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Do you like Christmas music? Can you recommend any good compilations or albums? I was born in 1980 and like the music from that time and earlier, but not the poppish stuff you hear so much nowadays, nor the shitty covers and remixes of classics. I like Celtic stuff and would be interested in that, but am more interested in 'average/normal' carols; songs with lyrics (the better to psych myself up while I decorate and bake or just snuggle up with some hot cocoa on a rainy day). I like religious Christmas music, but also just Christmas holiday-themed music in general. I always have the darndest time googling decent Christmas music. I'm looking for some good tunes to get me in the holiday spirit. Suggestions? Links?

Board gamers-- Would you like 7 Wonders for Christmas? Would you rather get a game you specifically want or a new one you've never played, but that the giver thinks you'd absolutely love (you're both gamers and they know you well).

I know most folk here are not fans of food questions, but I'm here anyway, so here goes. I have a serious addiction to the flan at one of the taquerias around here, which developed following recent oral surgery followed by a soft diet (any excuse for flan-- more root canals please!). The problem is, it's pretty expensive and they don't always have it, also that I feel like an idiot going in just for flan all the time. I found some at another taqueria and although it looked the same, and tasted similarly, it was overooked (very eqqy, like quiche, instead of smooth and dense as flan should be). I'm pretty sure the first place just- cooks one flan in a large glass baking dish while the other place uses ramekins Anyway...any good flan recipes and tips for making the perfect flan?

dk/dc/tl;dr--- Do you have any fun holiday undies you like you break out this time of year?

[User Picture]From: moshimishi
2012-11-30 08:49 am (UTC)


I love 7 wonders. I would be completely fine getting a game the giver thought I would love, and if you're thinking 7 wonders it's a pretty universally loved game so DO IT.

I don't have any fun holiday undies... BUT I NEED SOME
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2012-11-30 06:54 pm (UTC)


I come from a huge game family/group of friends (Setters of Catan informed out Save The Dates for our wedding, haha) and I played 7 Wonders over this past Thanksgiving (my first time... I DOMINATED I commented that I thought my husband would love it and his sister and cousin, who were playing too, agreed. Poor boy, he went almost the entire evening laid up in bed. :/

I'm thinking I'm going to gt it for him, but I'm now worried he'll get it for me, or his cousin or sister will get it for us! Heh.
[User Picture]From: moshimishi
2012-11-30 07:03 pm (UTC)


I honestly don't think it would turn out bad in any way. If two people end up getting it, it shows that it's an awesome, fitting gift, and you can just return one anyway. And then pick out a new game together with the money :)

My family does two things: board games and movies. My brother and I are trying to get my parents on board with more complex/strategy games... I feel a Catan holiday.
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-11-30 09:01 am (UTC)


1. No, I dread Christmas. Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart
[User Picture]From: jeesh
2012-11-30 09:08 am (UTC)


I am obsessed with Christmas music.

I do have holiday undies... red ones with little doggies with bows on them, snowflake undies.
[User Picture]From: lisasimpsonfan
2012-11-30 10:54 am (UTC)


I love Christmas music. My favorite stuff is like from the Rat Pack/Big Band eras, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. I also like Perry Como, Bobby Vinton, Bing Crosby. I grew up listening to those guys at Christmas at my Grandpa's house.
[User Picture]From: dragonkiri
2012-11-30 12:40 pm (UTC)


My parents have a couple of Billboard's Christmas hits compilations. Lots charted classics from the 40s-80s. I prefer listening to it to actual Christmas albums. Although I do have a soft spot for Straight No Chaser's a capella albums. I also enjoy celtic folk-singer Alexander James Adams's album "Wintertide" which has a couple of pagan songs as well as Christmas songs, as well as the Muppets song "It's in Every One of Us". ♥

I'm not a board game person, but my husband is and I think he would be really pleased to receive 7 Wonders. If I were a board game person I would probably be quite happy with either.

I've heard that flans generally come out well in a water bath, but I've never tried it myself.

I don't have holiday undies, but I have pajamas printed with "Jingle Bells" lyrics. :)
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-11-30 01:54 pm (UTC)


The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas is a nice compilation of "classics."
[User Picture]From: cdozo
2012-11-30 02:16 pm (UTC)


I like this Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas album - It's also available on iTunes at

I also bought Mahalia Jackson singing Silent Night off of iTunes.

As to the flan. I've never made flan, but you could try making Creme Brulee. It's an Anglo version of flan made with egg yolks and heavy cream. It's delicious and guarandamnteed to clog your arteries.

Edited at 2012-11-30 02:19 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: chaostrophy
2012-11-30 03:59 pm (UTC)


I like The Carpenter's Christmas music
If I reeeeeeaaaaally wanted a specific game I'd prefer that, but surprises are good too.
I've never had flan
I do!
[User Picture]From: emily_thegreat
2012-11-30 04:03 pm (UTC)


I work in a bookstore and we're kicking out the Christmas jams right now, my favorites of our selection are the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (I could listen to this all day), something like Merry Christmas from 1940 or 1940's Christmas, and the Temptations Christmas album. We also have NSYNC and Hanson's Christmas albums, haha. I kind of love those. Generally I like classic-type holiday music. And the Muppets.
[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2012-11-30 04:03 pm (UTC)


You like Celtic things? The ideal Christmas album for YOU would be "Drive The Cold Winter Away" by Horslips. They're an Irish band, later on they became more rock, but the album is old jigs and reels and songs played on pipes and drums and such. It's not really Christmas but it's a seasonal favorite for us.

Flan and horchata and jamaica are great things, and if you have a source for them, indulge! It's tricky to make at home. My ex had a bad burn from carmelizing sugar to make flan once.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-30 05:11 pm (UTC)


John Denver and the Muppets - it's the only Christmas album anyone needs. Ever. :)
[User Picture]From: lai_lai_ranma
2012-11-30 08:52 pm (UTC)


Always watch your flans well, ESPECIALLY if you're making them in a large pan like that. You should be cooking them in a bain marie, or a water bath. If you just put them in the oven, they will overcook and lose that soft custary feeling.
[User Picture]From: ticktockman
2012-11-30 09:07 pm (UTC)


The Roches "We Three Kings"

Here they are doing a medley from it.


Edited to put the right clip in.

Edited at 2012-11-30 09:09 pm (UTC)