Christmas Notes, A Golden Christmas 2017

Christmas Notes, A Golden Christmas 2017

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Christmas song books with music for caroling and live playing:

The Penny Whistle Christmas Party Book

The Reader’s Digest Merry Christmas

The Time-Life Christmas Songbook

Ultimate Christmas 100 Seasonal Favorites

The Family Christmas Song Book

The Best Christmas Songs Ever

The Ultimate Guitar Christmas Fake

The Big Book of Ragtime Piano Sheet Music Hall Leonard Corp

Ragtime The Musical, Piano, Vocal & Chords

 

A Selection of Christmas Cookbooks with Décor and Menu Ideas

Family Christmas Treasures (Christmas stories)

Our Best Christmas Recipes, Southern Living

A Very Merry Christmas Good Housekeeping

Family Circle Big Book of Christmas

From World Book (Christmas in Denmark, Christmas in Switzerland, Christmas in the Philippines, Christmas in Mexico)

British & Irish Cooking, Round the World Cooking (English Puddings, Trifle, Butterscotches)

The Everyday Bartender Book

The Little Pink Book of Cocktails

Bartenders Manual

Eastern Mediterranean Cooking, Round World Cookbook

Fabulous Food, The Costco Way (Annual Book)

Absolutely Appetizing Temptations, Add-A-Tech, Inc.

 

Christmas Decorations Suggestions or Ideas

Sleighs, Sleds, Snow Shoes (One Kings Lane), Chat skis, Stuffed Animals, Teddy Bears, Dolls, Barbie’s, toys, tartan pillows and throws, lights, tree with designed lights and bulbs, snowmen, ceramic trees with lights, train sets, angels, bulbs, wreaths, garland, poinsettia, family photos, Santa’s, Virgins, Jesus, Prayers, outdoor decorations, snowflakes, professional decorations, look in books for suggestions and match up, scented candles, bows, a post it bright paper wall Christmas tree with a red star (papers are green, orange, light orange, pinkish red), deer, woodland creatures, chalk board, paper links, all red German Trees with cut out hearts on top, or woodland creatures, or colored marshmallows on tree, bells, Elves, soldiers, drums, kitsch,  religious paraphernalia, nutty, pine cones, fire place, mantels, hearth, bring up all chat skis and virgins, bulbs and decorations from storage, nativity set, fruit bowls, vintage roller skates, white Christmas trees, stockings, branch strung up horizontally to hand gifts or stockings from, The lodge feeling, stuffed hearts on tree, red and white gingham and red and white country check, tied cinnamon sticks, potpourri, Christmas Sprites, hanging red ribbons, Christmas Duvet, flannel sheets, pillows, homemade stockings with embroidery or needlepoint

