Wintertide by Brittany Jean // Christmas Album Release!

Hi guys! Two posts in one week? What is this madness? XD Well, I’m here to share some exciting news with you (which you probably already guess from the title). Brittany Jean has just released her newest album Wintertide!

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“So many of you have been asking for this album for years… Wintertide is for you.”
-Brittany Jean

And like, how beautiful is this cover art??

ARTIST BIO:

Brittany Jean is a folk singer/songwriter in the Pacific Northwest. In 2020, after learning of and then dealing with the loss of her performance schedule for the rest of that year, Brittany turned her focus to creating her first-ever Christmas Album, hoping that it would be ready for Christmas 2021. Brittany is thrilled to announce that Wintertide is available starting November 12. With songs about home and a cabin up north to songs about crystal trees and a Christmas ghost ship, somehow every slice-of-life song she sings is a love song.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Instagram | Facebook | Website | YouTube | Spotify


I am a HUGE lover of Christmas music, so I was so excited for this opportunity to share this album. And seriously, even if you don’t love Christmas music (I mean, who doesn’t though?) this album also has songs that just so beautifully capture that cozy winter aesthetic. Like, just LISTEN to this:

SO GOOD. It’s just the type of music that makes you feel like curling up with a blanket and hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.

If I haven’t convinced you to check this album out already (or maybe you’re already singing along), Brittany is running an awesome giveaway on her Instagram November 12-25. The prizes are two super cute mugs and a cozy-looking sweatshirt, if you’re interested! Winners are announced November 26, so be sure to enter before then!

Christmas is coming so fast! It seems like just yesterday it was September… I hope you’ll check out Brittany’s album! It’s really good, and I know I’m adding it to my Christmas playlist this year! Tell me, have you started listening to Christmas music yet? Let me know down below!

Christmas Time is Here // A Smattering of Poems

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I will love Christmas songs forever.

Forever I will sing songs. I will have a Christmas love in my heart.

Love is forever a Christmas tradition that I will sing with songs of joy.

Songs I love will forever be remembered and I will never not love Christmas time.

Christmas songs I love shall I sing forever with a passionate will.

Will Christmas be around forever? So I may sing songs of love?

Forever will I treasure them. I love Christmas songs of love and joy.

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Gingerbread sensations tingle on your tongue,

The smell of warm sugar and familiar spices

Sweetening an icy interior.

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There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy.

When smiles are genuine and the world feels lighter.

There are colored lights spread across the town, and life feels merry.

When gifts are situated under the tree, shiny with bows and ribbons.

There are hearts all aglow, filled with love and joy.

Christmas time is here. Fun for all. The most wonderful time of the year.

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Quiet heart. Careful hands.

Rosy cheeks. Soft embrace.

Peaceful night. Touching scene.

Wondrous sight. King of kings.

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Just a bit of Christmas poetry for you. It’s nothing fancy, but I think it’s kind of nice. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! ❤

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A Spot of Christmas Poetry

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Cookies baking in the oven, sweet smells wafting,

Happy faces waiting eagerly for the delicious treats.

Retro holiday melodies pouring from the radio,

Inciting dreamy waves of nostalgia.

Shiny bulbs dot the tree with sparkling color,

Treasured ornaments dangling from the branches.

Merriness fills our hearts, flooding us with joy and gratitude for

A child in a manger, our Lord and King,

Savior of the world, our first Christmas gift.

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Christmastime is here.

The lights all aglow.

When all anger and hate disappear.

Christmastime is here.

When people are full of good cheer.

When Love was born a long time ago.

Christmastime is here.

The lights aglow.

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Winter.

Cold. Snowy.

Blowing. Howling. Stunning.

Whimsical. Magical. Grand. Glistening.

Wonderland.

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Beautiful paper

Covering a big box that

Holds a perfect gift.

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Christmas is filled with candy canes, caramels, cookies,

carefree carolers, hot cocoa,

Christmas trees, covered in crystalline colors,

cranberry sauce, countless crowds,

cold, Christmas cards, candles at night,

candy if you’re caring, coal if you’re cross,

and Christ our King, Creator of kings.

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Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! I won’t be posting the week of Christmas, so I’ll see you all in the coming year! ❤

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My Favorite Christmas Movies // A Must-Watch List for the Holidays

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Hey guys! So, I’m sure you all know that Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the time of year when you don’t want to leave your house because driving is a nightmare and it’s absolutely FRIGID outside. (You guys down south are LUCKY.)

