It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it is to some people. If you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, here are some tunes to set the mood. These Jingle Bell Jams are great for last minute holiday gift shopping, your festive holiday party and of course, Christmas Day!
Jingle Bell Jams
Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas
Sleigh Ride – Tamar Braxton
I Listen to the Bells – Luther Vandross
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Mariah Carey
8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
A “DC” Christmas Medley
Jingle Bells – Patti LaBelle
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
I Want to Come Home for Christmas – Marvin Gaye
Frosty the Snowman – The Jackson 5
One Little Christmas Tree – Stevie Wonder
Little Drummer Boy – Four Tops
Santa Baby – The Pussycat Dolls
Ave Maria – Stevie Wonder
Give Love on Christmas Day – The Temptations
Joy to the World – Whitney Houston
The Christmas Song – Anthony Hamilton
Winter Wonderland – Andra Day
Sleigh Ride – TLC
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jessica Simpson
Mistletoe – Colbie Caillat
Carol of the Bells – Destiny’s Child
O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
Blue Christmas – The Lumineers
Last Christmas – Ariana Grande
Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
Silent Night – Boyz II Men
Run Run Rudolph – Straight No Chaser
What are your favorite Christmas or holiday songs? Did they make my list? Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL!
Holiday cocktails can be used for 2 things: bringing strangers together and avoiding nosy loved ones. Christmas trees can get lit, and so can we! If you’re hosting a holiday party or just looking for a way to unwind after shopping, try these holiday cocktails.
Get Lit With These Holiday Cocktails
It was hard, but I ONLY chose 19 cocktails for you to enjoy this holiday season. Note: 2 of those recipes are mocktails for anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. Disclaimer: Pinterest widgets aren’t always my friend, so if you can’t see the board in this post, click here!
The white sangria I made for Thanksgiving was amazing. I soaked some cranberries in rum, that I thought would last until Christmas, but I’ve been adding them into my hot chamomile tea instead. Whoops. For Christmas, I think I’ll make a non-alcoholic version of The Grinch Hot Chocolate for my nephews, and the “everything else on the list” for myself. 🙂
What’s on the list?
Holiday Moscow Mule – Hot Beauty Health
Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa – Honey and Birch
Cucumber-Mint Gin and Tonic – Martha Stewart
White Peach Sangria – Vegan Family Recipes
Blackberry Ombré Sparkler – FoodBlogs
Holiday Punch – The Cookie Rookie
Christmas Cookie Jello Shots – Ann’s Entitled Life
Frozen Chocolate Brandy Alexander – Diethood
Grinch Hot Chocolate – Cooking with Curls
Honey Winter Bourbon Cocktail – One Broads Journey
Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail – Delightful E Made
The Blizzard – The Speckled Palate
Cranberry Orange Margaritas – Half Baked Harvest
Jingle Juice Holiday Mocktail – NoBiggie
Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz – Creative Culinary
Jolly Pop Lemon Drops – Life as a Strawberry
Spiced Bourbon Eggnog – Rhubarbarians
Sparkling Raspberry Peal Mocktail – Sprinkle Some Fun
Candy Cane Vodka – The Speckled Palate
The 5 Holiday Cocktails I can’t wait to try
Spiced Bourbon Eggnog
Honey Winter Bourbon Cocktail
Vanilla and Cranberry Mimosa
Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz
Cucumber Lime and Mint Gin Tonic
(Please remember to drink responsibly! Keep the holiday season a great time for yourself, friends and family.)
What are you sipping on this holiday season? Have you made any of the holiday cocktails on my list? Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL.
The number of parties and get-togethers you’re invited to or are expected to attend grow exponentially during the holidays. There’s your office gathering, the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, gift exchange, Christmas or Hanukkah with your family (perhaps, an additional holiday celebration with in-laws), bowl game watch parties and New Years Eve. The list multiplies by the number of professional or social clubs you’re involved in. A friend told me that their kickball league is having five holiday gatherings.
