A VERY Bitter Christmas!

Hi Gang! We are almost in the home stretch.

Bittersweet Susie

In my family Christmas is a casual affair. We get together on Christmas Eve, draw names for a gift exchange, eat until we can’t move and are in bed by 9! Christmas day we just eat leftovers in pjs. I usually eat candy for breakfast to really keep with the manic sugar fuel frenzy that some of us get when we go all in to the holiday spirit.

Bittersweet Susie

What are your traditions?

Today is my BAKING MARATHON DAY! I am pretty excited about it. Also, I have pretty much watched EVERY holiday movie and special there is, some of them twice (I am looking at you White Christmas). I, as I do every year, had GREAT PLANS for all the crafty things I was going to make and per usual I did almost NONE of them. Typical. There is always next year!

I DID manage to make these cute mid century putz-style glitter house inspired from a tutorial on Retro Renovation. It is one of my FAVORITE blogs if you have not had the chance to check it out.

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I also made these HOMEMADE Vanilla Extract that I posted here a few days ago. Look at me posting TWICE in the same month.

And as a HOLIDAY Tradition here on the blog I have for you the 2016 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist! I had a theme going for a minute. First a Country Christmas, then it was a bluesy Christmas and now it is just A RANDOM CHRISTMAS! Like our year this playlist has some ups, some downs, and some total turds! Not everything can be the best thing you ever heard, right? I will be listening today while I finish up (or start) wrapping, and baking, and meditating on being the MOST FESTIVE I can be!

Bittersweet Susie

Cheers to a great Holiday!

No homework! CHRISTMAS VACATION!

 

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Last Minute Gifts – DIY Vanilla Extract

Oh crap! Christmas is a week away! Are you ready? Do you have all your gifts wrapped? Cards sent? Meals planned? NO!?! Me either.

That is the joy of the holidays, seems like it goes on forever (with no help from christmas decorations showing up earlier and earlier each year) but it sneaks up on you and bites you square in the butt!

Dearest friends I have a super easy last-minute gift for you to make!

Vanilla Extract!

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

Ohhhhh fancy

What you need:

• Booze

• Glass bottle with tight fitting lid

• Whole vanilla beans

This is seriously the easiest gift to make – and is something that I (as a frequent baker) go through fairly quickly.

First you need some BOOZE. I have seen homemade vanilla made from a number of spirits. Vodka, bourbon, rum and someone even used GIN! Vodka is a good place to start – sort of blank canvas for the vanilla beans but bourbon also sounded like it would be good – I think I am going to try RUM in another batch.

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

I raided my fathers liquor cabinet for this little project. My parents are always reliable for a good bar stash!

Dad gave me some of this Bakers Bourbon to use – the bottle was practically empty before I used it – SHUT UP – it wasn’t ME.

I don’t think he got that I wasn’t going to drink it straight. I didn’t have the heart to tell him.

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

Filled your cleaned bottles with your booze of choice! These little stopper bottles came from Cost Plus.

Next – fresh vanilla beans! I get mine from this AWESOME spice shop in Santa Barbara store called Vices and Spices. They ship! They also have amazing teas and coffee.

Make sure your vanilla beans are not dried out.

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

Cut off the ends – but keep them! Don’t waste the vanilla! Slit the beans open so they can get completely infused – I also cut mine in half because they fit in the bottle easier and they need to be completely submerged.

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

I used two beans per bottle.

Shake up your concoction and warp it up for a friend. I have no friends so these are FOR ME.

Give them a good shake and let them sit in a cool dark place for a month. Some people leave it longer for a stronger vanilla flavor. Just check on it weekly for a good SHAKE SHAKE and to make sure the beans are still fully submerged.

Bittersweet Susie | DIY Vanilla Extract

The great thing about these is that it lasts practically forever (or until the beans flavor weekends)

Always make sure beans are fully covered in liquid. I top mine of every time I use it – NEVERENDING VANILLA EXTRACT!

YAY! You domestic badass! People are going to be impressed with your fancy gift!

