Christmas Ramblings

1) I wish there was another ten days before Christmas. Not because I need more shopping hours, because I’m pretty covered in that arena, but because I just love this time of year. I want more days to enjoy the festive decorations, the Christmas tree with wrapped presents underfoot, the twinkling lights, and the holiday scents. It moves so fast, and I feel like I need more time to fully enjoy all the merriment of the holidays.

2) Last night, Jax and I listened to our friend’s spectacularly entertaining holiday compilation, A Very Lou Christmas, and it made me remember how fond I am of Christmas music, and how very little of it I have heard this year. I realize the marketers started with the Christmas hoopla in October, but somehow I have remained relatively unexposed to the merry music this year. And as of this morning, I’m making up for lost time. I’ve replaced my usual CDs with their holiday counterparts (including a stellar mix by the one and only Minda Jo), and my commute to work was full of good cheer. If you are in need of some fresh holiday music, here’s a handful of non-standard Christmas songs I recommend:

  • 12 Days of Memphis (Christmas) ~ Star and Micey
  • Christmas Lights ~ Coldplay
  • Happy Christmas (War Is Over) ~ John Lennon
  • Merry Christmas Baby ~ Otis Redding
  • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer ~ Jack Johnson
  • Wonderful Christmas Time ~ The Beatles

3) Speaking of music, my favorite of the Christmas songs is Baby, It’s Cold Outside. There are many versions, but my favorite might be the one with Zooey Deschanel. Or maybe Dean Martin. Either way, every time it comes on, Jax humors me with a duet, and it absolutely makes me giddy. The cute conversational melody and innocent flirtation make this such a fun song to sing with a partner.

Mel: I really can’t stay – Jax: Baby it’s cold outside
Mel: I’ve got to go away – Jax: Baby it’s cold outside
Mel: This evening has been – Jax: Been hoping that you’d drop in
Mel: So very nice – Jax: I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice

And this really is a true story, because my hands are always thirty degrees colder than the rest of my body. Fun fact.

4) This year, I was almost exclusively an online shopper. I’m new to this game, and I have to say, the convenience factor cannot be beat. Instead of fighting the massive crowds and insane traffic, I was comfortably browsing hundreds of web pages for my gifts. The downside, of course, is fretting over when the chosen items will arrive. Most have made their way home, but there are a few scattered across the country, and at this point, I’d really prefer them wrapped and under the tree.

5) My favorite Christmas movie, far and away, is Elf. Because smiling is my favorite, and because I like to make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands. Will Ferrell was made to play an oversized, displaced elf; in fact, I do believe it was his calling in life. Somehow I do not own this movie, but I still find a way to watch this masterpiece multiple times per year, which absolutely cannot be done without a smile on your face. Say, who is up for a watch party?!

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