Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christmas Album of the Day Christmas Round the World


Christmas Album of the Day

Christmas Round the World featuring Magdalena Kozená & Mercedes Sosa & Roberto Alagna & Luciano Pavarotti

Listen @ Spotify

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.30.11


‘Glee’ recording Christmas album for release this winter @ Hypable


Christmas Album of the Day

Christmas Rocks: The Best-Of Collection by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Listen @ Spotify

Christmas Rocks: The Best-Of Collection @ Amazon

Rosh Hashanah Update for 8.30.11


Rosh Hashanah @


How Rosh Hashanah Works @ How Stuff Works

Rosh Hashanah Recipes @ Kosher Food /

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Recipes @ Epicurious

Rosh Hashanah Symbolic Foods @ MazorGuide

Recipes for Rosh Hashanah @ Jewish Food List

Rosh Hashanah Recipes @ Kosher Eye

Rosh Hashanah @ delish

Rosh Hashanah @ kveller

Preschool Projects for Rosh Hashanah @ eHow

Guide to Rosh Hashanah Crafts and Activities for Kids @

Edible Craft: Apple Bowl for Rosh Hashanah Honey @ Bible Belt Balabusta

Rosh HaShana/New Years @ Creative Jewish Mom

Monday, August 29, 2011

Christmas (and Fall) Update for 8.29.11

Check out One Pretty Thing's roundup of fun fall crafts

How to be a Retronaut shows off a super neat collection of LucasFilm Chrstmas Cards

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Will Host CMA Country Christmas @ CMT

Christmas Album of the Day
Have A Crazy Cool Christmas by Kermit Ruffins

Listen @ Spotify

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.28.11


Songwriting: Just The Facts, Ma’am (White Christmas) @ MNN

Think Twice, It's Alright: the Best Two-Part Sitcom Episodes (The Office “A Benihana Christmas”) @ Sidesplitter


Christmas @ Kickstarter

We Don't Have A Chimley


Christmas Album of the Day

Eternal Fire - Bach Cantatas Christmas Compilation by The English Baroque Soloists & The Monteverdi Choir

Listen @ Spotify

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.27.11

Christmas @ Kickstarter

Terra Voce's new album "The Frost Is All Over"

Christmas @ Bandcamp / Christmas Album of the Day


Leave it to Bieber @ Stubby's House of Christmas

Christmas Lit

  • The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown, illustrated by Reginald Bathurst Birch @ Project Gutenberg
  • The lights of Beacon Hill; a Christmas message, by Abbie Farwell Brown @ Hathi Trust
  • Christmas Stories by Edward Berens @ ManyBooks

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.21.11


Christmas Album of the Day

Making Spirits Bright
Featuring Lee Ritenour, Will Downing, Al Jarreau, Diane Krall and more...

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Making Spirits Bright

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Christmas (and Life Day) Update for 8.18.11


  • Watch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Take Over Times Square for "Christmas in August" (Video) @ Playbill
  • Make way again for the Molly! 'Christmas Schooner' sails into Mercury @ Chicago Tribune
  • Christmas Time’s A-Coming With A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2 In Stores September 27 @ MNN
  • The Late Movies: That Horrible Star Wars Holiday Special @ Mental Floss


Christmas Album of the Day

 Christmases To Come by Kate Shindle/Skip Sam's Society Sound

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Christmases To Come

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.17.11


Holiday Plans: Your Road Map to an Organized Christmas @ Organized Christmas


Christmas Album of the Day

Christmas Time is Here by Erin O'Donnell

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Christmas Time Is Here at Amazon



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.16.11


Real Christmas looks forward to the Worst of Christmas 2011

Creative Crafts Group's Club CK forum has an ongoing Christmas Card Challange


Christmas Album of the Day

Santas Claus is Going to Town by Tom Grant

(check out Christmas Songs (why i love them) from Tom Grant's blog)

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Santa Claus is Going to Town!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.15.11


Christmas @ Etsy

Vintage Inspired Christmas Fabric @ PinsNPearls' Etsy shop


Cartoons of 1943 on the Christmas set Wolf v. Piggies cartoon "One Ham's Family"

Audiobook Fans reviews Janet Evanovich's Visions of Sugar Plums

Barney's New York invites you to 'Gaga's Workshop' this Christmas @

Get ready for Christmas this summer @ The Telegraph

Christmas Album of the Day

Verve Remixed Christmas
Jazz holiday classics re-imagined. Featuring Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more... 