Here are some posts of Christmas’s PAST to get you through this holiday:

Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Christmas Dance Party Playlist

Holiday Craft Bonanza – part 2

DIY Wrapping Paper


Stay tuned this week for this years Christmas Playlist  – and check out my instagram for all my holiday baking for the BIG DAY. I hope Santa is down with paleo.

Homework:

• What are you making for your holiday meals?

• What dishes or desserts are tradition that you MUST MAKE year after year?

• The best homemade gift you made or received? 

 

Christmas Greetings

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Dear friends and family,

I hope that this letter reaches you in time for the big day! It has been such a busy season that this is the first time I have gotten a chance to sit and write you all. Despite my normal bah humbug attitude I actually DECORATED for christmas. I put up the tree and decorated the mantle with care in hopes that my new roommates would be there. They aren’t and won’t until new years but I did send them a little video that DOCUMENTED this festive and rare show of Christmas Spirit.

I am writing you this from the comfort of bed, in fuzzy matching pajamas, watching Ernest Saves Christmas because I AM A GROWNUP.

This year (and last year while we are pointing fingers) has been complete and utter BULLSHIT. Hardest two years on record for me and most people I know and love. There were absolute highlights (so many weddings and babies and puppies and kittens) but the lows make it hard to trudge through and be merry. I am absolutely ready to pack it in and just hibernate until 2016 – BAH HUMBUG with my fellow grinches!

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetOne of my dearest friends, Ashley, plays this little game with me. She is the sunshine to my negative nancy tendencies and the polar opposites of our outlook helps me get through. Every time I say something I hate she makes me say something I love. It is a good reminder to see that I am indeed blessed and am going to make it through (see even this is hard for me to write without snark and with a straight face) and this list is dedicated to Ashley – because she fucking RULES.

Processed with VSCOcam with c3 presetThings I love:

• My friends – I have had a LONG year of sifting through friends that don’t really have my best interest in mind, BUT have really built friendships with people that I admire, respect, and adore. I am surrounded by the most talented and truly caring people and I am grateful every day for all of them!

• My parents – they rule. They have always ruled and I really won the parent jackpot with them.

• My new living situation – I have the best roommates and live in this magic castle on the hill. This house has INSTANTLY made me feel like I am home.

• My job and coworkers – these lovely people are also in my FRIENDS category but I feel they need a double shout out. I am lucky enough to get to do photography as a JOB and also work with the strongest, hard working, creative, hilarious, and kind group of bad ass babes I have ever encountered in my LIFE. The whole PUG team (production – to corporate – to the boutique – to customer service) is full of hard working rad chicks.

• This space – this blog and my instagram have really kept me on task to keep up with being creative. Thank you so much for the friendships I have built through here and for looking at all!

I know a lot of people out there have had a rough year too, and as hippie hippie as it sounds it really helps to write down the things you DO have. I am also really grateful for cheese. That shit is magical and delicious!

And as my gift to you I have this years Bittersweet Susie’s 2015 Christmas Playlist. Get in that holiday spirit while you wrap that last minute gift and cut yourself peeling the potatoes. Break out the booze early BEFORE the in-laws get there! It’s Christmas Damnit, we are going to have a dance party or bust.

I heart your guts – Susie

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Here are the playlists of Christmas’s Past:

2014

2013

Homework:

• Write down three things that you love and are thankful for! Feel free to share them here!

Christmas Dance Party – The 2014 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist

Happy Holiday dearest friends (and haters, I guess)

Another Christmas is thrust upon us. No matter how frazzled we are it will be over before we know it! Bright side!

So I have for you the awaited Bittersweet Susie Vintage Christmas Playlist 2014!

Yay! – I know you have waited for this all season. I am on good authority that MOST of you were pretty good this year, and the ones that weren’t were at least funny about it. I respect that.

Vintage Christmas Playlist 2014 | Bittersweet Susie

You know I was never THAT into christmas.  I always thought the santa story was kind of creepy. I didn’t like the idea of a fat stranger coming in while we slept to eat all our cookies. I mean, WHO THE FUCK does he think he is? I believe the above photo was from Christmas 1983. Look at my in my now hipster ugly sweater and ever so fashionable bowl cut. It doesn’t get ANY cooler than this. I think I still have those shoes. And Santa’s shifty gaze is not helping the cause. Sorry Fat man. I am not leaving any cookies for you.

