Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jump-Start Your Christmas Spirit!

Time to load up my ipod with Christmas music. Like a crazy person, I bop 'round the house as I rediscover some old favorites like this one:


Here's a bright, shiny, upbeat (and thoroughly modern) version of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen for you by the Barenaked Ladies, featuring Sarah McLachlan. Strap on your dancin' shoes, hoist a cup of nog, (oops, no...I mean THIS,) and enjoy!


Most of our gifts are ready to go, Al I need is some time this weekend to wrap 'em up. My goal: get them to the post office on Monday. I think the wrapping is as important as the gift it contains, and I've gotten some fabulous ideas from Gabriela Delworth's blog. She has some very stylish and fairly easy ways to dress up a gift. Why not check it out if you haven't seen her site yet?

A week from tomorrow, my favorite people in the whole world, my Ya-ya's, are getting together for our annual Christmas lunch. This year it's a pot luck Tea Party. We'll have yummy sandwiches, goodies, and lovely teas to sip - we're each bringing a tea pot, so I think we'll have LOTS of different teas to pick from.

We're also doing a group project this time: gingerbread houses. I've never made one, so I'm looking forward to it. To make it easier, we've each bought a house kit from Trader Joe's, and we'll add our own candy embellishments. The finished houses are tiny, so I bought two. When I've finished putting them together, I'll give them to our neighbor's small children. That way, I won't be tearing off any roofs at 3 in the morning when they call my name!

What are your special Christmas plans this year?


KathrynAntyr said...

This year my son said he wasn't interested in decorating a gingerbread house. I guess some traditions become memories.

He is into baking so this will be the first serious Christmas cookie year.

I hope you photograph how you wrap your presents. I too enjoy a lovely wrapped gift.

Fete et Fleur said...

Love the music! Thanks for sharing. I've never made a gingerbread house before. It's on my to do list for next Christmas.


T.Allen-Mercado said...

The Barenakeds feat.Sarah (we're on a first name basis) version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of my favorite Christmas songs!

Enjoy your time with the Yaya's and take many, many photos.

Christine said...

I like hearing old classics remade by bands I would never think would make a cover of a Christmas song :)
A for Christmas I have only bought two gifts and am aiming to get it done by weeks end..haha..I know. We're staying in town and family is coming to visit. And then there's the wreck of a house that needs to be cleaned and one more gift to make before then.
Have a great Christmas Kate..oh, and we have a gingerbread house to make too..thanks for the reminder..:)

somepinkflowers said...

oh kate
just had to pop over
and thank you
for your positive words
of support
about my mom and dad.

trying to just be in the moment,
i popped in over here
and then
i realized
what with all The Medical Drama
i have been missing
Christmas Music.


now i know what i need
to get me back
on the holiday track!
thanks ever~so, missy!
gonna hunt down
my Christmas CDs NOW!