|A CD that looks like a fruitcake? Oh really, you shouldn't have!|
No, really, you think you love it, but I love it more.
If I owned a car, I'd rig the horn to play Carol of the Bells.
There is a radio station in Chicago that starts playing Christmas music 24/7 in early November, and for nearly two months, every time a song comes on, I shake my fists a tiny bit and squeal to myself, This one is my favorite!
Years ago, when burning your own mix CDs became a fad, some friends and I all swapped CDs made of our favorite holiday music. Between the five of us and ten songs each, it was a quick way to amass a decent collection. And although my collection was already sizable, hearing other people's "Top Ten Holiday Hits" was an interesting insight to each person's approach to Christmas spirit.
You know, one's musical taste and one's taste in Christmas Music are two separate things. You would never guess that a big burly guy would enjoy Rosemary Clooney's Suzie Snowflake, or that the classical music snob would appreciate Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, but there you go. We all learned a little about each other, and after much discussion, we all agreed that the world is divided into two different kinds of people: people who enjoy Celion Dion, and Everyone Else.
But I digress.
I still like to swap Cds and wish it was more popular. I'm still going to make a few though, and this year, best of all, they will look like fruitcake! Ready for the tutorial? Here goes:
1. Go down to the offfice supply store and get some CD Labels for inkjet printers.
2. Find a picture of a fruitcake.
3. Following the manufacturer directions, place the image of the fruitcake over the CD template.
4. Print it.
5. Stick it.
And that's it.
Now, I'm not going to get into the details on how to place an image in your computer, because every combination of template/computer will be slightly different, but trust me, it's easy. If you are super uncomfortable with this stuff, but you have access to someone between the ages of 8 and 18, get them to do it for you. Bribe them with chocolate if you have to. It's worth it. Everyone will be so delighted and impressed when you hand them this CD of your favorite holiday tunes!
HELP ME. I DON'T WANT TO GET SUED. AT LEAST NOT OVER FRUITCAKE.
It is my understanding that certain federal regulatory entities do not appreciate people like me promoting the concept of folks swapping free music. Understandable. Scroogish, but understandable. So, to offset any free music that might be exchanged, lets' promote some music for purchase, shall we?
I'm asking you to leave a comment indicating your top three holiday songs in the following categories; Classic, Sentimental, and Buried Treasure (something that you never hear on the radio). Include artist preference if you have one.
Hopefully, if a few of us share our favorite songs, some of us will be prompted to check them out and perhaps download them on ITunes (or similar). Cool?
Here, I'll start:
Classic: "We Three Kings of Orient Are" by Ella FitzgeraldNow it's your turn -- chime in the comments, por favor :)
Sentimental: "Dominick the Donkey"
Buried Treasure: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Rolf and John Denver (yes, I am evangelizing the Muppets yet again. The whole album is amazing. 'Nuff said)