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It has been three years since we have had a family picture on our Christmas card. It’s cool, no one minds because the kid is quite amazing. But the reality is I can’t stand to see myself in a photograph. Luckily you’re not one of my friends I’m having coffee with because I really don’t […]

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  • I love the expression on Isiah’s face. Perfectly captured Christmas photo. Good luck on your 2015 journey, matching the inside to the outside ;)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Kerri! It’s definitely been to long since his face has graced this blog ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Clark Scottroger

    hey! Jen Kehl!! …just out making the rounds of the The Wakefield Doctrine blogroll…. to wish Happy New Year and such… you guys have the best of years for this next 12 month period!

    (for whatever reason I’ve been listening to the following a lot lately… not sure why, seeing how it’s a fairly faithful rendition, but Tesla’s version is the only one)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-jP9BugvvEReplyCancel

  • You’re gonna rock this sweet friend. Totally and completely TTTx10ReplyCancel

​I have heard a lot of bands and songs that I wasn’t aware of thanks to Jen hosting Twisted Mix Tape. It isn’t because I’m stuck on one genre. I have a great love for all music that speaks to me, and a deep appreciation of the effect music has on moods and memory. The […]

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  • Thank you Jen! This is the first guest post I have ever done, so I appreciate you working with on this. I would love for Tuesday’s Mixtapes to come back.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Jen! I posted some Happy New Year music goodness on my blog middleagemonologues.blogspot.com and thought you might enjoy them! Have A Happy New Year! :)ReplyCancel

  This is a re-release of last year’s Christmas mix-tapes, lots of great music for everyone!!! Take some time and check them out, maybe hit play on YouTube while you get your wrapping done. Merry Christmas!   I am a Christmas person. Really. My house looks like a Technicolor elf the size of a an elephant […]

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  • Merry Christmas and I truly love Christmas. Seriously, this is one of my favorite times of the year minus the cold weather. But still and you totally picked some great tunes here. I am so think I may need to share a few of my own. I am feeling inspired and need to get to work to possibly link up in the morning :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Uh oh Janine… now I have to hold you to it!ReplyCancel

  • Such a wonderfully classic mix. Love it. You cannot go wrong with The Carpenters and yes indeed to some Harry Connick Jr. always. Your video was terrific! Great job.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Linda! It was a labor of love, that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE The Carpenters. I have one of their Christmas cd’s. I also like that Johnny Mathis song. I need to make a compilation of Xmas songs to play in my house – I haven’t done that yet. I’m planning to participate in the twisted mix-tape on the 17th. I already have some of my sons picked for the theme I’ve created. ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Kate – I really wanted to make this whole list The Carpenters! But I figured I needed to throw in a little variety ;-) Excited that we’ll have you back in a few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • […] pal Jen loves Christmas music too, and that just adds to the pile of reasons I love that chick! She is […]ReplyCancel

  • […] week, for Twisted Mix Tape 36, Jen asked everyone (you too, so get thinking) to put together a Christmas Song Mix.  Honestly, […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Jen Kehl put the call out for Christmas music for this week’s Twisted MixTape, I immediately thought of those old albums. For your holiday listening pleasure, I present my […]ReplyCancel

  • […] So, without further ado, here is Ave Maria and hoping you enjoy my Christmas music picks, which I am also linking up today over with Jen Kehl over at Twisted Mixtape here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Oh, that Karen Carpenter…I love her so much! She was mentioned in my post for today, as well! Oh, and Harry Connick Jr…whatta voice, whatta man!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Great minds Amy! Great minds!ReplyCancel

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS JEN!!!

    I’m a gusher (as if you didn’t know that) but honestly every time I think , she’s so cool…you just get COOLER. I love learning about you through music because I think it’s the best way to really know someone, to see how music inspires or touches them.

    and then you throw in Harry, the Carpenters, and tell me you love BROADWAY. I am using the theme of MAME in a blog post tomorrow. Honestly. SO I am gushing, because I truly enjoy you.

    also? See FROZEN. Now! Yes, go and leave work and GO. LOL. The music is going to blow you away and when it comes to BROADWAY promise we’ll try to see it together. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      My son saw Frozen with my mom and I was so pissed. I wanted to take him, but I couldn’t say no to my mom. So now what?! I’ll have to read your Mame post! We are kismet :-)ReplyCancel

  • I like the one you made the video for the best! It is very peppy!ReplyCancel

  • good mix

    You and my wife are in the same mindset Christmas song wise. she plays these.

