Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season
I have loved these two albums since listening to the LP versions on my very own record player as a wee bitty thing. These two CDs will be a sure hit with the younger members of your family, but I'd wager that the grown-ups will love them just as much. Whether it's Alvin's harmonica-playing or Dave's hollering for him to cut it out, you'll be stifling the giggles during many of these songs.
Christmas with the Chipmunks, Volume 1: "I still want a hula hoop!" I think the best song on this album is easily The Chipmunk Song. It's an example of the Chipmunks at their finest and it's one of my favorite songs of the season - there's even another version of this song (not on this album) with Jaci Velasquez (bonus track on this) where Alvin wants a date with her, instead of a hula hoop. Fun stuff.
Christmas with the Chipmunks, Volume 2: Silliness abounds on this album, but the Chipmunks' version of The Twelve Days of Christmas is the best, in my mind. There's this part around eleven pipers piping where the three brothers get all tongue-tied and erupt in giggles before Dave's "cut that out" brings them back down to Earth.
You can't help but smile while listening to these albums, I tell ya.
An Activity to Add to the Jolly AtmosphereDon your favorite elf hat and get busy creating some special gifts your friends and family. Even if you still purchase presents for the significant people in your life, they'll surely appreciate a gift that you poured your time and talents into, as well.
Meander over to Pinterest for enough ideas to make your head spin - whether you sew, crochet, knit, paint, cook, or just arrange things artfully into gift baskets, you can do a search for your skill and find a great project. You can even tweak something you find to make it your own, like I did with this present last year, when I saw a bunch of footprint painting ideas and decided to match one up with a photo in a frame.
What are we up to for this year's gift? You'll have to wait and see! (I don't want to spoil the surprise for any gift-getters, do I?)
Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response
I love a good back-story (and obviously, so do others, as the success of Wicked attests), so it's no wonder that I find this book enjoyable. What did Santa do before he was Santa? Well, he tried a lot of different careers, but just couldn't find the right fit for a man with such unique talents. How Santa Got His Job pairs a clever storyline with amusing ink drawings to reveal how one man discovered the perfect occupational fit.
A Movie to Get You in a Merry Mood
What's Christmas without Rudolph? Even a couple of misfits like us enjoy watching this classic every year and if the Abominable Snow Monster can learn to love the dentist, so can you. I'm sure you already watch this stop motion special each year, but just in case you're the one person on the planet who hasn't seen it yet, you need to add this to your holiday list.
Faith Focus to Put You in a Festive Frame of Mind
If you haven't downloaded them already, make sure to grab your free coordinating printables to go along with this portion of the series.Read Exodus 3 and then John 4:26 for a New Testament connection with the great I AM.
Add your burning bush sticker to the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.
What will you be doing to observe this eighth day of Advent? What special talents could you use to create something special for your family this Christmas? I'd love to hear! Leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.
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