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wonders never cease Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thirteen Songs For the Twelfth Month

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! Christmas is coming! Did we mention Christmas yet? Black Friday has passed, Small Business Saturday has come and gone, and even Cyber Monday is history. Yesterday was probably Too Late Tuesday. If you haven't gotten your Christmas presents for everyone on your list by now, you might as well give up and go back to bed. While you're there, listen to these songs. They can help to remind you that a lovely month started Monday. True, it happens to host a high profile holiday in the fourth week and ends with another fancy, festive one. Trust us, those pressure filled days are ages away. Ask any kid. Today is only the third of 31 days of December. Try to enjoy all them all. We can help. Come visit the shop and listen to some nice songs while we find some great gifts for anyone left on your list, naughty or nice. 

1. December – Collective Soul
“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness, how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”

- Dr. Seuss

2. Air Of December – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
“When we shall hear
The rain and wind beat dark
December, how
In this our pinching cave
shall we discourse
The freezing hours away?”

- William Shakespeare

3. December, 1963 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
“Wintry it ain't- no complaints!
Snowier: Storefronts are showier, light displays glowier.
Shoppers are prowling, blizzard howling!
Drifts a-heaping, lords a-leaping,
Yule logs burning, gifts returning.
Winds are keen for 2015!”

- The Old Farmer's Almanac

4. December – Norah Jones
“Through the small tall bathroom window the December yard is gray and scratchy, the tree calligraphic.”
- Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

5. December Day – Willie Nelson
“If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on you hand a Turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate'er you do.”

- Gregorian Birthstone Poem

6. December – Sara Bareilles
“Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.”
- Maya Angelou

7. A Long December – Counting Crows
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
- J. M. Barrie

8. If We Make It Through December – Over The Rhine
“Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?”

- James Walker

9. Cold December – Matt Costa
“Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.”
- P.J. O’Rourke Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People

10. December – Basia Bulat
“My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It's just not December without that movie in my house.”
- Tom Hanks

11. My December – Linkin Park
“In a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy brook,
Thy bubblings ne'er remember
Apollo's summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting,
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting
About the frozen time.
!n a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne'er remember
Their green felicity”

- John Keats

12. Get Me Through December – Alison Krauss
“He had waited a long time for this special December. Now that it was almost upon him, he wasn’t frightened, but he was . . . eager, he decided. He was eager for it to come. And he was excited, certainly. All of the Elevens were excited about the event that would be coming so soon.”
- Lois Lowry, Son

13. Farewell, December – Matt Nathanson
“How like a winter hath my absence been.
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen,
What old December's bareness everywhere!”

- William Shakespeare

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