paris

kind: Good King Wenceslas

I've always loved this one about a kind hearted king who gives alms to a poor man.

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

tree: O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!

dark: George Winston - Night Part II (Midnight)

I love this CD, gorgeous piano mood music for the entire month of December.
There isn't any video that's usable here, but if you go to Amazon, you can hear samples and maybe buy this beautiful CD for yourself.

long: Twelve Days of Christmas

Because yes, that's a pretty long song. :)

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me....

candy: Hard Candy Christmas (from "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas")

Fine and Dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow bring me way down

special: Well, there are so many *songs* sung about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is what makes Christmas so special, right? But here it is, straight from the Holy Bible. Linus Van Pelt explains what Christmas is really all about in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Luke 2: 8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


Dec. 18th, 2008 12:26 am
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Tuesday Tunes @ The Music Memoirs

Word association, holiday style! Maybe not every one of these will be holiday tunes, but the idea is what comes to mind first, so... Here we go.

Holly: The Holly and the Ivy (traditional)

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown. Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.

Tree: O Tannenbaum (traditional)

My German ancestry showing. I just looked it up on Wikipedia and had no idea that the Nazis promoted this song to remove the more Christian parts of the holiday. Wow! There were a couple versions written, but this one is the one I know best and have always sung.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

Hug: Hold Me Tight - The Beatles

Not a holiday choice but a pleasant early Beatles tune that came to mind... hug/hold...

It feels so right now, hold me tight.
Tell me I'm the only one, and then I might never be the lonely one.
So hold me tight tonight, tonight. It's you, you, you, you.

Ice: River - Joni Mitchell

I wish I had a river I could skate away on...

Give: Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue, wrap your presents to your darling from you.
Pretty pencils to write “I love you”. Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue.

Take: Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

She has a tall order for old Santa. I mean a diamond ring, a car, a yacht, a duplex... *nods*

Think of all the fun I've missed, think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed.
Next year I could be just as good if you'll check off my Christmas list...

Try: Try Me - James Brown and the Famous Flames

Try me, try me. Darlin' tell me I need you. Try me, try me and your love will always be true. Oh I need you (I need you)

Drink: Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me - Dean Martin (among others but I love Dino)

Dean's the patron saint, I'd say. And mmmmmm.... wine.

I've asked the man behind the bar for the jukebox and the music takes me back to Tennessee
When they ask who's the fool in the corner cryin', I say, little ole wine drinker me. I say, little ole wine drinker me.

*Note: The video linked is really Dean singing, not Elvis! NOT. ELVIS.

Party: Step Into Christmas - Elton John

Always makes me feel jolly and Christmas party-like.

Step into Christmas, let's join together. We can watch the snow fall forever and ever.
Eat, drink and be merry, come along with me,
Step into Christmas, the admission's free.

Rest: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (traditional)

I have always loved this one.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day;
to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.
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Yay it's up early. I have a full day tomorrow so that was a good thing. Here we go:

Top Five on Friday @ The Music Memoirs

Top 5 Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

1. Last Christmas - WHAM!

This one will forever be my Christmas jam. The season doesn't start officially until I hear it for the first time. ♥
Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away...

2. Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon and Yoko Ono

And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun. The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

3. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

Calendar picture, frozen landscape chilled this room for twenty-four days.
Evergreens, sparkling snow, get this winter over with!

4. Marshmallow World - Dean Martin

It's not Christmas without the Rat Pack, and Dino's the greatest!

Those are marshmallow clouds being friendly in the arms of the evergreen trees.
And the sun is red like a pumpkin head, it's shining so your nose won't freeze.

5. Christmas In Hollis - Run-D.M.C

It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens, mom's cooking chicken and collard greens.
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and Santa put gifts under Christmas trees.
Decorate the house with lights at night, snow's on the ground, snow white so bright...
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So. Halloween 2008 is past. Some of us are still sitting on our candy haul or leftovers from feeding trick or treaters, and I'm now thinking about the looming holiday season.

We've been putting up Christmas for the past four days. I don't mind this. It's fine for stores to have it up Nov 1 (our deadline to have it 100 percent) so they can get maximum sales out of the merchandise and not have as much to have to pack away for the following year, meaning more newer merchandise can be gotten then. And with the economy being the way it is right now, I can't blame them. Too many stores though had stuff already up in mid October. TOO EARLY. It really is. I'll walk into some places and feel like I've gone into Nightmare Before Christmas with the skeletons and Santas co mingling. Crimeny, the leaves haven't even finished turning!

Do not get me wrong. I'm a Christmas freak. I LOVE the holiday season. The food, family, music, everything. I'm into it hardcore. BUT please, please? Let me get through Thanksgiving first. I love it, too, you know. It's a time to reflect upon the blessings we've been given and be grateful for them. And a time to gather with family over a wonderful meal. But it seems to get shunted aside every year. It saddens me because the older I get, the earlier Christmas seems to be "pushed". When I was little Christmas was special, and magical. I didn't see a thing of it until the first sighting of Santa Claus in the Macy parade on TV. Then the commercials and music and everything would start. Those days are apparently gone.

Some radio stations even start their "All Christmas All The Time!" programming Nov 1. And I adore Christmas music, as I said. It makes me feel fuzzy and happy. But too much too soon. Takes the luster and magic out of it, dilutes it. I see though that the radio keeps in step with the retailers. They want to get people thinking about holiday shopping and they program their stations with all Yule music to get people "in the mood". I'll program my iPod and add my Christmas music to my playlist as well as get my CDs out like a day or so before Thanksgiving. I think that's plenty. And have I said how grateful I am that CVS does not start programming holiday music in-store until Black Friday?

Shopping wise I don't think Nov 1 is too early. Heck I do stealth shopping all year if I see something, I pick it up. This way I'm not involved in the mad crunch, I avoid that stress and can relax and enjoy the holiday. And if you create a lot of things by hand, it's not too early at all. I will be starting my shopping in earnest in the next week, I do have that planned.

I'll get more excited. Promise. Just give me a couple of more weeks!

And this! Thank you Paul & Storm.


Now. Off to shower and then get to the polls.
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Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. I need to get some things done around here this morning before we head off.

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Tuesday Tunes @ The Music Memoirs

It's all about Christmas!

What are your favorite traditional "Christmas Carols?"

I have a couple. To me the traditional carols are all about the meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ, and why we celebrate this day to begin with.

Coventry Carol.

Just haunting, I think. I believe this is the oldest song extant in the English language. It is the only existing piece left from "The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors". A mother's lament for her doomed child, after King Herod ordered the death of all male infants in Bethlehem. I simply love the melody.

(Matthew 2:16-18) "Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all the region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more."

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

The Feast of Holy Innocents, still observed by many churches today, is on December 28, and commemorates the children killed by King Herod.

Here's Enya singing it. Gorgeous!

In The Bleak Midwinter

Written by Christina Rosetti in 1872. Just perfectly symbolizes the meaning of the day. Beautiful melody. I loved singing this one in choir.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Here's The King's College Choir of Cambridge singing it, because it sounds exceptionally beautiful done by a choir.

Silent Night

Much loved, since I was a child. It's just the classic Christmas carol no matter whether a single person or an entire choir sings it, it's still gorgeous.

German in origin (Stille Nacht). The words were written by Josef Maur who was a priest, and the melody is supplied by Franz Gruber.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Here's Enya yet again, singing the song in Irish, and a version which I find particularly beautiful.

I also love: "We Three Kings of Orient Are", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear".

What song best says "Christmas" to you?

I defer to the above, "In The Bleak Midwinter". I will also add "Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)", "O Holy Night", and "Silent Night" as well.

What is your favorite modern Christmas song?

"Last Christmas" by Wham!.
It's just not Christmas until I hear this one. LOL!

"Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
War is over, if you want it.

"Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney.
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time! Oh hush. I sing along loudly with this I don't care.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid.
Feeeed the wooooorld...

"Merry Christmas, Baby" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
I love their take on this one, it's just fantastic.

"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.
Bing's da man at Christmas.

"Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.
Love this. They sound so great together!

"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)" by Nat "King" Cole.
LOVE this one. LOVE.

Anything by Frank Sinatra (Mistletoe and Holly is a fave) or Perry Como (Home For The Holidays is a fave) works here too.

Are these modern enough? I considered this my "non traditional" favorites.

Do you have a favorite Christmas album? If so what is it?

No, not really. I love Christmas music, and will listen to everything from the Vienna Boy's Choir, to the crooners... Nat, Bing, Perry, Frank... to Donny Osmond's "Christmas at Home", Trans Siberian Orchestra's Christmas CDs, to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and much more during this season. Elvis Presley's Christmas album always brings back childhood Christmases, too, my mother would always play the very copy she got at age 12 for Christmas during my growing up years!

Here's Elvis singing "Blue Christmas".

And to add another side of the coin, the Christmas song I hate the very most? "The Christmas Shoes" by Newsong. It's so dang depressing. I have to turn the sound off when it comes on the radio. OMG the sentiment just hits you like a two by four up side the head!
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And all through CVS...

Okay enough of that. It's been cool at work. For the most part the customers we're getting are being alright. For it being so down to the wire, and everyone tired of lines, and crowds and thus can get a little frustrated and irritable. Though I do get an impatient one or two. And photo is humming. Still making Christmas cards, though goodness knows it's too late to send them now unless it's okay they get there late.

They are buying gift wrap. Bows. Any ornaments and ornament hooks that are left. There are no pantukahs, no fizzle fuzz, and barely no wuzzle wuzz to be had, little Whos.

Last midnight for me. We go back to normal hours after Saturday night. I'm working till 6:30 tomorrow and have the WEEKEND OFF!! Hooray! Saturday is baking day. Four kinds of cookies, and some home made brownies, not from a box. Mmmmm. I will work Monday, but don't have the schedule yet. Hopefully in the afternoon so I can enjoy breakfast with the family but I told him I'd defer of course to anyone who wanted to be home in the morning for kids and whatnot. Doesn't bother me. So I work in the morning in that case and get home even earlier than 8 pm. Then we'll have a nice dinner together whenever I do get home.

And I'm so happy that someone was able to get this entire thing up on YouTube at a little over twenty-five minutes, before the 10 minute length standards were put in place!

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The Grinch! It's not Christmas without him, or Cindy Lou Who!

Enjoy this!
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See the blazing hippie_chick before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Deck the Halls
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

Has anyone noticed that I'm on fire here?! *Stops. Drops. Rolls.*

more here! )

And lastly, my tidings of the Season...

O tidings of comfort and hippie_chick,
Comfort and hippie_chick.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :
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This actually ROCKS. Go D&M! GO Steve! LOL!! Funnnn. I miss that show. :(
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You Should Spend the Holidays In

Bulgaria - with a huge vegetarian meal on Christmas Eve


Dec. 16th, 2006 01:11 pm
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** Christmas shopping.... DONE. Mom and I just got home from the mall. Got the rest in one fell swoop between three stores, Sephora, Old Navy and Williams-Sonoma. Whew! Now I can use the pre Christmas week to prepare the baking and clean a bit.

To bake:

Sugar Cookies (or Snickerdoodles haven't decided)
Holly Crackles
Ginger Spice Cookies
Nieman Marcus Cookie (a wonderful chocolate chip)

** I couldn't help myself. I got a sample of Vera Wang's new fragrance Princess with my Nordstrom bill and fell in lust immediately. So I bought a bottle today. I feel like such a traitor. LOL!! But BPAL is still my main love, yo. *snuggles BPAL*

** Bath and Body Works, yo. Bought the most scrumptious Pink Buttercream Frosting candle. YUM. Feel like I could eat it it's that yummy. And some shower gels and hand soaps since I needed to re stock.

** Wasabi Peas as well as some White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Moose Munch from Harry & David. My Christmas indulgences. Well other than the bag of Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses I bought the other day. LOL!

** Thank you [livejournal.com profile] prettyh! I started the book last night and though I wanted to close my eyes and sleep I had to keep reading!!

And with that outburst, I retire to relax and start wrapping presents.
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