But it despite being cold and unwelcoming outside, I’m blessed to have a warm inside where I can snuggle up and watch Christmas movies. 😀 So since the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, I thought I would divulge my top favorite movies for the season. Enjoy.

The Toy that Saved Christmas

VeggieTales will always have a place in my heart. I remember watching this when I was a little thing, back when animation was still so new and this was just AMAZING. Plus you learn a lesson at the end! I mean, I probably didn’t realize that there was a lesson when I was really young, but it must’ve taught me something, I don’t know.

Home Alone

I recently heard on the radio that Home Alone is Minnesota’s favorite Christmas movie. Though I wouldn’t call this my favorite, it’s still a really funny movie. The songs make me feel nostalgic, (even though I wasn’t around when this movie came out), and it just fills a little piece of my heart with happiness.

Frosty the Snowman

This was a staple of my childhood Christmases. I watched it multiple times every year around Christmas time and I basically had the whole movie memorized. I also remember watching the sequel, Frosty Returns, multiple times too. I still never figured out why he says ‘Happy Birthday’ though…

The Year Without a Santa Claus

This is one of those old movies that just makes you smile. I love the Heat and Cold Misers the best. I was always excited when their scene came on. I still get their songs stuck in my head every year. And really, stop motion is just so great. It makes everything seem homey and cozy, like everything is right with the world.

The Santa Clause

I’ve watched this and both sequels so many times, if I watched it now I would know exactly what’s going to happen. And I remember the first time I watched this being so proud that I recognized the characters voices from other movies. I thought I was so cool. XD

The Polar Express

I know a lot of people say that this movie is like super creepy looking, but I like it! The whole story is really cool, I love how all the characters have their own stories, and the ending just makes me so happy. Like waking up from a dream. Plus Josh Groban music is great, A+.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Okay, so maybe you guys remember me posting about this a while ago, but I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE?? But this year, we finally got my whole family together, and we watched it and it was GREAT. I loved it so much. I finally understand a whole lot of references much better now. XD

Arthur Christmas

So, this one isn’t very well-known, but I’ve watched it a few times now, and I just think it’s such a clever, well-thought-out movie! And it’s HILARIOUS. The characters are so funny! And it’s just heartwarming and meaningful and gah. I love it.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Half an hour of nostalgia. The dancing scene, the Christmas tree, the singing, Linus telling the story of Jesus, it’s just so simple and good. What else is there to say?

Elf

My favorite Christmas movie of all time. I really don’t need to explain this one. If you haven’t watched it WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. And if you have, well good for you, you rock. *gives you world’s best cup of coffee* 🙂

So those are my favorites! What are your favorite Christmas movies? Am I forgetting any good ones? Let me know down below! ❤

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The Christmas Song Book Tag

Hello everyone!

I have a Christmas-y themed tag today, since, well, it’s almost Christmas. 🙂 I believe it was originally created by booktuber Hailey in Bookland. And since I’m currently fresh out of creative ideas, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

On to the questions!

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”
Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

I’d have to say Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. He’s just plain awesome (setting aside the disappointment of the second book 😦 ). And he’s definitely very villainous…and proud of it… XD

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I’d love to see any books under the tree, really. XD But in particular, I’ve had my eye on the Bright Empire series by Stephen R. Lawhead for a while…

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Ooh, that’s a tough one! I might choose Cress from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. At first, she’s really timid and scared of everything. But as the series progresses, she becomes steadily more brave and sure of herself. She’s one of my favorite characters in the series. 🙂

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Hmm…

A) I’m going to have to go with Kaz again… XD Just because of…reasons. Lots and lots of reasons.

B) I’m gonna say Jonathan from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. Sure, he’s not perfect, but I think his heart’s in the right place. ❤

5. “Frosty the Snowman”
Which book just melts your heart.

Without a doubt, Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Because obviously if I were heartless, my heart would’ve melted, right? 😛 All kidding aside, this book was really gripping and it really did melt my poor heart into a feelsy mess.

6. “Feliz Navidad”
Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

I’m trying to think…Does a sorta imaginary/real world count? If it does, then I choose Illusionarium, which takes place in London in alternate universes.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Perhaps the obvious choice would be the Bible, since it contains the Christmas story. 🙂 And I don’t really read holiday themed books much anyways.