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Verve Remixed Christmas at

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.14.11


Christmas @ Etsy

50-Origami Paper Lanterns - Assorted Patterns @ pipodoll's Etsy shop

How to be a Retronaut shares a vintage recipe book featuring, amongst many others, instructions for preparing classic holiday concoctions like Egg Nog and Punch

HowStuffWorks on the controversy that surrounded Elvis' Christmas Album back in '57

Christmas Album of the Day

A Child's Classical Christmas by The American Pops Orchestra

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy A Child's Classical Christmas


Bonus Christmas Album of the Day

Elvis' Christmas Album

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Elvis' Christmas Album

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.13.11


Stubby's House of Christmas on Colbie Caillat's upcoming Christmas Album

Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol concoct a Christmas special @ The Vancouver Sun

Santas Working Overtime @ Pintrest


Christmas Album of the Day

EMH's Classical Christmas

Listen @ Spotify

Preview  / Buy at Bandcamp

 Preview / Buy Classical Christmas at Amazon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.12.11


Christmas @ Kickstarter

Michael Buble posts sneak peek of Christmas album artwork @

New label to release out-of-print albums from Ed Ames and David Rose @ The

Radio City Rockettes Unveil New Christmas Spectacular Choreography and Costumes in Times Square @

Stephen King, Christmas Specials Set at TCM @ THR

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) @ Internet Archive


Christmas Album of the Day

Frohe Weihnacht (Various Artists)

Here's a compilation from Europe featuring tunes from Engelbert Humperdink, Brook Benton, Middle of the Road, Lobo and David Garrick

Listen @ Spotify

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Christmas Music Video: "Sleigh Ride" by Marian Aas Hansen

Kringle's Capsule Reviews: Roy Rogers, Marian Aas Hansen, Venice

 Christmas is Always by Roy Rogers And Dale Evans

Delightfully nostalgic reissue from Capitol finds singing/yodeling cowboy Rogers and his wife melding the best of old school Christmas pop with Rogers traditional country twang and a touch of down home spirituality.

Listen @ Spotify | Preview / Buy Christmas Is Always at


It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas by Marian Aas Hansen

First rate collection of jazz tinged holiday standards from Norway's Marian Aas Hansen. (Though the slight lyric mis-translation in the title cut throws me off every time I hear it.)

Listen @ Spotify | Preview / Buy Sleigh Ride, Is It True?, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


Christmas with Venice

Cool, laid back California harmony meets classic Christmas standards on this terrific collection from the unfairly not hugely famous Venice. As close to a CSN (or CSN&Y for that matter) holiday album as you're likely to get yet, at the same time,  wholly Venice's own.

Listen @ SpotifyPreview / Buy Christmas With Venice at


Check out all of this month's reviewed albums on Spotify

Check out last month's reviewed albums on Spotify

Christmas Update for 8.11.11

Christmas Album of the Day

A Carolina Christmas by The Marshall Tucker Band

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy A Carolina Christmas at amazon,com

Free ebook for Kindle: The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.10.11

Aardman’s Next Animations: Geeky Christmas, Hammy Pirates @ Wired

Charles Schulz on the Peanuts Holiday Specials @ Mental Floss

The Beehive Cottage is getting organized for Christmas

Make a Christmas Ribbons quilt @ Moda Baskeshop

Christmas trees holding on in heat @ The Weather Channel


Christmas Album of the Day

Christmas From The Heart / David Archuleta
2008 American Idol runner-up Archuleta's 2009 holiday album.

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy Christmas From The Heart at Amazon

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Christmas Update for 8.8.11


Christmas @ Kickstarter

Christmas Joy: A Classical Music project by fiona joy


favecrafts: How to Make an Acorn Themed Pendant and Autumn Mixed Media Canvas

Thanksgiving Greetings vintage postcard @ Postcard Roundup

5 Things To Start Now For Holiday Party Planning @ the kitchn

Santa Saves: Six Back-to-School Bargains for Holiday Giving @ Organized Christmas

Stanislaus National Forest Christmas tree prep starting now @ The Modesto Bee

It's a Wonderful Movie has news of When Angels Sing - Christmas Movie starring Harry Connick, Jr

Holidays to be celebrated this year on Castle @ SpoilerTV

Christmas Album of the Day

December Makes Me Feel This Way - A Holiday Album by Dave Koz

Listen @ Spotify

Preview / Buy December Makes Me Feel This Way - A Holiday Album

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Christmas Albums of the Weekend


Missed out yesterday's post as I was a bit under the weather so here's a double dose...


Prancer Returns (Original Soundtrack)

features tracks from Alecia Elliot, Nickel Creek, Bing Crosby, Michael McDonald and more...

Listen on Spotify

Preview / Buy Prancer Returns at Amazon


Merry Christmas by The Mills Brothers

Listen on Spotify

Preview / Buy Merry Christmas at Amazon


Listen to all of this month's Albums of the Day with this Spotify Playlist