Between this years and last years Playlist there are over 5 1/2 hours of Christmas Music. I promise NO “Jingle Bell Rock” or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. Those songs make me shabby.

Blast these tunes while you are finishing up all those presents you need to wrap. It’s also totally grandma approved, so feel free to have these songs playing during dinner. You can take credit, it don’t mind.

Bittersweet Susie – Christmas 2014

  1. Barnabas Von Géczy & His Orchestra – In a Merry Mood
  2. Billy Butterfield – December
  3. Bing Crosby – Little Jack Frost Got Lost
  4. Booker T. & The MG’s – Silver Bells
  5. Buck Owens – Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
  6. The Cadilacs – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  7. Capitol Studio Orchestra – Cha-Cha All The Way – 1996 – Remaster
  8. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  9. Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
  10. The Chicago Footwarmers – Grandma’s Ball
  11. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  12. Debroy Somers – On a Christmas Tree
  13. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – Christmas Swing
  14. Eddy Arnold – Will Santa Come To Shanty Town
  15. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney
  16. Ernest Tubb – Blue Christmas
  17. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  18. Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  19. Ferlin Husky – Lonely Christmas
  20. Gene Autry – I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
  21. Hank Snow – The Reindeer Boogie
  22. Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  23. J.D. McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  24. Jack Teagarden – Christmas Night In Harlem
  25. Jim Reeves – Snowflake
  26. Jimmy Wakely – It’s Christmas
  27. Johnny Horton – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  28. Kitty Wells – Santa’s On His Way
  29. The Les Brown Orchestra – Let It Snow
  30. Lew Stone & His Band – Winter Wonderland
  31. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  32. Lionel Hampton – Merry Christmas Baby
  33. Little Joey Farr – Big White Cadillac
  34. Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby – 1997 Digital Remaster
  35. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  36. The Mills Brothers – Here Comes Santa Claus
  37. The Moods – Rockin’ Santa Claus
  38. Nat King Cole – Mrs Santa Claus
  39. Oscar Rabin & His Romany Band – I’m Spending Christmas With the Old Folks
  40. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  41. Peggy Little – Ho Ho Ho
  42. The Penguins – Jingle Jangle
  43. Ray Anthony – Christmas Trumpets / We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas (Medley) – 1996 – Remaster
  44. The Raymond Scott Orchestra – Send Me Your Love for Christmas
  45. Red Norvo & His Orchestra – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  46. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  47. Russ Morgan and His Orchestra – I Want You For Christmas
  48. The Shells – Happy Holiday
  49. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
  50. The Sportsmen – Reindeer Rock
  51. Sterling Blythe – Little Footprints in the Snow
  52. Ted Weems & His Orchestra – Winter Wonderland
  53. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner
  54. Tex Ritter – Ole Tex Kringle
  55. Tex Williams – The Winter Song
  56. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – March Of The Toys
  57. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride
  58. Barnabas Von Géczy & His Orchestra – In a Merry Mood
  59. Billy Butterfield – December
  60. Bing Crosby – Little Jack Frost Got Lost
  61. Booker T. & The MG’s – Silver Bells
  62. Buck Owens – Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
  63. The Cadilacs – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  64. Capitol Studio Orchestra – Cha-Cha All The Way – 1996 – Remaster
  65. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  66. Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
  67. The Chicago Footwarmers – Grandma’s Ball
  68. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  69. Debroy Somers – On a Christmas Tree
  70. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – Christmas Swing
  71. Eddy Arnold – Will Santa Come To Shanty Town
  72. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney
  73. Ernest Tubb – Blue Christmas
  74. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  75. Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  76. Ferlin Husky – Lonely Christmas
  77. Gene Autry – I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
  78. Hank Snow – The Reindeer Boogie
  79. Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  80. J.D. McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  81. Jack Teagarden – Christmas Night In Harlem
  82. Jim Reeves – Snowflake
  83. Jimmy Wakely – It’s Christmas
  84. Johnny Horton – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  85. Kitty Wells – Santa’s On His Way
  86. The Les Brown Orchestra – Let It Snow
  87. Lew Stone & His Band – Winter Wonderland
  88. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  89. Lionel Hampton – Merry Christmas Baby
  90. Little Joey Farr – Big White Cadillac
  91. Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby – 1997 Digital Remaster
  92. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  93. The Mills Brothers – Here Comes Santa Claus
  94. The Moods – Rockin’ Santa Claus
  95. Nat King Cole – Mrs Santa Claus
  96. Oscar Rabin & His Romany Band – I’m Spending Christmas With the Old Folks
  97. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  98. Peggy Little – Ho Ho Ho
  99. The Penguins – Jingle Jangle
  100. Ray Anthony – Christmas Trumpets / We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas (Medley) – 1996 – Remaster
  101. The Raymond Scott Orchestra – Send Me Your Love for Christmas
  102. Red Norvo & His Orchestra – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  103. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  104. Russ Morgan and His Orchestra – I Want You For Christmas
  105. The Shells – Happy Holiday
  106. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
  107. The Sportsmen – Reindeer Rock
  108. Sterling Blythe – Little Footprints in the Snow
  109. Ted Weems & His Orchestra – Winter Wonderland
  110. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner
  111. Tex Ritter – Ole Tex Kringle
  112. Tex Williams – The Winter Song
  113. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – March Of The Toys
  114. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride

