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CIJ- My Top 10 List Of Favorite Christmas Songs

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I love music! Well, who doesn’t? I especially love the songs they play at Christmas. Not only do they have modern songs by the new artists, they still play some of the great oldies! So, last night, before bed, I decided I would post a list of my favorite Christmas songs. Who knows, some of them may be your favorite, too!!!

  1. White Christmas by Bing Crosby: Frankly, I love  the movie. This song just oozes Christmas- even if you live in Florida where there is no snow. Hearing this song brings back so many good memories for me and I’d like to keep it that way!
  2. Believe by Josh Groban: Ahh… that wonderful and sweet voice. If you’ve ever seen the Polar Express, then you know exactly what song I am talking about. This also oozes Christmas and no matter how old you are, gets you into the spirit of Santa Claus.
  3. Jingle Bell Rock by George Strait: Remember he was on my Drool Worthy list? If you must know, this is my most favorite Christmas song by him. You can ask my family- every year at Christmastime, the 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection: George Strait album goes into the CD player and plays all day. Jingle Bell Rock sang by George Strait is toe-tapping good!
  4. Christmas Don’t Be Late by The Chipmunks: This is a classic and I haven’t heard it in such a long time! I remember having an Alvin doll when I was younger and I loved that doll!
  5. Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano: I absolutely love this song!!! Last year, after visiting my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve, this song came on. So, what did my sister and I do? Well, we dance and sang to it. I believe I now know more Spanish than I learned in High School!
  6. Up On The Housetop by Gene Autry: I love Gene Autry and I love this song. I can remember singing in elementary school with the choir. This has always been a childhood favorite and it continues into my adulthood. Way to go Gene!
  7. Frosty The Snowman by Gene Autry: It was actually recorded first by Gene Autry… but nonethless, this is a feel-good, happy song. If I don’t hear this song at least once during Christmas, I’ll find a way!
  8. The Twelve Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers: This one is always a favorite. Somehow, most of those are true. It’s especially true when you’re trying to rig up the lights. We always seem to run short of extension cords, or one set doesn’t blink when it’s supposed to. Ahh.. the joys of Christmas. Oh, by the way, you can view the hilarious lyrics HERE.
  9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry: Have you noticed a pattern here? Gene Autry seems to have LOVED Christmas more than I did. This song is and will forever be a classic! When I hear this song, it makes me want to get my own Rudolph!
  10. Jingle Bells: I have no idea who originally sang this, but if you can find out for me, I’d be more than happy! This song is a silly song that you can dance around to! This is another song I loved to sing when I was in school.

So there you go… my Top 10 list of my favorite Christmas songs!

To listen to Christmas songs 24/7, visit the following links:

http://www.christmasradio.net/
http://www.merrychristmasradio.com/
http://www.accuradio.com/holidays/
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Christmas
http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?genre=christmas

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CIJ- Christmas Online

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If you are like me, you love finding places that bring the joy of Christmas not only to kids, but us adults, too! I’m curious to what Santa does on his days off. Also, I have become quite fond of “Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree” games.

Now onto the fun! My first, and most favorite place to go is Elle’s Christmas. You don’t only have to decorate a tree. If you want, there is also “Build a Snow Family.” I personally like all of her “Decorate A Christmas Tree” links. Most of the settings give a homey feel and look. It just isn’t a free-standing Christmas tree with non-blinking lights and a few decorations. And almost every setting (with the exception of 2) comes with it’s own little girl who is ready to open up those presents. The thing I like most about Elle’s Christmas page is that when you are finished with your decorating or building, you have many other things to do. The “A Soldiers Poem” is written very well and it might just bring a tear to your eye. This year, for Christmas, don’t forget our soldiers! Not just for Christmas, but all year through. Are you curious what kids write to Santa? Well, they have a link where you could read letter to Santa! Some of the letters are heartbreaking, sad, funny, and all of the above. I don’t know about you, but I love getting into the minds of kids- to hear what they are thinking. Touching on the “Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree” subject again, I am going to show you just what you can do with those! It’s as easy and drag and drop down.christmastree

The picture may be big, but I wanted you to see that you can create a Christmas-filled scene to your liking! Wahooo!!

