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Christmas Tunes

While I’m not the type of person who will start listening to Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, I do enjoy Christmas tunes throughout the holiday season.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Silver Bells: I like several versions of the song, but this one by Bing Crosby is a favorite.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah MacLachlan version

Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses

Caroling, Caroling, Nat King Cole

O Holy Night: Also many gorgeous versions, but Josh Groban slays it for me

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: I love this song, especially the original by Judy Garland, but the Carpenters version is lovely

Christmas in Killarney, Bing Crosby

Mistletoe and Holly, Frank Sinatra

The Man with the Bag, Kay Starr

Jingle Bells, Frank Sinatra

I Want a Hippopatamus For Christmas


Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday! Nevit Dilmen

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Friday Finds November 2015

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here are a few fun finds from around the interwebs.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a  huge part of my Thanksgiving traditions. One day we’ll get there as a family. But in the mean time, this article about balloon school (in Detroit not NYC) for the large balloon handlers was quite fun.

I love stuff like this: short history of white breadPyrex, and the school backpack.

I’m not sure where I found this article, but as we enter in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I completely cosign on the idea of keeping Christmas simple that this writer asks her grown children for. After my Dad died and we cleaned out houses and had massive yard sales, we made the decision to stop giving gifts to each other as a family. We still do gifts for Little Man, but we decided the gift of time, love, and honesty were more important than opening something random on the holiday. It’s been one of the best things we’ve ever decided as a family.

An interview with a former prison librarian. Fascinating.

Updating Richard Scarry books.

Peanuts is more than just a comic strip and holiday specials.

When I was in San Francisco in August, I finally visited the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio  (highly recommend, by the way). I didn’t know a lot about the early Disney Animation days and was super surprised to learn that so many of the colorists were actually women, so have been doing some of my own research on the topic. This article about one of their more influential designers who was a woman is not new, but still interesting. Sad I missed the exhibit by a year!


It’s Black Friday and I’m not shopping. I’m working today and the only store I may enter is the market to get some essentials for a Little Man weekend. We may decorate the house this weekend for the Christmas season, but since that involves doing some cleaning and rearranging first, we might not!




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