Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Words for Wednesday

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. - Blaise Pascal
So, as we face the end of one year and the start of a new, let's be honest about what we ought to recognize and deal with in our own selves.

I have a new blog series planned for the new year on goals and goal setting. More on this later.

And, since I'm in a confessing mood, I'll confess that I've fallen slightly short in one of my blog goals this year. I wanted to match my high year for posts (261) but it looks like I'm going to be about eight or nine short. Oh, well. If I were at home right now I'd have plenty to share with you but I am "out of pocket" so my computer time is limited. Maybe next year...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

Now, a happy Christmas to you all and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you! I shall say nothing, today, against festivities on this great birthday of Christ. I hold that, perhaps, it is not right to have the birthday celebrated, but we will never be among those who think it as much a duty to celebrate it the wrong way as others the right!
But we will, tomorrow, think of Christ’s birthday. We shall be obliged to do it, I am sure, however sturdily we may hold to our rough Puritanism. And so, “let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Do not feast as if you wished to keep the festival of Bacchus!
Do not live, tomorrow, as if you adored some heathen divinity. Feast, Christians, feast! You have a right to feast.
Go to the house of feasting tomorrow! Celebrate your Savior’s birth. Do not be ashamed to be glad—you have a right to be happy. Solomon says, “Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works. Let your garments be always white and let your head lack no ointment.”—
“Religion never was designed
To make our pleasures less.”
Remember that your Master ate butter and honey. Go your way, rejoice tomorrow, but, in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem—let Him have a place in your hearts, give Him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived Him—but think, most of all, of the Man born, the Child given! I finish by again saying— “A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!” - Charles H. Spurgeon (You can read the entire sermon here.)
My family wishes you the very merriest of Christmases this Lord's Day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Weekend Links - December 24, 2011

It's Christmas Eve - are we excited yet?!

1. Loved this post - How To Protest: A Guide for Occupiers. The best line in the essay is the last:
There are many ways to protest, but the best protests of all begin with wisdom, responsibility, a posture of humility, and a clear purpose.
2. I had never heard of The Mundaneum before this week. I wonder what happened to all those index cards?

3. I love inspiring stories like this one: 21 Year Old Emerges from Coma. We still know so little about the human body.

4. Wonder what Amazon.com looked like when it was launched? Wonder no more: World's Biggest Websites at Launch.

5. Thoughts about Christmas. Brandy's post contains several interesting links about Christmas origins (although I am, of course, not saying I agree with everything in any of these essays) and here are two more: Is Christmas Pagan? and The Pagan Origins of Christmas? Lots of "ponderables", just in case you have time for reading this Christmas.

Pins of the week:
I bought everything I need to make these necklaces (and my two oldest have requested that I make them each one as well):

I'm definitely doing a Pride and Prejudice one and I'm trying to decide between a few vintage Anne book covers. I'll share pictures once I get around (ahem) to making them.

I've been picking up vintage bulbs at thrift stores and yard sales. I may have to make a wreath like this for next year:

From the "random images sparks a trip down memory lane" edition of Karen's brain:

My sister and I used to collect Kool-Aid points. We got a pitcher, some plastic mugs, and two bright red "fanny packs". Please try to contain your jealousy. One of the perks of being a preacher's kid was the refreshment ladies saving the Kool-Aid points off the huge containers of Kool-Aid consumed in our VBS.

Ah, good times, friends. Good times.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a fabulous weekend. (And a good night, too.)
This post is linked to Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci. Go on over there and see her last minute Christmas links.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday - Birthday Edition

In honor of her tenth birthday (Today!!!!!!!!!!), here are 10 Reasons I Love My Daughter:

1. She's funny. She totally gets my sense of humor and it's always nice not to have to explain a joke.

2. She's smart. Too smart for her own good sometimes. But still: brilliant.

3. She loves to read. We love to talk about our favorite books. I am thoroughly enjoying seeing some of my childhood favorites through her eyes. Plus we get to have spirited Nancy vs. Trixie discussions.

4. She's compassionate. She hates to see anyone hurting. One thing she talks about being when she grows up is a dentist. Not because she wants to make a lot of money but because she wants to help children who get hurt and need someone who (these are her words) "Understands what they're going through."

5. She loves dogs just like I do. And one of these days, when we get a house with a fence, we're going to get that dog. It will be our dog (but we might share with the others).

6. She's {usually} a good example to her younger sisters. She's reliable. If you tell or ask her to do something she will do it.

7. She loves all of her family. Parents, grandparents, sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, second cousins...she's loyal to all of us.

8. She's creative. She created and sells her own board game. She draws, writes, sings, crafts...her creativity inspires me.

