The Most Wonderful Time

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Austin’s Acre, all decked out for the season!

With the completion of the Thanksgiving feast and after a short power nap, all the western world shifts its attention to preparations for the Christmas Holiday. The next 30-days will be completely devoted to decorations, consumerism and holiday prep.

Personally, I like to spend these next 30-days listening to great Christmas music; which is why I put together my own Christmas playlist in Spotify: An Austin’s Acre Christmas. With 550 songs (and growing) you can enjoy nearly 28 hours of Christmas music bliss!  Allow your ears to be caressed by some of this century’s greatest artists like Celine Dion, Pentatonix, The Vince Guaraldi Trio, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Straight No Chaser, Elvis, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives and many, many more.

You can follow this playlist and enjoy all the beautiful music beginning today. Simply follow the link to An Austin’s Acre Christmas.

Don’t let another day of the holidays slip past before making this playlist your own festive soundtrack for the season!

Remember, An Austin’s Acre Christmas is for a limited time only!

Give yourself the gift of great music today!

December 7, 2012 Christmas Tie

IMG_3205Today’s tie received more comments than any of the ties I’ve worn so far.  Perhaps people are looking for the festive attire and therefore, are ready to comment.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I walk into the room and announce that I’m wearing a Christmas tie.  I suspect the former.

I recently conducted a tie count, so I can report this on my upcoming tax documents.  The IRS doesn’t really care and they don’t really want to know but I want to report it anyway, just to mess with them.  So, when I ended my count with 32 ties, my wife commented that I might have a problem.  She is right, of course.  By my estimation, I need to have at least another 18 ties just to be in the comfortable zone of tie ownership.

Now you know what I want / need for Christmas.  Remember, there are only 18 shopping days left!

Happy Christmas!

The Singing House

A holiday tradition for our family is to drive past the “Singing House” as we’ve come to call it.  This place is amazing!  The neighbors must be nuts to allow this and as you can see from this short video clip, cars are passing all night long in an effort to get a glimpse of the place.

It really is a great time and worth the drive to Fishers.  If you can’t watch the video on this site, you can visit my YouTube feed and see the short clip.

The Bright Midwinter

I’m listening to a newer Christmas album today and want to encourage you find a copy and add it to your listening list.  The Bright Midwinter offers an upbeat and soulful Christmas experience by Sarah Scharbrough Mclaughlin and is one of my new favorites.

Sarah is a fantastic artist with wonderful sensitivities and you will appreciate the beautiful piano, the smooth voice and the great arrangements.  I am particularly fond of her version of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and the gospel version of “Shine“.

This album is a good addition to your favorite Christmas music and can be found on I-Tunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Amazon.