Eight

Christmas Countdown : 8 Days

No holiday party is complete without cookies and cocktails. In fact, I'd venture to say no day is complete without cookies and cocktails, but we'll stick to the holidays for now. Every family has their go to holiday recipes, whether they are banana bread for the neighbors or chili cheese dip for Christmas Eve. Below are some of my favorite cookie/cocktail recipes, and a few new ones to try out!

NOTES:
To achieve the red/white painted effect on the peppermint macarons, drip red food coloring down the side of the pastry bag before filling
The orange coconut cookie and gingerbread recipes were taken from cookbooks. All other recipes are linked to their source through the image.

Ten

Christmas Countdown : 10 Days

Today we plan to get our tree, and with that comes the decorating and listening to our favorite Christmas songs. Christmas music always manages to make me smile. So here are my top ten favorite songs to brighten your holiday season.

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is sining loud for all to hear." - Buddy the Elf

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is sining loud for all to hear." - Buddy the Elf

1. The Muppets Christmas CD (it was really too difficult to pick just one song from this)

2. Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

3. the Nutcracker Suite by Brian Setzer

4. the classic Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

5. Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

6. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (a classic)

7. Linus and Lucy by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (so it's not exactly a Christmas song, but it is a part of the Charlie Brown Christmas)

8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman by the Ladies of Glee

9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Eddy Arnold

10. Text Me Merry Christmas by Straight No Chaser and featuring Kristen Bell

Twelve

Christmas Countdown : 12 Days

Two of my favorite Christmas songs, which both happen to be versions of The Twelve Days of Christmas. The first is by male accapella group Straight No Chaser, the second by the Muppets. The Muppets Christmas album is actually my favorite album to play this season, but Straight No Chaser offers some pretty steep competition, especially their new original song Text Me Merry Christmas featuring Kristen Bell. Enjoy!