2013 Christmas Reading Challenge and my fave holiday movies + playlist!

This year I decided to join the Christmas Reading Challenge. If you like to join here’s how…
It's time! The 5th year of the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! Like last year, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies...and there is an extra special twist this year...so read on!

Details and sign up:
•challenge will run from Friday, November 22, 2013 through Monday, January 6, 2014 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).

•cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!

•These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level!

Candy Cane:  read 1 book
Mistletoe:  read 2-4 books
Christmas Tree:  read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)

           Additional levels:
Fa La La La Films:  watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
Visions of Sugar Plums:  read books with your children this season, share what you read

*the additional levels are optional; you still must complete one of the main reading levels above.

•the most important rule?  Have fun!!!
•I will have a review linky posted as a page the day the challenge starts.  You will find it at the top of the left sidebar.
•Sign up in the linky below (link to your post with your reading list...you can change up your list during the challenge...I just want to be able to stop by to welcome you and see what you plan to read).

**One final note:  I am going to do a giveaway of one mystery box of Christmas books to participants in the U.S. I will also pick an International winner who will win $5.00 to spend at Amazon.

Level I choose:

Books I hope to read:
The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde
Holiday Heart by Marilyn Conner Miles
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

Fa La La La films [these are ones I watch every year]:
A Christmas Story
The Holiday
This Christmas
Christmas with the Kranks
Love Actually
The Family Stone
Charlie Brown Christmas
Home Alone
It’s a Wonderful Life
Frosty the Snowman
Nothing like the Holidays

Favorite Hallmark Movies [they are the BEST!!]…
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Trading Christmas
Christmas with Holly
The Christmas Ornament [new this yr but already a fave]
Snow Bride [new this yr but a fave already]
Mrs. Miracle

Now on to the music! Here is my holiday playlist that truly represents me. It has the classics, old school R&B/Jazz and some new stuff.

My Playlist
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Run Run Rudolph by Chuck Berry
Baby it’s Cold Outside by Ray Charles
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas [Baby Please Come Home] by Darlene Love
This Christmas by Donnie Hathaway
What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas by Michael Buble
Let it Snow by Michael Buble
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Michael Buble
Wonderful Christmastime by Demi Lovato
Last Christmas by Wham!
Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas by Luther Vandross
All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
Oh Santa by Mariah Carey
Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson
River by Joni Mitchell [technically not Xmas but somehow fits]
Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters
Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC

Got any faves? Please share!

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