Music is one of the joys of Christmas. Artists have been writing about the holiday season for decades. If you are looking to add some Christmas cheer to your holiday party or dinner, check out the following songs. (Be careful, you may find yourself singing out loud!)
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- “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Bing Crosby
- “Away in the Manger” by Nat King Cole
- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
- “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
- “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes or “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald
- “What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
- “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Nat King Cole
- “Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart)” by Wham!
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
- “How Many Kings” by Downhere
- “It’s True” by Sara Groves
- “Let it, Snow! Let it, Snow! Let it Snow” by Dean Martin
- “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole
- “Home for the Holidays” by Perry Como
- “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
- “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Frank Sinatra or “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Bruce Springsteen
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
- “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry or “Frosty the Snowman” by Jimmy Durante (Both are fun reeditions!)
- “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Ella Fitzgerald or “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Josh Groban & Brian McKnight
- “Let It Be Christmas” by Alan Jackson
- “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkston
- “Christmas Cookies” by George Strait
- “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys
- “Christmas Time All Over Again” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
- “Carol of the Bells/What Child is This?” by Point of Grace
- “Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)” by Bing Crosby
- “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
- “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
- “Run, Rudolph, Run” by Chuck Berry
- “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” by Garth Brooks
- “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
- “Carol of the Bells” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
- “Jingle Bells” by Ella Fitzgerald or “Jingle Bells” by Dean Martin (Both are great!)
- “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love
- “A Soldiers Silent Night” by Father Ted Berndt
- “Winter Wonderland” by Dean Martin
- “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
- “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding
- “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)” by John Lennon
- “Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles
- “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill
- “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
- “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin or “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson
- “Merry Christmas Darling” by The Carpenters
- “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkston
- “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by Jackson 5
- “Santa I’m Right Here” by Toby Keith
- “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie & Bing Crosby
- “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
- “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton
- “Gold and Green” by Sugarland
- “Deck The Halls” by Mannheim Steamroller
- “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
- “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues
- “We Need a Little Christmas” by Angela Lansbury
- “Believe” by Josh Groban
- “The First Noel” by Andy Williams
- “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey
- “Joy to the World” by Aretha Franklin
- “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Faith Hill
- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé
- “Mary, Did You Know” by Kenny Rogers
- “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)” by Kelly Clarkson
- “When My Heart Finds Christmas” by Harry Connick Jr
- “Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson
- “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
- “Christmas Day at my House” by Patty Loveless
- “Snow” by Leslie Odom Jr.
- “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” by The Judds
- “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews
- “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Elvis Presley
- “O Holy Night” by Céline Dion or “O Holy Night” by Nat King Cole (Both versions are wonderful.)
Is your favorite song on the list? Merry Christmas! Keep singing!
The Christmas season is finally here. Are you ready to enjoy every minute of the holiday celebrations? Capturing memories through photography is a perfect way to catch every festive moment. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for the Christmas season.
- Festive Selfie
- ‘Tis the Season
- Christmas Decor
- Red & Green
- In the Kitchen
- Red & White
- The Magic of the Season
- Silver & Gold
- Holiday Spirit
- Candy Canes
- Ribbons & Bows
- Wrapped with Love
- True Meaning of Christmas
- Black & White
- Milk & Cookies
- On the Tree
- Silent Night
- Photographer’s Choice
Did you know November 26th is Small Business Saturday? Small or independently owned businesses play an important role in the United States economy. Small businesses create local jobs and other opportunities within the community.
Owning a small business requires hard work and dedication. If you are searching for ways to help promote local restaurants, hair salons, flower shops, mechanics, contractors, or other small businesses during the holidays, consider the following ideas.
- Know Your Community: Check out new local shops or revisit long-standing independent businesses. Join community groups on social media to learn about new or other small businesses in your neighborhood. Many small businesses use social media groups to promote sales or new products, especially during the holiday season.
- Write a Review: After visiting a local establishment, write a review of your experience. If you made a purchase, describe your product or service. If you did not buy anything, you still can leave a review. Describe the business. How did the employees greet you? Will you return? Provide honest feedback for others to learn about your experience.
