Getting into the Spirit

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As I have previously mentioned, even though I am married to an elf, and am surrounded by multiple elfin children, at my core, I am one of the most bah humbugiest people you will ever meet.  However, I do like Christmas.  I know that seems contradictory, but it’s true.  The time leading up to Christmas is super stressful and insanely busy, and I would love to just skip the whole tree decorating debacle I seem to experience every freaking year (did I mention the lights went out again FOUR TIMES? Yep, fun), but Christmas itself is basically enjoyable.  Family and friends celebrating with food and drink (lots and lots of drink) and just hanging out and generally enjoying each other’s company?  Oh, and did I mention a full week off of work?  Yep, good times, sign me up.

My husband has a large family.  He is the youngest of 5, and all of his siblings not only have kids, but some have grandkids.  That’s right, I’m a great-aunt, y’all.  And one of my nephews is actually a year older than me.  ‘Tis true.  So each holiday is a huge event, with a house full of his raucous and insane family (please refer back to our summer vacation shenanigans for a small sampling of said insanity).  And each sibling (save one, who has abstained) is tasked with hosting a holiday at their home, thus splitting up the duties throughout the family.  Our holiday is Christmas Eve.  And I know what you’re saying, it’s not an actual holiday.  But the tradition in his family, for years before I even arrived on the scene, was for everyone to go to church and then go over someone’s house for dinner and drinks before going home for the next morning’s prep.  We inherited it when we started dating and bought a house, since it was previously the other sibling’s, but she opted out of hosting it anymore.

Since we have to be the hosts with the mosts on Xmas Eve, the house has to be all decorated, we have to have food and lots and lots of drinks (did I mention his family is Irish?  Yeah), and get into a holly jolly festivus spirit.  Which is plenty easy for my hubs, but takes a bit more work for me.  How do I do it?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Mostly booze . . . just kidding.  Sort of.  A little.  Well . . . ahem.  Anyway . . .

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One of the main ways that I can try to force myself to start feeling a bit more festive is by listening to Christmas music.  But not just any ole Christmas music.  It will not do to just start listening to those radio stations that play nothing but Holiday music from the day after Thanksgiving up until New Years.  That just grates on my nerves, to be honest.  No, it has to be my Xmas music.

Years ago . . . back when people used to make mix CDs on their computers (remember that?  God, I’m old), I made a few compilation disks to play in the car around the holidays.  One was an all instrumental disk (a lot of Kenny G), one was full of classics, like Bing Crosby and Brenda Lee, there was a Country Xmas disk, one had a bunch of more recent Springsteen and U2 type popular Xmas tunes, and then there was Mod Xmas.  This disk was full of more obscure and really really recent Xmas songs that I felt had a certain vibe to them.  And this disk is the first one I listen to to get me in the Christmas mood. 

The first song on it is called Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas.  For some reason it just fills me with a sense of calm and peace.  And puts me in the Xmas spirit.  It is an obscure song that most people have probably never heard of and believe me, it was super hard to even find to put on the disk.  When I got it, the artist was just listed as “E.”  Years later, I discovered that he is actually the lead singer of the Eels, and there is also a non acoustic version of this song out there that was used on The OC soundtrack.  So you might have heard a version of this song afterall.  However, my heart belongs to this acoustic version that was my first experience of the song.  I don’t actually care for the electric upbeat version.

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Click picture to hear the song.

Oh, and the second song on the disk?  Pearl Jam’s Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time).  Yeah, that pretty much sums up how I feel after everyone invades my home on Xmas Eve!! 

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What is the one thing that finally gets you in the spirit of the holidays?  Is it booze?  Can I have some?

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And don’t forget to enter my most recent contest . . . for all sorts of fun Holiday prizes!!  Also, if you want a holiday card from me, email me your address at mistySlaws at gmail dot com.  My kids will pick a name for the prizes this weekend, and I will be sending out cards for a couple more days, so get on it people!!  Cheers!

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leauxra
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 09:18:37

    OMG the EELS!!!!

    Despite my bah-humbugginess this year, I think I may be building a compilation of music this year (I still want to call it a mix tape).

    We’re traveling this Christmas. So no tree. No lights. We’re totally the grinches in the neighborhood this year.

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:09:26

      I almost called it a mix tape in the post, but was fearful that some of the 20 year olds reading the post would be all, “a mix what now?”

      You get a pass because of the travelling. 😉

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  2. bluzdude
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 10:49:32

    Traditional Christmas music makes me want to hurl, due to an insane amount of over-exposure from when I worked in music stores. For me, it has to be a little different, (meaning I haven’t already heard it 75,000 times.

    So I made one of those Christmas Mix CDs a couple years back, so now it’s my Christmas Morning ‘go-to’ every year.

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  3. TheChickIsRight
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 12:01:51

    One of my favorite Christmas songs of all time is the Bare Naked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/ We Three Kings”. Love. Eeet. And, of course, the Hallelujah Chorus. Both give me chills… and often make me cry. Shut up.

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:12:05

      I LOVE that song!! It’s actually one of the songs on the disk I made. They are really great together, no?

      You CRY? I can’t believe you. That never ever ever happens to me ever. Like not even every single time, or anything. :p

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  4. Mandi
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 12:20:06

    I have a whole folder of Christmas songs on my hard drive, but I can’t do the department store music either. My favorites are the old standards – Perry Cuomo, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee… I also have an instrumental album done entirely in acoustic guitar which makes for a great audio backdrop for dinner and mingling. And for some reason, despite my dislike of masses of children, I love the Vienna boy’s choir. Something in me says it’s just not Christmas until they since Angels We Have Heard On High. (I know… an atheist who love religious carols…there’s hope for peace on earth after all.)

    Other than that, I get my holiday jollies (teehee!) by hand selecting and wrapping presents for people. Sometimes I’ll pick a person at random and make something show up at their door step just to imagine the squee when they open it. Apparently, I’m insanely difficult to shop for though.

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:16:35

      I get that whole atheist who enjoys religious carols thing. One of my favorites is Do You Hear What I Hear, all about the birth of Jesus and shiz. Weirdness.

      I love that you are a random gift giver. Nothing makes me happier than nailing the perfect gift for someone. I’m not that difficult to buy for, though. Booze usually does the trick. 😉

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  5. Go Jules Go
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 13:11:33

    Ha! What a cool picture at the end! And your lights went out FOUR times?! That’d put the humbug in anyone.

    I just found out I have to host Christmas Eve: Part 1, but it’s only for my immediate family, which means I can tell them, “Use this bathroom – it’s the only one I cleaned. And BYOB.” (Also stands for: Bring Your Own Bacon.)

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:18:46

      Sigh. Unfortunately, I had to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS. I was like a whirlwind of cleaning and straightening on Xmas Eve. But the house was perfect. Or at least as perfect as it gets.

      You are the only one who mentioned the pic. I thought it was kinda cool myself. 😉

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  6. andrea-maybe it's just me
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 20:35:44

    I love Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses! A lot of years I feel like I finally get in to the spirit of things when it’s over…I need just the right amount of snow to get things headed in the right direction, and there isn’t any yet! My favorite moments are the ones when you give a present that someone truly seems to love!

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:20:28

      Great song. And I hope you got into the spirit, since we did get a bit of snow the day before (I assume you did as well, being all up North and all). 😉

      That is also my favorite thing . . . giving presents and seeing how much people appreciate the perfection of it. I love giving gifts!

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  7. Vesta Vayne
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 21:45:42

    I’ve got an Irish husband too. My grandparents, aunts and uncles on my dad’s side of the family are pretty much all tee totalers, and the first time he came home with me for the holidays, he was like, “Where’s the booze?”

    Poor guy, he was so disappointed.

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  8. Valerie
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 00:33:12

    I have a really small family, so Xmas is usually about chillaxing… And presents. Because I’m spoiled like that.

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  9. wcdameron
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 16:13:40

    I actually love the holidays, and it has been a long time since I said that. Something about this year feels good, except for one thing, my homophobic brother. Yep, Paul and I get to travel to NC to spend a holiday dinner with him and his extremely religious wife. Fun times! Bring on the booze….

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    • mistyslaws
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:22:51

      Oh man. There would not be enough liquor for me to deal with that level of stupidity. I hope you got through it relatively unscathed. I survived my mother (barely), so I’m sure you made it through. Cheers, Bill!!

      Reply

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