Christmas in a box

Christmas tree

When I was growing up, the first sign of Christmas came with the Sears Christmas Wish Book that arrived at the end of August. Every year, it became a temporarily permanent fixture in the kitchen and living room as I’d thumb through the toy pages – and later the electronics pages – looking at the things I’d want.

But the Christmas season for me didn’t officially start until I heard my first Christmas song on the radio, usually around November 22, and usually on the province’s main AM station, just because. After that first song, the floodgates of Christmas opened.

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Idina Menzel – Holiday Wishes

Idina Menzel - Holiday Wishes

Idina Menzel had a huge year. From the success of Frozen trickling over into 2014, her latest Broadway show If/Then, which opened a few months into the year, and her propulsion into the mainstream as the famed mistakenly-identified Adele Nazeem. What’s next on the to-do list? Why, a holiday album of course!

Idina’s holiday album Holiday Wishes is her fourth studio record and first in six years. (Fun fact: her last album was produced by Glen Ballard in 2008.) It contains some of the expected familiar classics but it isn’t too predictable nor is the tracklisting too plain. You have the standards like Silent Night, The Christmas Song and Baby It’s Cold Outside, but there’s also some of the under-appreciated titles like Do You Hear What I Hear and Holly Jolly Christmas.

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Merry Christmas

“One of the joys of Christmas is remembering the joys of Christmases past.” That’s a quote from a For Better or For Worse comic strip that I think sums up the holiday season for me now that I’m older. Christmas is the time of the year when I’m most nostalgic. Every year I imagine myself successfully recreating the magic of

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My Idea of Christmas (music)

One of my favourite things about Christmas every year is the Christmas music. Growing up, during the Christmas season, the radio was on almost all the time and Christmas songs would get played in there quite often so I got to know a lot of them. A few have stuck with me over the years. It’s probably unpopular to love

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