9. She loves to watch musicals with me. We like to sing all the songs so if you're not into that sort of thing, you might not want to watch with us.

10. She loves God. She wants to know more about Him. She wants to serve Him. She loves attending church, memorizing scripture, singing in the choir, and discussing deep things with us.

Happy Birthday, Dearest Polly. I am blessed to be your Mom and I'm thankful you're taking all my experimentation (the first child = guinea pig) so well. If we only had you we'd think we were parenting experts and we'd write a book. (Since we also have your sisters, we know we'd better wait on the book.)

This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at Oh Amanda.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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1. Our church's choir cantata was yesterday morning. I think it went quite well, if I do say so myself. (I'm a member of the choir and also the pianist, so I'm not exactly impartial.)

2. Our oldest daughter is hitting the big 1-0 tomorrow. Yes, our oldest is entering double digits. Philip and I are not clear on how this happened so quickly. Scientists tell us it's a little thing called "time", but I can assure you that it doesn't seem possible that 10 years have passed since that little bundle came into the world. Her cake is cooked but not decorated and she has planned the menu. What does a 10 year old want to eat on her birthday? Pizza, of course. But not homemade pizza: Papa John's pizza. (I've raised her well: that's my favorite delivery pizza too!)

3. We have {mostly} finished our Christmas shopping. So now on to the next hurdle: wrapping. I am not one of those people that enjoys wrapping presents. I'd have the girls do it all but I am also not one of those people who enjoys buying 65 rolls of scotch tape. Which is what it would take {approximately} if I let the 3 oldest girls wrap everything.

4. Lisa is coming. For those of you who are new readers, Lisa is my sister who lives far, far away. But she's coming in just a few days. Even if my heart has its Grinch like moments during these crazy days just knowing that my wonderful sister is going to be here for a few days is enough to make it grow three sizes. (All together now: awww.)

5. My family would appreciate any prayers or good wishes you wish to send my uncle's way. He had a stroke on Saturday morning. He's in the hospital and will be there through the holidays. Please remember him and my aunt especially during this time (but really the entire family could use the support).

6. Just a little reminder: if you shop through my Amazon search box (right side bar), I get a small commission. Several of you have done this as you've done your Christmas shopping this year and I really, really appreciate it. Philip and I are doing our best to bring up the income side of our budget sheet because our two bedroom, one bath house is really starting to show the strain in our family of six. We're planning, praying and praying some more about what God might enable us to do next year. I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, like I said, every little bit helps and we're grateful to you all.

7. We're off to our local zoo and the "Festival of Lights" tonight. The girls are super excited. I hope it's not too cold and rainy. Even if it is, I guarantee we will be seeing the manatees (Tigger's absolute favorite-ist animal) and the penguins. Some of us are sincerely hoping the evening will include hot chocolate or coffee, not to name any names. *coughthatwouldbemecough*

Wishing each of you wonderful readers a peaceful and blessed week! What's up on your Monday before Christmas?

This post is linked to Miscellany Monday at lowercase letters.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Weekend Links - December 17, 2011

1. Still finishing your Christmas shopping? Here's a great list of Jane Austen inspired gifts for 2011.

2. What can I say? I love sarcasm: How to Start a Blog. Instead of "Candid Diversions" I could be "The Sassy Antlers."

3. Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse is So Important. I think I do OK at this but I know I can always do better. Just because it bears repeating, here goes again: my husband is amazing and I am incredibly lucky to be his wife / best friend / and all the other things I get to be with and for him.

4. Sad news: Russell Hoban, author of the Frances books, died this week. The Frances books are some of our favorite read alouds. Bread and Jam for Frances, Bedtime for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances...every child should have these books. I think we own them all. I know Bread and Jam for Frances is on constant request around here. Thank you, Russell Hoban, for that brilliant little badger and all the equally brilliant stories about her.

5. Always a good reminder: Stop! Look Beyond Your Screen. Put the phones away. Log off. Find that off button. (I promise you there is one!) I love this line from Cay's post:
You only have one life! Don't live it encased in a screen.
Blogs, FB, Twitter, Pinterest...they all add so much to my life. But they are not all there is to my life.

Pins of the week:

Isn't that one of the most cheerful wreaths you've ever seen?!

The knobs on our kitchen cabinets are in dreadful condition. As pricier furnishings are not really in our budget right now, I'd love to do something like this to spruce them up:

Outfit of the week:
Love the monochrome but still sparkling palate. Must.control.boot.envy.

I have been boot shopping for months now. I just can't find what I want at the price I want to pay. I'm really hoping for some good "After Christmas" sales. Some folks have given me spending money for Christmas and it's just itching to be spent on some boots.