- Follow On Social Media Platforms: Many stores use social media to promote new items or services being offered. If a local business has a social media presence, follow the page and share posts. Even if you did not find anything for yourself, share posts with your followers or friends. Perhaps a person on your social media page will find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
- Subscribe to Newsletters: Small business owners share vital information about sales or upcoming events through weekly or monthly newsletters. Subscribing to a newsletter keeps you informed. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to learn about discounted items for everyone on your Christmas list.
- Show Gratitude: At Christmas time, a “thank you” to employees or the owner is a great way to show appreciation for their presence in the community. Consider buying gift cards or certificates to give away to loved ones. If you are visiting a local restaurant or hair salon, tip well to show your gratitude. A small act of kindness goes a long way this time of year.
What is the best way to support Small Business Saturday? Visit one. Enjoy the different atmosphere only a small business can offer during the holiday season.
The Christmas season is almost here. Are you ready to join in the festive fun? Do you want to make this Christmas season memorable for you and your family? Start by making a Christmas season bucket list. Ask every family member to participate. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Christmas season bucket list.
- Christmas photoshoot
- Send out Christmas cards to family and friends
- Go to a Christmas community concert (During the Christmas season, many community concerts are free or low cost. You and your family could attend more than one to get you into the holiday spirit).
- Decorate your home
- Decorate a Christmas tree
- Write a letter to Santa (Yes, adults can do this too)
- Wear matching Christmas pajamas
- Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
- Host a family game night
- Drive around and look at Christmas decorations
- Watch Christmas movies
- Make a gingerbread house
- Put out cookies for Santa (Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer)
- Hand out Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies
- Go caroling
- Create a Christmas playlist
- Make a YouTube or TikTok Christmas greeting
- Do random acts of kindness
- Make homemade hot cocoa
- Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
- Hang mistletoe
- Be a secret Santa
- Go sledding
- Host a traditional Christmas dinner
- Have a picnic under the Christmas tree
- Make hot cider
- Create a hot cocoa bar
- Go ice skating
- Go to a tree lighting ceremony
- Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Watch The Nutcracker
- Get your and your family’s photo taken with Santa
- Hang Christmas stockings
- Attend Christmas Eve Services
- Donate a wrapped toy
- Host a Christmas brunch
- Donate to an animal shelter or rescue
- Foster a pet over the holidays (Who knows, you may find your new best friend)
- Attend a Christmas parade
- Make paper snowflakes
- Read the Christmas story from the Bible
- Donate to a food bank
- Host a bonfire
- Set up the Nativity scene
- Host a Christmas tea
- Attend a live nativity
- Buy a new tree ornament for each family member
- Make Christmas crafts
- Attend various community Christmas programs and concerts (At this time of year, many activities are free, minimum fee or donation-based)
- Make a birthday cake for Jesus
- Make green and red paper chains
- Make homemade Christmas ornaments
- Pull-on a Christmas cracker
Have a wonderful Christmas season! Make memories!
I just want to take a moment and wish everyone (who celebrates) a Merry Christmas!
I hope your day is filled with numerous blessings.
Thank you for following my blog.
God Bless! Rebecca
Are you looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Use the Internet to find the best digital Christmas gift options to finish the rest of the shopping. Print your gift, slip the copy into a card, and you are done. Check out the following for last-minute Christmas gift ideas.
- Gift Cards: Almost all major retailers offer gift card options. Also a gift card is a great way to purchase groceries for a person who may need a little extra help with food.
- Magazine Subscription: Magazine delivery can be in print or digital form. Your gift will last throughout the entire year.
- Subscription Box: From the Wizarding World to foods around the world, a subscription box has something for everyone. The boxes can be a one-time purchase or longer.
- Concert Tickets: Going to a concert is a great gift. The tickets will easily turn into a lasting memory.
- Movie Tickets: Popcorn, candy, and a pair of movie tickets are a perfect last minute Christmas gift.
- Theater Tickets to Live Performances: Tickets to a live performance is a great gift for the theater lover on your list.
- Restaurant Gift Certificates: Buy a meal at a local restaurant to be delivered. Or purchase a gift certificate to use later.
