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How You Can Tell It’s the Holiday Season at My House

I switched from “all season” Bath and Body Works products to Twisted Peppermint, which smells exactly like candy canes and is therefore just plain weird at other times of the year. I’ve also been listening to John Denver and The Muppets. And The Muppet’s A Red and Green Christmas. And the soundtrack to A Muppet Christmas Carol. Because nothing puts you in the holiday mood like The Muppets. Yes, it’s a little early – I usually wait until December 1 before succumbing to the season. But it’s been a rough couple months, and sometimes we need to soothe ourselves in...

Christmas Songs, Christmas Covers

My family was never particularly religious, but we always celebrated Christmas. And one of our favourite holiday traditions was playing Christmas carols. While some Christmas songs are so irritating that I practically punch holes in my car’s dashboard attempting to change the station, others are so beautiful I would happily listen to them all year. What I’ve noticed, though, is that I’m just as particular about the version of the song as I am about the song itself. Take “The Christmas Song,” for example – it’s Nat King Cole or nothin’. And as far as I’m concerned, there is only...

We Wish You a Beary Christmoose… and a Happy Reindeer!

Last week I talked about my enduring Christmasy love for the Muppets – today I want to share a lesser-known but equally-brilliant Christmas album: Beary Christmoose. I will never forget the day I discovered this Christmas fruitcake of a record. I was in Banff with one of the Sisters, and we wandered into Duck Duck Moose (a delightful kids’ store, if you’re ever in the area).  “We Three Bears (Full of Oreos Are)” was playing on the CD previewing station, and Kelsey and I spent half an hour listening to it over and over. And by “listening,” I mean...