Gift Ideas

Dog biscuits, cheery stationary, monogrammed stationary, big things of tootsie rolls, large kisses, fruit baskets, Swisscolony.com, trays of baklava, movies, cakes, tins of cookies, tins of nuts, bags of candies, stocking stuffers, Christmas Cards and buy 10-$10 cards for $100 to send Amazon Gift Cards to people who may have been kind to you in some way or people on staff at your school or your children’s school and nice stamps, dellalo.com, cook books, song books, sheet music, books or book gift cards, sweaters, fairisle sweaters, fishing jackets, fishing poles, shawls, scarves, make up and perfume, lotions, ponchos, hat and scarf, gloves, a car gift or emergency kits flashlights/maps/GPS, trips, weekend getaways, tickets, magazine subscriptions, new dictionary, cool software, writing books, ask for their list, jams, pastries and breads, tech gifts may be things like flash drives, USB splitters, art work, teapots, dish sets, stemware, decanter sets, holiday glass or dish sets, paper, a how to book, teach a skill, journals, socks, underwear, pajama, robes, gym clothes, evening wear, gift certificates, poetry, almanacs, maps, guide books, things that transform your life in weird ways like a map, money, trusts, scholarships, office supplies, nice calculators, organizational items, Tupperware Set, stack of paper/ drawing paper and art supplies, gouache, inks and brushes, drawing easel, drawing horse, rolodex, music, baroque music, international music, textiles, jazz, classical music, money towards lessons and an instrument, pay for a camping trip, fire wood or scented wood, sports tickets, show tickets, tailgater supplies, lined paper, electronics, fitness watches, FITBIT, Gardening books, binders and sheet protectors for family recipes and special papers and school work, interesting tools rulers & scissors, sewing machines and sergers, monogrammers, needlepoint by the fire,  clothing, smart clothes,  Christmas portrait, fur, fur pillows, bed sheets, Christmas duvets, candles, tea, coffees, cocoas, alcohol, holiday pancake mixes, food stuffs, popcorn, horn rimmed knives, box of chocolates, hair ornamentation, jewelry, gardening tools gloves boots and outfits, cleaning outfits, vacuums, steam cleaners and agents, smoke boxes, printer inks, folk music, punk rock, donations on their behalf to charities or organizations or places they frequent, photo album with sticky pages, sexy/sensual gifts bubble baths or vibrators, snow boots, shovels, snow blowers, put together cookies in a tin or plastic container, chopsticks, pots and pans, serving dishes, high ball glasses, blankets, chat skis, cooking or chef equipment, One Kings Lane, decorations, wall rugs, fiber art, pillows, bedroom pillows, cake pans, bundt cake pans, specialty cooking, chef knives, butcher cleaver, metal Chinese teapots with small cups, a piece of furniture or a lamp, thank you cards, vintage projectors eg. slide projectors, cameras, embroidery floss, handmade clothing patterns, patterns, New “Chicago Manual Style,” Dissertation Books, apps, tea towels, debriefing books, bolts of fabric, irons, dressmakers irons, steamers, nice shampoos and conditioners, face masks, face cream, hand lotions and hand tissues for your bag and purse, magnifying glass, custom shoes, tailoring, gym shoes, boat or deck shoes, nautical, white shirts, smoking jackets, nail polishes, leisure or spa attire and espadrilles, caftans, spices/sauces/vinegars/oils/salts, eyeglasses or reading glasses or sun glasses,  books from a book list or your own book list, toys, bicycles, motorcycles, pool floaties, display cases, towels, soul music, pins, brooches, Home Depot Building Plans, framing, sleds, dogs, cats, birds, parrots, microphone, pianos, keyboards, organs, cockpit screens, stages, video editing software, cassette recorders, angora, cable sweaters, patch work sweaters, flannel shirts, corduroys, canopy books, BBQ and Party Cook book, flags, ju ju, bird houses, international or spiritual art works such as Ganesh or Kali or the Virgin, sculpture, wood dishes, vases, bicycle horn, tambourine, meat platters, punch bowls and cups, goblets, tapestries, jewelry boxes, costume closet, dress rack, ski jacket, neon coat, skis, umbrellas, bath mat, chinos, bulbs and seeds, plants, Christmas plants, Poinsettia, fresh flowers, cars, stereos, beach blankets beach lotions towels cooler picnic baskets and swim suits, restaurant guides like Zagats, bird cages, paintings, miniature paintings, potpourri, Indian dishes, Mexican Fiesta, taco stands, tortilla holders, basketry, fish fry baskets, pulled pork, beans and johnny cake plates and bowls, computer equipment, filing systems, snow boards, cloth napkins, tea party sets, blue print tools, plastic services, mani pedi, lithography equipment, silkscreen equipment, scale, hand bags, wallets, keychain, key holder, curling irons, hairbrush, hair dryers, make up bags, curlers, hair tonics, word press programming books, Kimono, clocks, Falun Dafa Video and books, dresses, earrings, necklaces, beads, luggage, TV, coats, shirts, pants, jackets, sexy lace up pants and floral jeans, vests, capes, Laura Ashley Dresses, Victorian clothes, vintage or antiques

 

 

Music and Genre Suggestions

The Nat King Cole Christmas Album

That Christmas Swing a Contemporary Holiday with The Dave Williamson Big Band and Singers

Barbara Streisand, A Christmas Album

Christmas for the 90’s

World Business Class Masterworks Classical Music

Christmas Guitar

Stokowski’s Symphonic Bach

Enya, A Day without Rain

Sinead O’Connor

Kate Bush

Jazz for Joy, a Verve Christmas Album

Andre Rieu, The Christmas I Love

A Christmas Festival with Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops

Christmas Blue, I’m Old Fashioned, By John Coltrane

Christmas Confession 6, Blue Train, John Coltrane

Jazz Themed Christmas Party, Moment’s Notice, John Coltrane

Christmas Trouble, Just Squeeze Me, John Coltrane

Jingle Jazz, Chronic Blues, John Coltrane

John Coltrane Blue Train Music

Green sleeves John Coltrane

Christmas Jazz

Jazz Christmas

Jazz Christmas Classics, John Coltrane

Cousin Mary, Fa-La-La, By John Coltrane

Joyful, Merry Christmas, John Coltrane, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Deck the Halls Christmas Jazz

Kiri Te Kanawa, Verdi & Puccini

Best of Vivaldi 5 CD Set (Italian Opera)

