Christmas music playlist

Besides reconnecting with loved ones, the cookies, the gifts and the decorations, I love the music of the Christmas season. I have more than 300 Christmas songs that I flip through each year. Although, I do gravitate to the non-traditional Christmas songs. Meaning old songs, but done by modern artists. Plus original songs.

I must say, “Home for Christmas” by *NSync and “My Kind of Christmas” by Christina Aguilera are the two full Christmas albums I love the most. Blame it on growing up during the whole boy band, teenybopper late-’90s and early 2000s.

My three favorite Christmas songs are “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night” and “All I Want For Christmas.” I have almost 20 different versions of each one. I could probably listen to just a playlist of those songs all Christmas season long. But I try to mix it up. Which is why I bring you this playlist!

Christmas music playlist

“Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
“O Holy Night” by Kelly Clarkson
“What Christmas Means to Me” by Cee-lo Green
“All I Want For Christmas” by Dave Melillo
“Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
“Deck the Halls” by SheDaisy
“Sleigh Ride” by Relient K
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Rascal Flatts
“Holly Jolly Christmas” by the Format
“Carol of the Bells” by Pentatonix
“Let’s Be Naughty (And Save Santa the Trip)” by Elliot Yamin
“Last Christmas” by the Glee Cast
“River” by Robert Downey Jr.
“Winter Wonderland” by Jason Mraz
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Christina Aguilera
“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by *NSync
“Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” by Maroon 5
“Silver Bells” by Gavin DeGraw

And I’ve made a YouTube playlist for you:

Hope you enjoy and it gets you in the Christmas mood! If you have any fave Christmas songs, share them with me!

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Strategy board games

I had never played a strategy board game until this past year. Plus, the only time I had seen a strategy board game played was on Big Bang Theory, and it was used for more comic relief. So you know, prejudge, it’s something only for like super nerdy people. Ok, I admit I’m a nerd but I thought, well that’s to the extreme. Then my boyfriend picked up Ticket to Ride and I have now become hooked. Call me a super nerd. I can take it! 🙂

We’re amassing quite the collection of strategy board games right now, although there are a few games I won’t play ever again (ahem… Powergrid. Too much math for me.). The three in the photo above are my favorites, they all happen to have been played on the Tabletop series by Geek & Sundry hosted by Wil Wheaton too. I’m going to stink at explaining the games, it’s really more of a visual thing. I’m linking up the respective Tabletop episodes too.

I’m trying to set up a gaming party with friends, although it’s been tough trying to talk my friends into it! I’ll break them down eventually.

We have two different versions of Ticket to Ride, the US version and the European version. The game is a map of either place and there are destinations you need to get to. You do this by collecting a certain amount of color-coded cards and trading them in to build your train across the map. I find the US version is much more fun. The Europe version has extra tasks and cities I don’t really know. Oh, and I highly suggest you get the expansion pack otherwise you’re stuck playing with teeny cards. Tabletop episode

Elder Sign is a game involving cards and dice. You need to roll particular dice to defeat adventure cards. You need to defeat as many adventure cards and get elder signs in order to defeat a really bad monster. Or you get devoured. You get addicted to rolling the dice. Some rolls, the dice are really in your favor. Then the next, not so much. And then you lose sanity and stamina. Not really you, but game characters lose those along the way. Tabletop episode

Finally, there’s Small World. You are a race of particular magical creatures — elves, dwarves, amazons… rat men. You are trying to conquer different pieces of the game board and conquer your opponents’ dwellings as well. The game is different each time cause your character races also have some sort of extra power. So you could be flying elves or wealthy amazons, etc. Very dynamic. I’ve been eying Small World: Underground too. Tabletop episode

Here’s the latest Tabletop episode featuring Dixit, which might be joining the collection:

Do you have a strategy game you love playing?