I Have some gifts! A few videos you can tune out your family with. You are SO welcome!

Judy Garland! Vintage Commercials! A damn hip DANCE NUMBER with Liza, and she fucking KILLS IT!

Here is a video of the AMAZING Ernie Tennessee Ford and some kids that totally know what’s up!

And of course we need a little Laurence Welk in our lives on this holiest of days! 

But mostly we just need a Bobby Burgess dance number! Woooweeeee!

I hope you have a great holiday and that you aren’t driven to hitting your uncle in the head with a fruitcake!

In case you missed it – check out the Holiday Craft BONANZA ( And a few – It’s never too early to start NEXT YEARS Christmas Crafting

Craft Bonanza

Retro Felt Christmas Tree Skirt

NO HOMEWORK – It’s Winter Break!

Holiday Craft Bonanza – PART 2

Hey there. Hi there. Ho there.

We are just SO DARN CLOSE now, aren’t we? I still have so many crafts to share with you. I was so so busy about a month ago and then – out of nowhere – my computer died. It was like losing my best friend. I was so worried about the thing and not really having a place to post and well, it was just the worst. So sorry I am late but you may be one of the lucky ones on vacation this week and can just hanker down and craft with your bad self.

I have SEVERAL projects for you today. THAT’S RIGHT! This is a fucking party and you are TOTALLY invited. But don’t bring THAT BITCH I don’t care for. You know the one.

I was going to tease them out up until the BIG DAY but we ain’t got time for that!

OK I will SHUT IT and get on with it.

First up:

Fusible Bead Gift Topper

Bittersweet Susie | Holiday Crafts

You remember these, right? Perler Beads? Hamma Beads? Apparently also RAVER BEADS?!?!? Who knew? Probably you – if you were a raver.

We this little project is a complete throwback to the camp craft time days of my youth. I think I got a bee in my bonnet that I was going to make a bunch of coasters and start myself a nifty little business. That works WAY better if you are little and cute OR maybe if you are a delusional Etsy seller.

Dyed Bottle Brush Trees

Bittersweet Susie | Holiday Crafts

Everyone is making these. Fall into line and make them too!

Felt Christmas Pin

Bittersweet Susie | Holiday Crafts

Got another last-minute party to go to? Only have that ONE red shirt that you have already worn out THREE TIMES? Have no fear – the Felt Christmas Pin Tutorial IS HERE! This is such a fast and easy project you can make this before you head to that family party you have dreaded all year. At least your outfit will be festive even if your face is looking shabby.