    Merry Christmas for the first of many times I will tell youReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Lance! Merry Christmas to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Ella’s version is great! It’s my first time to hear it. I also have the same song on my mixtape (Carpenters’ version though). Love the video you made (the illustrations you used are adorable) and of course, the guitar-playing on the song is really wicked.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Katherine! It was a labor of love. And if I could have, my whole list would have been Carpenters!ReplyCancel

  • […] week’s theme is Christmas. Very tough. Our family will no longer celebrate nor participate in this tradition starting this […]ReplyCancel

  • […] So, to lighten the mood and bring some totally UNpolitically correct music to our holiday music shelf here is my December 2013, Happy Holi-craze, Mix Tape. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] It is officially OK to be listening to Christmas Music now! Bring it on! Maybe we’ll find some new… […]ReplyCancel

  • […] theme for this week’s MixTape is Christmas […]ReplyCancel

  • Yay! So excited to add my link to this hop! I’ve been wanting to, but am lame. The holidays definitely inspired me! Thanks, Jen! :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      So excited you finally played Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • […] the twisted mix tape blog here to play […]ReplyCancel

  • Wait!!! You made that video??? I have huge respect again for you!!! Thats one of my favorites, too!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Yes I did Kristi. I couldn’t live without it! Maybe I’ll get famous now!ReplyCancel

  • Moo Cow is back with a vengeance. Here is my mix: 1) Happy Christmas (War is Over) ~ John Lennon; 2) All I Want for Christmas Is You ~ Mariah Carey (sorry, I’m still obsessed with it after all these years); 3) Baby, It’s Cold Outside ~ Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell version from Elf!; 4) Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart ~ George Michael (old school!!); and 5) Elf’s Lament ~ Barenaked Ladies (love that whole album in place of xmas music when I get sick of it!)ReplyCancel

  • […] This week the theme is Christmas. You are lucky because I just happened to have a few Christmas songs that immediately jumped into my mind when she announced the theme. And because it’s ME, you know they’re going to be geeky. So here you go: […]ReplyCancel

  • […] it is called “Twisted Christmas” and is looking for a mix of Christmas songs.  I am generally one of those sorts of people who get […]ReplyCancel

  • I loved this theme, had never heard #5 on your list so thank you! Ella is on my “bigger” list too. Love her. And you had your work cut out for you, I clicked on 24 of the “linkers” and still haven’t gotten through them! That’s a lot of work! Lots of fun and great new music!ReplyCancel

  • […] ’80s, but fun!).  Maybe I’m suddenly jonesing from missing this week’s Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday, but the quality looking back tonight surprised me – given it was soundtrack to a […]ReplyCancel

  • […] hoped that Jen Kehl would let us indulge in a little Christmas magic for her Twisted Mix Tape fun this holiday season. […]ReplyCancel

  When I was 7, I remember sitting on the sofa, vibrating with excitement, as I waited for Frosty the Snowman to come on television.  The highlight of the month of December for me was the Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials. The grown-ups had It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street, but we had […]

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  • OMG I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU I DIDN’T WATCH THESE UNTIL I SAW THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY. Oh, his eyes. So creepy opening and shutting. Maybe this is why I dislike that song so much.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I thought the movie was pretty scary. I don’t know if you remember Jean, but he got kidnapped by some very mean men.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot believe anyone has not seen these classics and seriouslyI have seen all of them and remember like you watching them every year at Christmas time as a kid and now we try to watch as many of these with our kids now, too. Thank you for sharing linking up and the trip down memory lane here tonight!! Just so happy to have you join us!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I’m happy to play Janine! I have a little trouble with the serious topics, but when I can lighten them up I’m all over it! And I have all of them on video now, so I can share them with Isaiah NON-STOP!ReplyCancel