J.S. Bach, Concertos for 2 and 3 Harpsichords

Baroque

Locatelli, Concerti Grossi

Mozart

Concerto Barbirolli, John Pachelbel, Joseph Payne, Harpsichord

The Greatest Ragtime of the Century, Biograph Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton

Three way a Trio of One Act Operas by Samuel Levine

Andrea Boccelli (Opera)

Tosca

Mozart’s Best Operas

40 Most Beautiful Arias

100 Opera Must Have Highlights

CPE Bach & Symphonies The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood

Scheibe Sinfonias

Big Ragtime Piano Box

Leopold Hoffman Oboe and Harpsichord Concertos

Water Music

Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, Berlin Symphonies

Billy Holiday

Jennifer Holiday

Josephine Baker

Jacques Brel (French)

Vienna Boys Choir

Stevie Wonder

Baby Stuff, Michael Jackson eg. ABC for children themed holiday

Little Christmas Tree with Spoken Intro, Michael Jackson

Ultimate Christmas Collection, Jackson 5

A Classic Motown Christmas, Michael Jackson

Season’s Greetings from Michael Jackson

100 Christmas Hits Most Requested Oldies Holiday Hits by Original Artists

Baking Christmas Cookies By Sugar and the Hi Lows and Darlene Love, The Best of Christmas Oldies

Joy to the World Aretha Franklin

A Very Special Christmas 1 & 2 o Christmas Tree Aretha Franklin

Christmas Here with you featuring Aretha Franklins & Four Tops

Ultimate Christmas 1998 Whitney Houston and Nat King Cole

Winter Wonderland Aretha Franklin 21 Classic Christmas Favorites

Classic R & B Christmas By Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding

Driving Home for Christmas The Long and Winding Road Aretha Franklin

Christmas Ain’t Christmas without the one you love, Aretha Franklin

Let it Snow Andrea Bocelli

J’ai deux amours, Christmas in Paris, Josephine Baker

The Very Best of Jazz 4 CD Set, Louis Armstrong and Quincy Jones

Bix Beiderbecke, Your Christmas Present, “My fate is in your hands,” Josephine Baker

La Petite Tonkinoise, Christmas in Paris, Josephine Baker

A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

Ultimate Christmas, Frank Sinatra

Christmas with Frank and Bing, By Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby

The Christmas Collection Frank Sinatra

20 Song Classic Christmas Movies, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Reindeer Mambo

Christmas is the time to say I love you, Billy Squier

Classic Rock Christmas

Swinging Birdland Christmas, Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst & Jim Caraso

Swing Cats, A Rock a Billy Christmas, Hepcats Holiday, Night Before Christmas

Christmas with Billy Vaughn

Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer Billy May, Christmas Kisses

Best of Christmas Cocktails, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Billy May

The Southern Christmas Songbook and Hymnal

Essential Original Albums Billy Holiday

Diana Ross, The Supremes, Mahogany, Search for Christmas Albums

Betty Carter (scatting)

Ella Fitzgerald

Ethel Waters

Abbey Lincoln

Anita O’Day

Lil’ Hardin Armstrong

Billie Pierce

Jeanette Kimball

Mary Lou Williams

Sweet Emma Barret

Dorothy Fields

Livery Stable Blues

Frank Sinatra

B.B. King

Chuck Mangione, Children of Sanchez

Barry White Christmas

Macy’s Store Christmas CD

Search your favorite artists on Amazon, their name plus Christmas, to see if they have a Christmas Album, Search by plugging in a genre on Pandora.com and looking for similar albums

Basic genres:  ragtime, organ, blues, jazz, brass, big band, church, choir, female singers, male singers, percussion, all the “holidays,” samba, Latin, African, Bossa

Movies

Dr. Zhivago

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Charlie Brown Christmas

Frosty The Snow Man

Mahogany

Lady Sings the Blues

Venus Hotentot

Minstrel Films

The Colored Museum

Imitation of Life

Porgy and Bess

Westerns

Josephine Baker, Zou Zou, Revue Noir

Vaudeville

Variety Shows

Goat Island Performance Art Group DVD/Film-A Last Quartet a collection of films by Lacy Cash and Goat Island

Dream Girls Musical Video

Vienna Boys Choir

Choir Videos and Boys Choir

Caligula

Cleopatra

Fritz the Cat

Grizzly Adams Episodes

Little Rascals

Shirley Temple

Planet of the Apes

Charlie Chaplin

Buster Keaton

Under the Cherry Moon

Purple Rain

Casablanca

Black Orpheus

An American in Paris

Blue Velvet

Blue Bird

Shakespeare

Chinese Porn

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Vintage Evita

Research classics

Classic Spike Lee

Tess

Ragtime the Musical

La Boheme

 

