Holiday Roundup

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I hope you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Since the holidays are still rolling, today’s post is a roundup of seasonal tidbits to keep you in the holiday spirit ‘til 2014.

In case you missed it, SHMorganizing was featured in MyScoop Birmingham: 10 Steps On How To Get Organized For The Holidays. Check out the article to keep calm and enjoy the holidays!

Organization is obviously a passion of mine, but playlists and stocking stuffers bring out my happy dance as well. So, in honor of this busy time of year, I’ve created a playlist of seasonal tunes to keep your spirits bright and a collection of stocking stuffer ideas to assist with your shopping.

I absolutely love music – all kinds of music! I can’t hold a tune or play an instrument, but you’ve never seen someone hit her Shazam app faster when a great song comes on the radio, plays in an elevator, is heard in a film score, etc. I surround my family with music and have a playlist for almost any occasion.

Below are some of my favorite Christmas songs - about an hour and a half of music. Each song compliments the next, so just hit play and go about your gift-wrapping, partying, holiday baking, or fireside relaxing.

SHMorganizing’s Holiday Playlist
  1. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Dean Martin
  2. “Cool Yule” – Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
  3. “Carol of the Bells (Instrumental)” – David Foster
  4. “Baileys Nutcracker (Britell Remix)” – Nicholas Britell [I love this remix of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker by Baileys – hear it in their new, and very cool, holiday commercial here]
  5. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings (with Sarah McLachlan)” – Barenaked Ladies
  6. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
  7. “What Christmas Means to Me” – Stevie Wonder
  8. “Merry Christmas Baby” – Bruce Springsteen
  9. “A Christmas to Remember” – Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers [who doesn’t love a Dolly & Kenny duet?!]
  10. “Sleigh Ride” – Ella Fitzgerald
  11. “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” – Frank Sinatra
  12. “O Tannenbaum” – Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas
  13. “Winter Wonderland” – Kenny G
  14. “Blue Christmas” – Harry Connick, Jr.
  15. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
  16. “Little Drummer Boy (featuring guitarist Andy McKee)” – Josh Groban
  17. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Michael Buble'
  18. “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  19. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” – Nat King Cole
  20. “Home Alone (Somewhere In My Memory)” – John Williams
  21. “Joy to the World” – any version or artist [my husband & I have a December anniversary and we exited the church to this song…goosebumps every time I hear it!]
  22. “Stille Nacht (Silent Night)” – Mannheim Steamroller
  23. “Auld Lang Syne” – Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis
SHMorganizing’s Stocking Stuffers

I’ve only been buying stocking stuffers for a few years, but it has become something I look forward to each holiday. To me, stocking stuffers should be a mix of fun and practical. Bring on the kitchen gadgets, but enough already with the pocket cocktail books! It’s not a big stretch to see why I don’t like such clutter culprits…

So, to minimize clutter and maximize joy, here are a few options to consider (click on images to enlarge):

  • tech gloves for touch-screens, for her or for him
  • wine in these holiday bottle holders [great host/hostess gift as well]
  • Table Topics
  • personalized photo calendar
  • personalized e-cookbook
  • Eye-Fi Mobi+Wi-Fi memory card [instantly transfer photos or videos from your digital camera to your smartphone or tablet - no wireless network required!]
  • charitable donation in the recipient’s name
  • “homerun” gift certificates – e.g. iTunes gift card for yours truly [gift certificates have gotten a bad rap for being impersonal, but they’re a fantastic option as long as you keep the recipient’s best interests in mind]
  • hand-written letter [some of my most prized possessions are notes given to me by my husband, father, and grandfather]
  • The unexpected! Occasionally step away from practical and go full-on fun with some sparkly jewelry for her or great seats to his favorite concert or game.
Happy Holidays and don’t forget: if you need any help taking down and storing decorations after Christmas, please contact SHMorganizing at (205) 623-9166 or

'Til next time,

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