Monday has arrived! Hope you all had a Very Merry Christmas! Or are having one, if you’re reading this Sunday night. 😉

Since it is Monday, you know that Monday means music! For the month of December, our Spotlight Dancer is of course Santa, from the North Pole! This entire month we’ll be dancing around the Christmas tree to whatever holiday music moves you. Have a holly jolly Christmas season! Let’s wrap up this festive Christmas season, shall we?

Since yesterday (today if you’re reading this on Sunday night) was officially Christmas, and this time next week will be officially New Year, I’m doing a bit of a mix – let’s start with a song that this artist wrote after he couldn’t help but notice all the looks he was getting on the street — and who wouldn’t notice a tall hunky guy decked out in a velvet tuxedo and velvet shoes walking in New York City on several sunny mornings in May? He said:

“I mean, you see weird stuff in New York, so I’m sure some people were like, oh, I don’t know what that was.” 

So here’s what it was: a man making sure he was earning the nickname of “Mr. Christmas”. He was on his way from his hotel to the studio, where a full Big Band orchestra awaited his equally velvet voice to create his holiday album – a follow up to his 2016 holiday smash – that has had people calling him “Mr. Christmas” ever since.

Those tuxedos (plural, because he wore a different one every day) are what he says shifted him into “Mr. Christmas mode.” He said:

“It’s almost like Superman putting on his cape. I just feel an extra boost of confidence.”

Give a listen to Brett Eldredge with “Mr. Christmas”:

Next up are these two artists who are well attuned to the emotional resonances of relationships. One of the artists is no stranger to holiday music, as the original version of her holiday music reached the #3 chart on the US Indie charts, stole hearts in 2018 and hasn’t given them  since. Meanwhile, the other  is the closest thing Hollywood has to a real life Christmas elf. The pair duet on this song, one of five tracks appended to the deluxe reissue of the other artist’s album.

For the video, they called on fibre  and filmmaker Andrea  to amplify the song’s warmth and Christmas spirit. She’s an animator who creates entire worlds out of wool. Her plush worlds are populated by whimsical characters who are impossibly beautiful, while maintaining a delightful, squeezable softness. Fun fact, she’s from my state – specifically Port Townsend, Washington.

Get ready for goosebumps, here’s Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel with “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year”:

Next up is a perennial favorite song, the Frank Loesser’s classic written in 1947, when Loesser was already an accomplished songwriter who went on to win two Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award for the holiday standard, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from the film “Neptune’s Daughter” (1949). Sadly, Loesser died from cancer at the age of 59 in 1969 – can you  how many more cool hits he would have had over the years?

This fun a cappella group does this song justice in my opinion.

Here’s Straight No Chaser with “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?”

Last, but certainly not least, this favorite artist released this brand new holiday song when last month she re-released her 2017 Christmas album with this shiny new song plus another as bonus tracks. Since there aren’t a whole lot of New Years songs out there, this one is certainly welcome – and enjoyable.

Here’s Sia with “3 Minutes ‘Til New Years”:

That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!

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!


Santa from The North Pole

Linky coming soon…


  1. Mr. Christmas and What Are You Doing New Years Eve were my favorite song but did I ever enjoy Andrea Love’s felt work and animation – what a lovely video that was. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Stacy,

    I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas weekend. You always bring such good songs to the dance floor each week. The harmonies of Straight No Chaser is marvelous. I think it was you who introduced them to me years ago. There’s not much left of this year. Here’s hoping things go out with a good bang for you and may the new year hold many wonderful blessings for your family. Have a boogietastic week, my dear!

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