Best New Christmas Music from First to Eleven

Best New Christmas Music from First to Eleven

Get your Christmas week off to a hot start with this new jam from First to Eleven. What’s not to like? It’s a classic song of Christmas, a great lead singer, a dude in a Santa suit on the drums and a guitar solo to get your heart started. Everything about this is merry and bright. These kids rock: Ugly Christmas sweaters and all, you gotta love these guys. The dimples are just a bonus. Well done!

Best of New Christmas Music from Emily Hearn

Best of New Christmas Music from Emily Hearn

Is it possible to release a new Christmas album full of traditional favorites…and just skip the fancy YouTube productions? It is when your voice is pure, your talent obvious and your music is just made for radio. That is what Emily Hearn has accomplished with her Christmas album: Hearn, whose songwriting and raw-quality pop sound has vaulted her to fame, is not making a production of her Christmas album. She’s just throwing it out there, doing it her way, and the results are so very pleasing. About the only positioning I can see with this album is the heady titleRead more

Best New Christmas Music from Grant Maloy Smith

Best New Christmas Music from Grant Maloy Smith

Christmas music is unique in that it can uplift, inspire and entertain in a variety of ways. Stories within the music give us teachable moments for all ages. In fact, Christmas carols were intended to do just that — to teach children. Great music makers today do the same thing. Here is a new release from Grant Maloy Smith featuring EmiSunshine with a tale about Santa’s, um, possum: This is not just a song, it’s also a new children’s book, also by Grant Maloy Smith. “Fly Possum Fly” is Smith’s debut book. His 2017 album “Dust Bowl – American Stories”Read more

Best of New Christmas Music from David Archuleta

Best of New Christmas Music from David Archuleta

Ever since Mariah Carey launched All I Want for Christmas is You the world has been seeking a new, uptempo Christmas pop song. Maybe we have found a worthy successor from this new tune from David Archuleta: Archuleta has been a brave pioneer in pop music by going his own way since his breakout on American Idol years ago. That has meant playing in small arenas, getting lighter press and partnering with lesser-known musicians. It has also meant better music from Archuleta, whose best stuff, we feel, is yet to come. This cut is from a new album called WinterRead more

Crazy New Foods of Christmas

Crazy New Foods of Christmas

Food, more than any other thing, is the most common element of Christmas. The aroma of it fills every family gathering, it is the showcase at every Christmas party and it even finds its way under the tree, if not part of the decorations. The trends in Christmas foods this year are surprising. It is more eclectic, more adult and more expensive than ever. Take, for example, this three pound chocolate masterpiece – a festive turkey you don’t have to roast: I know – you’re saying this is a Thanksgiving thing more than a Christmas thing but I remind youRead more

2018 Postage Stamps to Feature Traditional Santa

2018 Postage Stamps to Feature Traditional Santa

The United States Postal Service announced today the first of their new holiday stamps for 2018, this year featuring the traditional images of Santa Claus as envisioned by Haddon Sundblom. The images were an effective marketing campaign by the Coca Cola Company, who has long used the image of Santa Claus in combination with their traditional red and white colors to advertise during the holiday season. The stamps — sure to be as popular as the Charlie Brown Christmas stamps of 2015 — will be issued as Forever Stamps and will likely be released in early October in concert withRead more

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

The Art of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Dressing in something unusual for Christmas is certainly nothing new. Anciently part of Christmas celebrations meant wearing something silly or out of character. That notion continues today with Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. There is nothing meaningful behind this tradition other than fun. It is universal – meaning anyone can do it – and the only rules are that there are no rules. In fact, the more insane your sweater the better you are celebrating the day. What makes the ugly Christmas sweater so fun is that many of the great Christmas sweaters of the past are considered better ugly sweatersRead more

The One Secret to a More Organized Christmas

The One Secret to a More Organized Christmas

If there is a common wish for Christmas that goes unanswered every year it would have to be celebrating an organized Christmas. From the food to the decorations to managing all the parties and events it seems that no matter what efforts are made there seems to be not enough time, too much to do and no way to fit it all in. On the Internet entire forums and websites are dedicated to the making the organized Christmas. There are planners and calendars galore. People share pictures, menus, recipes, patterns, and resources for everything Christmas. But for many the organizedRead more