Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas

As the holiday season shifts into high gear and you still find yourself in the midst of shopping, decorating, baking and entertaining, it may be a great time to slow the pace and get back to the basics. Reflect on what means the most to you – your family, friends and what you believe in. It’s all about holding the true meaning of the holidays in your hearts with the traditions you enjoy, the memories you cherish and the connections you share. So celebrate what you have and what you’re grateful for, from simple pleasures like cozying up to a crackling fire to more meaningful gifts, like being with loved ones and feeling at home for the holidays!

In the mood board:  Peace on Earth ecard from American Greetings


Your Favorite Christmas Songs…

Christmas Music

Whether you’re out walking in a winter wonderland or enjoying a night at home decorating the tree, it’s easy to add some extra Christmas cheer with a holiday song.  While everyone has their own personal favorites, here are ten of the best Christmas classics to add to your playlist:

  1. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells.  Nat “King” Cole’s 1946 version is still the most popular.
  2.  “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie. Written in 1934, this classic ties for oldest  song on the list.
  3.  “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin. The film Meet Me in St. Louis popularized this holiday favorite.
  4. “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard & Richard B. Smith. Ties with #2, making 1934 a great year for music!
  5. “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. This dreamy song has been a favorite all around the world, with over 500 versions in 12 different languages.
  6. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne.  Dean Martin’s rendition has remained the most popular version of this wishful tune.
  7. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks. Rudolph’s antics originally began as a story written for Montgomery Ward department store.
  8. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal & James Ross Boothe. With its super-cheerful rhythm, this  favorite is also one of the most played on radio stations.
  9.  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon & Buck Ram.  Bing Crosby popularized this song during World War II.
  10.  “Little Drummer Boy” by Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati & Harry Simeone. A family favorite since 1958.

Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, check out the new “Peace on Earth” ecard from American Greetings.  It features a beautiful instrumental rendition of #3 on our list – your friends and family will love it! So what are you waiting for?  Get your merry music on and enjoy the magic of the season!