Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Is Coming

Kevin opening his {limited edition} beer.

Kevin brought fabulous jasmine plants for party favors.

On Saturday, we got ready for a little Christmas party. It was definitely a family effort. Jessica & Mom helped with the cooking, Kevin did the last minute grocery run, shared his special beer & brought the party favors. Even Ella did her part by cleaning her room & making the party favors for her friends. Kevin wanted to share his very special beer with a group of beer aficionados. Given the size of the cups of coffee the next morning, it was well enjoyed!
Everyone brought delicious appetizers to share, so the evening was easy. We don't entertain as much as we would like to, so it was great to have so many hands to help keep the twins busy while we got ready. I didn't even take any photos that evening, so I am glad there were some other cameras around. The kids had fun decorating cookies for Santa. I think we will be finding sprinkles for weeks to come!
I have a serious Christmas music addiction. I can never have enough! This year, I resisted buying any new music, but was very pleased to be given some new tunes for the party. My friend Kari gave me A Charlie Brown Christmas which is fun & calming. Ella listens to it every night as she falls asleep. Jessica & Kevin gave me the Pottery Barn Christmas Trilogy. I love all of the Pottery Barn CD's - you can't go wrong!
I have two favorite compilations of Christmas songs. The first mix that was made several years ago includes:
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
White Christmas - Drifters
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie + Bing Crosby
Winter Wonderland - The Cocteau Twins
Ave Maria - Chris Cornell
So This Is Christmas - John Lennon
Do They Know It's Christmas -Band Aid
Mele Kalikimaka - Jimmy Buffet
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Natalie Merchant
Lonely Christmas Eve - Ben Folds Five
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Bare Naked Ladies & Sarah Mclachlan
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
Jingle Bells - Jimmy Buffet
Santa Baby - Everclear
Merry Christmas From The Family - Robert Earl Keen
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch - Whirling Dervishes
Christmas Is Coming - John Denver & The Muppets
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