I caught one of your horns :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 12

“And Santa here is faster, this house must be the last now. And we follow Mr. Santa, to the end.” I love discovering unusual holiday music, a new something that can be slipped in amongst the traditional and the favorites, both from the past and modern. This song, with its eerie vocals and space age electronic whirs and beeps, definitely fits the bill for unusual. What are your favorite unusual/unexpected holiday songs? Christmas Reindeer :: The Knife Continue reading I caught one of your horns :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 12

Althought its been said, many times, many ways :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 10

“The know that Santa’s on his way.” There is a special place in my heart reserved for Nat King Cole that has been there since I was a young girl. I would spend the better part of my Christmas vacation at my Grandparents’ house, and would help my Grandmother with the decorating, the cookie baking, the gift wrapping (often even wrapping my own gifts, unknowingly, as my Grandmother would disguise them in undescriptive boxes to wrap and only reveal they were mine when I went to fill in the to/from tags). During our holiday projects my Grandmother would play holiday … Continue reading Althought its been said, many times, many ways :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 10

To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.” A few years back my oldest daughter and I watched White Christmas for the first time. I am not sure what exactly it was about the film, but it immediately became our favorite holiday movie, and one of those holiday traditions that we now share – watching White Christmas together. Perhaps it was the time in both of our lives when it came into our lives, timing being key sometimes, and us needing connection at a time when so much in our mutual life as a … Continue reading To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9

It was Chrismas Eve, babe :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 8

“I could have been someone. Well, so could anyone, you took my dreams from me when I first found you. I kept them with me, babe, I put them with my own, Can’t make it out alone, I’ve built my dreams around you.” There are a few holiday films, and songs, that illustrate the other side of the season, the side that is stained with disappointment and the blues. This can be a hard time of year for many people, as one faces their own lives in comparison to what all the cheery carols, holiday movies and happy ever after … Continue reading It was Chrismas Eve, babe :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 8

The very next day you gave it away :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 6

“Now I know what a fool I’ve been, but if you kissed me now I know you’d fool me again.” My very own “guilty pleasure” (though I do not feel guilty about it, no, not one bit) holiday song. You know you have on, too – what is it? My senior year, it was early December and my Mother and I took a trip to Hawaii. It was the one and only trip we ever took together, as in just the two of us. She still makes fun of me from that trip, how I was always dodging the sun, … Continue reading The very next day you gave it away :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 6

If you want it :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 5

“A very merry Christmas, and a happy new year. Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.” My mother used to have this box of 45’s she kept tucked underneath our dinosaur-size stereo system. She rarely played them, always claimed to prefer her albums, complained about having to set that little clip into the middle circle, that it took too much time. I know the real reason was because that box of 45’s were a wedding present to her and my dad, and she did not like to remember a time when it was Joanie and Jim anymore. But, … Continue reading If you want it :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 5

Then call it a day :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 4

“I was thinking I could clean up for Christmas, and then, baby, I’m through. Four more weeks that couldn’t make any difference, except maybe to you.” The holiday season has always been important to me, a time of year that I clung to hoping to somehow turn into something perfect and clean and beautiful and unrealistic, just once. It is naive and childish, and completely improbable for me to want that kind of thing, but I have, I did, and I still do. There were promises made during years past that I knew deep down would never be kept, but like … Continue reading Then call it a day :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 4

I’m dreaming :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 3

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones i used to know. Where the tree tops glisten, and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow.” Wistful and soothing all at once, this rendition of the holiday standard is just what was needed on this rainy, rather stressful Monday morning. So many in my circle of people seem upset and frustrated as of late, and though I feel my own pressures and pain, I feel an overwhelming responsibility to bring some kind of lightness and cheer to all of them. It is tiring though, and takes its … Continue reading I’m dreaming :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 3

I wish I knew how to break the spell :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 1

“C’mon baby, I simply must go – Baby, it’s cold outside The answer is no – Ooh baby, it’s cold outside.” ‘Tis the season for many the stressful things, rushing around with too many destinations and not enough time, and of course, the never ending lists and temptations to overspend, with not enough money either. All that said, this still is one of my favorite times of year. For a long, long time I kept my love of holiday tunes a best kept secret, listening when I was alone, or at times when it could be excused as “in the … Continue reading I wish I knew how to break the spell :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 1