Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Mixed "Tape" Swap Reveal

When Meghan at Shine On announced a Holiday Music Mixtape Swap, I got so excited. Without a moment of hesitation, I signed up, eager to add to my large Christmas music collection.

I was matched with Casey at Everyday Adventures, and I've enjoyed getting to know her through her blog.  We have a lot in common, and I don't know how I wasn't following her blog before.

 I will say Casey had a tough assignment in me.  I mean, I own 16 hours of Christmas music.  Was it possible for her to send me a CD of songs I didn't already own?  I wasn't sure, but ... out of the 15 songs she sent me, I only previously had three.  I'll call that a big win for Casey.

Look at this cute package!

Here are the tracks on the CD and my impression of each one:

"It Feels Like Christmas" - The Muppets
Who doesn't love The Muppets?  Perfect song to start this CD.  And it made me want to find "The Muppet Christmas Carol" to watch.

"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" - Gayle Peevey
This song is adorable.  And, it's weird, but I always think of Shirley Temple when I hear it, and she was one of my childhood favorites.

"Christmas Song" - Dave Matthews
Confession: I am not a huge Dave Matthews fan. I only like a few of his songs. And this is now one of them.  It's a beautiful Christmas tune, and I never would have given it a chance if Casey hadn't included it.

"Baby It's Cold Outside" - Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
This is one that I already owned.  But I do love it.  I miss the days when those two were together.

"My Only Wish" - Britney Spears
Another one I already owned.  I love Miss Brit ... even with all her crazy.

"Away in a Manger" - Mannheim Steamroller
I owned a few MS songs, but not this one.  Their holiday tunes are always pretty and perfect.  I'm glad to have this one now.

"Winter Wonderland" - Jason Mraz
I love Mraz!!  I didn't even know he had any Christmas songs out there.  Love it.

"Angels We Have Heard on High" - Pentatonix
Acapella Christmas music? Sold. Easily.

"Little Drummer Boy" - Jessica & Ashlee Simpson
I'd heard this song before but didn't own it.  These sisters have such different voices, but it's fun to hear them together.

"Christmas" - Trans Siberian Orchestra
I've heard their songs on commercials and now I finally have one in my collection.  Good stuff.  I really want to see them live now.

"Christmas Without You" - One Republic
Really? One Republic has a holiday song out there? How did I not know this.  Love them.  And I love this song.

"I Want You For Christmas" - Cheap Trick
This song made me laugh.  Same melody as "I Want You To Want Me" but with a Christmas spin.  It kind of reminds me of that song/singer in "Love Actually."  Ha ha.

"Carol of the Bells" - Pentatonix
I definitely have to get their Christmas CD now.  This song is amazing!

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - She & Him
I already had this tune.  I love Zooey Deschanel.  Clearly, Casey and I like a lot of the same Christmas music.

"Cannon" - Tace Bundy
I love this acoustic guitar take on "Canon in D." Beautiful and somehow sounds like the holidays.

Thanks so much Casey!!  
I love all the songs you sent to me.

Go here to read about the other participants' packages.


  1. O.M.G. What an awesome list. I had no idea that Mraz and Cheap Trick had Christmas music!!! LOVE!

    Thanks for participating, lady!!

  2. I'm running to iTunes now and buying some Jason Mraz and One Republic Christmas music! I've seen other bloggers talk about Pentatonix but haven't heard their music so I'm tracking them down, too. Thanks for linking up with us today and I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap :)

  3. I wasn't a huge Dave fan, until I heard this song. It was like a gateway drug for me into DMB.

  4. I love the Britney song too. And all her crazy. Haha. I'm going to copy this entire mix and download some music tonight. What great songs! I need to hear the Cheap Trick song now. Great post!

    Stopping by from the linkup! :)
    Easily Entertained

  5. How fun is this?! What a fantastic idea :)

  6. Such a great mix of artists! And I love the way she decorated the disc. So cute! I'm glad you enjoyed the swap! Thanks for participating! :)


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