  • That Rudolph movie is one of my all-time favorites, ever. I mimic Yukon Cornelious several times throughout each year and made hubs purchase it for like $20 last year so that i could share it with my son!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Totally Kristi! SILVER I TELL YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Love the litany of actors you have mentioned. As for your movie choices – well, they are just perfect! Haven’t seen the Year without Santa Claus – sounds a tad unfortunate!
    I’ll add it to the list to watch in the next few weeks when my kids come back home from college for Christmas! Yes! It’ll be just the ticket – good to watch something different and quirky.
    Your ending to this post is beyond brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Why thank you Kelly! And yes, it is a must! I would love to hear what your kids think!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher has told me, “I don’t think I can like it if it’s black and white” to Miracle on 34th street. Maybe one day he’ll watch it with me. And why is that to him there’s something scary in all of my favorite movies? He doesn’t like them. He’s on board will all of the Charlie Brown’s so that’s where we are right now. But that doesn’t stop me from watching these alone. Do you remember the Easter ones that looked like it was made by whoever did the Rudolph one? I haven’t seen it since I was little.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Oh my gosh Kenya! With the giant bunny! I so vaguely remember it! Isaiah likes black and white movies that are funny. He would never get through Miracle on 34th Street. But he loves these!ReplyCancel

  • So obviously (or maybe not…) these movies were not playing in my home country when I was growing up, but there’s something so cozy about Christmas that I vicariously enjoyed the movies with you and Isaiah just reading about them… Great recommendations, I’ll make sure to watch at least one this year (trying to be realistic).ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      You can buy a set that has 4 of them for like 19.99 or less, I think Katia. GO GET THEMReplyCancel

  • I watched and liked them all as a kid. There was a lot of talent associated with them. Now, I cringe when my kids watch them. They laugh at the animation and lack of special effects, though. lol

    Charlie Brown Christmas is still pretty awesome, there a layer of subversiveness to it that’s awesome.ReplyCancel

  • That’s funny, I don’t think I ever remember seeing this Little Drummer Boy. Wow, the list of actors you rattled off makes me want to go back and watch them all again to see who I never picked up on! :)ReplyCancel

  • Can I be honest?? I don’t think my kids have ever watched Rudolph all the way through. :-( I’ve have tried on a few occasions but, it seems to always come on TV at an awkward time and they are less than wowed by the low-tech nature of it. I remember, as a kid, watching it was a family event. I also remember being terribly frightened by the abominable snowman. When he came on, I would climb up in my daddy’s lap and hide my face until he was gone! Maybe I’ll buy the DVD and force them to sit throughout the WHOLE thing – which, without commercials, is probably like 40 minutes, right?lReplyCancel

  • I love your list, I love all these movies and bought them on DVD right after the boys were born (along with SchoolHouse Rock because if everything we learned was set to music we wouldn’t forget it!!!!)
    Yet, I watch some of them now and I just cringe, like Rudolph and his friends leaving Cornelius after he falls off a cliff and whoa the violence and bullying (Wasn’t Lucy of Charlie Brown) the first real bully? However, I know the messages are there and that is why I still love the songs and the movies themselves.

    I am a little disappointed that my favorite (beyond The Miser Brothers) isn’t here..where is my NESTOR?

    we’ve been watching all of these for years and I plan to keep that up, the message of Christmas never gets old even if the technology is. ;) Right?ReplyCancel

  • Would you believe Frosty made (makes?) me cry every time? I loved Santa Claus is coming to town…. And I never really cared about the “adult” movies… Miracle on 34th street and all that. With you!ReplyCancel

  • I remember watching these when I was little. Rudolph was my favorite. :)ReplyCancel

  • Love these. My favorite was always The Year Without a Santa Claus when I was a kid.ReplyCancel

  • I have done my kids a great disservice – I think the only one of these they have seen is Frosty. What kind of mother am I? The Year Without a Santa Claus is my fave – Heat Miser rocks!ReplyCancel