We’ve all witnessed or committed a faux pas that has made a situation a little awkward. Below are some awkward holiday party scenarios. Some are a complete work of fiction. However, I’ve actually personally witnessed the majority of them. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which is which. However, all of these situations are things you may want to consider to avoid your own awkward moments at holiday parties.
Awkward Holiday Parties…
happen when you hit the open bar or spiked punch bowl one too many times.
Sure it’s the end of the year. You worked hard and you deserve one night of open bar and catered goodness to celebrate. However, there’s probably at least one person in the room that has a hand in your annual review. Fact – when alcohol is thrown into the mix, you see different sides of people. Do you want said person to remember how you started taking tequila shots one hour into the party and ran into the photographer causing him to break his $3000 camera?
happen when someone is wayyyyy underdressed.
Kristen is the person in the office who has never really understood the dress code. Jeans are for casual Friday. Casual Friday does not fall on Monday. Kristen shows up at the office party in a super tight and way too short bodycon from Wet Seal (yup, she still shops at Wet Seal). Cue all the subtle glances as she walks by.
happen when that one person who is way too confident on the dance floor requests “their” song.
Do you remember that scene in She’s All That when Brock goes H.A.M. on the dance floor? Please my friends do not let this be you. Or of it is you, I hope someone records it because I want to laugh.
happen when that one couple’s PDA gets more out of control as the night wears on.
Your friend’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party is usually very fun, but this year you’re single and there’s a couple that keeps bumping into you as they make out on the couch. You should move, but your phone is wedged under Tony’s thigh.
happen when you get stuck in an awkward conversation with a co-worker you barely talk to.
The only thing you know about Ethel is that she’s the woman that has the latest budget numbers. Suddenly, she’s asking you if that’s your natural hair color and your plans for New Years.
happen when a random stranger/creepy coworker/drunk intern keeps hitting on you.
You’re munching on the driest piece of cake you’ve ever tasted. You need a drink from the punch bowl, but that would mean engaging Lou who is hovering over the punch bowl area. You wouldn’t even care, but he winked at you earlier and keeps asking why you came to the party by yourself. Go away!!!!
happen when the food and drinks run out.
Wait….you invited me here and only had one bag of chips, some meatballs, and a 24-pack of Busch Light. I’m out!
Do you have any stories you want to share? Have you witnessed any of these things? Feel free to leave a comment below with tales from your own awkward holiday parties.
As soon as we were done with Thanksgiving dinner, the hunt for paper and pencils began. It was the most exciting time of the year, the writing of our Christmas lists. The time to remind Santa I made all A’s, got the highest average in my class and was nice to my little sister at least for the past month.
Some of us only wanted our two front teeth, while others had lists two sheets of paper long. Even though every gift I got from Santa (aka my mama) was super dope, there are a few things I never saw underneath the tree. Take a sleigh ride with me to visit the gifts of Christmas past!
What didn’t make it under the tree:
American Girl Samantha: I read every Samantha book, and could not wait to read them to my new doll. But nah. Never happened. I even picked out our matching outfits we were going to wear to the tea parties. American Girl dolls weren’t cheap, so I’m thinking my little Samantha and her accessories were more expensive that some kids’ total Christmas list. Cocker Spaniel: She was going to be black and white, and I was going to name her Raindrop. Ya know, because I was a kid hippie. Unfortunately, my mama had this thing where she got too attached to her dogs, and her entire world would crumble if they died. Translation: we never got a dog.
Burgundy velvet jumper with a matching hat: Remember getting the JC Penney catalog and flipping through every single page to write a Christmas list? I know my sister and I weren’t the only ones. You couldn’t tell me I wouldn’t be skipping in the front yard with my new velvet get up. To be honest not getting that jumper was probably in my best interest.
My favorite gifts that made it under the tree:
Jennie Gymnast: Jennie flipped it and reversed it all day long on Christmas. There was also a Super Jennie–she came with the gym bars!
