26 CommentsChristmas holidays and music

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‘Tis the season to be busy
Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La
Hither, yon and in a tizzy
Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La

Much as I love the holidays, there’s always lots to do at this time of year.
Mostly reruns of Christmas specials and movies on TV, but those are fun, don’t you think?
To that end, please enjoy one of my holiday reruns:

[Originally published on Dec. 5, 2012 and again on Dec. 19, 2013]

Holiday Rerun Series at The Doglady's Den

Winter is my least favourite time of year, (fortunately, we live in southern Canada, so, it’s not as bad as most of the country). Despite that, I always look forward to December and all the trimmings of the holiday season. One thing I can’t get my head around is the “new age” decorating style.

Pink? Purple??? What????? Please!

Compare these two images:

To each their own, of course, but, wouldn’t you agree the traditional style is more elegant and pleasing to the eye? Is this a generational thing?

Perhaps it stems from my heritage. The Christmas Tree or Tannenbaum was invented by Germans and we take it very seriously.

I can remember my mother, painstakingly hanging the tinsel “just so” and lighting the real candles, fastened to sterling silver holders.

candles for the season

Are you in the mood yet?

greenery and bow for the holiday season

People have different tastes when it comes to Christmas carols and other holiday music. I like most of it; classics and contemporary, but please,


Starting too early is not a good idea either and tends to turn people off. December 1st sounds about right, don’t you think?

This is my favourite Christmas classic; originating in 19th century Austria:

Michael Bublé, that silky-voiced Canadian crooner,
(yes; he’s one of ours), came out with a wonderful Christmas CD in 2011.
Here’s a sampling:

Alright; we have the decor and the music. What about sustenance? Most of us over-indulge in December and you know what? So we should! This is, after all, the “holiday” season, so, let’s relax and enjoy! A friend once said that calories don’t count this time of year and I am in full agreement. Plenty of time for dieting after New Year’s.

christmas season dinner

The commercialization of Christmas has become ridiculous, wouldn’t you say? People strive to find bigger, more expensive gifts and load up their credit cards to the breaking point. Come January, when the bills roll in, they’ve probably forgotten all they spent and keel over in shock! No wonder it’s such a miserable month. I would much prefer an inexpensive, meaningful gift, to an extravagant, frivolous one, any day.

xmas gifts - a great season tradition

coexist happy holiday season

My holiday wishes, especially for you!
Thanks so much for supporting the blog. ♥

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What do you enjoy most about the holidays?

(Or, perhaps you don’t?)

Looking forward to your comments.



champagne toast to the season

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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26 thoughts on “‘TIS THE SEASON, ONCE AGAIN

  1. 1st, yes, traditional tree rocks!!!

    2nd, yes to coexisting!!!

    3rd, I’ve always loved the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

    4th, lovely radio voice there, Debbie 🙂 Oh, and Maligayang Pasko 😉

    1. Hi, J. Gi. 🙂 (BTW, both of your comments were posted, so I’ll delete the duplicate. Must have been a temporary glitch.) Nice choice of Christmas song! People have made the “radio voice” comment before. Thanks for the compliment. Looks like I missed my calling! “Maligayang Pasko” means “Merry Christmas”? Awesome to learn something new. Thanks again!

  2. Call me crazy, but I love the commercialization of Christmas. That gives me unlimited ideas as for what to buy as Christmas presents. Otherwise, I would have to learn how to make stuff.

    Love your pictures… such a festive post. 🙂

    1. Well, commercialization is okay, up to a point. Nothing wrong with buying gifts, but I’d rather get something inexpensive, given from the heart than something ostentatious and superficial. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Myke. Wishing you and your family all the best!

  3. I guess I’m a traditional person when it comes to Christmas. The tree has to be fresh and green. I love that smell in the house. However, I doubt I’ll put one up this year. We’ll be traveling to other people’s for the holiday and I’m tired of hosting dinners already. I’m not doing a bah humbug; I’m just taking a break. Enjoy your Christmas whatever you do and wherever you do it.

    1. A real tree would be lovely, but it’s not practical for us. Too many dogs in residence. 🙂
      dogs peeing on Christmas tree
      Travelling over the holidays can certainly offer a nice break. Thanks for visiting and have a Merry Christmas!

  4. I still have to listen to your BOTB. I have a real tree with a mix of real lameta from Germany and the flyaway kind from here. We just have to watch the pussy cats. I can’t fathom having a (ughh) pink tree or purple…it must be green and, as long as I can, it must be real. I love the real Christmas music as I like to call it which are from our old albums-German Christmas music and also from North America but usually some kind of choir, Andre Rieu, Bing, Ivan Rebroff(I think that is it). Christmas would not be the same without the Bonanza Christmas album that has all 4 men and others singing and giving stories while they decorate the Bonanza home. It was my dad’s favourite.

    1. The real tinsel from Germany is so much better, isn’t it? We haven’t had a real tree in years and miss the scent. Just not practical, with all these dogs in residence. I can imagine your cats are attracted to the tree, Birgit.:) As much as I loved Bonanza, I don’t remember that Christmas album.Off to Youtube….And, here it is! 😀 I’ll be listening to it later, for sure. Thanks!

  5. I’ll take traditional in just about anything about Christmas. Though a fake tree that looks kind of real is our preferred choice. Save a tree, save the hassle of disposing a real one and I’ve got nowhere to plant one.

    Arlee Bird

    1. Haha! We do the fake trees that look real, also. Tried a live tree once and it was a disaster; not to mention, messy! 😛 I’m all for saving the trees. Thanks, Lee! 🙂

  6. I LOVE Christmas and I have to say, being a Michigander and having been to Frankenmuth nearly every year of my life. I like all trees, the traditional and the new. Each one is just so beautiful to me in its own way. When my dad was in the Army we lived in Germany and I remember the real candles on the trees altho we did not do that.

    1. What a coincidence! We just came back from a long weekend in Frankenmuth. 🙂 The German atmosphere makes me homesick. How cool that you also lived in Germany! Thanks for dropping in.

  7. I love Christmas and look forward to it all year. I also plan for it all year. Usually by October everything is done. Gifts bought and wrapped and meals planned. The last few years we have traveled at Christmas so I don’t do much decorating. I take food and baking to the homes we are visiting and I am happy about that. I suppose that is my new tradition and a lot less work. We still maintain the tradition of opening Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve just like we did growing up — a German tradition 🙂

    1. Hi, Carol; I knew you would have a handle on all the holiday festivities. 🙂 Christmas Eve is still the main event at our house too, but we combine traditions: The opening of gifts, German style but seafood for dinner instead of meat, as per hubby’s Italian upbringing. Thanks for coming by!

  8. I agree. The traditional tree is prettier than the pink one. These days, our holidays are extremely watered down. No sticker shock in January for us. I hear more people complain about how stressed they are before Christmas. That’s not what it’s supposed to be about.

  9. Debbie, Christmas here for Phoenix and I has never been about a tree and surrounding it with a comfy bed of presents. Our holiday is always experienced and shared outward towards others. We just completed our (Mike and Phoenix) Santa rounds for this year and it brought so much joy to us once again! I did listen to both the Austrian video of Silent Night and Michael Buble’s as well! I love hearing different stuff from different countries. And folks different takes on this holiday. Oh and yikes on the pink tree ha, ha! Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy holiday! 🙂

    1. That’s wonderful Mike! 🙂 We donate to food banks and other charities, because we have so much and it’s good to give back. Yes, that pink tree just doesn’t do it for me, either. LOL Wishing you and Phoenix a Very Merry Christmas! Thanks for visiting.

  10. Hi Debbie, many thanks for dropping by, for me Christmas starts when there’s no more shopping to be done, you have everything set to ‘auto’ and whatever happens enjoyment is the order of the days to come. Have a great time and much love to you and yours for Christmas and may 2014 be a fantastic year. xxPenxx

  11. Hey Debbie,

    Well, a lot of things going on in this season, eh? 😉 Hope you already done with shopping dear. I’m not too fond of shopping though 😀 lol…

    Anyway, I love the traditional Christmas tree. Pinkish, whitish and all sorts of ish trees are cool too, but I feel they are results of commercialization. Green is always good on eyes, don’t you think? 🙂

    I know your celebrations won’t go without music at all dear 🙂 Thanks for sharing some music which I’ll be heading again to listen to them.

    You have a fabulous weekend ahead!


    1. HI Mayura; Yes, this is always a busy time of year, although shopping isn’t my favourite thing either. LOL Agree with your comment that the “ish” trees are the result of commercialization, which is another thing I don’t like. Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays to you. Cheers!

  12. Hello Debbie!

    Ah, the music definitely put me in the spirit! I love this time of year but I’ll pass on the super cold weather. I know you all are having some tough weather so I can’t complain about the upper 30’s. 🙂 I tell you though it hurts my bones.

    I’m with you my sister…I’ll stick to the traditional colors for Christmas. I know everyone has their own taste so whatever gets them in the spirit, let it be :).

    When it comes to the music I prefer the classics. There is stuff I like today like Michael Buble. I love his version of White Christmas with Shania Twain.

    I saw houses decorated in the first week of November, can you believe that? I wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating.

    Oh yeah my diet goes out the window and unfortunately so did the workout. It’s back to the grind come January 1st.

    We don’t go overboard on gifts either. I like to keep it simple and from the heart.

    Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas my rocker friend. I’m so glad we met and connected!

    1. Hi Corina; Seems we have similar styles for Christmas. 🙂 Some people really start early, don’t they? I find it offensive when stores are all decked out even before Halloween. They used to at least wait until that was over. Thanks for visiting and I’m also glad we met. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad, amiga!