OK, I kid. The money is not actually itching. That would be gross.

This post is linked to Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Words for Wednesday - On Writing

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. - Robert Cormier
Which goes along with this one:
...Cutting, shaping, adding, subtracting, working it, making it better, that's what real writing is all about. - James Scott Bell

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top 10 Books to Give as Gifts

1. Bibles. We gave our oldest this Princess Bible (NKJV) a few years ago once she learned to read fluently on her own. Now I'd really like to give her this one:

We love to give Bibles or devotional books as gifts.

2. For the Austen lover (and really, shouldn't everyone be?), this six volume illustrated set looks fantastic. I also love the embroidered cover edition of Emma, although it doesn't appear to be available on Amazon.

3. A Complete set of The Chronicles of Narnia is a must for any family library. I'm not crazy about the "movie tie-in" editions but they'd be better than nothing.

4. Another must for the family library: all the Little House books.

5. For any girl who loves to read: a complete Anne of Green Gables Set. I've started buying another set of these for my girls because my set has almost been loved and read to death.

6. Every child ought to have access to a Childcraft set. I'm partial to the 1964 edition but there are others.

7. I've never found a box set of the All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor but we're slowly building a collection of these wonderful, sadly neglected books.

8. For the youngest book lovers among us. Sandra Boynton is always a hit and, even more importantly, they are so fun to read that adults can usually stand a repeat or two. (I draw the line at two. I will not re-read a book more than twice in a sitting. That's why God gave my little ones big sisters who know how to read - so they can take the "Read it again!" requests.)

9. For the history buff: Churchill's six volume set on the Second World War.

10. For the new bride. Or anyone who might want and or need a cookbook. My Betty Crocker cookbook (not this edition) was given to me by my dad when I was a teenager. It is my most used cooking reference and go-to cookbook. (Other than the internet, obviously.)

There are so many amazing books and I think they'd all make great gifts. No surprise here: books are one of my favorite things to give or get. What books would you give as gifts?

This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish and also at Oh Amanda.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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Yes, I know I just participated in a "Quick Takes Friday". But my life is lending itself to random{ish} blogging right now. Please forgive.

1. Philip and I took the oldest 3 girls to see "White Christmas" in a theater Saturday morning. It was a special showing where admission was free but they asked each person to bring a donation for the local food bank. So we hit my stockpile (in which most things were purchased for mere pennies or even free with sales and coupons) and got ourselves on up to that theater.
We were early, which was a good thing because the movie ended up being sold out. The experience was a great one - all that detail, just how beautiful Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen look in every shot, those great throwaway lines ("Hold your fire men!")...anyway, it was super fun.

2. Another family outing last week: we took the entire family to Children's Theatre for the show Holiday Follies 2011. It was a {Hometown} extravaganza all about some of our favorite local holiday traditions. Our Children's Theatre is top notch and we usually get season tickets.

One family member who might not make it to the next Theatre offering: Miss Lili. Philip and Miss Lili ended up watching the show from the lobby because Miss Lili has apparently decided that any form of theater (whether film or live) is not Her Thing.

For our White Christmas outing Lili stayed with my sister. My sister {Princess} informed me when we picked up Lili: "She didn't even cry when you left!" Of course she didn't. She must have heard our plans to go to the movies and she knew she wanted no part of it. Spending a morning playing with Fen's toys was a much better time in her estimation.

3. After much procrastination, I finally got a few gifts for Philip today. I'd tell you what they are but he occasionally checks this blog. Suffice it to say: I've got about $15 left to spend and he did mention he needs new socks.

Now, to move on to the rest of our list. {sigh}

4. Polly's Sunday School class had a Christmas party yesterday afternoon. Polly came home with loads of loot. I've told her we don't have to give her anything now but she thinks I'm teasing. OK, I am teasing. Just barely.

5. I only got home with one box of cereal from the grocery store last week. I say it that way because I'm absolutely sure I put two boxes in my cart but both apparently did not come home with me. I'm not missing anything else and I can't find my receipt to confirm that I did, in fact, buy two boxes of cereal. If I only bought one, I must really be losing it because that lasted my husband and children approximately 1.5 days. This is an epic mistake because I do not like making a hot breakfast every morning. There, I admitted it. So guess what the four year old has been learning to do this week? If you guessed, "make her own toast", then give yourself a gold star.

