Thank you for including me in your Monday, Kittens & Dawgs! My friend, XmasDolly who puts on the Monday’s Music Moves Me 🎶 linky party is a bit short-handed and I volunteered to co-host as long for as long as she needs me. You’re invited to hit the dance floor. This month’s theme is Christmas anything!
While visiting fellow bloggers last week, I was moved by the mewsic and so, I decided to share my Christmas Mewsic Inspired Choices from You today!
Ramona from ‘Create With Joy’ shared this beautiful contemporary Christian arrangement.
Transatlantic Orchestra always rocks the season and thanks to Sci-Fi author and fellow blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh for reminding me of this awesome number. Now, I want to plot how to catch some stupid crooks or maybe I’ll just watch Home Alone!
I stumbled upon this Romanian song shared by a fellow photographer from the Thought Traveler and you can follow along with the lyrics in English to December, here.
I borrowed the next song pick from fellow BoTBs bud, Robin.
I will close with one of my own inspirational choices from last Christmas by The Piano Guys and David Archuelette (American Idol Season 7 runner-up).
What’s your favorite Christmas mewsic to listen to, contemporary or traditional? 😉
I’m taking a break from Blogosphere until after the New Year. My regular posts are scheduled, so I plan to pop in to respond to comments and do return visits as time permits. I’m certain you understand and more than likely you’re doing the same thing. Have a joyous time celebrating the holiday season!
Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! I went into this month with Battle of the Bands in mind I knew I wanted a motif but not a Christmas theme. In today’s showdown, I won’t ask you to vote on a cover song by two different artists. Instead, I’ve picked two new-to-me songs because this is my birth month (yesterday was my birthday) for you to decide on in December Songs #BoTB Showdown!
I’m rather partial to December babies because…I’m one! Yep, the 14th will be my…ehem…53rd birthday. Did I actually say that? Yep, I’m afraid I did. *smack forehead*
Anywho, when I was young I knew what it was like to have my special day swept away by the prominence of Christmas and through limited understanding I knew Jesus’ birth trumped mine any ole day, but I thought it would be nice if others kinda gave me a wee bit of attention. Selfish? Yeah, just a little!
Thankfully, DH and my children made up in spades for my big celebration bash each year and now I feel it my obligation to make others of my kind feel that equal specialness. Let’s give a round of applauds to these lovely birthday bloggers!
There is nothing like decking the hall during for the Christmas season. Did you know decking the halls with boughs of holly date back to ancient Romans times?
Romans regarded the Holly plant as good fortune and they would present newlyweds with wreaths made of Holly sprigs as a token of good will and congratulations.
Decorating with holly boughs or evergreen sprigs today has more to do with the fragrance and appeal that fresh greenery adds to our homes during the holidays.
Like many of you, Christmas is really a big event around our house. The holy season invokes joy in each of us to the point of sheer giddiness. There is something totally magical about this time of the year.
That being said, I thought this would be a good time to share with you some of our past and present traditions of December.
I. Displaying our customary beautiful, faux, decked out Oh, Tannenbaum! A freshly cut Christmas tree is ideal, but our allergies will not let us enjoy the woodsy evergreen aroma.
II. Hanging home-sewn stockings on the mantle for Santa to fill.
III. Displaying a variety of My Favorite Christmas Things like as my Dept. 56 New England village, Cherished Teddies, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer figurines, and Fontanini Nativity.
IV. In Decembers past I read Christmas stories every night to the children at bedtime. They loved this!
V. Our weekly ritual for the entire month is to watch one of our favorite Christmas movies. Our first choice always on the list to see is Christmas Vacation. This flick is hilariously good!
1. Melt butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan; do not let it boil. Add sugar. Boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until candy thermometer registers 260°F.
2. Add almonds and continue to cook, stirring constantly (mixture will be very thick). When the thermometer reaches 295°F, pour candy into a lightly greased jelly roll pan (11”x17”), working quickly spread the candy thin with the back of a spoon.
3. Melt chocolate chips over low heat or microwave for 2-minutes at 50% power. When candy has cooled slightly, spread chocolate on top, and then sprinkle pecan pieces on top while the chocolate is warm.
4. Allow hardening for several hours or overnight, and then breaking into pieces. Can be stored in the refrigerator. Makes ≈ 2 lbs.
VII. Another time-treasured tradition for us is to listen to some of our favorites from long past and recent past Christmas music. For me Christmas music and Andy Williams are synonyms. Do you remember the beautiful Christmas specials Andy Williams hosted? This past September, heaven added another golden talent to the angels’ chorus when Mr. Williams crossed over.
Below is a compilation of YouTube videos featuring Andy Williams Christmas TV specials. Relive some retro magic watching these clips.
VIII. Speaking of music, another of our favorite age-old things to do is to sing Christmas carols. DH and I cuddled in the living room with our little rug-rats on the sofa bellowing songs from our Christmas carol song book. Of course, we always love singing carols in the car, too. Clark Griswold singing Deck the Halls always flashes in mind when we sing a tune or tune.
IX. The grand daddy of all December traditions is Christmas dinner. I pull together things common from DH and my childhood Christmases into ours which we are passing to our kiddies. Nothing warms my heart like when our daughters request one of our family recipes.
X. A very special custom for us is to read the Christmas story from the Bible. In the past, we’ve done this on Christmas Eve when the children were small and we gathered in our shared bedroom at DH’s parents, but in recent Christmases we saved the reading for Christmas night circled in the warmth of our living room around the soft colorful glow of our tree – what a peaceful moment that is!
1. What December traditions to you embrace?
2. Do you celebrate Christmas or one of the other December holidays?
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