But those technicalities won't stop me from dreaming.
With that in mind... I am pleased to share that a few of my favorite writers and I are creating an imaginary Christmas album with our favorite hits.
But we need your help. Our album only has five songs on it. If this is going to be a truly great Christmas album, we'll need more songs. So after you finish reading what songs we're singing, leave a comment telling us what song you'll add and why.
Now, let's take a look at what we're working with, shall we?
Track 1: Brea Brown, author of The Secret Keeper Fulfilled and Let's Be Frank performing "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
There's just something about that song that sparks my imagination. I picture someone coming back to a town where they haven't been in a while, dredging up old memories... and feelings for the people (or a specific person) still there... That whole prodigal son/daughter theme is always intriguing to me, but it's particularly poignant when a story with that theme is set during the holidays. Nostalgia is a powerful thing.
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Track 2: Laura Chapman, author of Hard Hats and Doormats and "Twelve Drummers Drumming" performing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
I grew up watching old Hollywood musicals, and some of my favorite starred Judy Garland. From a young age, I'd walk around singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "The Trolley Song." One of my favorite hits was always "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from "Meet Me in St. Louis." There's something so sweet, so sincere about pausing at the holidays to reflect on where you have been and where you hope to be the next time you put up a Christmas tree.
You know where to find me... But in case you need a reminder it's here and here.
Track 3: Cat Lavoie, author of Zoey & the Moment of Zen and Breaking the Rules performing "Christmas is All Around"
Love Actually is one of my all-time favorite movies and I need to watch it at least once during the holidays. One of the many reasons I love the movie is the awesome soundtrack... so I have decided to sing "Christmas is All Around" by Billy Mack (as portrayed by Bill Nighy) because it's such a fun song and it reminds me of some very memorable (and hilarious) scenes from the movie.
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Track 4: Samantha March, author of A Questionable Friendship and The Green Ticket performing "All I Want For Christmas is You"
The song I’m singing is “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. This song can instantly get me in the Christmas mood like none other can, and simply lifts my spirits. And I want to think it gives me permission to act like a diva while I sing!
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Track 5: Martha Reynolds author of Best Seller and Bits of Broken Glass performing "Hard Candy Christmas"
I'm going to channel my inner Dolly Parton and sing "Hard Candy Christmas." Long before I'd ever watched "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," I'd listen to Dolly sing this song. I love how she fights against what can be melancholy and difficult at the holidays, and decides to put forth a positive attitude instead. There were a couple of years when the words rang so true - "I'm barely getting through tomorrow, but still I won't let sorrow bring me down." I'll be fine and dandy.
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Now it's your turn... What are you singing? Why? Anyone want to sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" with me?
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