Polaroid Camera: I think I was 9 when I got my first camera. It was a blue Fisher Price one. Obviously my photography skills were pretty dope, so a few years later I got a Polaroid!
Barbie Roller Skates: With the knee pads and helmet of course. I skated outdoors and indoors, because not only were the skates fun–they were super cute! Well, they were cute at the time. My desire to wear pink and purple vanished after elementary school.
Furby: If you don’t remember Furby, you’re too young for me yo. It was like having a gremlin that didn’t snap when wet or hungry! They were the hottest toys in the late 90s. Although I currently don’t participate in the Black Friday shenanigans, I’m pretty sure my mama had to swing on a few folks to get one of these. FYI, I also added a Furby Baby to my collection.
Do you remember what you asked for but never received? What were your favorite Christmas gifts? Tell me all about your gifts of Christmas past by commenting below or tweeting me @PalmsInATL.
Holiday baking is my thing. I absolutely love it. From measuring all the flour to the enticing smells of the holiday treats in the oven. I also love making little kits for others to make their own holiday treats. Check out some mixes I made as gifts last year:
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So today I thought I’d share some tasty recipes of holiday treats I plan on making in the coming weeks. All of the pictures below link to the blog where I found them and additional recipes can be found on our Pinterest board.
Holiday Treats – Recipe Roundup
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
I love red velvet anything and sugar cookies are a given during the holidays. So put these two together and you have a fantastic cookie to share and enjoy.
Marble Sugar Cookies
Red velvet not your thing (gasp!), that’s OK. Here’s a classic sugar cookie with a twist. How cute would these be in a gift basket?
Homemade Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe
I don’t know what’s a staple at your family holiday meal, but my family loves a good rum cake. I’ve seen versions using pound cake (you can find one on our Pinterest board), but I personally love chocolate rum cake.
Naughty & Nice Mint Mousse Brownies
The description on the blog says: Moist and fudgy dark chocolate brownies, topped with a minty, fluffy cloud of mousse and studded with cookie crumbles (naughty) & candy canes (nice)! How could you not want to make these?! I’m tempted to try to bite my computer screen right now.
Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
You may say pee-KAHN, but I’m Southern and it’s PEE-can to me. Either way these look so good!
Molasses Spice Cookies
This one is simple and I have all the ingredients already so it looks like I’ll be making these cookies this weekend.
What are some of your favorite holiday treats? Feel free to leave a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.
It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeaaaar. *Sprinkles holiday cheer all in yo face* I can’t speak for every holiday that comes around this season, but nothing puts me in the mood for Christmas like music! Where I’m from, it’s really not December until you hear “Silent Night” by The Temptations, and Christmas day isn’t complete without Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas”.
In natural Palmetto Peaches fashion, we thought it would be necessary to put together some jams to help you “deck the halls”. I can’t explain how hard it was to not use most of the songs from Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, but somehow I made it happen. Listen to the Christmas playlist below! (Don’t forget to scroll down, so you can hear all the tunes.)
Jingle Bell Rock: Christmas Playlist
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
What Christmas Means to Me – Fantasia
Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder (Although Stevie’s version featuring Andra Day in the Apple commercial is amazing. Watch it here.)
All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith (Note: I was going to pick Judy Garland’s version from Meet Me in St. Louis, but it makes me cry. Thank you, The Family Stone.)
Let it Snow – Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight
The Christmas Song – Judy Garland
O Holy Night – Mariah Carey
8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
Christmas in Hollis – RUN D.M.C
Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria – Mariah Carey
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
O’ Come All Ye Faithful – Luther Vandross
Silent Night – The Temptations
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Pentatonix
The First Noel – Bebe and Cece Winans
Purple Snowflakes – Marvin Gaye
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
Did your favorite Christmas song make the list? If not, let me know what song! If you celebrate a different holiday during this season, what songs bring back old memories and a smile to your face? Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL!