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My Post Thanksgiving Rant

Ugh… I remember walking into a Walmart BEFORE HALLOWEEN and seeing Christmas trees up and decorations scattered throughout the store. It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. I suspect soon we’ll mark the first day of school as the day you put your Christmas decorations up or something.

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas, and the entire advent weeks leading up to the day we celebrate Christ’s birth, is my favorite time for more. I affectionately say that Christmas lights are like Jell-O… there’s always room for more. I have two solid playlists now that will run for weeks during this season to keep my spirits high and my mind contemplative.

But let’s give Thanksgiving it’s due. It’s a time to take a step back, reflect on the abundance of blessings we have, both large and small. Enjoy your family, enjoy some food, and let it linger beyond that single day into a small “season” of it’s own until December. That’s all. Thanks for listening. Continue reading

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12 Songs of Christmas

As mentioned the other day in my Christmas advent music post, here’s a collection of my favorite 12 songs (and renditions) for Christmas. Click the links for details on each song, or just fire up the playlist and start listening!

  1. O TannenbaumVince Guraldi Trio
  2. Sleigh RideHarry Connick Jr.
  3. Merry Christmas BabyB.B. King
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to TownManhattan Transfer
  5. Carol of the BellsDavid Benoit
  6. Jingle BellsMannheim Steamroller
  7. Wizards in WinterTrans-Siberian Orchestra
  8. What Child is This? – Third Day
  9. Perry Saves ChristmasPhineas and Ferb
  10. Jingle Bells – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  11. Little Drummer Boy – Audio Adrenaline
  12. O Holy NightPoint of Grace

For you non-Spotify folks, here’s the GrooveShark playlist:

http://grooveshark.com/playlist/12+Songs+Of+Christmas/102807443

Joyeux Noel a tout le monde!!!

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12 Songs of Christmas: Jingle Bells by Mannheim Steamroller

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English: A rendition of the musical notation for the chorus of “Jingle Bells”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A double post today, and we’ll start getting nestling into the winter night with Jingle Bells by Mannheim Steamroller. This is a lovely group that has been around forever and does a lot of nice synthesizer work, amongst other things.