Christmas Music Favorites

December 3rd, 2011

I was gathering together music for our upcoming holiday party, making selections and creating a playlist and came across some of my favorite renditions of Christmas tunes. We’re decorating to these while we eat our fair share of peppermint candy canes.  Some are new, many are classic, I hope you find a new one to enjoy!

 

Underneath the Tree ~ Kelly Clarkson *

Jingle Bell Rock ~ Rascal Flatts

I Believe ~ Frank Sinatra

A New York Christmas ~ Rob Thomas

Angels We Have Heard on High ~ Christina Aguilera

All I Want Is You (This Christmas) ~ NSYNC

Marshmallow World ~ Regis Philbin & Steve Tyrell

Jingle Bells ~ Michael Bublé & Puppini Sisters

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Please Come Home for Christmas ~ Kelly Clarkson *

Last Christmas ~ Glee Cast

Twelve Days of Christmas ~ The Muppets

All I Want for Christmas ~ Mariah Carey & Justin Bieber (duet)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ Barlow Girls

Deck the Halls ~ Nat King Cole

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas ~ Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé

Christmas Time is Here ~ Vince Gauraldi Trio

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ Amy Grant

Song for a Winter’s Night ~ Sarah McLachlan

Silver Bells ~ Elvis Presley

Under the Mistletoe ~ Justin Bieber

The Christmas Song ~ Diana Krall, Nat King Cole

Mary’s Little Boy Child ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

Cold December Night ~ Michael Bublé

This Christmas ~ Christina Aguilera

We Need A Little Christmas ~ Glee Cast

Caroling, Caroling ~ Nat King Cole

The Christmas Waltz ~ Frank Sinatra

Blue Christmas ~ Harry Connick Jr.

Silent Night ~ Sixpence None the Richer, Kelly Clarkson *

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O Come All Ye Faithful ~ Faith Hill

The First Noel ~ David Archuletta

Ring the Bells ~ Travis Cotrell and Natalie Grant

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm ~ Dean Martin

Let It Snow ~ Michael Bublé

Winter Wonderland ~ Jason Mraz, Ray Charles

Santa Baby ~ Kellie Pickler

Sleigh Ride ~ Take 6, Diana Krall

Holly Jolly Christmas ~ Michael Bublé

Who Would Imagine a King ~ Whitney Houston

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ~ Sarah McLachlan

O Holy Night ~ Glee Cast

White Christmas ~ Ella Fitzgerald, The Drifters

Baby, It’s Cold Outside ~ Lady Antebellum

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Do You Hear What I Hear? ~ Glee Cast

Carol of the Bells ~ Barlow Girls

(It Really Is) A Wonderful Life ~ Mindy Smith

I’ll Be Home for Christmas ~ Josh Groban, Wynonna Judd

Somewhere In My Memory ~ John Williams (from Home Alone)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ Jewel

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ~ She and Him, Kelly Clarkson*

Little Drummer Boy ~ Jars of Clay

My Favorite Things ~ John Coltrane

Santa Will Find You ~ Mindy Smith

Count Your Blessings ~ Diana Krall

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

Auld Lang Syne ~ James Taylor

*2013 update

And just to bug my mister because he loves Paul McCartney but totally hates this song even though the rest of us like it, and it’s a family joke to watch his facial expressions every time we play it:

Wonderful Christmas Time ~ Paul McCartney & Wings

What are you listening to this season?  Any renditions I should hear?  What do you recommend?

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Local TV Appearance + Tea Collection Giveaway

December 2nd, 2011

Hello all, happy Friday, we’re off to get our Christmas tree this weekend and spend a few hours in San Fran enjoying the spirit of the season.  I’ll be on KPIX Channel 5 tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. talking about the Gift of Good program I’m participating in benefiting military families, so if you’re local turn on your TV!  Speaking of the Gift of Good, please please take a few seconds to hop over and vote for my nominated family (Lee and James) on Facebook ~ they have a chance to win $20,000 in much needed home repairs courtesy of Home Depot. 

I have a great giveaway for you this weekend from an online boutique for women and children: Tea Collection.  If you’re a mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle, or basically if you know a kid and need a great gift, this is the giveaway for you!  So many adorable gifts and clothing choices for children, and ladies, there’s some really nice selections for us too!  

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Great news, this weekend Tea Collection is giving away two $100 shop credits to the online store, with free shipping!

Eligibility to win one of two $100 shop credits to Tea Collection:

1. Pay a visit to Tea Collection and pick a favorite item, then name it in a comment.

2. For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter)

Giveaway ends Sunday December 4th at 8 p.m. PST, two winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random and announced on Monday December 5th.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the two winners:

#197 Denise Kelly

#303 Alison Farrell

 

 

 

 

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DIY Cuffed Stocking {how to sew}

December 1st, 2011

One of the most popular symbols of this season is the Christmas stocking.  Stockings are like Santa, candy canes, and fruitcake, they make their appearance every December (some more welcome than others!) I had never sewn a stocking before until the day before yesterday but I’ve had this project on my “Christmas DIY To Do List” for years.  I finally managed to stitch one together with some apple green velvet ~ here is my little cuffed creation.  

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Sewing a simple stocking couldn’t be easier if you can sew a straight line (and around the little curved boot) on a sewing machine.  Of course I had to complicate matters and add batting for thickness, piping for contrast, and a decorative cuff, but in the end I’m glad I decided on those little extras. 

If you’d like to sew your own cuffed creation, here’s what you’ll need:  1.  ½ yard stocking fabric  2.  ½ yard liner fabric  3.  ½ yard cuff fabric (only for bias cut piping, otherwise just a scrap)  4. batting (optional)  5. thread  6. stocking template  7. piping cord (optional)  8. scissors and pins.    

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