Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmasing

We are decking some halls.  Making a few more treats, a few art projects, wrapping last packages, mailing last cards.  Singing songs, making meals together.  We're also planning mundane things with vigor.  These couple of weeks off will be nice for some small chores we can do together.  We're looking forward to our family gatherings too!  We might try our friends' Twelfth Night gathering if we are still social come January 5th.

We're also doing some of the traditional listening/watching within reason.  I'll share a bit of that.
Journey to the Christmas Star
We loved this little movie!  It's dubbed over but done well.  Journey to the Christmas Star has nice effects but not too many.  It's rated G and is not scary.  It's clever and interesting in all that innocence.  For me, the Nordic traditions woven in it are worth it all.  The little gnomes really clenched it for me personally.

Throughout the season, our other favorite movies are the typical ones like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, White Christmas and The Grinch.  If you're looking for something touching and a little different, consider The Snowman and the Snowdog--not overstimulating--not truly animated actually, only set to music.  I personally don't understand why they aren't chomping at the bit more to see Muppet's Christmas Carol, which is probably my favorite.

One of these days, I need to do a post about our favorite Christmas books...

As for music, Over the Rhine's Snow Angels is still probably my favorite listen, but don't forget about their other two which are amazingly wonderful Christmas CDs too.  With that group, it's never going to be typical Christmas music, for what it's worth.

Some more: anything by Loreena McKennitt, Elizabeth Mitchell's Sounding Joy, The two Sufjan Stevens contributions, Gaby Moreno's Posada (new to me this year), Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas album, Shawn Colvin's Holiday Songs and Lullabies.  I also have a big heart for The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait, what can I say?

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