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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Except not for music. I know my beloved Diann relishes her Christmas music. But I seriously turn into Scrooge. There are contractors working in my house (we're getting new windows, YAY!) and the noise is driving me crazy. So I thought I'd walk to Starbucks and edit. But...there's a problem. Christmas music.

I can't write and hear Christmas music. Are you kidding me? I will start writing murder books. Okay, the worst of it this year for me? I cannot STAND Josh Groban and my favorite Xmas song is "Oh Holy Night" and guess who is singing it this year? That's right, Josh-make-me-want-to-hurl-Groban. It's just wrong. Wrong, I tell you.

If you've paid any attention to my history, I LOVE David Crowder. And he's got a CD out for Christmas. Now, I love all things Crowder and I can't not support my favorite band. So I had to buy the CD. But I sent it to Diann. Because even David Crowder isn't man enough to make me listen to Christmas music.

Christmas music is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears. And I have to be alone in this because everyone has a Christmas album out. Neil Diamond. Barbra Streisand. Barry Manilow...and aren't they Jewish? I mean, clearly they can get into the holiday. What is wrong with me?

I should seriously do my Christmas shopping before they start with the Xmas music. That will be my goal for next year. How are you like Scrooge? Anyone?
posted at 5:10 PM  
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At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you hare christmas music? I LOVE IT!!!! Have you tried Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble? Theyre amazing! Too bad i havent heard of Deanna Durbin singing anything christmasy. I love how she sings. My younger sister and i are big time fans of the 30's music. And yes, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are definitely facorites... hey do they have a Chirstmas duet?

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant 'why do you hate christmas music...' LOL

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Fearfullymade said...

I cant help but sing the Christmas songs. Walk into a store and cant help but hum a tune. When Christmas is long gone I find myself singing Christnas songs and get the crazy look from family & friends. I dont know what it is. The songs get to me.

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Lisa Marie said...

I love Christmas music, but I like listening to it when I am in the mood and not being forced to listen to it when I am trying to think. Our starbucks hasn't made the switch yet so I was able to still get work done there last night. Whew! As a side note, I heard this version of 'Baby It's Cold Outside' and it cracked me up.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

You are so funny. I love Christmas music. But yeah, I can't listen to Barbra Streisand sing it or any of the other Jewish folks. And I don't like some of the newer versions of the old classics. Give me Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole any day. But the traditional carols and the old classics do make me smile. And Amy Grant's first Christmas album, with Breath of Heaven and songs such as that.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Okay, I do love that song, "Baby, it's Cold Outside" until Glee sort of ruined it for me and sung it with two gay guys. That was strange.

I will listen to that version you sent. Oh, and I like the Chipmunks and the Muppets singing Christmas songs. There you go. I'm not Scrooge completely. It's just that it goes on FOREVER. Three months of the year is far too long for Christmas music.

My best friend loves it too, but I don't let her listen to it in the car. LOL

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Here I've been wondering if there was any reason for me to watch Glee. Apparently not.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I love Christmas music, but then it is filled with wonderful memories for me, and that's what it brings to mind: Christmas as a child, family, and Jesus.

Now I need to listen to that version of Baby It's Cold Outside that Lisa Marie found.

On the silly side, I LOVE Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I was in Macy's earlier this week, looking at shoes, and the Hallelujah Chorus was on. It was everything in me not to sing along at the top of my lungs, "And He shall reign forever and ever...." At that moment I thought, "Everyone in this store is hearing this." They might not have known it, might not understand it, but they were hearing it. That is the one thing that I love about Christmas music playing everywhere, the message is proclaimed loudly for all to hear. Joy to the world, the Lord is come. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining, this is the night of our dear Savior's birth. (and so on)

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Brittaney said...

Kristin, that just makes me sad. I love Christmas music. Anytime I'm having a rough day I play it and it just picks me right up! I own over 30 Christmas cd's and they have their own special case. But I won't try to convert you.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

I enjoy Christmas music, but when I'm working on something that requires concentration I can't play anything that has lyrics. LOL I must sing along. This annoys my family and also makes me lose my concentration.

