You do realize it’s only a week-and-a-half until Christmas, right? I am so not ready right now, but I am getting there, so there’s that. We did get a monster of a Christmas tree last week, so now I need to get busy wrapping presents to have something under it to taunt the kids until Christmas.

And I guess that also means that I need to finish buying  the gifts. Ahem.

The month of December we’re doing our traditional theme of songs of Christmas –  though every-other-week is still a freebie, which happens to be this week. I’ve mixed it up a bit, so let’s have some fun, shall we?

Let’s start off with an unconventional duo who only did their duo-ism recently (like last week). It’s always a great moment when one of the artist’s gets to show off his incredible guitar skills. You gotta love him. 


Give a listen to my favorite dude, Brad Paisley paired with Steven Tyler with “Run Rudolph Run”:

Next up is a new song where the video is kind of funny being that it’s stop-motion animation. The song and video captures the melting pot that is these United States, with a hodgepodge of characters floating in and out of the animated saloon.

An ostentatious animation of the artist mans the bar while prom queens and strippers, preachers and kingpins, even Democrats and Republicans stream in to share a pint…or seven.

While the video’s animation borders on creepy, the inclusive message behind the song speaks out loud and clear. In a country increasingly divided between political parties and favorite football teams, maybe what we need to get our unity back is a glass of beer, a star spangled flag and a good, old Toby Keith song.


Here’s Toby Keith with “Drunk Americans”:

Next up is a song that’s an anthemic salute to working class Americans — the artist wanted to pay tribute to the hard working men and women who get up every day and work hard to provide for their families, because it’s where he comes from and where his heart is.


Give a listen to Lee Brice with “Drinking Class”:

Last but not least is another unconventional Christmas song I love, and apparently Cocoa Cola loved it so much, they used it as their jingle in 2010.


Without further ado, here’s Train with “Shake up Christmas”:

That’s a wrap for this week – let’s all shake up some happiness and have a great 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 Becca of Everyday Life.

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!



  1. Oh yeah, that was a fun video with Brad & Steve! Steve does Run Rudolph Run perfectly! I may like this version better than the original cover. What do you think? Shake Up Christmas is a a peppy tune and it definitely shakes up the happiness in me! Enjoy your time with the hubs, as you have tons of birthday fun! 😉
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