  • As a huge fan of old school Christmas movies, I am shocked to say that I’ve never heard of that Drummer Boy movie! IF it’s scary as you mentioned, perhaps I will stay away from it, given my 7 yo’ s propensity for sensitivity and movie-related freak-outs. I had to laugh when ABC family made a printed guide to their holiday movies for kids this month and it included “Holiday in Handcuffs” and “Baby Daddy.” Yeah. Really awesome “family holiday movies,” eh?ReplyCancel

  • Ah! I adore that version of Rudolph and watched it every Christmas. This was a great memory. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I love these Jen! We have a DVD of Christmas classics and my kids, and I, love watching them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Well I never did see any of these, but my all-time-favourite-EVER Christmas movie is without doubt, White Christmas, when I fell quite in love (ad a shockingly young age) with Danny Kaye, singing and tap-dancing. I STILL don’t know all the words to all the songs, but I adore them and MUST watch it at least once every Christmas time.

    Miracle on 34th Street is also utterly amazing. Both versions.

    And The Snowman. Is. Essential.ReplyCancel

  • I totally agree! I actually bought a DVD set with four of the old classic Christmas movies so my kids could see them every year. They still come on television but we don’t always catch them so we can watch them whenever we get the chance. Great post! I’m so glad I’m not alone in loving the classics!ReplyCancel

  • Glad to hear you’re going to remedy the Christmas ‘specials’ season for your friends and their kids! I have seen all of these, and now while no kids at home, there are a few that make my heart skip a beat when I see commercials for them. I have always loved Rudolph and Frosty the best (from childhood) but Drummer Boy was special, I have to say my favorite! Great memories, keep on the path to remedy the Holiday favorites with your friends!ReplyCancel

  • I confess that I didn’t know that there were more movies than Rudolph and Frosty. Might have to look into the others. Thank for opening my eyes!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVED Burgermeister! My husbands hair starts to look like his when it gets too long! I miss that one! Great list.ReplyCancel

  • YES YES YES! Thank you for posting these classic cartoons! My husband has no recollection of the heat/cold miser songs and he HATES claymation. For shame! Rudolph has always been my favorite but I find myself singing heat miser at random moments!ReplyCancel

  • Finally stopped by after reading about you and your blog everywhere else!
    I showed my 4yo daughter Boris Karloff’s Grinch this morning for the first time. It’s been a favorite book of hers for years. She literally screamed with laughter. Sweetest sound ever.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I’m so glad you stopped by Sarah! The Grinch really is priceless. I remember just waiting and waiting for it! If you get the DVD there is a whole making of The Grinch, and believe it or not, it’s just as funny!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hurley Horn

    So glad to see Year Without a Santa Claus on your list!!! That song is sooooo addictive!! I have vivid memories singing it OVER and OVER, too :) Glad there were no video recorders back then :)ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE these movies, too! I was visiting my Grams a couple of weekends ago and there was a marathon of all of these movies on. My kids weren’t even there, and she thought I was kidding when I squealed with excitement and turned up the TV to hear them all. Now, I know that it’s not a “classic,” but my kids and hubs and I have been watching Home Alone this week and we can’t get enough of it. I think it’s a pretty great Christmas movie, too. :)ReplyCancel

  • I used to like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer best. I was never much for animated movies when I was a kid though. Even when I was a very small little kid, Miracle On 34th Street was my favorite Christmas movie! I didn’t really understand what exactly her and her mother’s relationship was with the “uncle” character, or the part about the house in the end, until I was older… but I would watch it all year long!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I love you for showcasing all of these. So much. Tucker is OBSESSED with Christmas movies.ReplyCancel

Phew…. at least I got that off my chest. Once upon a time – before kid – before marriage – before my eyes were opened to the reality of other people needing me. Ugh. I used to devour one “meaningful” book after another. My brain knew no bounds, I just sucked it all in, and even […]

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  • I am a huge and I mean HUGE Rick Riordan fan. I dont even care that it is for young adults. I even embarrassed Abby by having a discussion with her classmates about the Blood of Olympus ;)