Photo Decal Plate

Bittersweet Susie | Holiday Crafts

Are you like me and just gave everyone fat I mean TREATS for Christmas? Deliver that diabetes on a custom plate. You can even put grandmas face on the plate. HO HO HO.

This is a LOT of craft goodness. Pace yourself. Bookmark it for later. Share with your mom.

The 2014 Holiday Playlist is coming. You should subscribe so you don’t miss it, because that would be lame.

HOMEWORK

• Did you DIY this Holiday season? What did you make?

• What are your favorite treats to pass out this time of year?

• If you make anything you see here TAG me in the post or #bittersweetsusie because you love me and I love you right back. 

Holiday Craft Bonanza! – Retro Felt Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Ok how it is only a week before Christmas?  WEEK. I had great plans for making lovely crafted gifts for every person I have ever met. Instead I am going to re-watch Twin Peaks for the millionth time and skip the holiday altogether.

A month or so back I was full stop into the Christmas Spirit. I did manage to crank out some crafts for EHOW and now I can share them with you.

All of them are simple and easily customizable. You still have time to do any of these guys before the holiday knocks on our door. Most you can do while watching your favorite holiday film (or two!) and will give you the satisfaction of being one crafty and creative bad ass mother fucker.

So get on with it!

First up – The Retro Felt Christmas Tree Skirt

Bittersweet Susie | Retro Felt Tree Skirt Tutorial

This project can be easily changed to match your decor. I have GRAND PLANS to make some different versions.

Maybe a Halloween Tree one year???

Tune in every day leading up to Christmas for more tutorials and the long awaited Holiday Playlist (to tide you over click on link to last years!

Homework

• Did you have any grand plans you never completed?

• What is your go to Holiday movie?

Fuck Christmas & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS- A VERY Bitter Playlist

Oh Boy – Christmas is upon us. It actually has been lingering since Aug in the stores but I am the type to bury my head in the sand. Bah FUCKING Humbug.

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

I like giving and wrapping gifts but beyond that I am entirely not interested. This year especially I have tried to skip it. Wanna skip it next year and go somewhere tropical? Anyone? This year I have managed to not set foot in a single store to holiday shop (my mail and UPS man have been BUSY). I have so far not baked a single cookie. I have wrapped all my presents in hot pink and black. I PROTEST THE CHRISTMAS but I have watched all the classic Christmas movies and specials (because they are AWESOME). Maybe there is hope for me yet!

So in Bittersweet Susie fashion – I have made you a playlist. And I know some of you thought I forgot, NEVER! Here are some Christmas songs I will tolerate (to a point) and I hope it finds you and your obligatory family gathering well. I also hope it keeps you from blowing a hole in your head after you hear Rockin Around the Christmas Tree for the 10th time that day because here at Bittersweet we care. PS: I have never seen anyone ROCK around a Christmas tree just for the record.

This is a more BITTER version of Christmas – but you can still totally play it during family dinner! I am sneaky like that.

 A Very Bitter Christmas – 2013 (click link to go to playlist)

