We’re entering the final week before Christmas!  The kids are excited they only have this week left of school, then they have an extended holiday break, since after Friday they don’t go back to school again until January 7th.  Here’s hoping my sanity doesn’t take flight during their extended break.

Speaking of sanity, since it’s Monday, let’s keep things sane by enjoying some great music, shall we?  As you know (or maybe you don’t, so I’ll fill you in) the theme for the entire month of December is of course Christmas songs – or you can choose to do freebies every-other-week, whatever floats your boat.  I for one enjoy some good Christmas music – especially now that Christmas is truly imminent in its arrival.

We’re going to start with one of my all-time favorite country artists teamed up with one of my favorite pop stars in a great song collaboration for her album that was released last year:

Here’s Colbie Caillat and Brad Paisley with “Merry Christmas Baby”:

Next up is another favorite artist – strike that, three  favorite artists – led by the original reigning queen of American Idol.


Decked in a festive red gown, Kelly delivered her R&B-infused rendition of “Silent Night” while trading verses with the inimitable Trisha Yearwood.  As the girls smiled at each other like old pals, Reba came out next to finish off the track.  Three gifted country/pop singers on one stage?  Serious magic.

Here’s Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire with “Silent Night”:

Since we are only one week away from Christmas, now is when everyone starts feeling the holiday pinch.  There’s an endless array of activity – baking for parties, finishing up last-minute shopping, wrapping, cleaning, attending programs at school…generally going crazy as they wonder if they’ll ever be able to finish it all.  Sound familiar?  I’m in that mode right now.

Which is why I absolutely adore this song from yet another favorite artist:


Give a listen to Amy Grant with “I Need A Silent Night”:

This next song I absolutely love – I used to sing it to Princess Nagger when she was younger (and sometimes now when I want to annoy her). Sung by one of my favorite artists from her 1999 ‘Secret of Giving’ album, she manages to recreate a Christmas classic without getting too far away from the arrangement we all know and love.


Here’s Reba with “Up On The Housetop”:

Last but not least is a funny song I literally ran across a couple of days ago. You might know this guy better as ‘Taco’ from FX’s “The League” (which I’ve personally never watched, but maybe some of you have):


He’s managed to create a carol that, in just over four minutes, captures the evolving spirit of Christmas circa 2013.  It. Is. Hilarious. 

Without further ado, here’s Jon Lajoie with “Merry Christmas Exclamation Point”:

Enjoy your Monday!


Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:


I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!





The awesome Run DMT also hosts Music Monday (who graciously helps out with our hostessing every time we need it, and who I had the privilege of meeting in person at BlogHer ’12 – she’s even more adorable than I imagined):




  1. The trio of Kelly, Trisha, & Reba was fantastic. Silent Night is perhaps my favorite classic Christmas song. Thanks for the intro to Amy Grant’s I Need A Silent Night. I am always on the look for new Christmas tunes. Oh, you cracked me up with Merry Christmas Exclamation Point. Now, when I get a Merry Christmas text from anyone I’m gonna be thinking of this song. lol
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  2. Oh my gosh….that last one was so funny. And I am sooo guilty of that too! But I don’t mean to be rude — just people get busy so I want to touch base in Some Way. oh…there’s no excuse, right? LOL

    And I can definitely relate to Amy Grant’s need for a silent night. my 3 kids are just bundles of energy and anticipation and it is leaking out, very noisily, through every pore! oye.
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  3. Country songs always give Christmas songs that little bit extra don’t you think so. Wow, Reba, Kelly and Trisha Yearwood was absolutely fantastic as the rest of your songs my dearest friend. I hope all is well with you, and things are coming together for you. HAVE A ROCKIN’ WEEK!
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  4. Thanks for such a wonderful article on Merry Christmas. Now this is the time for Holi in India. I wish to check my blog at least once. I assure you that you will find the best collection of greetings.

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