Humming my way to Christmas

It’s one week to Christmas. Are you ready yet?

I’m not. Well, I sort of am. The big ticket presents have been bought (thank heavens for on-line shopping!), but I still need to shop for those last minute stocking stuffers.

When I first started planning this post, I brainstormed a bit and once I realized Christmas was  week away I thought, “Oh no problem, I’ll post a recipe of my favorite cookies.” Except I used that post for another blog I did on the Slow Ride Home blog hop. (Yeah, I bake by smoke alarm most times so I really only have a couple of go-to recipes) And then I opened up my computer Monday morning and there was Beth Cornelison’s post with her favorite recipe. So I thought, “Oh hey, how about talking about my favorite movies?” And Hello Cynthia’s post — and may I say she did a much better job of it than I could have.  

So how about some music to get you in the mood? I’ve been playing a lot of it lately hoping it’ll jump-start my waning Christmas spirit. It’s been hard to choose since I have over 200 Christmas songs on my iTunes account–a mixture of modern, classics, hymns. (I was playing them a lot during March, April, and May in 2012 when I was writing my Christmas novella I Need You for Christmas.) Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

(Ear worm alert!)

Like Zooey Deschenel and Leon Redbone’s edition of Baby It’s Cold Outside. (is it a Christmas song or rather a winter song that’s forever been associated with Christmas?)

And Cool Yule (I prefer the Louis Armstrong version–which always reminds me of the movie Serendipity)

and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You

And a song from the old Muppet Family Christmas television show — I love this song, but again, is it really a Christmas song? I will always think of it as one.

By the way, as much as I’d love to actually own the DVD, apparently something went weird with the rights and they had to slice it up so some of my favorite bits are cut, and the UK DVD apaprently is different from the US one.

Then there’s the classic Santa Baby (I prefer the original by Eartha Kitt)

I could go on with snippets from You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, various songs from Charlie Brown’s Christmas, White Christmas, but I figured I’d invite you to share your favorite Christmas songs with us. What holiday song is played most on your playlist this time of year?

Oh, and I’ll leave you with this one … Bryan Adams’ On Christmas Day. I didn’t intend to leave a plug for I Need You for Christmas, but it’s the only video I can find with this song.