Fake It Until You Make It: A Good Motto For Every{damn}thing This Year.

It took me a minute to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but it finally happened. Well, kinda. I put up one tree (usually there are 2) and threw some ornaments in a bowl, wrapped some gifts (spoiler alert: fewer gifts this year), and put on my Pandora Christmas music station.

I’ve watched Elf and Christmas Family Vacation (my two favorite Christmas movies) and I drank three gallons of egg nog.

“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” -Clark Griswold.

Kidding. I’ve not had any egg nog this year. Or in the past 10 years.

I DO have a few favorite Christmas songs if you care to know.

I’m digging this new (to me) song by Kacey Musgraves. “me without you is like a present without a bow”

*Suz runs to add bows to all gifts under the tree.*

Have you heard of Whamageddon?

This is strange phenomenon of people who INTENTIONALLY do not want to hear Whams’ Last Christmas, which is one of the all-time best Christmas songs. What kind of animals are running around in our society?

George Michael; *sigh* what a beautiful human he was. So, in this horrible for humanity idea, whamageddon means you have to avoid hearing the original version of Last Christmas from 12/1-12/24. If you hear the song, you’re out!

So, if you were trying to avoid this song and you saw/heard it here: Merry Christmas, I WIN! I think.

I’m NOT a huge Mariah fan (even though we danced to one of her songs for our ‘first dance’, we were young and silly) But THIS song always makes me want to shake my booty, Judy.

Judy is one of my MIL’s and I love her. And I love to dance and pretend that someone nicer sang this song. BTW: This is named the #1 Christmas song according to Billboard’s top 10. Couldn’t have happened to a less nice person.

And for my nostalgic moments, The Carpenters. Oh, I loved their music when I was trying to grow up. My Mom had their album and I listened to it over and over. Ok, I still sing my heart out as if I’m Karen while listening to the 70’s channel in my car. Call Morgan & Morgan and sue my silly self.

And for my most favorite, sad, heart-wrenching Christmas song: River, originally sung by Joni Mitchell, but I love this version by Sarah McLachlan who took a minute off from making us cry about sad and abused animals to sing this song. Well played Sarah, well played.

This is probably my last post for a while because I’m so depressed about abused animals, Karen Carpenter, and people who want to avoid Wham. And guess what? MY CARDS STILL HAVE NOT ARRIVED. *raises both fists at the post office*

Do you have any favorite Christmas songs? Are you a purist who enjoys the original version of the ‘oldies, but goodies‘ or are you a RUN DMC Christmas in Hollis type of person?

If I don’t see you this week, I’m sending you a warm Merry Christmas hug free of germs and heavy on love.


22 thoughts on “Fake It Until You Make It: A Good Motto For Every{damn}thing This Year.

  1. I like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for almost all of my Christmas music. My husband (and this is not a joke, sadly) has nothing but terrible memories of Christmas, so we have had to be less than traditional about most Christmas things.

    I had to laugh about Mariah Carey and the Carpenters. I wrote about them back when my son and I used to share blogging duties at a blog we called Stuff On Our List. Here’s a link.

    I also like James Taylor’s Christmas music. Hell, I just like James Taylor’s voice. He could sing the phone book to me and I’d love it.

    I’m blissfully unaware of Whamageddon. It sounds like a Communist plot to me. What’s wrong with those people? #GeorgeMichaelForever

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    1. I also love James Taylor.
      I followed the link to your old blog and it’s funny that you have two of my faves as your two “lows”. How about that? It made me giggle.


  2. I haven’t had egg nog in SO long. Thank God.
    I love Kacey Musgraves. Anything she sings. I will check that song out.
    I have heard of Whammageddon. LOL.

    I love that Mariah Carey song too. One of my favorites. I haven’t really been listening to Christmas music this year. We will listen on eve and day but that will be about it. But I have to say, I love Christmastime this year. Not as stressful and we are enjoying it so much more intentionally.

    We haven’t watched either of those movies yet! We will this week though. We watched Love Actually on Saturday night. It used to be a tradition we had. It was good to watch it again.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Sending you all social distant hugs! 🙂

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    1. I’ve not watched Love Actually in many years; thanks for the reminder.
      I’m happy it’s not as stressful for you this year. I’m feeling the same way; lower expectations? More intentionally? I will be adopting this for all the future holidays.
      Merry, Happy, Joy!

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  3. I just now heard that Wham song for the first time this year because I played it! I do love that song and the one by Mariah Carey, but my all time favorite is Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We saw them in concert a few years ago and what a fabulous show it was! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! I’m so happy I found your blog this year!

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    1. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra also puts out some beautiful Christmas music, how could I forget them?
      Merry Christmas to you and yours-so happy to have found you as well!


  4. I got sucked into the WHAM music video. I felt like Clark when he gets trapped in the attic and watches old family movies – “so much to do, but I must know how the drama in this video shakes out.” Is it just me, or am I the only one that didn’t get it – old girlfriend? He’s pining for her, but alas nothing comes of it on this fun weekend that makes me wish I was one of the young pretty people who got invited.

    I CANNOT believe your cards. That might explain why I haven’t gotten as many cards as usual this year. The postal delays. Several people have told me that they didn’t bother sending cards this year. Not sure that I get that, there’s less to do, no where to go, right? And yet this is the year you don’t send cards?

    I like the classics for Christmas music. Not crazy about the Carpenters, personally. I like the Mariah song, not the gal. Years ago we heard a song about wanting a Hippopotamus for Christmas. That one always makes me laugh because I got a copy and used to play it for my little guys in the car.

    Merry, merry! Enjoy your Christmas!

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    1. The video really doesn’t make sense at all, especially since George was known to be gay so why pine away for a girl? Or maybe he was mad that the girl was with his crush? Who knows, but it looks like a lovely get away where they eat, drink, decorate a tree and then vacate the place asap.
      I know. My cards. *sigh*
      I’ve heard the hippo song and it was kind of endearing and kind of annoying. So, do you want a hippo?
      Merry, Happy & Joy!


  5. Melanie Galliano

    Veronica is doing that Last Christmas challenge!! She made me turn off the radio in the car ‘just in case’ because she couldn’t listen to it. It’s one of my favs also.


  6. The Christmas spirit has also come late to this house. I only switched the radio over to the all Christmas music station in the car this weekend. I’m finally getting into the baking. The only Christmas paraphernalia are the tree, the garland on the porch and the wreath. I’m sorry about your cards. If you are in need of a quick replacement – head over to CVS or Walgreens or wherever website. You can usually upload pictures, create the cards and have them printed the same day.

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  7. Debra She Who Seeks

    I love Joni Mitchell’s “River” too. She perfectly captures that feeling of wanting to run away and hide when life turns bad, but using a real Canadian metaphor instead.

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  8. ohkatiejoy

    I tend to mix all my favorites all together. Old hymns from when I was little, the classics that were the favorites of my mom and grandma, some TransSiberian Orchestra (Christmas Canon unexplainably always makes me teary) add in some Wham! and Mariah and Kasey and hit shuffle. I should probably listen more often. I’ve been feeling a little bit grinchy. I didn’t do cards this year which has me feeling kind of sad because I love Christmas cards. I love sending happy mail of any kind but I kind of did the opposite of you and put all my energy into putting up trees and sparkle lights (indoors and out). Happy holidays to you, Suze!


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