    Thanks for the recommendations, downloading the free kindle book today!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Yea Kerri! I do that all the time, I get into heated discussions with Middle Schoolers about the books I am reading! Someday I am sure Isaiah will be just as horrified! p.s. not free, just on super duper sale!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Thanks for this, Jen! I will pass this along to share with friends and family looking for a “good read” :) By the way, please stop boosting your intelligence or we won’t be able to have our average coffee chats!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      You’re welcome! And don’t worry, my brain is like a seive, I go back to normal brain capacity after about 48 hours!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve read some of these books, a few because of your recommendations. I am looking for a book for my 13 year old to read over the winter break, and he loved the Percy Jackson books. Unfortunately he isn’t a big fan of reading, but that Grimm book may change his mind. Thanks Jen!ReplyCancel

Hold on Tight I Don’t Exactly Know What’s Going to Happen!     As a child, I remember being quite frightened by Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory. My strongest memory is of the Oompa Loompas, they were just plain scary. I have been waiting for years to let Isaiah watch Willy Wonka and The […]

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  • HA! Of course that was the one line he took from the song :) I love the Gene Wilder version, the original that SHOULD NOT Have been redone. I was Violet Beauregard’s mother in our school play. I got to puke in my purse. My one and only drama experience.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Anne Kovaleski Piccini

    My boys, Jacob in particular, has loved this movie since he was 4. I showed it to them too early? But soon Jacob was walking like Willy, asking for a bow tie (I bought two) and he can recite so many lines of dialogue. I just love when my sons embrace and growth to adore the things I do. A full circle of childhood memories.

    So glad Isaiah loved it too.ReplyCancel

  • Of course he did! I loved the original movie too, but I will admit that the Oompa Loompas kinda freaked me out.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Dana, the Oompa Loompas still freak me out. I kinda look at them out of the corner of my eye, otherwise it’s just too much.ReplyCancel

The table is set, the lights are turned down just enough to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company. Occupy the kids with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult. Hit shuffle on your Thanksgiving Playlist […]

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  • I MISS YOU. My favorite is “What Child is This” but only because it’s to the tune of Greensleeves, and the first time I heard Greensleeves, in 4th grade, I had to pretend I wasn’t crying. For real. xxoo TTTx kazillionReplyCancel

  • Very nice list. I try to do a 25 day of Christmas songs on Facebook. Starting on the 1st of December, I usually post one of my favorite Christmas songs. I have been slacking this year. lol. I definitely miss MixTapes. This playlist is inspiring though to make a quick Christmas list on my blog. Do you take guest post? lol.ReplyCancel

When I met Dr D I was the most holistic mom I knew. I’m sure there were way more holistic moms out in California or something. However I’m from the midwest, and 9 years ago being holistic was akin to voodoo. I definitely got the stink eye when I fed my kid organic, shunned Disney fruit […]

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  • I agree with you that for immune-compromised people and their immediate family, a flue shot would make sense. However, it was weird that during the H1N1-outbreak, when adults got into fist-fights over a dose in the U.S., the vaccine was rotting in Germany where hardly anyone got it. Still, we did not have a mass-outbreak of he disease there. Living in the U.S. at the time and being pregnant, I still rejected the shot, because I considered the risk small for myself, working in a small office and not getting in touch with sick people on a regular basis (like nurses or people working in doctor’s offices do). We also don’t do flue shots now, for the same reasons. Side effects of the shot can indeed be flue-like symptoms, my dad had them every year while he was still required to get the shot because of his work. I may get the shot next year to see if it really helps with my sinus infections, as the doctor recommended, but not while I’m pregnant or nursing.

    Thanks for sharing the info, Jen!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Yeah, like I said it was never part of my big plan. And I know plenty of people who don’t get the flu shot. But the truth is, I went 15 years without getting the flu. You’re not going to get the flu every year. But when you do, that’s huge. And of course having a high risk child changes everything! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • We never used to get the flu shot, until my daughter got the swine flu and was down for the count for five days. She also has asthma, so all four of us get the shot. We go to the CVS clinic every October, and never had any problems.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Hi Dana! Yeah my girlfriend got it and was out for a full week. She couldn’t get out of bed and her mom had to come and take care of her kids. I can’t imagine being that sick, and hope I don’t have to find out!ReplyCancel

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