Activities

Games: such as vintage UNO, Mastermind, Cards, Scrabble, Upwards, Trivial Pursuits, Spades, Cribbage

Tree lightings

Sending Christmas Cards

Taking formal portraits

Barbie Weddings or playing with toys

Caroling

Baking cookies and putting them in plastic to go containers

Professional gift wrapping (get books and match up)

Dinners with friends like (Mary Merry)

Sledding

Ice Skating

Movies with Popcorn and tea

Prayers and blessings

Entertainment

Make a snowman

Make an angel

Make mini Christmas trees or wreathes or crafts

Cocktail hours

Make doll clothes for little girls

Play Christmas sheet music on instruments or piano

Buy gifts, wrap gifts, open gifts

Ice skating lessons

Unpack a million chat skis

“Mistletoe and Holly Berry:  An Old English Play in One Act” by Josephine Warren

Go to library to Christmas Section

Cut out snow flakes

Dress up in velvets and Christmas attire

Smoke box

Small rolling pins for children

Plays, get copies of books

Stash articles and books for kids coming home for Christmas

Shop for instruments and sheet music

Tune pianos, organs, harpsichords, clavichords

Buy a harp

Learn songs

Gather fire wood

Cut down a tree or go to a Christmas tree outlet or farm or bring up a tree from storage

Decorate house and tree

Buy Christmas lingerie

Get hair done

DJ Christmas music

Christmas Parties: work, family, friends, organizations, kids friends

Cocktail Parties

Horseback riding

 

Dessert Ideas

Jell-O Molds with fruit cocktail

Fruit cake soaked in alcohol

An English Pudding

Trifle

Rum balls

Rice Krispy Treats

Pears in liquor

Fudge

Peanut Butter Blondies

Bars

Little Debbie’s

Christmas Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Baklava

Malted Balls

Butterscotches

Box of Chocolates

Chocolate Covered Cherries with Brandy inside

Pudding Parfaits and custards

Lollipops

Vintage Candies in a tin

Fruit Bouquet

Cookie Tins

Starlight mints

Thumb Prints

Molasses Cookies

Candy Canes

Jam Donuts

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Cookies with M-n-M’s in plastic containers for family and friends

Cheese cakes

70’s Chocolate Cake

Lemon Bars

Gummy Bears

Bundt Cake

7-UP Pound Cake

Toffee Crunch Cake

Petit Fours

Candies in bright and shiny wrappers

Double Flourless Cake

Raisinettes

Hershey’s Kisses

Thin Mints

Painted Sugar Cookies

Sour balls

Christmas Cake

Pistachio Ice Cream

Cookie Cutter and frosted and decorated and cookie press cookies

Praline cookies

Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Pecan Sandie’s

Coffee Ice Cream

Swiss Rolls

Jelly Rolls

Christmas Sundaes

Make up your own cookie tins

Strawberry Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip

Home Made Ice Cream

Rose water puddings

Nutella

Cajeta

Flan

Fortune Cookies

Sesame Chews

Christmas chews (Meijers)

Popcorn Balls

Clusters, homemade turtles

Clementine’s

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Butterscotch Trifle

Gingerbread house

Peanut butter crunch balls

Cashew toffee

Peanut Sesame Brittle

Alegrias

Peanut Butter pie with peanut butter cups, peanut brittle and peanuts on top and chocolate oreo crust

Candy Cane Sugar Drop Cookies

Orange Butternut Logs

Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Jelly Beans and Jelly belly

Buche de Noel

Rugelach

Palmiers

Danish Salted Butter Cookies

Black and White Sesame Seed Cookies

Rainbow Cookies

German Chocolate Cake

Stollen

Streudel

Linzer Torte

Kiwi Tart

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Tiramisu

Truffles

Cardamom Walnut Pound Cake

Coconut Cake

Buckeyes

Roasted Pecan Clusters

Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Caramel Corn

Champagne Oranges

Domino’s

Build a cookie world or baked world of Christmas

No bakes

 

Breakfasts

Coffee Cake

Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Bacon and Cheese Muffins

Buttered Rum Nut Rolls

Russian Tea Cakes

Belgian Waffles with fruit

Crepes

Bread and Butter Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Butter Sauce

Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheese Quiche

Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Poached eggs in a muffin tin or baked eggs with bacon

Oatmeal bar in a crock pot

Breakfast sandwiches open face ham and poached egg and herbs, lemon juice on buns

Frittata

 

 