What’s Christmas without Sareindeer2nta Claus? Ive been trying the perfect place to write Santa, play games, or get to know the elves. Well, I believe I have come across such a site. It’s called NorthPole.com. Whether you are a kid, parent, or teacher, this is the place to go. If you have kids, you might want to send them over to ElfChat. There you get to “chat” with Bonnie and Bif. Perhaps they want to star in their own Christmas story? For them to star in their own story, just type in what they ask for. You can even print the story- which I think it lovely! They do have a place where you can send Santa a letter, but I have yet to master that part. When I will, I will let you know. Now, I would go through-out the full website and tell you all of the great things they have- but that would bore my readers to death! Also, for you teachers, they have things there for you too! So, for Christmas, this might be a good place for your classes!

Every country has it’s own Christmas tradition. If you are wondering how they celebrate Christmas in Scotland or any other country, all you have to do is visit http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm. They’re country list is extensive and it might take you a few hours to get through all of them. They even have a list of Santa’s favorites- from websites, to music, to just about anything. They even have recipes on there. So if you are looking for something new to fix this holiday season, be sure to check out the recipe section.

And last, but surely not least, is Claus.com. It is chockful of fun stuff! You can even check his Naughty or Nice list.Want to see what Santa said about me?

Still very much on nice list, but must continue good behavior. Should eat more vegetables instead of junk food. Was very polite last Thursday! When doing chores, needs to do them as well as possible. Often exhibits good behavior

Sorry, Santa. I’ll try to do better!! The website is fun and cheerful and gets you in the holiday spirit- even in the middle of Summer!

HO HO HO!!!!!

CIJ- Deck The Halls

…with boughs of holly….

Have you ever wanted to put something on your wall for Christmas that just looks good? Perhaps easier than painting? What about wall decals? Wall decals are drawings that you place on the wall without the mess of paint or the holes from nails. Are you looking for some creative wall decals? Well, you’re in luck! While browsing the internet, I came across a few places that not only sell regular decals, they sell holiday decals! So if you really don’t want to waste money on paint or nails, time to look into these Christmas wall decals!

For only $19.95, you can get a Love Hope Peace Christmas Tree decals from http://www.mywalldecals.com. It comes in two sizes: 14″x22″ and 22″x36″. Of course, if you want the bigger size, you will have to add $18.00, but for the big of size, it would be well worth it. Also, it just doesn’t come in one color. You can choose from

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almost every color imaginable. If red isn’t your color, you can try mint. If you would prefer a more simple, cleaner color, they even have black. Or, if you would prefer an etched glass look, they have that, of course you have to add another 25.00%. The good thing is that when you choose the etched glass on the website, if you scroll up, they’ve automatically changed the price. So, there’s really no need to get out the pencil and paper to do math. Ick! Math! Yucky! I thought I would include a picture of what it would look like. I bet this would look gorgeous on your wall! I know you can’t read what it says, but it says “May the spirit of Love, the beauty of Hope, and the blessings of Peace be your gifts this Christmas Season!” What a beautiful sentiment!

Are you looking for something a little more whimsical? What about just a regular greeting? Well, atp3.php TheSimpleStencil, they have a Happy Holidays decal that is whimsical and cute. They have 3 sizes: 10″x4.5″ for $11.50, 14.5″x6.5″ for $12.50, and 22.5″x10″ for $18.00. Again, you have the ability to choose any color you wish! You even have the ability to preview what it will look like against your wall color. So, if you have a white wall and want the coloring in red, at the top color choices, choose red. When you’re done, right underneath that, choose white. I personally love the red coloring against the wall, and if I had the ability to get it, I would put it right on the front door. On the website, you even have the ability to design your own decal. Just type in the text, choose your wall color, choose your size, choose your font, choose the color you would like it to be in and then you get to preview it. Once you’re happy with what you have chosen, just add it to your cart. I think that is just pretty awesome!!

Have you ever wanted to build your very own Christmas tree on a wall? With roommatespeelandstick.com, PJ2009GMyou get that ability to do so! For $35.49, you get a tree mural, and this includes, the ornaments! It is a giant at 18″x40″. If a Christmas tree isn’t your cup of tea for the wall, try their Build A Snowman mural. It’s 40″x18″ and it comes with everything you need for a snowman that lasts past winter! It’s only $17.49, so it’s a perfect catch! With the snowman, you have the ability to reapply the mural to the liner sheet (don’t throw it away) and reuse it next year! So, instead of buying a new one every year, which can add up, you don’t have to throw away the mural- this can be used for every mural. They also don’t just sell Christmas murals, they also have an Easter and Harvest mural. I forgot to add, if you’re a big Halloween fan (I AM!!!), they have many Halloween decals to choose from! It’s perfect in every way! I’m almost excited at the prospect of it all!

I am about to profess my love for Etsy again! The shop, Wall Stickz, may sell many other decals that are non-holiday, but while browsing I ran across their Snowflakes decals! True, the price may be kind of steep, $25.95, but for that price, you get, if I am not mistaken, 22 snowflakes- which is 1 set at 4″ high each. I say il_430xN.78265206that is wonderful! Along with every decal, you get to choose your own color. Right now, until July 31, 2009, they are having  a Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off Sale. Again, you are saving money! If you would prefer a smaller or bigger size, contact them just so you have the ability to get the decal you want to suit your needs! Unfortunately, with Wall Stickz decals, they aren’t resuable. So if you would like some for next year, make sure you get a few more sets. Moving away from the snowflakes for a second, if you want to give your child a gift, they have a decal that can be personalized with your kids name for $26.95 with a maximum of 10 letters. These decals are vinyl, and so it gives it a clean look! Is it a great decal? For sure! Would I, if I could, buy one? Yes!!!!

So deck those walls with decals and have a wall filled with Christmas spirit!

CIJ- To Santa: North Pole

Every year, your kids write a letter to Santa to go to the North Pole. Now when you think of the North Pole, you think of this magical place where Santa and Mrs Claus are in the kitchen, the elves are hard at work, and the reindeer are in their stables sleeping or playing games. The woodland animals are frolicking in the snow and having a ball. Well, what if the North Pole isn’t but a few hundred miles away? What if it’s in the next state? Well, here’s a list of American cities that have a Christmas-y name!

Advent, Jackson County, West Virginia
Angel City, Brevard County, Florida
Antler, Wright County, Missouri
Bell, Pickens County, Alabama
Bethlehem, Albany County, New York
Blitzen, Harney County, Oregon
Candle, Alaska
Christmas, Gila County, Arizona
Christmasville, Carroll County, Tennessee
Chestnut, Mason County, West Virginia
Comet, Little River County, Arkansas
Cranberry, Raleigh County, West Virginia
Cupid, Frontier County, Nebraska
Dasher, Lowndes County, Georgia
Donner, Nevada County, California
Elf, Clay County, North Carolina
Eggnog, Garfield County, Utah
Evergreen, Conecuh County, Alabama
Garland, Penobscot County, Maine
Golden Ring, Baltimore County, Maryland
Holiday Hills, McHenry County, Illinois
Holly, Prowers County, Colorado
Humbug, Yavapai County, Arizona
Jolly, Clay County, Texas
Joy, White County, Arkansas
Mistletoe, Owsley County, Kentucky
Nazareth, Nelson County, Kentucky
Noel, Ascension Parish, Louisiana
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, Kootenai County, Idaho
North Pole, Essex County, New York
North Pole, McCurtain County, Oklahoma
North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan
Partridge, Letcher County, Kentucky
Peartree, Montgomery County, Tennessee
Pie, Mingo County, West Virginia
Pilgrim, Gonzales County, Texas
Pipers, Butte County, California
Poinsettia Park, Polk County, Florida
Pumpkin, San Jacinto County, Texas
Pumpkintown, Randolph County, Georgia
Reindeer Hills, Salt Lake County, Utah
Rudolph, Ohio
Santa Claus, Mohave County, Arizona
Santa Claus, Spencer County, Indiana
Snow, Utah County, Utah
Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona
Shepherd, San Jacinto County, Texas
Star, Lamar County, Alabama
Swans, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Thanksgiving, Talbot County, Maryland
Turkey, Wyoming County, West Virginia
Vixen, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Wiseman, Izard County, Arkansas

Two things about this list: First, it was much much longer… but to save space, I decided to shorten it! Next, I decided to put it in alphabetical order for easy viewing pleasure! I think I’ll move to Christmasville, TN just so I can spend Christmas 365 days a year!!

