Up to My Elbows…



I’m up to my elbows in the cookie factory. It’s going well and I’m having a lot of fun. I listen to Christmas music as I bake, and here and there I take a moment for a holiday jig. Sure – it’s dorky, but it also keeps me smiling.


I would share new photos of the cookie line, but there’s no need. You see I make the same cookies year after year. And I’m still loving it. So the old photos will do just fine.



One new addition to my delivery list for this year is a halfway house for women and children. Putting together their tray of goodies filled me with such joy, I can hardly explain. And I think that’s what this season is supposed to be about. I don’t have to be there when the folks receive their cookies. I don’t have to get any props, either. The giving is enough. Ain’t that grand? If you know that feeling, you’re with me on this. And you understand just how fabulous it is to give, period.


Anyhoo – back to the factory. Those cookies aren’t gonna bake themselves.

Uncommon and Fabulous




Because I’m in the arms of my favorite Holiday music loves, I want to share some of the least known but still fantastic songs on my playlist…


Five Pound Box of Money“ by Pearl Bailey – If I don’t play this one at home myself, I’m not gonna hear it anywhere else. For me, Pearl Bailey doesn’t pop up enough in life and this song makes me laugh like crazy.


That Spirit of Christmas“ by Ray Charles – I don’t know why this one isn’t more popular. I first heard it in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It still evokes a tender moment from the film, and I love the song more each year. Of all Ray Charles’ Christmas songs, this one is my favorite.


Send Me Some Snow“ by Chris Standring & Kathrin Shorr – Okay. I know these folks. They’re friends. But that has no bearing on my love of this song. And I do love it. Dearly.


Swiss Colony Beef Log“ by Eric Cartman – This tune from the fellas of “South Park” is another giggle-worthy holiday treasure. But it also sparks of the truth. I do want a Swiss Colony Beef Log at Christmas each year. (And I never seem to get one. Dag.)


The Little Drummer Boy by Karl Lundeberg & Full Circle – (sorry – no link) – This jazzy rendition may be a little out there for some, but I adore it. It’s really hard to find, too, y’all! It isn’t Christmas for me until I play it. And play it I do.


25th December” by Everything But The Girl – This is another of those songs that I won’t hear unless I play it. And that’s a shame, because it’s lovely. Really, really lovely.


Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – I’m adding this one at Mister’s insistence. I guess I’ve always thought this song to be quite known and quite popular. He tells me no – not so well-known or popular. And after I thought about it, I decided he may be right. I mean, this season I’ve only heard the song at home. That seems odd to me, but there you go. Anyhoo – I do love this song. And as much as it makes me smile, it also makes me sad. I feel that way whenever I hear Kirsty sing. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was a brilliant songwriter and a beautiful vocalist. At least we get to have her here, in this wonderful song.


That’s it! For now. I do love these songs and though I hear them only at Christmas, I’ll take what I can get.


If you have an uncommon and fabulous Christmas song on your fave list, please share!

“The Christmas Song” – Who Knew?



Did you know that “The Christmas Song” was written 70 years ago? Well it was. And it was written by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells in Toluca Lake, California.


Last week Toluca Lake held its annual Holiday Open House. The song’s anniversary was celebrated during the festivities.


As I understand it, the song wasn’t written at Christmas, but was instead penned during a super-hot July afternoon in 1944. Nothing like a cool song to lower the fahrenheit, eh?



The Holiday Open House was a fairly simple to-do, with a single decorated truck rolling up and down the main drag. As the street remained open, you couldn’t really call it a parade. But those on-board the rig were singing their hearts out, so I guess they didn’t need multiple floats to boost their holiday cheer.


Small-town celebrations can be fun. They can serve as a reason to get together with friends. Or to do some window shopping. Last week, one small-town celebration taught me the history of what may be the most played and beloved holiday song ever. Who knew?