- On-Line Classes: Do you have a person on your list interested in photography, writing, cooking, or crafting? Purchase an online class for further inspiration.
- Car Related: Does someone on your list need a tune-up, oil change, or new tires? Purchase the car related maintenance to use later.
- Pay a Bill: Often the best way to help someone at Christmas is offering to a bill. The gesture is a great gift especially for someone on a limited budget.
Yes, Christmas Eve is only hours away. But there is still time to start a new tradition with your family. If you are looking to start a new Christmas Eve tradition, check out the following list.
- Bake: Christmas Eve is the perfect time to bake. Start a family tradition of baking cookies or other sweets together as a family. Leave cookies out for Santa or deliver some of your tasty treats to nearby neighbors.
- Track Santa: Track Santa on through the Official NORAD site. Create excitement by tracking Santa at different times throughout the evening.
- Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: Cuddle up under fuzzy blankets and read the entire poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.
- Watch a Christmas Movie: Make popcorn or a homemade pizza then watch your favorite Christmas movie.
- Picnic Under the Christmas Tree: Spread out a blanket next to the Christmas tree and host an indoor picnic. The food does not need to fancy. Even hot cocoa and peanut butter sandwiches can turn the night into a lasting memory.
- Make a Video: Create a Christmas video to post to your social media accounts.
- Strike a Pose: Take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree.
- Go to Church: Numerous churches host Christmas Eve services.
- Read the Christmas Story from the Bible: Read Luke 2: 1-20 to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
- Go Look at Christmas Lights: Pile into a vehicle to spend the evening looking at Christmas light displays around your neighborhood.
- Christmas Eve Meal: Plan and make a Christmas meal together. The meal can be a traditional spread with all the fixings or simply hearty stew. The choice is entirely up to you.
- Game Night: Put on your favorite Christmas song playlist and play board games.
Have a great Christmas Eve!
Do you find yourself singing along to holiday classics or turning up the radio to listen to a new Christmas song? For decades, Christmas music has been a major part of the holiday season. Finding the best songs for your Christmas celebrations is essential for creating a holiday atmosphere to remember. Be forewarned, you may find yourself singing out loud in front of guests.
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- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole
- Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
- Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry
- Angels We Have Heard on High – Josh Groban & Brian McKnight
- Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson
- Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkston
- Christmas Cookies – George Strait
- Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
- Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
- Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) – Bing Crosby
- Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
- Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
- Run, Rudolph, Run – Chuck Berry
- Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
- Carol of the Bells – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
- Jingle Bells – Ella Fitzgerald
- Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love
- Winter Wonderland – Dean Martin
- A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
- Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding
- Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon
- Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
- Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
- Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
- Silent Night – Boys II Men
- Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
- Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie & Bing Crosby
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
- Deck The Halls – Mannheim Steamroller
- Do They Know It’s Christmas?
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
- We Need a Little Christmas – Angela Lansbury
- Believe – Josh Groban
- Joy to the World – Aretha Franklin
- O Come, All Ye Faithful – Faith Hill
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
- Mary, Did You Know – Mary J. Blige
- Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You) – Kelly Clarkson
- When My Heart Finds Christmas – Harry Connick Jr
- Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson
- Snow – Leslie Odom Jr.
- My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
- O Holy Night – Céline Dion
What’s your favorite? Merry Christmas!
Do you need a Christmas quote to add to your website, blog, or social media posts? The following quotes are also great for writing inside Christmas cards.
- “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith
- “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” – Nora Roberts
- “Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” – Tom Baker
- “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
- “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!” – Carolyn Wells
- “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase
- “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton
- “Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.” – Edwin Osgood Grover
- “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller
- “As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.” – David Grayson
- “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber
- “God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” – Pope Francis
- “Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” – Pope Francis
- “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
- “Christmas…is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” – Freya Stark
- “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
- “Christmas is, or course, the time to be home-in heart as well as body.” – Garry Moore
- “I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.’ – Hillary Scott
- “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans
- “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
- “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher
- “Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.” – Amy Grant
- “T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” – Clement Clarke Moore
- “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” – Charles Dickens
- “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss
- “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill
- “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.” – Phillips Brooks
- “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” – Pope John XXIII
Have a wonderful Christmas season!
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