  1. Porter Wagoner – Happy Birthday Jesus
  2. Count Basie Orchestra – Good Morning Blues
  3. Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule
  4. Ray McKinley & His Musicians – Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume
  5. The Mexicali Brass – Winter Carnival
  6. The McGuire Sisters – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
  7. Ray Rasch – Sugar Plum Cha Cha
  8. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
  9. Sugar Chile Robinson – Christmas Boogie
  10. Cecil Gant – Hello, Santa Claus
  11. Bobby Darin – Poor Little Jesus
  12. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stocking Blues
  13. Kim Weston – Wish You a Merry Christmas
  14. Bobby Nunn – Cool, Cool Christmas
  15. Django Reinhardt – Christmas Swing
  16. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  17. Jimmy Witherspoon – How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)
  18. Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang – What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’)
  19. Buster Bailey – Santa Claus Blues
  20. Santo & Johnny – Twistin’ Bells
  21. Ray Charles – The Snow Is Falling
  22. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  23. Fats Waller & His Rhythm – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  24. Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
  25. The Mills Brothers – You Don’t Have to Be a Santa Claus
  26. Johnny Cash – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
  27. Clyde McPhatter – White Christmas
  28. Eddy Arnold – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-a-S
  29. Loretta Lynn – Christmas Without Daddy
  30. Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love to Keep You Warm
  31. Dean Martin – A Marshmallow World
  32. Glenn Miller – Jingle Bells
  33. Kay Starr – December
  34. Perry Como – Home For The Holidays
  35. Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum
  36. Mel Torme – What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
  37. Bill Haley – I Din’t Want To Be Alone This Christmas
  38. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  39. Little Mindy Mince – The North Pole Rock & Roll
  40. Marlene Paula – I Want to Spend Christmas With Elvis
  41. Peggy Lee – Winter Weather
  42. John Denver – Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
  43. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  44. Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
  45. The Moonglows – Hey Santa Claus
  46. The Kinks – Father Christmas
  47. Pearl Bailey – A Five Pound Box Of Money
  48. Artie Shaw – There Is Frost On The Moon
  49. Frank Sinatra – The Christmas Waltz – 1999 – Remaster
  50. Buck Owens & Susan Raye – Christmas Ain’t Christmas Dear Without You (feat. Buck Owens & Susan Raye)
  51. Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – 2004 – Remastered
  52. “Tennessee” Ernie Ford – A rootin’ tootin’ Santa Claus
  53. Bill Anderson – ‘Po Folks Christmas
  54. Little Willie John – Mommy What Happened to Our Christmas Tree
  55. Leroy Carr – Christmas in Jail
  56. Ben Harper – I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
  57. Loretta Lynn – It Won’t Seem Like Christmas
  58. The Andrews Sisters – Christmas Island
  59. Lighnin’ Hopkins – Happy New Year
  60. Orson Welles – Christmas Greeting

Woooowee That is a long playlist! I am POSITIVE it will get you through your party and BEYOND.

Who’s Birthday is it!?!? THIS GUY

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

This is a Jesus I have hanging on my wall and is the PRIZE of my thrift store Jesus collection. If anyone has a VELVET JESUS painting They are willing to part with just give me a holler.

What I learned while listening to this playlist:

  • There are just as many songs about being BLUE on Christmas as the bright, cheery, stab me with a fork numbers.
  • I wish there were WAY more songs about Jesus’ Birthday – cause FUNNY- No matter how historically inaccurate the time of year we are celebrating. Maybe there needs to be a Jesus Rockin with Santa Number? Mayyybe not.
  • I really hate Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – and I have found too too many covers of that wretched tune.
  • Sometimes digital is ok and almost awesome because this would never fit on a tape.
  • My Thanksgiving Playlists will also work for Christmas – feel free to check those out.

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

This was a photo I found in one of my mom’s albums. A couple observations about this little photo:

It was marked 1971 or 72 and I forgot to write it down. That bird artwork on the wall was made by my MOTHER and it is all hand embroidered (we still have it). The little patterned stool on the bottom left of photo is a piece my DAD embroidered and built.

We have crafty coming out of our BUTTS folks.

Maybe they knew their daughter was going to make THIS one day:

Bittersweet Susie | Christmas

I bet you can feel their pride oozing from you screen – PATTERNS COMING SOON!

There was also sweet paneling in the living room that I never got to see (I was born a WHILE later/TOO DAMN LATE) There appears to be a record player ON TOP of the built in stereo cabinet – that also has a record player inside. This makes me think my whole childhood is a lie because I was told the AWESOME STEREO worked once upon a time. LIES! And finally – I asked if we could get a real mini tree this year in addition to the perfect Martha Plastic number my mom puts up every year. She told me NO. I am using this picture as proof she was once down with the mini tree babies. I will have one next year. Mom – see photo evidence above of awesome mini trees as a request for NEXT christmas. Thank you!

Homework (You don’t get any winter break around here kids)

• Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas songs?

• Childhood Lies you want to confront your parents about?

• What do you collect? What is the PRIZE of that collection?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has had and continues to have a great Holiday Season!