December 12, 2014
And we’ve made it all the way to my (two) number one favorite Christmas songs! I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them with me! And I’ve loved you all sharing your favorites with me! Without further ado:
Traditional #1: Carol of Bells, David Foster
Of all the versions of this song I’ve heard over the years (and I’ve heard many good ones) this is still by far my most favorite.
Nontraditional #1: Take a Walk Through Bethlehem, Tricia Yearwood
I first heard this song a couple years ago when I borrowed my parents CD of it. (I “borrowed” many cds that Christmas ha!) I was looking for some new music to add to my collection. This song just spoke to me. It’s everything that Christmas should be about. I wish this song was played day after day (unlike some of the other Christmas songs they play) on the radio. This is my favorite Christmas song without a doubt.
December 9, 2014
Traditional #2: Christmas in Killarny, Anne Murray
This version is from Bing Crosby. I like it, but I like the Anne Murray version better (I couldn’t find it on YouTube though). Anne Murray’s version is actually combined with another song too. I’m Irish and I think this song really pulls the Irish out of me! Oh my word whenever I hear this song I start singing along at the top of my lungs. As the Irish say: “If you don’t sing well, sing loud!”
Nontraditional #2: This is Your Gift, John Tesh
Listen and fall in love! Oh just love this song.
December 6, 2014
Traditional #3: Emmanuel, Amy Grant
Love her version. Love the song.
(and this version leads right into Little Town so I’ve included the link for it too :D because part of why I love this version is the fact that this song is kind of a part of it.)
Nontraditional #3: The Peace Carol, John Denver and the Muppets
Technically this probably doesn’t qualify as nontraditional. It’s actually sung at my church in the music before mass, but you don’t hear this on the radio nor is it commonly found on other Christmas CDs so I’m considering it nontraditional! LOVE LOVE LOVE this song and it’s message.
December 3, 2014
Traditional #4: We Three Kings, St. Peter’s Choir
I don’t think I’ve come across a version I don’t like of this song. Some of my favorites are Michael Smith, Anne Murray, Mannheim Steamroller…too many great versions to pick one from!
I couldn’t find a version from St. Peter’s Choir, but this another really pretty one from the choir of Kings College, Cambridge.
Nontraditional #4: A Soldier’s King, Kenny Rogers
December 1, 2014
Christmas time is a big time for me for sales, but despite the craziness of my schedule it’s a time of year I try and make time for family and friends. I love this season. There’s just a joy about it when I take time to look beyond “spending” money. I love giving gifts, but sometimes the best gift is having a girls night in to watch movies all night with my friends, or visiting our local historical museum, or just walking around Boston. This time of year is so much more than just selling for me. I do love this time of year and selling, especially when I get repeat customers who come back to tell me how much their daughter or friend or mom loved the soap they got them! That’s what makes my job fun, despite the sometimes 14 hour days this time of year.
I thought it would be fun to do a countdown of my favorite Christmas songs (both the traditional and nontradition). So, here we go: Jennifer’s countdown to her favorite Christmas songs! Join me and share your favorite Christmas songs with me!
Traditional #5: Little Drummer Boy, Celtic Women
There are so many versions of this song that I like it’s hard to pick out my favorite.
Nontraditional #5: Eyes of a Child, Air Supply
Another one from Air Supply. I first heard this song years ago and just fell in love with it. It’s on their Christmas album.
I had a hard time narrowing it down to just five so I also had to give you my runner ups! Stay tune for four through one over the next week and a half!
Traditional Runner Up: Go Tell it on the Mountain, Anne Murray
(Anne Murray’s Mary’s Boy Child was a really close runner up too!)
Nontraditional Runner Up: Love is All, Air Supply
September 17, 2014
If you’ve been following me on Facebook you’ve already seen some sneak previews of these soaps as I started them at the beginning of August. I debated what to do for winter soaps quite a bit this summer. I went back and forth so many times! I decided to keep six of my winter soaps from last year.
- Holiday Berry
- Fresh Snow
- Cedar & Balsam
- Spiced Cranberry
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
One, Frankincense and Myrrh is a different variation as I couldn’t get the old and loved fragrance anymore. I had just enough of Santa’s Spruce to make a 5lb batch. It won’t be coming back next year (but that’s not to say it’s gone forever. I just needed a break from it).
Then I decided to try SIX new scents. I only made 5lb batches of them (just 16 bars). I’m going to see just how fast they sell and what people think of them when they smell them and then from there evaluate which of the new scents to bring back as larger batches next fall.
- Harvest Moon
- Pumpkin Spice
- Holly Berries
- Ice Capade (a sweeter peppermint than straight up peppermint)
- Autumn Wreath
- Applejack Peel (this was one I made a few years ago. Didn’t appeal to me last year, but this year it’s calling to me!)
Sadly, peppermint-chocolate didn’t make the cut to return at all this year.
This is me and my prep and planning as I tried to figure out how much of each soap to make (always a tricky task) and what designs to do. A few of the soaps are keeping the same design from last year, but everything else is new. I did way too many embed designs ha! I couldn’t help myself.