Nice Appetizers

Pigs in a blanket wreath with a dough bow

Shrimp cocktail

Sushi

Meat Pies

Samosa

Marmalade Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Chicken Satay

Homemade Egg Rolls

Cocktail Meat Balls or spicy cranberry barbeque meatballs

Chips

Deviled Eggs

Gari and Sardines or Corned Beef with Tomato, onion and chili sauce in a small ramekin (Traditional African available at Kasoa Market)

Asparagus wrapped with Bacon

Pinwheels with ham salad rolled

Innovative veggie platter

Roses

Spicy cheese in celery logs

Beautiful plate of hummus and crackers with pimento, olive oil and pine nuts in center

Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip

Pistachios, Spanish peanuts, candied walnuts, cashews, shelled nut bowl, figs

Sandwich bar, mini sandwiches, meat and cheese platter, cheese log with nuts, stacks of meat, smoked hering salad and crackers, fruit, Baked brie, summer sausage, strawberries and grapes

Pot stickers, crab rangoons, scallion pancakes

Cocoa cups of peanut butter soup or a crock pot of stew and foo foo (Traditional African available at Kasoa Market)

Plate of BBQ ribs

 

Golden Dinner Ideas or Buffet Ideas, 4 courses

Fattoush Salad

Tangine with cous cous and vegetables and lamb, lemons and harissa

Meat Pie with raisin nuts and filo

Fish Pudding with marbled top

Pate Loaf

Spinach Pie

Silver foil packets with fish inside

Dutch oven of Chocolate Sauce chicken or pork loin

Paella

 

Sweet and Sour Pork

Wonton Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Cabbage Salad

Bok Choy and Beef

Angry Pig Fried Rice

Pine Apple Ham

Edamame

Pad Thai

Drunken Noodles

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Orange Blossom Pork

 

Prime Rib

Mash

Green Beans with almonds

Brussels with sauce

Broccoli Rabe

English Pudding

Soufflé

Waldorf Salad

Popover

Scallop Potatoes

 

Tamales and margaritas

 

Drinks

Glog

Hot Toddy

Hostel

Mexican Coffee

Mulled Wine

Holiday Wassail

Champagne Punch

Kahlua

Whisky Sours

Red wine

Jägermeister

Vernos

Cosmopolitans

Dirty Martinis

Water Station

Cocoa with Marshmallows

White Russians

Brandy Snifters

Bourbon shots

Vodka Gimlets

Grey Goose

Holiday Beers

Spiked Punch

Maker’s Mark

Eggnog and coconut eggnog with rum

Margaritas to serve in a pitcher with 4th course tamales

Champagne

 

Look in Bartender’s manual and drink books and on Epicurus for punch recipes, stock up a nice bar with mixers, shakers and ice, blender, pitchers made up

 

Additions:

Flags, toothpicks, swords, sticks, curly toothpicks

 

Christmas dishes, appropriate glasses, decanter sets, mugs, middle eastern wine glasses with gold rims and designs, fine silverware, serving spoons, platters and serving dishes, table clothes, Christmas napkins

Outfits:  Velvet, plaid, fur, satin, evening, wool, tartan, ornate ethnic, fine jewelry, flannel, sweaters, angora, vests, long skirts, ribbons, reds, emeralds, greens, whites, bones, gold, silver, fantasy blue, magenta silk fantasy, blacks, wines, pearls, sequins, beading, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, opals, costume jewelry, 40’s dresses, Victorian, velvet smoking jackets, needle point jackets

 

Christmas is about lights, colors, smells, giving, creating long lasting memories and sharing.  It’s nice to ask good friends if they would like to exchange gifts, ask even family members if they would like to and start looking online, in shops and catalogues and making things early.  I love to give big shopping bags full of gifts that includes popcorn and cookie tins and plastic containers of homemade cookies, bubble baths and nail polishes.  I think the nicest thing is to get sweaters, socks, robes, underwear and t-shirts, flannels like sheets and pajamas.  It’s a cuddly time of year next to the fire reading or watching movies in a screening room.  Christmas is also about children and it’s nice to drag out all your dolls and teddy bears in their honor.  Companies like Bradford Exchange sell nice toy train sets.  It’s possible to go to Christmas villages like Frankenmuth and Meijer’s is all kitted out with nice things and classics.

On the days before Christmas it’s nice to reserve some of those for work friends or old roommates and have “Merry Mary” for example.  This year I plan to have a light menu of shrimp cocktail on ice, bloody mary’s, champagne, green olives with pimento, roasted cherry tomato capresse with mozzarella and olive oil served with warmed bread, mushroom bisque, smoked trout salad, and a pasta, for dessert lemon bars. Get out your smoke box and toast the year off nicely while you chat the night away.

Merry Christmas with best wishes to you and yours!

With Love from Revolving Stream!

 

-Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Christmas 2017