I guess that's enough miscellany for one day, although there's plenty more where that came from, believe you me. I'm linking this post to lowercase letters: miscellany monday.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

The whole of the universe was nothing to Jesus without His Father. The day will come when the whole universe will be nothing to us without the Father, but with the Father an endless glory of delight. - George MacDonald

Jude 20-25
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekend Links - December 10, 2011

1. Funny Literary Genre Translations of this original text: “I ate a sandwich and looked out the window.” This was my favorite:
19th-Century British Romance

“Being but a governess with no prospects but a fierce wit and a quick temper which is out of mode, I nibbled a soda biscuit and looked off into the glade, awaiting my dear friend—whom I surely could not come to love—Mr. Wadswortherton.”
but there are many more. (At least one entry may be offensive to some readers so clicker beware.)

2. I'm pretty sure every Mom can identify with this post: Did I Really Just Say That?

3. Mother of 6 Trades House for Used Minivan. I'm really hoping our housing market isn't this bad when we try to sell. (That was a joke. I'd never trade our house for a used minivan - we already have one.)

4. If you're planning to give books for Christmas (as I almost always do) Melissa Wiley has some suggestions.

5. A California teenager won a $100,000 National Science Prize for her cutting edge cancer treatment research. Do Hard Things! Do them now! I love reading stories like this.

6. Somewhat related to my post about The Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs (with which most of my friends, because they have such excellent taste, wholeheartedly agreed), Flavorwire had a post about 11 Criminally Underrated Christmas Songs. So maybe some of those would be nice to add to our Christmas playlists. And, then again, maybe not. The only one on this list I've actually heard of is Willie Nelson's Pretty Paper and, I'm sorry, it's "underrated" for a reason.

7. I want to try Kim's Chai Tea Mix. My friend Rachel introduced me to this drink a year or two ago and I love the stuff. I'm out (for now) so it's time to whip up another batch.

8. Here are some ideas for Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Christmas Gifts. Philip and I have 45 different people on our "to buy for or contribute towards" gift list this year. Forty-five! We are definitely fortunate to have so many friends and family but it does get a bit overwhelming at times.

9. My mom linked to this story on her FB the other day: Fetal Cells Cross Placenta, Stay With Mom for Life. As it turns out, this is a very good thing.

10. How one woman became a best-selling author without a publishing deal. Encouraging for all us wannabe-writers, no?

Pins of the week:
This beautiful book is handmade.

What a labor of love and what a great book to get such special treatment. You can find out more about these books at Lanier's Books.

I love these beautiful built ins from IKEA products:

I'll have to tell you later how this caramel apple cider turns out:

Outfit of the week:

Via The New Professional Freelancer a now {sadly} defunct blog. Anyway, I've seen a lot of fashion bloggers combining black and brown and I like it.

What did you stumble on this week? I plan to link this post with Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quick Takes Friday - 2nd Edition

1. It's been nice to have a "normal" (ha!) week after the Thanksgiving craziness (we stretched it out for two weeks) and before the Christmas rush. The girls have worked diligently on their school, Fen's been here for his usual three days, church services were back to business as usual.

Normal times are good times.

2. The stomach plague that hit many of our family members last week has {so far} mostly missed us. It only hit Tigger for a short time (Sunday morning) and we are definitely hoping it stays that way. If the rest of us avoid it, it will be the first time in the history of our family that a virus hasn't made its slow, agonizing way through each and every one of us. {knocking on wood here}

3. In my frustration at finding my husband suitable Christmas presents I suggested to him that we skip giving each other gifts this year. He then informed me that he has already ordered mine and he's very proud of them. So, back to the drawing board. (Or Amazonsearch engine. Whatever.) The main problem: he doesn't need much and the board games that he wants (he designs games, remember. Games are the only thing on his wish list) all have one thing in common: high price tags.

4. After weeks full of warm {ish}, rainy days our weather turned, seemingly overnight, cold and sunny. Sun is good. Cold is...less good. The girls are sporting "footy" jammies almost every night now. I am using this excuse to concoct as many hot drinks as possible: coffee (OK, I don't actually make this. Coffee is Philip's arena), tea, those Maxwell House mixes, hot cocoa, and basically anything else (pumpkin white hot chocolate the other night and we're going to try hot caramel apple cider tonight).

5. Sweet Pea's eczema is in major flare up mode. Ever wonder what it's like to have a greased pig for a daughter? Just have a child who has to be lathered up in thick potions multiple times a day.

6. Speaking of cold weather (see above), my brother - yes, my younger brother - handed down a flannel shirt to me (he also gave one to our sister Princess). It's been worn and washed often so it's perfectly soft and cozy. I have to say, I never thought I'd be so excited about my little brother (in age, definitely not in height) passing clothes to me but stranger things have happened, right?

7. I've been using my MyMemories software in many of my spare minutes these days. I made this page:
in just a few minutes.

