New songs this year from Sia, 98º, Hanson, and Willam. And some songs that I just don’t ever tire of.
- Candy Cane Lane – Sia
- A Christmas Duel – The Hives & Cyndi Lauper
- Christmas In Heave – Monty Python
- Christmas Is Starting Now – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Christmas Time in California – The Dan Band
- Every Day’s Like Christmas – Kylie Minogue
- Extraordinary Merry Christmas – Glee Cast
- Father Christmas – The Kinks
- Fifty Kilowatt Tree – The Bobs
- Finally It’s Christmas – Hanson
- Hallelujah – Pentatonix
- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
- Ho Ho Ho Ho – Willam
- I Wanna Rock U Hard This Xmas – The Dan Band
- I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink-182
- Joy To The World – Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox
- Love On Layaway – Gloria Estefan Estefan
- Merry Christmas Everybody – Train
- Mile High Christmas – Breathe Carolina
- Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
- Season Of Love – 98º
- The Season’s Upon Us – Dropkick Murphys
- Snow Day – Toby Lightman
- Snow Globe – Matt Wertz
- Tiny Tree Christmas – Guster
- Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
- Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song) – Kelly Clarkson
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- Wrapped In Red – Kelly Clarkson
- 10,000 Watts – Crystal Antlers
A late entry to my new Christmas songs this year. It’s filthy.
For some, Epiphany is the official end of the Christmas season. It marks the day the three wise men visited. Any nativity scene shows you why that is wrong. The bible doesn’t specify this either way. I have some friends that have a 12th Night party occasionally. They had one this year as 12th night was on a Friday. Next year I imagine they will have the party again as it is on a Saturday. I’m not sure if I will go next year.
These guys are some of my oldest friends, going back 20 years. Even though the hosts are a gay couple, I was the only other gay person there. It was just lots of straight couples. I knew many of them so I had a nice time catching up. But I just felt out of place.
Things got really interesting when I ended up in a conversation with someone over reincarnation. I thought the conversation was going nicely. Her arguments were very weak, but I was polite when I knocked them down. I even said if there was any real evidence, I would reconsider my position. My big question she couldn’t answer was when did reincarnation fit into the biological history of Earth: with humans or primates or mammals or multicellular organisms or single cell organisms? Where does it fit in any why? Her response was to say according to me there is no reason to be a good person. I said no such thing. This was both an ad hominem attack and a straw man argument. I told her that was a horrible thing to say and she is a horrible person for saying it and I left. The whole thing left me really shaken. I know there are a lot of people who think others who don’t believe in the same nonsense they do can’t be a good person. I just haven’t encounted one in the wild in a long time.
And the biggest tragedy about this party is I could have gone to the opening of a new gay bar in White Center but I went here instead. At least they had two nice trees to look at. And the food was great.
Emory is a travel writer who knows all the Christmas traditions around the world. Her new assignment is an old fashioned American Christmas so she books a cabin in Pine Grove. The problem is, the cabin was double booked by Scott and his family. She ends up tagging along with him and his daughter for her Christmas bucket list.
This was probably my favorite movie this year.
Location: Pine Grove, California
Love interest: The sexy lawyer
Familiar Face: In addition to the doctor from Stargate as grandma, it had the sexy Lieutenant and the intelligence office from The Last Ship
Unlikely plot point: The double booked cabin
Who is dead: The lawyer’s wife.
Romantic ending: After he car breaks down again, he save her and they kiss in the car waiting for help. Then they go back and celebrate Christmas as a family
Sydney is a a flight attendant ready to head off to Bali for Christmas. She misses her connection when waiting for the father of the unaccompanied minor flying home from her grandparents. He then decides to help her figure out the story of how her parents met from the few pictures she had of them. His family also quickly gets her roped in to all of their Christmas plans. He finds the full story and she gives up her dream of working out of Rome.
Love interest: The sexy reporter and single dad
Familiar Face: Tom Everett Scott from That Thing You Do and Southland
Unlikely plot point: The airline gives her the address of the girl and her father after she finds the girl had left her Christmas gift for dad at the airport.
Who is dead: Her parents and his wife.
Romantic ending: They met up at the place her parents met and they kiss by the gazebo.
Molly is a work-a-holic who wins a trip to Jamaica for Christmas. But it’s actually Jamaica, Vermont and she’s staying at the Reindeer Lodge. Jared is a developer looking to foreclose the Reindeer Lodge. The reindeer haven’t returned in a while. They hold a fundraiser to save the lodge and the whole town helps save the lodge. In the end, Jared keeps to lodge as it is.
Location: Jamaica, Vermont
Love interest: The sexy bank guy. Actually I think this is the hottest guy in all of this year’s Hallmark movies.
Familiar Face: The captain from Chips and Sabrina’s aunt
Unlikely plot point: Oh so much. The lodge seems to have only three rooms. The contest she won was from Chicago for some reason. Plus the normal way these movies ignore how real estate law work.
Who is dead: His mom
Romantic ending: After Jared’s father gives him the lodge to keep as it is, she decides not to leave, the reindeer return and they kiss under the moonlight
April loves Christmas and her neighbor Eric does not. His is the only house on the street without decorations. But when his brother and sister-in-law get stuck in Europe and his mother gets the flu, he is stuck watching his niece and nephew. April helps him set up his house for Christmas. His family arrive for his first big family Christmas.
Location: Suburban Chicago, I think
Love interest: The sexy neighbor
Familiar Face: Jesse Metcalfe
Unlikely plot point: I’m not entirely sure how she can afford a house on a violinist salary. Also its unsure if they are next door, two doors down, or across the street from each other.
Who is dead: His father but it’s not a plot point
Romantic ending: He tracks her down on Christmas Eve and gives her the gift she thought was for his ex-girlfriend and they kiss in the snow