Jaci Velasquez to Release Christmas EP

Jaci Velasquez will release a 3-track Christmas/New Year’s EP titled Open House on 30 October, A’postrophe Records announced. This EP includes a well-known Christmas song “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, an original Christmas song titled “Quiet Christmas Night” and also a Velasquez version of “Auld Lang Syne”, the popular New Year’s song. Velasquez states, “I haven’t released a Christmas album since 2001 and with so many great things happening in my life - a husband I love and a new baby on the way - I thought of no better way to celebrate my favourite holiday that to share a few of my favorite Christmas songs!” Velasquez is also featured in a brand new recording titled “Loved By You” on Max Lucado 3:16 - Songs of Hope CD that released in the US this week. This is a companion CD to the new book from New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado. The album also features award-winning recording artists Third Day, Alison Krauss, Michael W Smith, Chris Tomlin, and many more sharing musical tributes to the message of John 3:16. The single “Loved By You” continues to gain momentum at Christian radio and the bonus DVD will feature highlights of Jaci in the studio as she recorded the song. Velasquez is currently finishing up the recording of her new studio record, which will release on A’postrophe Records/Word Distribution on 18 March 2008.

Site of the Week: Christmas Crafts at Kaboose.com

sow07.gif Christmas is hands-on and we found a site — Kaboose.com’s Christmas Crafts — that will show you just how hands-on it can be. It is another winner of our Site of the Week honors. Technically, Kaboose.com isn’t a Christmas site. It is a family/Mom portal featuring a plethora of parenting, schooling and family material. But we found the Christmas Craft section to be quite compelling. For example, the Christmas Card Box is an idea utilizing last year’s Christmas cards. It’s a fun project that makes festive use of great materials that is easy to make. In the build up to the season we love sites like this. They provide inexpensive, easy-to-accomplish projects that help promote the spirit of the season.

Booking Holiday Travel

Years ago one of my favorite all-time holiday movies was Planes, Trains and Automobiles. This John Hughes late-80s classic still tickles me but there are scenes within it now that just make me cringe. Steve Martin’s rental counter meltdown is one such scene. But holiday travel does not have to be such a drag. And [...]

Easy Holiday Reading

If there is one thing the Internet is great for it is the rise in popularity of self-publishing. Never in the history of man has it been easier for one to get their opinions and passions broadcast to an international audience. For a topic like Christmas, the Internet is the ultimate sharing device. Take Christmas Town.net, for example. Using popular blog software featuring a simple interface, a clean design and a festive spirit we get a site like this for easy holiday reading. The site is entirely made up of “free articles” produced by website operators and vendors using the engine of the Internet to drive publicity for their sites and wares. That makes some of the features at Christmas-Town just a little suspect. But if you can get past the obvious bias, you’ll find nuggets of holiday information. It makes of easy holiday reading and we think it is worth a look.  

Alvin and the Chipmunks — Remastered

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are household names around the world as the mischievous members of a Grammy-winning ensemble that has sold more than 43 million albums. Since first scurrying into the charts in 1958, Alvin & The Chipmunks have put their trademark spin on many of music’s most popular rock, pop, country and standard songs, the best of which have been digitally remastered for an expanded reissue of Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years, to be released by Capitol/EMI on August 18. On the same date, Capitol/EMI will release the perennial holiday favorite, Christmas With The Chipmunks, also remastered and presented in a new eye-catching CD package and digitally. As 20th Century Fox prepares for the December 14 release of The Chipmunks’ new big screen adventure, Capitol/EMI’s hit and holiday collections will help to get fans squeaked up and ready for the fun. Christmas With The Chipmunks includes such favorites as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” the original version of the classic hit “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” and a newly-added version of the song featuring Canned Heat. CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHIPMUNKS (CD & DIGITAL ALBUM)   1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)   2. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)   3. Jingle Bells   4. It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas   5. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer   6. Up On The House-Top   7. We Wish You A Merry Christmas   8. Silver Bells   9. Over The River And Through The Wood   10. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)   11. Frosty The Snowman   12. The Twelve Days Of Christmas   13. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town   14. Christmas Time (Greensleeves)   15. Here We Come A-Caroling   16. Deck The Halls   17. The Night Before Christmas   18. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas   19. Wonderful Day   20. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   21. Jingle Bell Rock   22. O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)   23. Hang Up Your Stockin’   24. White Christmas   25. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)   [with Canned Heat] — BONUS TRACK

Randy Travis Releasing 2nd Christmas CD

Randy Travis will release his second Christmas album, Songs of the Season, on Sept. 25 on Word Records. It’s his first Christmas album since An Old Time Christmas in 1989. Selections include “Away in a Manger,” “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” Travis will also release two singles from the album, “Labor of Love” and “Nothin’s Gonna Bring Me Down at Christmas Time.”

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