Digital scrapbooking is still not replacing my love of the "real" thing but it's a fun, quick outlet. OK, I'm trying to keep it quick. I may or may not have spent entirely too much time yesterday creating pages.

Another time absorber - just what I needed.

What's up in your world this Friday?
This post is linked to Quick Takes Friday at Conversion Diary.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some Quick Gift Ideas

Did you know that Amazon has many Melissa And Doug Toys half off today only? That means things like:

Or


My girls have both of those sets and love them.

Our little folks (specifically Sweet Pea & Fen) really like these puzzles with the magnets:


I know some girls who would love this:

There are some other great deals too but I'm not going to show them because we bought some of them as gifts today.{shh!}

Another great deal:
My daughter is selling the game she created - Tiger Stripes - for 20% off right now. Which means you can buy the kids in your life a really cute game for $11.99 plus shipping. Her autograph is included free of charge.

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Action taken with these links could result in compensation for me. Opinions are my own. I do not, alas, receive any financial compensation from my daughter. It's her game and her money.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Words for Wednesday - On Fairy Tales

 If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

Which also reminds me of one of my all time favorite quotes:
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. - G.K. Chesterton
So, read any good fairy tales to your children lately? Today, after putting the youngest three (Fen is here) down for a nap my two oldest girls and I sat on our couch and read poems to each other. Maybe next time we'll break out our favorite fairy tales instead.

P.S. Happy Birthday to my sister Lisa! She's catching up to me in age. I expect one of these days she'll tie it up.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs

There is a common, but unfounded rumor going around that I am addicted to Christmas music. You may have heard this from my {occasionally} grinch-like husband. (Sample dialog: "And they'll sing and they'll sing and they'll sing...")

Just to prove that I do not love Christmas music indiscriminately (because, I think I love wisely and well) here is a list of Ten Songs That The Christmas Radio Station Should NEVER Play Ever Again Because Some Other Songs Are SO MUCH BETTER:

10. Grown Up Christmas List. I don't care if Amy Grant sings it, Vanessa Williams or (even worse!) Michael Buble. Cut. It. Out. The Santa Claus thing is creepy enough ("He sees you when you're sleeping" anyone?) without having a fully grown adult asking Santa for something.

9. Christmas Through Your Eyes. I am not a Gloria Estefan fan. Full stop.

8. All I Want for Christmas is You. Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble (again!), LeAnn Rimes...please remove all versions of this obnoxious song from your Christmas playlists. There are better things to listen to. Like the Emergency Broadcast System tests.

7. Wonderful Christmas Time. I usually love Sir Paul but this song is annoying. It's like part of a cool song but he couldn't think of the rest. And it's annoyingly catchy (witness my children, after hearing it once or twice being repeating "Simply having a wonderful Christmas time," which is essentially the entire song anyway, for the rest of the day).

6.Christmas Time Is Here. One of the most depressing songs of the season, no matter who covers it. And while we're at it, please permit me to remind our local radio station that the Charlie Brown theme song is NOT a Christmas Song at all.

5. Anything by Kenny G. guarantees we will be changing the station immediately. If, in your misspent youth you happened to see Norm MacDonald express his opinion on Kenny G's Christmas music, let me just say I agree completely with Norm. If you don't know what I'm talking about, never mind.

4. Likewise: anything by Johnny Mathis. I particularly dislike when the radio plays his version of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Why would you play that when you could play Bing Crosby's version? Or Alvin and the Chipmunks? Yes, even the sped-up, squeaky voices of imaginary woodland creatures is better than Johnny Mathis.

3. Same Old Lang Syne. NOT a Christmas song. This is a depressing song about meeting a former flame ("at the grocery store"), going out together, drinking, and then saying goodbye. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-LA!

2. Christmas Shoes. Depressing. Manipulative. Nonsensical. (Spoiler alert: What was that kid doing in a store by himself anyway? If his mother was so close to dying shouldn't he be by her side?) Truly one of the worst Christmas songs to be released in recent memory. (If you're really looking for an amazing Newsong offering that will give you goosebumps, listen to "Arise My Love" right around Easter.)

And, the worst "Christmas song" (I use quotation marks advisedly here), in my humble opinion:
1. Last Christmas. First off, George Michael is a truly disgusting person. Second of all, this song is whiny, ridiculous, not really about Christmas anyway, and a complete waste of space on the radio. And yet it feels like I hear it every time I walk into any department store to do some shopping. Please, please stop playing this. I'd even take Johnny Mathis over this. It's just that bad.

So, what would make your list? This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at Oh Amanda.
The images in this post are Amazon Affiliate links for demonstration purposes only. I wouldn't want you to actually listen to these songs. Save your ears!