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Christmas Songs: Favorites, Classics, and a Twist

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One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the music. There’s something about multiple songs that a majority of people know that will get me into the spirit. Maybe it’s because it’s the closest thing to a musical I can get…hmmmm…..Anyway, I’m going to share a few of my favorite Christmas Songs from some artists that I love. So, here you go.

1) “Do You Hear What I Hear”–To me this song is wonderful because of the innocent tone that it has as we progress from words that are spoken by the night wind to the king. That and the melody make it so beautiful and simple. This version is recorded by Kristin Chenoweth, one of my favorite Broadway singers…All I can say is that it’s wonderful.

2) “I Believe”–Released on Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas Album, this song is beautifully sung by both Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins. It’s a song of hope and love that is simple and powerful. While it was released on a Christmas album, I think that it’s an anytime song.

3) “The First Noel / Mary, Mary” –Sung by Sarah McLachlan. A beautiful, interesting version of the two songs…I discovered it when I was looking for the other two videos. Enjoy.

4) “Silent Night”–A little different from the version we normally hear. However, still beautiful with Ruthie Henshall singing lead on it. Also, a refreshing change from the one that we are accustomed too.

5) “12 Days of Christmas”–While the original song is a little repetitive, this version by Straight No Chaser is quite fun. I would recommend listening to it and seeing for yourself…but let’s just say if you know 80’s pop songs you’ll definitely get  a kick out of it.

So, there you have it. A few songs to help you get into the Christmas spirit. I know that while I’ve been searching out the videos it has definitely got me into the mood for Christmas. 🙂

Christmas Shopping 101

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So, I know that there are a lot of people out there who loathe Christmas shopping on the whole. Honestly, I like doing it; however, I’m not a huge fan of waiting in lines and fighting with people over things…I’m just not good at such stuff…partially because I’m a little bit of an impatient person but also because who really wants to wait in line and do all those “fun” things. So, with that being said, I have a few tips and tricks that I try to go by that others hopefully won’t…I offer these to you now.

1) Never underestimate the power of internet shopping. I am a huge proponent of this simply because it does not require going out and fighting with the crowds. Also, you can get better deals online than you can get in the store a lot of times. If you don’t like to wrap presents (I do but this is for those people who don’t), most online stores will wrap your presents for free or a small fee, which is nice for most people. Good stores for such things include barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, walmart.com, and many, many more.

2. Be aware of sales at all the stores. Some of them will price match for you which is nice. Also, why pay 20-50% more for a similar product that you is just as good as some more random brands. This way you can also have ideas of presents for people in mind in order to expedite your shopping experience, which is always better.

3. Try to have a chipper attitude when going holiday shopping. I know that it sounds rather…what’s the word I’m looking for….positive….maybe, I’m not quite sure that’s what I”m going for…however, if everyone has a good attitude, the fights breaking out in Wal-Mart will not occur (hopefully).

4. Have fun when you’re shopping. Don’t get so caught up in the gift hunting process that you fail to have fun. When you’re out, treat yourself to a meal out at your favorite restaurant or do something else for yourself…because then, we will all be less tense.

5. Finally ( and this is going to sound clichéd), don’t forget that the whole point of the season is to spend time with your family. Don’t let the presents and things get in the way of that.

So, there you have it…just a few tips from me…so, yeah….

Written by uncannynerdyguy

December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm