OBT Holiday Countdown, Week Four

If you’ve been following along on Facebook, you’ll see that OBT blogger Claire Willett, the company’s resident holiday geek, is sharing a countdown to Hanukkah and Christmas with daily tidbits to get you ready for the holiday season, from recipes and stress-busters to holiday songs and videos.  If you’re not on Facebook or you want to share the fun with friends and family, we’ll be posting a Friday roundup of all the week’s posts for you to enjoy!

Read Week One here.

Read Week Two here. 

Read Week Three here.

 

MONDAY

1 Day to Hanukkah, 6 Days to Christmas

To celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah tomorrow, check out these photos of completely bizarre menorahs. (Our favorite is the one made of Legos.)

TUESDAY

1st Night of Hanukkah, 5 Days to Christmas

Hanukkah begins tonight!  To get you in the proper Festival of Lights mood, here’s one of our favorite Hanukkah songs; if it sounds familiar, or you find yourself suddenly thinking of Javier Ubell for some reason, that’s because you heard this song in A Holiday Revue.  But we think the whole thing is definitely worth a listen. Wishing a peaceful and joyous Hanukkah to the whole OBT family!

 

WEDNESDAY

2nd Night of Hanukkah, 4 Days to Christmas

It’s time for some holiday music! Have you downloaded OBT’s holiday iTunes playlists yet? 5% of your purchase comes back to OBT, so you’ll be filling your home with holiday cheer for a good cause!  Click below to download!

For more musical fun, here are five holiday albums we think you should have in your collection:

1) Seabird, “Over the Hills and Everywhere”
Catchy indie-pop arrangements make these seven classic carols totally fresh and new. DON’T MISS: “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

2) Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas”
If you only have one classic holiday album in your collection, make it this one. DON’T MISS: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

3) Various Artists, “The Hotel Café Presents: Winter Songs”
This quirky compendium features some of our favorite current pop songstresses, like Colbie Caillat and Katy Perry, with a combination of original holiday tunes and classic covers. DON’T MISS: “Sleigh Ride,” KT Tunstall.

4) Michael Bublé, “Christmas”
There’s a sprinkle of 21st-century Sinatra in this crooner’s warm-as-hot-chocolate voice. DON’T MISS: “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

5) Various Artists, “Stockings By the Fire”
Yes, FINE, it’s a Starbucks compilation CD. But with a particularly deft mixture of classic and new, it’s an album you can keep in constant rotation without getting tired of it. DON’T MISS: “Carol of the Bells” by The Bird and the Bee.

 

THURSDAY

3rd Night of Hanukkah, 3 Days to Christmas

If you’re hosting this weekend and need some festive libations, check out Martha Stewart’s Top 25 Holiday Cocktails, Punches & Drinks. Cheers!

FRIDAY

4th Night of Hanukkah, 2 Days to Christmas

Monday we did bizarre menorahs.  Today we’ve got a collection of disastrous seasonal cakes, courtesy of the amazing blog “Cake Wrecks.”

Now that you’ve seen all that horribleness, check out these totally gorgeous gingerbread concoctions!

 

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