Seriously? While I love the candy and scariness of Halloween and the aromas of turkey and desserts baking at Thanksgiving, nothing compares to the music, the movies, and the decorations with the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas is my favorite, so it’s not too early to think that.
Some people get upset when they see Christmas decorations and displays in the stores before Halloween (or fall, for that matter), but if you wouldn’t call me a “redneck woman” (or man), I’d leave “my Christmas lights on, on my front porch all year-long”.
I believe that Christmas music is the best stress release there is and it doesn’t leave you with a hangover!
This is a picture of “Santa’s Helper Martini”: 5 ounces vanilla vodka, 2 ounces white creme de menthe, and a half ounce of peppermint schnapps! I will be making these this Christmas (or before)!
Even if I’m not stressed, I usually start listening to holiday music at the end of September. However, this year, it’ll have to wait until mid-October because I know I’ll be listening to pretty much Madonna all the time leading up to the October 13th Las Vegas concert. (It’s hard to believe that the Material Girl hasn’t recorded a full length Christmas album in her 30-year career, although she did a version of “Santa Baby” for a charity Christmas album.)
This Christmas will be different for us since Miss ABBA will only be with us in our hearts and in our memories and we’re going on a Caribbean on the days leading up to Christmas Eve.
But, it’s not too early to think about decorating the house and deciding what new Christmas music I want to listen to after my season openers, “Merry Christmas To You” (1987) and “The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection” (1999) by Reba. Those two are always first.
While there will be new holiday offerings this season from Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green, Chicago, Scotty McCreery, Christina Perri, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, and The Beach Boys just to name a few, only three selections are making my Christmas shopping list and I’ve checked it twice.
The first to arrive is “Now That’s What I Call Today’s Christmas” (September 25) featuring Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Republic, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, and many others. Yes, even Justin Bieber!
I’m really surprised that last year’s television special, “A Very Gaga Holiday”, is not available. I know you can download the music, but I’m a traditionalist. I like the physical copies since I don’t download. 🙂
When it was announced this summer that country singer and “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton was releasing his first Christmas album this fall, I didn’t have much interest. He’s a good singer and I have a couple of his earlier albums. But, I didn’t add it to my Amazon wishlist.
However, once I found out that Reba is a duet partner on a song called, “Oklahoma Christmas”, I was sold.
In addition to Reba, Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert makes an appearance, as does Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble. Most of the songs on “Cheers It’s Christmas” (October 2) are traditional holiday classics.
And, my final purchase of the season will be “On This Winter’s Night” by Lady Antebellum, which is released on October 22, 2012.
While this will be the trio’s first full length Christmas album, it’s not their first Christmas disc. Two years ago, they released the six-song EP, “A Merry Little Christmas”, which was a Target-exclusive. That one ended up being my seventh favorite album of 2010!
The six songs on “A Merry Little Christmas” will also be on the new release. “On This Winter’s Night” will feature a total of 12 songs.
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!
If it’s too early for you and you’re saying “Bah, humbug” to me, go back to preparing your Halloween costume and eating your Halloween candy that you bought early and have a great day. I’ll remember to say “Merry Christmas” to you in December. 🙂