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December 3, 2013

Twisted Mix Tape – Christmas Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

This week’s twisted mix tape assignment was to post about your favorite Christmas music.

No small task for this girl, because I love Christmas music.

Love. It.

However, the music I love isn’t always so mainstream, but that’s okay, because if there is any time of year that is about tradition, it’s this one.

My first choice is my Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians The Sounds of Christmas Album.

It was produced in the 1950’s and my parents pulled out the record every single holiday season.

I know every word to every song on the album and love it so very much.

I was only able to find one of the songs on YouTube, so here is “Ring Those Christmas Bells” by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians:


One of my favorite holiday CD’s that I bought when Real Man and I were first married is the Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Album.

I know, I know…Rosie O’Donnell isn’t for everyone.

But, this album, I just loved.

It has two of my favorite Christmas songs on it.

The first is a duet between Rosie O’Donnell and…wait for it…Elmo.

The version on the CD is better, but here is a YouTube version of the duet:


The second song from the CD that is one of my CHristmas favorites is Billy Porter singing “O Holy Night” which is one of my favorite Christmas songs no matter who is singing it, but when he sings it, and oh my God, when he gets to the end…goosebumps.


The next Christmas song that I love is “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses.

Can’t help but sing along, even though they aren’t the best singers and it’s more of a “talking” song than a real singing song.


My final song for today (although there are more Christmas songs that I certainly love) is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Karen Carpenter.

Sung by anyone else and the song is “Eh” for me, but as I’ve said before, Karen Carpenter’s voice was just pure smoothness and I’d listen to her sing the ABC’s with a longing sigh.

So, have YOURSELF a merry little holiday season and enjoy the sweet sounds of Karen Carpenter.


  1. Patty Donahue’s vocals and “talking” are brilliant. I’m glad you listed Christmas wrapping.

    happy Holidays

    Comment by Lance — December 3, 2013 @ 10:04 am | Reply

    • It’s interesting, I had never heard of it, but when my husband and I started dating, he introduced me to it and it just kinda stuck. 🙂

      Comment by Amy — December 3, 2013 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  2. You’ve introduced me to something new, reminded me of something old, and closed with the same song I did.

    Comment by SAM — December 3, 2013 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

    • 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Comment by Amy — December 3, 2013 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  3. OK thank you SO MUCH for Ring Those Christmas Bells. I LOVE it! I think Troy may have included that in my Dropbox mix, that is one of the albums! I can’t wait to look! I am right there with you on the Karen Carpenter, I could listen to nothing else and be happy and dreamy. I sing along and pretend I’m her….
    And the Billy Porter? Chills…..

    Comment by Jen — December 3, 2013 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

    • She’s pretty amazing…such a sad story for such a beautiful, talented soul!

      Comment by Amy — December 4, 2013 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  4. Rosie and Elmo were a hit! 😀 Enjoyed their canon. Happy holidays!

    Comment by Michelle Liew — December 4, 2013 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • 🙂 Thank you! Just something about that one gets me…innocence of childhood, perhaps?

      Comment by Amy — December 4, 2013 @ 11:15 am | Reply

  5. The Carpenters are my favorites!

    Comment by elleroy was here (@modmomelleroy) — December 4, 2013 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

    • They are incredible! Thanks!

      Comment by Amy — December 4, 2013 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

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