FOUR DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT LORD OF THE DANCE – SIMPLE GIFTS

The same Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple–rock and roller to Renaissance musician 🙂

FIVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: THE PRETENDERS “2000 MILES’

Beautiful live version of “2000 Miles” – it’s easy to imagine she’s singing about a soldier coming home for Christmas.

SEVEN DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: BEAUTIFUL NEW CHRISTMAS CLASSIC FROM MICHAEL FRANTI – LOVE WILL FIND A WAY

“Love Will Find A Way” from Michael Franti and Spearhead. 

More from Michael Franti & Spearhead–not Christmas songs–but because he makes fun and beautiful music videos 🙂

EIGHT DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: (Edited) RAMONES – MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT)

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

Addendum – My husband Tom shares a photo that he took of Joey Ramone. His band The Atlantics were opening for the Ramones at The Club in Cambridge in May 1976. I think a bootleg album was made that night and you can see the Atlantics on the marquis in the first minute of the video.ramones-at-the-club-in-cambridge

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NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: JAMES CORDEN AND MARIAH CAREY WITH ADELE, CHRIS MARTIN, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, LADY GAGA, AND ELTON JOHN

How to get in the holiday spirit ~ a Christmas thank you from James Corden to his Carpool Karaoke fans

TEN DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: ONE REPUBLIC’S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU

One Republic makes some beautiful music

And here is there new song, “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” written for the much anticipated forthcoming film Collateral Beauty.

REQUESTS FOR CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or holiday music that you would like to share? For the past several years we have featured a twelve days before Christmas carol countdown and I would love to continue the tradition, beginning on the 13th of December. Please send your suggestions to kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the comment section. Thank you!

This Tom Petty song always gets me in the mood for decorating our home and I’ve been blasting it loudly off and on all day, much to my husband’s dismay 🙂