15 November 2011

Ushering in the Christmas Spirit...

...or maybe I'm rushering in the Christmas Spirit since it's before Thanksgiving...I'm not being respectful of the turkey...so sorry.

Oh Yeah!
Lovely Ornament

I will honor the turkey next week for sure (Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, FYI!) but this week I am in the Christmas spirit! Or in the Christmas music spirit anyway.

Another Lovely Ornament

No we haven't put up our tree yet, but soon!

I just wanted to share my Christmas playlist to help get you in the mood and also to see if there are more songs I should add.

Songs I Already Have *:

Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
Please Come Home for Christmas - The Eagles or Bon Jovi's version
Greensleeves (A Charlie Brown Christmas) - Vince Guaraldi
Blue Christmas - Elvis (Nicole Atkins does a nice version on The Hotel Cafe presents Winter Songs)
Up on the House Top - Jackson 5
A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl & Ives
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
Mele Kalikimaka - Jimmy Buffett
Happy Christmas - Jimmy Buffett
All I Want for Christmas is You - Vince Vance and the Valiants
Louisiana Christmas Day - Aaron Neville
No Christmas for Me - Zee Avi
Frosty the Snowman - Fiona Apple
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Jack Johnson
Donde Esta Santa Claus - Straight No Chaser
White Christmas - Michael Buble
Mistletoe - Colbie Caillat
All My Bells Are Ringing - Lenka
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Holly Conlan
Last Christmas - Glee Cast (I loved Wham!'s version back in the day)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause - John Mellencamp
* Plus a slew of the kidlet Christmas songs.
Songs I'll Be Adding:

Shake Up Christmas - Train
Christmas Lights - Coldplay
In the Morning - Jack Johnson also on This Warm December (A Brushfire Holiday Vol 2)
Christmas Must Be Tonight - Bahamas  also on This Warm December (A Brushfire Holiday Vol 2)
Let It Ride - ALO
The Christmas Song - (which version?)
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Glee

For those of you local to Oklahoma: B.C. Clark Jingle is part of our Christmas experience.  Check out Megan Mullally singing it:

I am sure I missed some goodies so please let me know if your favorite Christmas song is not listed... I would love to add more good music to our library, especially since I started off so freaking early.

Christmas Corn
Pretty and Tasty

What is(are) your favorite Christmas song(s)?


  1. I had NO idea they made Christmas candy corn. huh

    That is funny she recalls that song from growing up. Do they still play it? Did that store make it through the recession? I sure hope so.

    It's ok to be in the Christmas spirit. You are a Christian. It's good to get excited. I'm getting the bug as well. We have a tradition of putting up on Christmas tree on Thanksgiving day and taking it down Christmas day. (I'm sick of it by then. haha) But, this year we have no idea where we can put it. My dad's things have taken over our living room. It's fine but, if we are going to have a tree this year I need to put my thinking cap on. Thanks for the reminder! See if you weren't thing about Christmas already I wouldn't haver remembered to figure out where to put the tree and it would have been a fight. haha ok maybe not. But still, thank you.

  2. Jackie, they make way too many varieties of candy corn. I once got some chocolate covered candy corn. My favorite way to enjoy it is mixed in with peanuts. Hard to get your hand out of that mix!

    They do still play the jingle and it's considered a Christmas song in these parts. BC Clarks is alive and well - http://www.bcclark.com/

    W.r.t. Christmas trees, I have had one up since May, but it was unintentional. Emi and I snagged a small tabletop one at a garage sale to hang our mismatched earrings and small decorations on. I put it on my bookcase and it's stayed ever since. Perhaps you could get a tabletop tree?

    We used to wait until Thanksgiving but the last couple of years I wanted to get the tree up early. We usually take it down around New Years -- depending on if it's a live tree or not. We're planning on the fake tree this year because our budget includes travel and hotel but we may need to get a live tree to replace one we lost this past summer (with 100+ days of 100+ temps). We'll see. I got a Christmas Tree candle already out to help with the rushering...

    Any suggestions on songs?

  3. Okay, let's try this again! I had a comment ready and posted but for some reason I'm back to square one. Darn it!

    So I am excited for Christmas music this year. If I had it my way my tree would be up and I would be listening to Christmas music already. I do have lots of faves and sufficeth to say, there are usually lots of good versions. I particularly enjoy some Sinatra or Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc. These are my ultimate faves. But then we have ones like...

    White Christmas-The Drifters
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    Its Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas
    Baby Its Cold Outside-Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
    Go Tell It On The Mountain-James Taylor
    The Christmas Shoes-Newsong (a must have)
    Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree-Brenda Lee
    O' Holy Night-too many bone chiiling versions to
    The Angels Cried-Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss
    Gma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer-Dr. Elmo
    The Christmas Guest-Johnny Cash or Gpa Jones
    Santa Baby-Marilyn Monroe has a good one
    All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan-Kenny
    All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth-
    Spike Jones (of course!)
    Bad Little Boy-Ray Stevens (must have)
    Paper Angels-Jimmy Wayne (a must have)
    12 Days of Christmas-Straight No Chaser (a bit of
    A different spin on it)
    Little Drummer Boy-Vienna Boys Choir
    Angels We Have Heard On High
    Mistletoe-Justin Bieber (I cannot believe the Bieb
    Made my list this year. Ugh)

    I mean really, the list goes on and on and on. I love it! Harry Connick Jr. Has some goodens. Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard. I could type until I'm blue in the fingers.

    Alrighty! I am excited to see the fam next week. Love you! Hugs...


  4. Stevus!

    We have SNC's "12 Days" - I can't believe I didn't list it. I remember talking to Emi about part of the song coming from "Africa" (Toto).

    I also have: Jackson 5's Santa Claus is Coming to Town and White Christmas (Buble & Hotel Cafe)

    I haven't heard Mistle toe yet but I will check it and the other songs soon!

    Thanks for the suggestions and I am looking forward to next week and Simmons christmas too! BTW, Emi sings solo at her school program tonight - so proud of that girlie!

    Love you too!

  5. Waaaaaaaiitttt...is that CHRISTMAS CANDY CORN? I have NEVER EVER seen such a thing.

    ...must. find. Christmas. candy corn.

    ...I hope it isn't just an Oklahoma thing.

  6. Dawn, I already e-mailed you a reply but in case anyone else is interested that's Jelly Belly Reindeer Corn - http://www.amazon.com/Candy-Crate-Jelly-Belly-Reindeer/dp/B000LBV5IY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top



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