Top 10 Christmas Songs That Brighten The Day!

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Christmas is here and our family has been doing everything possible to make the home cheery!

First, we searched and searched until we found the perfect tree – there is nothing that says “Christmas Time” more than the gentle aroma of a real American Pine tree. Next, decorations. The colorful lights, both on the tree and the house. Cute decorations scattered about, reminding me of my youth. The sweet scents of Christmas cookies, gingerbread, mom’s traditional seafood gumbo and of course, the whole family being together under one roof. But to me, the feelings of Christmas – the memories of past and present – are tied together through the joyous music that ruminates through our home.

Music is a huge part making an environment that will lift spirits and fill hearts. I have compliled a list of my favorite Christmas songs that put a smile on my face and warm my heart. To narrow down the list I kept the songs reflective of the spirit of joy and left out anything that is associated with bittersweet, sad or downer feelings.

For instance, “Holly Jolly Christmas” makes the list whereas “Blue Christmas,” “You’re a mean one, Mr, Grinch” and “Happy Xmas(war is over)” do not. “The Christmas Song” may be one song that balances that fine line but since I associate it with sad movie moments, I left it off the list (See: “Catch Me If You Can.”)

What follows is my favorite “Top 10” list of Christmas songs based on the joy I feel listening to them. So in no particular order, without further ado…

  1. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  2. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Manzel and Michael Buble’
  3. Silver Bells – Bing Crosby and Carol Richards
  4. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  5. Little St. Nick – The Beachboys
  6. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  7. Feliz Navidad – Jose’ Feliciano
  8. White Christmas – The Drifters ( from “Home Alone”)
  9. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow – Dean Martin 
  10. Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

If you have heard them, comment and let me know what what you think. Did I leave out one of your favorites? If you haven’t heard these songs, look ’em up on I-tunes or Youtube…..you’ll be glad you did! Either way, let your home be filled with joyous music to celebrate the Christmas Spirit. And Remember to…..

~ Breathe This Life ~

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1 Good Idea Can Make Huge Changes

Today I was surfing YouTube and found a story/video….or “stideo” (yea, I just made that up)…about a 24-year-old girl, Veronika, who turned her family tribulations into a solution for other families in need. It started like the scene from the film Pay It Forward when Veronika’s school teacher assigned her a new project: “design something that would fill a real need.” Veronika’s creation: A puffy coat that doubled as a sleeping bag. Her goal: to help the homeless by keeping them warm. However, that solution didn’t fix the deeper issue and instead of saying, “that’s good enough,” she challenged herself to do better. Discover Veronika’s new idea at the bottom of the page.

Everyone has at least one idea or gift that can change the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is or how much money you have. Once you find your talent, that one thing that makes a positive impact, that’s when the fun begins! Even the smallest of impacts can affect huge change: it’s the Butterfly Effect.

Put in the effort and watch the world change right before your eyes…..all it takes is confidence and inspiration. As Sir Ben Kingsley’s character challenges in the film Sexy Beast, “Where there’s a WILL there’s a WAY. And there’s ALWAYS a will.” You just have to find it.

When inspiration and passion merge…..lives are changed.

There is a brilliant idea within you too…..just put in the work.

~ Breathe This Life ~