CIJ- Etsy Christmas Decorations Ideas

If you don’t know by now (which honestly you should), I am a lover of everything Etsy! I could spend hours etsy-logoand hours perusing the items they have there! Now, there are several reasons why I love this place. First off, they almost everything you could ever want. Need a candle? Just type it in the search box and there you have it! Need toys for your kids? They have that, too! Second, the prices are reasonable for someone on a budget- or lack thereof. Most of the shop owners accept money orders or checks, so if you’re like me and don’t really want to deal with credit cards or PayPal, then money orders/checks are the best way to go! Unlike eBay, you don’t have to bid on a product in hopes you win. When you buy it, you buy it. Also, this is the best place for handmade items. There are other places for homemade items such as Artfire.com and 1000Markets.com. I have yet to really check those places out. I think within time I will also come to love them! However, right now, I’m concentrated on Etsy- which is the main reason for this post!

If you know me, I love to post pictures and prices of the gift ideas I come up with. This won’t be any different. By the way, all pictures are linked to the product shop!!

I [somewhat] love to go all out when decorating for Christmas. Even if I have to make it myself out of construction paper (which I have a TON of), something will go up. With Etsy, Christmas decorating will become much easier and you don’t have to go out into the stores and get trampled! It saves you not only a hospital visit, but much more money!

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Place: Clay It Again
Name: Christmas in July Holiday Jingle Elf Ornament
Price: $5.00
This is such a cutie!!!

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Place: Lorkey’s Handmade Crafts
Name:  Christmas in July Gold Wreath
Price: $12.99 USD
I’ve always wanted to do a wreath for Christmas. This is just gorgeous!

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Place: Scottie Acres Boutique
Name: Pink oriental floral brocade Christmas Stocking
Price: $18.00 USD
I love the pink and secretly, that is my favorite color!!

christmassantaPlace: Lizzie’s Santas
Name:  Conical Antiqued Santa
Price: $12.00
My mom used to collect Santas, and after she sees this, she may starting again!! Cute little guy!

il_fullxfull.50923859Place: Cajun Crochet
Name: Snowman
Price: $10.00 USD
Wow! I wish I had the patience for crochet!! I love his smile and the snowflakes on his feet!

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Place: Quail Hollow Crafts
Name: Candy Cane Reindeer
Price: $6.50 USD
AWWW!!! I think I’m in love!!

I know I haven’t gotten everything, but to end this decoration help guide, we are going to have a tree! It’s not Christmas without one!

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Place: The Christmas Shoppe
Name: Tabletop Christmas Tree
Price: $24.00
It is 23″ and this would be PERFECT for us. The cats won’t jump on it. The dog can’t eat it!

So there you have it, a help with Etsy Christmas decorations! If you sell Christmas decorations or items in your store and want to be in one of my Christmas Etsy posts, contact me! I’ll be more than happy to put your products up there!


CIJ- Just Between You And Me

With Christmas around the corner, and Christmas is a time to spend with family, questions arise that you may not want to ask outright. I’ve been guilty of that, too. You either don’t want to start conflict or you just may be naturally curious. Well, Sand Dunes Publishing has now come up with a way to ask those burning questions in a fun way. The Between You and Me Journals are just that- journals between you and another person. They have journals for almost every family members: sister, brother, mom, dad, cousin, grandparents, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend (that would the “HONEY” journal.), etc. All of the journals are unique in their sistermainquestions and the looks of the cover. In each journal, there are 35-45 questions asked!

On the website, you can even look at sample pages. Looking inside the “Sister” journal, one of the sample questions asked “When we were kids, what did you like most about me?” If I asked my own sister that, she’d probably say “You shared your Barbies with me!” Yes, I have to say it- I was a Barbie lover when I was younger. My sister and I would have Barbie marathons and the clothes and items were strewn throughout the living room as far as the eye could see. The only time we would stop would be when inner was ready or needed a bathroom break. Those are definitely precious childhood memories!

These journals are great for any occasion and in a previous post, I had said I definitely want a Sister journal. Let me see if I can find that specific post. I did find it, and you can see it here. I am hoping that one day I actually do get one so my sister and I will be able to take a peek into each others brains- even though we are two peas dadmainin a pod! I have come to love looking at the journals and imagining what my family would write back when asked one of those questions.

So, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up in the next months, these would be a great gift! They are family keepsakes that you would want to treasure and cherish! And for Spanish speakers, they have Mama and Papa journals. So, to get ahead of that ever frustrating Christmas rush, go get them now!!

Would you like to save a little money? Place the code “CIJConfettiDreams” in the comment section to save $1.00!

CIJ- Twas The Night Before Christmas

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Twas The Night Before Christmas
By: Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

“Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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