Christmas Music

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No Christmas Without Music

Music is everywhere at Christmas

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without music now would it? From the traditional Christmas carols sung in schools, churches, and in all the Malls and shops, everywhere, to those children’s favorites, “Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer”, “The Christmas Alphabet” and “When Santa got stuck up the chimney” to romantic and well-loved songs such as, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “White Christmas” and the more modern songs, including all those published specifically at Christmas time to take advantage of the Christmas market.

The Very Best Christmas Songs

From traditional to contemporary, all the Christmas music you hear has just a single goal – to spark that happy Christmas spirit in every heart. Can you imagine getting ready for Christmas without Christmas music in the background? It complements the smell of cookies, the Christmas tree, puddings and that spicy cinnamon smell on the pot pourri.

Here are what we consider some of the best Christmas songs ever released. Just listening to them elicits a spirit of happiness and joy with the world.

Some of the most famous Christmas songs include “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” By Al Martino, “White Christmas” By Dean Martin and “Walking In The Air” By Aled Jones from the animated film “The Snowman”, another Christmas favorite.

There are of course, many favorite hymns for this season, including “Silent Night”, a hymn included by most Churches during the Christmas season, along with “The First Noel”, Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and the children’s favorite, “Away In A Manger”.

A more recent Christmas song can be heard in this Youtube video , with its wonderful Victorian Christmas street scene and great music.

At Work

Many people take their favorite Christmas albums in with them to work, even if only on the last day before Christmas and the selection of music chosen by work colleagues can be truly breathtaking, from Brenda Lee, “Rocking around the Christmas Tree”, to Carrie Underwood’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, giving you a whole new view of the boss or that grumpy person down the corridor. Of course, there are some businesses where music cannot be played, at least in the public areas but for many people, an MP3 player, with ear phones is a great way of getting into the Christmas spirit, especially if the office party starts at the end of the working day.

At Home

You can find lots of Christmas music for free on Youtube, especially for children and it often includes cartoons or graphics to keep them amused, although there can also be adverts and sometimes poor internet connections can spoil the fun.

As a Gift

Music is a great gift at Christmas, or at any time and if you do not know the person’s musical tastes, you can always give a gift card, so they can buy or download their favorite music or perhaps even buy themselves an ipod or MP3 player to listen to any music collections they already have.

What Christmas Theme to Choose For Your Home or Office Party

Do you want to go all out when decorating your home or office for the Christmas holiday? With thousands of different ways for you to decorate, coming up with the perfect theme to select for the home or office could be a bit difficult. If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose because you are feeling uncertain and slightly indecisive, there are a few different themes worth choosing that will quickly turn your home or office into the perfect winter wonderland for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, while it’s fun to pick your perfect color combination, not all colors will be available in all types of Christmas decoration, especially perhaps the larger items, such as trees. If you want to go for a more unusual color theme, you could  make one of the colors a more traditional one, such as silver, gold or green, as it will be easier to find larger items in these colors. Alternatively, you could go for a three-way color scheme, with the third color being the neutral silver or white, allowing your dominant themes to form the accents.

Assorted Color Themes

When trying to figure out what Christmas theme to choose, you will need to decide if you would like to stick with a specific color theme. There are a few different colors that are commonly used in the winter, especially around Chrismas.

Red, White, and Green

The red, white, and green theme is commonly used by people who are decorating their homes and offices for the Christmas holiday because these colors are commonly associated with the holiday. Red represents the color of Santa’s clothes, white represents the color of the snow that is normally on the ground during these colder months, and green represents the color of the Christmas tree. It is just one of many color themes for you to consider.

Green, Silver, and Gold

Some people prefer using a combination of green, silver, and gold. While green is a color that represent pine trees that are often decorated and situated inside of homes and offices during the holiday season, the silver and gold colors represent the decorations that are often hung from the tree. Both silver and gold are festive colors that look stunning.

Red and White

If you want to eliminate the green, you can always choose a red and white color theme. A combination of red and white decorations will remind people of candy canes, which are often placed on trees and consumed by both children and adults during the holiday season. You may even be able to find red and white striped table covers, napkins, and other assorted decorations to go along with this color theme.

Red and Gold

These are the two “richest” colors that can be used in decorating for Christmas and you will be able to find many items available to create a happy, vibrant and colorful theme for your whole Christmas or for a party.

Blue, White, and Silver

Not everyone likes using shades of red or green when decorating for Christmas. If you want something a bit more elegant, try using shades of blue, white, and silver. These colors tend to match perfectly with one another and will remind people of a beautiful wintry night.

Less Common Color Themes

Lilac / Purple Themes

You may wish to go for a lilac or lavender or purple main color teamed with silver or gold. For something totally different, you might want to team this with pink.

Black and White

While unusual, this color theme may suit some decor schemes and is certainly unusual and will form a talking point.

Character Themes

Snowflake Theme

Aside from the color theme, you could always choose a snowflake theme. There are a lot of snowflake decorations that may be used by you to decorate the home or office, including hanging sparkling glitter snowflakes, snowflake string decorations to place in the front of the doors throughout the building, and even centerpieces that are designed to look just like snowflakes.

Snowman Theme

Another great theme for you to consider is the snowman theme. There are snowman decorations available that you would be able to hang on the walls, on the ceilings, and even tape to the windows of your home or office when sticking with this specific theme.

If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose when you are trying to decorate your home or office for a Christmas party, you should consider some of these different options. If you are interested in sticking with a color theme, there are quite a few different colors that are commonly used during the holiday season, including shades of red, white, blue, silver, gold, and green. If you would prefer some other type of theme, the snowflake theme or snowman theme are two of the other options worth considering.

Redefine Christmas

Simple Ways To Redefine Christmas This Year

Last Christmas

What did you do last Christmas? Were you snowed in and had to spend the holiday locked indoors? Did someone break up with you and you spent the holiday depressed? Were you too broke to fly home for Christmas? Did you feel like you could have done more volunteering work? Well, that was last year and you can start planning how to spend Christmas this year now. Here are a few ways you can redefine your holiday and feel better about it come next year.

Next Christmas

1. Set A Budget – You need to start creating a budget early enough. If you are planning to travel home, buy gifts for the less needy, buy gifts for your loved ones or do anything else that costs money, you need to know beforehand how much you will spend. That way, you can start saving early enough in preparation for the big holiday. No matter how skint you are, get a jar or a tub, put a few coins or notes in it and don’t spend them. Next pay day, add a few more.

2. Release Your Expectations And Keep Things Simple – If you don’t want to feel disappointed this holiday season, don’t overschedule. Yes, there may be so much to do and you may feel that if you don’t achieve it, you will end up overwhelmed and depressed. However, if you release some of your expectations, you will feel better. Simplify. You don’t have to do what others do. Be open to change and you can adapt to whatever the season brings you.

3. Create New Traditions – If all the past holidays have been spent aimlessly, try creating a new tradition and find a way to sustain it every year. Traditions will help you feel connected with yourself and you will feel comfortable and enjoy a sense of certainty. If you recently had a child, you can start a new tradition with your new family. If your parents recently passed, you can start a tradition of meeting your siblings every Christmas to remember your deceased loved ones. As you get older, help the younger ones make their own Christmas traditions. A tradition can be anything, as long as it makes you feel connected and not alone during the holiday season.

4. Try Volunteering Or Helping The Needy – The Christmas holiday is the best time to start giving back to the less fortunate. Of course, some soup kitchens are overflowing with volunteers but if you plan early enough, you will be lucky enough to find somewhere to volunteer. On the other hand, you can bring gifts to a children’s home or any other group home where it will be appreciated. You will feel better for doing it and bring some cheer to anyone who receives your gifts.

5. Start Organizing Early – Don’t wait until the last minute to start doing anything during the holiday season. Are you planning to give to the less fortunate? Start planning early enough for what to buy and the date to hand out your gifts. Are you traveling home to meet your parents? Make sure you have bought the tickets early enough. If you are planning to spend the holiday indoors, have everything you need ready in hand to avoid any last minute hassles.

With these tips, you can turn around your Christmas holiday celebration immediately and redefine Christmas to something that will make YOU feel happy!