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, 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.”

Kimberley Locke to Release a Modern Christmas Album

KIMBERLEY LOCKE will release a new collection of holiday recordings on November 6, 2007. Simply titled Christmas, the set will include her two Billboard #1 AC hits “Up On The Housetop” (2005) and “Jingle Bells” (2006). Other highlights include classic arrangements of holiday must-hear songs, including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Away In A Manger, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” as well Kimberley’s take on some more modern classics like Wham’s “Last Christmas,” and The Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas Darling.” Kimberley joined sax man Dave Koz for a bluesy version of “Please Come Home For Christmas.” The album will be sold as an exclusive digital download via all digital outlets including iTunes.

“Whenever a newer recording artist makes a holiday album, I find it works best if they capture the sound from Christmases past,” explains Kimberley. “I feel we caught the warmth and fun of a classic Christmas sprinkled with some cool, modern twists.” Keeping busy this winter, Kimberley will join Koz for “Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas” concert tour. Beginning November 26 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, the tour will visit over 20 cities throughout December. As she looks to next year, Kimberley recently mentioned to Billboard that she, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are in talks to “hopefully” hit the concert circuit in ‘08 for a tour titled “Reunited: 5 Years Later.” Ruben, Clay and Kimberley were 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on Season 2 of “American Idol.” Kimberley recently scored her fifth top 10 Billboard AC hit with “Change.” Lifted from her sophomore set, Based on a True Story remixed versions hit #1 on Billboard Club. The new single, “Band of Gold,” a cover of the 1970 Freda Payne hit, is currently in the top 20 on Billboard AC with dance mixes being serviced to clubs later this month. Earlier this year, Kimberley got in shape on the series “Celebrity Fit Club 5.” She continues to lose (nearly 40 pounds and counting) through her endorsement deal as a Jenny Craig spokesperson. Track listing for Kimberley Locke’s Christmas is below. Up On The Housetop Jingle Bells Merry Christmas Darling Last Christmas* I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Mary Did You Know? Away In A Manger Holly Jolly Christmas We Need A Little Christmas Frosty the Snowman Ave Maria

WOW GOSPEL CHRISTMAS 2007: CD features gospel greats singing popular holiday songs.

The widely popular WOW Gospel compilation synonymous with today’s hottest gospel music continues to build it’s brand, launching the first holiday album-”WOW Gospel Christmas 2007,” which is slated to release September 25.         One of the most anticipated gospel holiday albums of this decade, “WOW Gospel Christmas 2007″ is a double disc collection of classic Christmas songs.      The 30-track collection features sublime holiday songs and inspired renditions from industry chart toppers Aaron Neville-The First Noel, CeCe Winans-Do you Hear What I Hear, Smokie Norful-O Holy Night, Israel Houghton–O Come, Fred Hammond-His Name Is Jesus, Richard Smallwood-O What A Night, Hezekiah Walker-Born To Die, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers-In The Presence Of A King, Donnie McClurkin-Agnus Dei, Kirk Franklin–Now Behold The Lamb and Yolanda Adams-O Little Town Of Bethlehem. In addition the project features, next generation of gospel stars Kierra Sheard-This Christmas, Myron Butler-Give Love This Christmas, American Idols Mandisa-God Speaking and many more.         For the album release, WOW label partners and Feed The Children have partnered to create a 30-minute Christmas TV special featuring Aaron Neville and Mandisa. The program will begin airing on BET Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. Check your local cable provider for dates.         “WOW Gospel Christmas 2007″ is the perfect holiday addition to the WOW Gospel series. The album continues the trend of releasing the best inspirational hits from some of the music industry’s brightest stars.

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