8. “Sleigh Ride”
Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

ALL OF MY FAVORITES. I can’t choose, seriously? I’d love to spend Christmas with all of them! ❤

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”
Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Burn a book?! How dare you! *shakes head disapprovingly* In all honesty, though, I don’t think I’d ever have the gumption to burn a book, even if it was horrible. *shudders*

10. “Do You Hear what I Hear?”
Which book do you think everyone should read?

ALL THE BOOKS. No? You can’t do that? Okay, well, here’s a few recommendations then; Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, the Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, Twinepathy by C.B. Cook, and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

That’s the tag! Do you have a favorite book to read around Christmas? A favorite Christmas song? Feel free to do this tag if you so desire. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas season and I’ll see you all next year! ❤

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Christmas-y Tag

Hey Bloggers!

I know what you’re thinking…Really Madeline? Another tag?

But yes. Tags + me = uncontrollable urge 😀

I was tagged by the wonderful Deborah over at The Road of a Writer

Let us begin!

What is your favorite Christmas treat?

My Mom always gets these amazing little Petit Fours from Swiss Colony…Yum.

Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas?

We enjoy putting up a tree…and every Christmas Eve, we have our own little snacky dinner and we open the presents we made for each other. That’s always fun. 🙂

How do you normally celebrate Christmas?

Is that even a question?

Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family? Do you buy your gifts or go the homemade route?

I love giving presents! 😀 We buy each other gifts, but we also make each other gifts too, (see above).

Is it cold where you live? Have you ever had a white Christmas?

It is FREEZING where I live. Minnesota will do that… We always have white Christmases. But, funnily enough, we haven’t gotten much snow this year! We’re expecting it though. 😛

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Well, lets see…books, first of all…then maybe some more books, and then top it off with some books. 😀

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I honestly couldn’t choose. I love Carol of the Bells, all versions, just give them all to me! Little Drummer Boy, (Go Fish does an awesome version), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child is This, the list could go on and on… ❤

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

I’ll have to agree with Deborah, all the memories just seem to mesh together. I love all the Christmases! 🙂

What does your Christmas Tree look like?

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What are you reading in December? (Anything festive?)

I’m not actually reading anything festive. I’m re-reading the Lunar Chronicles, and I’m on Cress. Hey, the next book is Winter! 😀 Does that count?

Are you an organized little elf or are you still shopping/preparing on Christmas Eve?

I’m still working on my gifts, but I’m pretty sure I’ll finish in time. 😉 I’m usually finished with my gifts in, like, November, but… That’s evidently not happening this year. XD

How early do you start to get into the Christmas spirit?

Well, I’m usually pumped at the very least before Thanksgiving. XD I know, I know… But I think I start getting really excited by the beginning of December.

Do you make any Christmas crafts? Decorations? Send physical Christmas cards?

I’m really not that type of person…Me and my family occasionally send out a Christmas card, but we haven’t been these past few Christmases… :/ But I hoping we will this year!

What’s the menu for Christmas Day?!

Oh boy! Well, we usually are too excited to eat breakfast, so we kind of have this brunch-type thing, then go to my grandparents and have a big Christmas dinner.

What makes it FEEL like Christmas for you? (Weather, specific tradition, food, smell, person, etc.?)

The snow, food, presents, family, music, everything, really! 😀

Do you have relatives coming? Excited? Nervous?

No relatives coming, but we’re going to visit a bunch!

What famous Christmas character do you most identify with? (Scrooge, Elf, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, Santa, etc.)

Well, I just took a test, (Playbuzz), and I got Buddy the Elf! XD I’m good with that! 😀

If you were to start a new Christmas tradition, what would it be?

I’m not sure…If me and my family did do something, it would be memorable, that’s for sure. 🙂

What Christmas movies do you like to watch this time of year or what’s your favorite?

I love all the old, stop-motion type ones, like Rudolph, Year Without a Santa Claus, etc, but I also love the new ones too, like Elf (Possibly my favorite XD ), The Santa Claus, Home Alone, Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, shall I go on? 🙂

What’s your favorite Christmasy book or book with a favorite Christmasy part?

I absolutely love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! And, of course, the true story in the Bible. ❤

Thank you, Deb, for tagging me, it was so fun answering these questions!

Now, to tag some peoples:

CB @ The World of a Writer, Madi @ The Book Owl, Raychel @ Raychel Rose, and Megan @ A Barefoot Gal

If you feel like doing this tag, feel free!

I’d also like to add a bonus question!

○ What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten?

I should have some new posts up soon, so stay tuned! 😉