Holiday booty shaking

Written by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized - 8 Comments

It’s December 13th. I still don’t have my Christmas tree up. Blame it on me being sick since the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (I’m finally better, but 17 days of snot guerilla warfare on my sinuses and achiness made TPO extra whiny.) Blame it on me plain old not wanting to do it. Blame it on me being a Grinch. It still isn’t done. And now I keep thinking that maybe it isn’t worth it to do it at all, because I’ll have to clean it all up and put it away in less than two weeks.

To get myself into the holiday spirit, I decided it was time to listen to my two favorite Christmas songs. One is just plain old fun, and the other is all “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the stuff of which secular holiday dreams are made. It was featured in one of my favorite Christmas movies, which is Love Actually. (I can quote that movie, but I won’t, because I know how annoying it is when people do that. The other favorite is Bad Santa. That one is more fun to quote.) Anyway, Mariah got smart and performed it recently with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, and while she isn’t as cute with them as Carly Rae Jepsen is (I may or may not be responsible for a million of the video’s views), it works.

“O Holy Night” is my other favorite Christmas song. When it’s done right, it gives me chills. And maybe makes me teary, so then I have to give the Carly Rae video another thumbs up. I like this Rachel Berry version, but my favorite part about it is that Rachel is Jewish. Reminds me of growing up and listening to Neil Diamond’s Christmas album. He’s the Jewish Elvis, you know.

But if I really want a holiday giggle to get me into the spirit, I watch this.

What about you? What songs make your heart jolly during the holidays?



8 Comments on "Holiday booty shaking"

  1. Jenn December 13, 2012 at 11:26 am · Reply

    I know I’m such a fangirl, but I got the Indigo Girls Christmas album a year or so ago, and I LOVE it. Some staples, and some originals that have become part of the jollies for me. Also, the Muppets Christmas album. I love that my kids laugh at it now; it’s a whole full-circle thing for me since I enjoyed it as a kid. I can’t wait to introduce them to Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. Here’s a nugget of my childhood for you:

    Our house was a fan of the Jewish Elvis as well! My sister and I could sing every word of every song.
    Put the tree up…or don’t. I think you can come up with all kinds of fun things to do with or without a tree.

    • Tricia December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am · Reply

      Emmett Otter is one of my favorite Christmas shows and memories.

      And I think I’ve come up with an alternative to dragging the tree out and putting it away that the kids will like just as much.

      Thanks for sharing, Jenn! xoxo

  2. Joy Beckwith December 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm · Reply

    O, Holy Night is my all time favorite–love it and I get chills too :)

    • Tricia December 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm · Reply

      Isn’t it the best? Love it!

  3. Karen December 17, 2012 at 11:27 am · Reply


    • Tricia Oakes December 17, 2012 at 11:32 am · Reply

      I needed a giggle today. Thanks. :)

  4. Suzanne December 18, 2012 at 1:13 am · Reply

    Guess what? It is December 17th and we have a tree up but its not decorated yet. I have Santa’s and Snowmen all over the house but not in an “artistic” way at all. I’m blaming the fact that we just got hard wood floor downstairs (YEAH!) but that slowed down the decorating process. But we all watched “Elf” tonight so that counts for something doesn’t it?

    PS – Love the Jimmy Fallon – Mariah Carey – Roots version of “All I want for Christmas” (which is probably one of my favorite Christmas songs ever) because it is a new Christmas classic. And “Love Actually” – Favorite Christmas movie of all times!

    • Tricia Oakes December 18, 2012 at 8:40 am · Reply

      It makes me feel better that you said that, Suzanne. If Christmas decorating consisted of listening to that song over and over, I’d be so golden. xox

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