As to Scrooge, we did not put up a Christmas tree for a couple years because it was too much trouble. This year I was asked if we were putting up a tree and I said not if I was doing all the work. Hubby pitched in as well as daughter and now we have a lovely tree up. :-) The nativity set will go up soon as well. I lost the place I usually set it up so have to figure something else out.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Barb said...

My favorite Christmas/Winter CD is by Jars of Clay. Not all the songs are Christmas-themed. I really don't care to listen to most traditional carols, except for In the Bleak Mid-Winter, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and a few others. I mostly like newer, orginal songs.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Timothy, Glee is over. The first season was great. After that it went downhill.

I have to admit, loving the forties, I do love the Sinatra and the oldies and I can deal. I was just working at Starbucks, and it was fine. I'm so ready to have my house back!!

I love the hymn songs as well. ANd Ane, every year we buy my dad some singing toy, and he lines them all up on the counter. This year we got a reindeer that sings, "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer." LOL

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...


At my house we are not allowed to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving and only throught the New Year. It does cut down on the "sick of it factor"

I don't like anything Michael Buble at all so I am with you on that. Love the new David Crowder CD. But one of my favorite to sing loudly in the car is "I want a Hippotumus for Christmas"

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

That's a good idea Chris. You know, it's funny how I love the crooners of old, like Sinatra and Tony Bennet, but I cannot stand Josh Groban or Michael Buble. The old guys exuded manliness that comes off as um, not manly in the new guys.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

Oh Kristin. I am so sorry you don't like Christmas music. I absolutely love it but I love everything Christmas. I love ALL the Christmas movies and would watch them non stop when I'm at home but my sweet hubby would pull the plug I fear. :)

Yes, Neil Diamond is Jewish, but he is a Messianic Jew which means he believes in our wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I do wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Cindy, great news on Neil Diamond. He is coming here in AUGUST of next year and they're already advertising it. SO strange.

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm in the Scrooge boat with you, Kris, though I do like to hear Christian Christmas music at times when I know nonbelievers are hearing it. I was in choir for 30 years, and we always began practicing our Christmas cantatas in August. And it was always a new cantata these past ten years. Nothing easy to learn. And I'm sorry, but we've had so many deaths during the Christmas season, family fights, family expecting ME to do everything for them, including hosting, cooking, cleaning up, decorating, when all I wanted to do was celebrate Jesus. Now Mel works on Christmas day, we don't have gift exchanges, don't have a tree, no one comes here for Christmas. I think that's God's Christmas gift to me. I may sound selfish, but with all the "traditions" Jesus got canceled until we put a stop to it. If I want to give a gift, I do it any time I feel like it.

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

Kristin, I imagine they are advertising Neil's concert now as he sells out FAST!!! His concerts are well worth the money. I took my mom to see him when we lived in Anaheim, CA. I got my tickets within the first half hour they were on sale and we ended up in the 'nosebleed' section. I was happy with that as I figured we would take binoculars. The day of the concert we arrived early to the Arrowhead Pond (we had season seats for the Anaheim Ducks so most the ushers knew us. We went into the arena even though they weren't seating yet. We no sooner sat in our seats and a man dressed all in black came to us and asked if we would like to be a guest of Mr. Diamond. I asked what he meant? He said you give me your tickets and I'll give you these tickets for the front row. My jaw dropped and said how do I know this isn't a joke? He said come with me and I'll take you to your seats. Well, when we got to our FRONT ROW SEATS I asked why he was doing it. He told me 'Mr. Diamond doesn't like the fact that 'ticket scalpers' buy up all the front row tickets and resell them to people for an outlandishly high price. He said Mr. Diamond secures the first 3 to 4 rows for family, friends and fans in they 'nosebleed' section. It was legit and my mom & I saw one of the best concerts we've ever seen and believe me we use to average 1 1/2 concerts per month when we lived in California.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Neil Diamond is one person I'd go see. Always loved his music and voice.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger jel said...

I love old time christmas music, and christmas shows.

and OLD FASHION CHRISTmas is what we all need! ;)


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