My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #13: Odds and Ends

There is so much great music out there that I couldn’t include all of the songs that I love (or that people want to hear)! While putting this series together, I tried to group songs with a similar theme together, but every once in a while I would run across a song that didn’t fit neatly into a post (or if it did, there were already enough songs in that post). Where to put them?

Hence, today’s post. I ran across this while looking for clips to include in this series – I HAD to find a place for this one of Leon Redbone and Dr. John singing “Frosty the Snowman”; it is just so much fun:
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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #12: Songs from a Shared Childhood

My sister and me

Today’s post is a little different from all the rest.

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #11: Christmas at the Movies

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Not every character in the movies likes Christmas:
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Happily, however, most of them do! I thought today I would share some Christmas music from the movies – many of the songs that we think of as “Christmas Classics” started out life as just another scene in a film…..

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #10: The Bells of Christmas

Whenever I hear sleigh bells, it always makes me think about Christmas. There are lots of Christmas songs with a “bell” theme to them, so I thought I’d group some of them together in a post.

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #9: Let’s Hear it For The Boys

Yesterday I featured songs by the ladies – today I figured I ought to give the fellas equal time.  I’ve tried to include a nice mix of old and new in this post; I hope you like today’s selections!

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #8: What a Girl Wants

We’re simple creatures, really – all we want is the very best…..

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #7: Longing for Home


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Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. Many young men were pulled away from their families to fight for our and others’ freedoms. I am sure that most of them missed being away from home and family, especially at Christmas time.

I have to admit, when I was a kid, I didn’t care for this song at all – I think it’s only as we grow up and leave home that we are able to appreciate the bittersweet sentiment of this song.  It wasn’t until I was older that I learned the story of this song – and that has made it one of my favorites as an adult:

In 1943, this song joined “White Christmas” to become one of America’s most popular Christmas songs. The recording by Bing Crosby shot to the top ten of the record charts that year and became a holiday musical tradition in the United States. The idea of being home for Christmas originated in World War II when soldiers at first thought that the war would be quick and they would return by Christmas time. This inevitably did not happen, hence the line “if only in my dreams”.

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