Music

Must Have Christmas Albums

Christmas is less than a couple months away…it’s time to start blastin’ the Christmas music. There is music for every taste and everyone. Here are some Christmas must have albums suggestions.

Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Perfect for any Jazz lovers or for a classy holiday party. Some tunes in this album are pure instrumental jazzy goodness. As price goes, this album is under $7 at Target.

Michael Bublé: Christmas 

It’s Michael Bublé… If you like it, you like it. If not I’m sorry. This is an essential album in your collection. Below you can listen to the whole album. 1 hr of nonstop Christmas music. One of my favorites.

Now That’s What I Call Today’s Christmas!

If you are looking for a modern christmas or Lady Gaga signing White Christmas, this is your album. This album futures today’s best artists and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Nat King Cole: Christmas Song

Ultimate classic christmas music. Fire place, Christmas tree, baking cookies, and Nat King Cole music playing.  Pure amazingness. Listen to this album  anytime of the year and would make you feel Christmas.

Bing Crosby: Christmas Classics

Who doesn’t love a White Christmas? It’s not Christmas without Bing Crosby. And its even better when you have all the christmas classics in one album.

Despite having a awesome Christmas album collection, nothing beats creating a playlist on spotify.

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DIY, Recipes

Christmas Tree cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes? Yes, it is not as tough as it sounds. This is an easy, fun way to get into the Holiday spirit.  They are completly edible but they would  also look great on a Christmas dinner spread. There are different ways  to make these beautiful cupcakes. Some trees are made with strawberries, icing, sugar cones and even mini marshmallows. All of these options would be great to make at a cookie get together with friends. Let your creative juices flow! Cupcakes can be store bought, made from “scratch” or made from a cake mix. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Christmas Tree made with Strawberries from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Martha Stewart’s Christmas Tree with buttercream icing.

Christmas Tree cupcake made with mini marshmallows from CroutonCrackerJacks on Youtube

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Traditions

Christmas Around the World (Part II)

This is Part II of our “Christmas Around the World” post. Check  out Part I here.

Europe

Gouda Town Hall (Panoramio)

Gouda Town Hall (Panoramio)

If you ever go to Holland around Christmas time,  expect it to be filled with candles. This annual  candle night or Kaarsjesavond in Dutch takes place in the city of Gouda  in the central market square in front of the Gothic Town Hall.   The streets are only illumated by candles,  as people gather to sing christmas carols and the mayor gives a Christmas speech. Below check one of the many performances of that night. (Read more at Holland.com)

Candle night in Gouda . Notice the market square is in complete darkness and  candles are the only light source. (from haakaa1964 on Youtube)

All around Europe, children anxiously wait for St. Nicholas  and not Santa on December 6th. In Poland, children leave their boots  by their beds the night December 5th waiting for St Nicholas to fill them with presents the next day.

Very similar to Santa Claus, St Nicholas brings gifts to children all over Europe. (Marine Connector)

Very similar to Santa Claus, St Nicholas brings gifts to children all over Europe. (Maritime Connector)

 In Germany, gingerbread houses are called “Hexenhaus” which translates into witches’ house. Why you may ask? They are named after the popular  german Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel candy house.  You can read more about European christmas traditions at Reader’s Digest.

German gingerbread house featuring  The Witch,  Hansel and Gretel (Flickr)

German gingerbread house featuring The Witch, Hansel and Gretel (Flickr)

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