Watch Pentatonix 'Sleigh' These Tunes From Their Latest Album, Feat. Jennifer Hudson! 

A Cappella sensations Pentatonix are back with fresh new holiday sounds from their brand new album: A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe! The album is available to purchase or stream, and we highly recommend a listen. They expertly bring their polished sound and contemporary sensibility to Christmas songs we know and love. 

The group recently graced the NBC studio stage with none other than pop legend Jennifer Hudson to sing their rendition of "How Great Thou Art", available off their new album. This stellar performance is part of a one-hour special entitled "A Very Pentatonix Christmas," which you can stream now on NBC. 

 Check out the video below!

Gorgeous, no? 

But that's not all! While you're here, check out their latest music video for an ultra-festive version of "Deck the Halls".

What did you think? Let us know in the comment section below. And very happy holidays to you and yours!

Christmas Countdown! 

Already getting your elves lined up? Creating the lists you'll want to check twice? 

Wondering how many days you have to cut through the crazy with a well-executed plan? 

Check out our countdown clock to Christmas belowand wonder no more! 

And be sure to visit our I Love Christmas Facebook page for great ideas and inspiration, all year round!

Watch This High-Def TimeLapse Video to Experience London's Breathtaking Christmas Lights! 

Whether you live in a big city or just visit one from time to time, we're sure you'll agree that watching twinkling Christmas lights above a bustling urban street is a wonderful pastime of the holiday season. And some cities, like London, really go all out around Christmastime. 

Lucky for those of us who don't live anywhere near London, a man named Mattia Bicchi uploaded some incredible TimeLapse footage of the city's gorgeous Christmas lights last year. Here's what Mattia had to say about his video project: 

"After four years from my last Xmas TimeLapse of London, I thought that it would be great to make another Short TimeLapse & Hyperlapse Film about the amazing atmosphere and decorations that makes London such a great city to visit during Christmas time. 

Putting the whole video together took me roughly a month while I shot the beautiful and well known Christmas lights at Oxford and Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and the astonishing Covent Garden. During this time I also had the opportunity to film the light up of the 18,000 lights at the Churchill Arms Pub in Kensington and the last SuperMoon of the year." 

See the breathtaking footage below!

Top 12 Family Christmas Games This Holiday Season 

Whether your crew is in the mood to get active (candy cane hunts! snowman bowling!) or wants to cozy up and try their luck with a few board games, you'll definitely want to set aside a Saturday night or two for these holiday game changers. 

1. Christmas-opoly 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Get your lights up, your presents wrapped, gather family and friends and pop the lid off the Late For The Sky Christmas-opoly Board Game. Watch out players! You may be run over by a reindeer. Be nice or you may end up with a lump of coal.  Whatever happens, you better not pout! Available Here 

2. Operation: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer 

Put on your scrubs and help Santa, Rudolph and Hermey operate on BUMBLE THE ABOMINABLE SNOW MONSTER in this classic game Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Operation. It will take a steady hand to get rid of his “sweet tooth,” “Charlie Horse,” “cold shoulder” and more. Rudolph’s nose glows and Bumble roars every time the surgery backfires, so operate with care! Available Here 

3. Christmas Charades Game 

It's just like the dinner party game you know and love, but with a holiday twist. Good luck acting out "Star of Bethlehem" in 30 seconds. Get it here 

4. The Santa Claus Game 

Let the kids be Santa Claus for a change with this heartwarming board game where the emphasis is on giving gifts instead of receiving them. Fair warning: Players are also challenged to sing a favorite holiday tune. Get it here

5. Christmas Trivia Game 

Quick! Do you know the only movie to win an Academy Award for its Santa? (Answer: It was Edmund Gwenn's Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.) Be prepared to answer that question and more in this fact-filled test of holiday smarts. Available here 

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Board Game 

It turns out you can play reindeer games south of the North Pole. Fave characters Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius all make an appearance in this movie-themed challenge of saving the misfit toys. Available here 

7. Christmas Bingo Game 

We love these Christmas bingo boards, filled with candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread men — only the most cheerful holiday items. Get it here 

8. Christmas Scavenger Hunt 

Christmas Scavenger Hunt is family fun for the holidays! Includes an indoor deck and an outdoor deck so the whole family can run around the house or the entire neighborhood. Be the first to spot a Santa, find a glitter-covered object, or touch an angel. Simple fun, Christmas Scavenger Hunt will fill your holiday with action and laughter! Contains 220 cards and rules. Available here 

9. LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train 

Gather the family for some festive LEGO building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a power function, upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table. Get it here 

10. Pin the Nose on the Snowman 

This great Christmas holiday party game includes a 16" x 20" paper Snowman Face, 10 paper noses, and 2 blindfolds and instructions. Perfect for families and friends! Available here 

11. Inflatable Reindeer Christmas Hat Antler Ring Toss 

Now this looks like a fun game for a Christmas party or holiday event. This item is an inflatable reindeer antler hat that comes with 4pcs inflatable rings. Simply inflate and play by standing the same distance away, and taking it in turns to try to get the hoop on the antlers. Get it here 

12. Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition Yahtzee 

Play America’s  #1 dice game with a Tim Burton twist! This travel-sized The Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee includes a customized dice cup in the shape of Jack Skellington’s head and five collectible dice featuring frightful movie characters. For 2 or more players. Available here

Top 10 Things to do in New York City for Christmas 

The Christmas season is in fully swing, and where better to get into the holiday spirit than New York City? Between the countless Christmas markets, the Rockefeller Center Tree, and the Radio City Rockettes, there is something for everyone - even those Scrooges with the coldest of hearts! We've complied a list of what we consider are the top 10 things to do in New York City this Christmas. Let us know which ones you've done and which is your favorite! Happy Holidays!

1. New York Botanical Garden
The Holiday Train show at the New York Botanical Garden attracts thousands of visitors each year. More information here.

2. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
See the Rockettes dazzle you with their choreographed musical numbers and incredibly clean dancing! Tickets here.

3. New York City Ballet's Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a huge tradition for families all over the country. Come and see the most dazzling production of this famous Ballet at Lincoln Center! Tickets here.


4. Bryant Park Christmas Market​
This amazing Christmas market has something for everyone! More information here.

5. Union Square Christmas Market
The Union Square Christmas market is one of the largest in New York City and attracts hundreds of people daily! More information here.

6. Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center
A famous Christmas tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike! More information here.

7. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Beginning December 2nd, this tree will be lit up and attracting thousands of visitors daily! More information here.

8. Macy's Christmas SantaLand
Come meet Santa and all of his elves at Macy's this Christmas! More information here.

9. Holiday Lights Motor Coach Sightseeing Tour
See New York City's most dazzling Christmas light displays! More information here.

10. Sledding in Central Park
If the city gets one good sheet of snow, Central Park has the best sledding in all of the city! More information here


Which of these have you done? Which is your favorite? Let us know!


 

This Has Got To Be The Most Creative And Adorable Commercial Of This Christmas Season (Video) 

Prepare yourself for an uplifting dose of Holiday cheer. 

From the "Goose in a Hole" to "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" renowned children's book author Judith Kerr has written a number of iconic children's stories. But as great as those and other works are, none compare to her timelessly famous series, "Mog the Forgetful Cat." That's why, when British supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, approached Kerr about partnering with them to bring Mog and his story to life in a Christmas commercial, she didn't hesitate to accept. 

The best part is the end so make sure to watch the whole thing. Enjoy!

15 Crazy and Over-The-Top Christmas Decorated Homes 

Nothing gets people in the Christmas spirit more than homes bedecked with millions of feet of christmas lights, plastic reindeer, and occasionally the inflatable snowman. Many suburban families view this as some kind of yearly competition, to see which house in the neighborhood can be donned "the most festive home on the block." We've gathered the 15 craziest decked out homes and laid them all out here. Let us know what you think and which one YOU would pick as the winner!

1. The Gates of Heaven

These golden and glistening gates are sparkling with lights - no need for street lamps on this street! (or this entire city!)

2. Toys, Toys, Toys
Step back Santa's Workshop - this yard is coming after you!

3. The Classic​
Step back Santa's Workshop - this yard is coming after you!

4. White Castle
This white winter wonderland makes this house look like a castle during Christmas time!

5. Taste the Rainbow​
This family wanted to be festive and incorporate every color of the rainbow! Kind of intergalactic.

6. The Tree​
There is nothing like a bright green Christmas tree that says... well, Christmas.

7. Lights, Lights, and More Lights!​
This can be seen from outer space.

8. Angel House​
Hark the Herald Angels Sing!... on the roof of this house!

9. Joy to the World​
Wishing joy to the astronauts up above!

10. Christmas Star​
With peppermints, elves, snowmen, and that STAR - this house is definitely one to remember!

11. The Snowman​
This sexy snowman wants you to join the Christmas party!

12. Flying Reindeer​
Defying the laws of gravity and creating an incredible display!

13. The Christmas House​
This house calls itself "The Christmas House," and for a good reason!

14. The Snow Lights
This house knew they would be getting snow this winter, and decided to light it up from underneath!

15. NOEL​
A perfect Christmas archway to welcome you home as you drive into the garage! 


There you have it! Make sure to let us know which one you think is the winner!


 

A Brief History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 

Over the past century, the Rockefeller tree has no doubt become one of the most cherished annual experiences for New York City Christmas lovers and tourists alike. The official Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree website describes itself as a "world-wide symbol of Christmas," a claim that's difficult to disagree with given the 125 million people that flock to see the tree each year. On December 2nd of this year, the 2015 tree will be unveiled as each bulb that wraps itself around the branches bursts with light for the first time. In anticipation for this annual celebration that attracts tens of thousands of viewers in person and hundreds of millions more by broadcast, we've decided to take a look back at the history and tradition of such a monumental Christmas icon.
It's Christmas Eve, 1931. The Great Depression is in full swing, pinching at the wallets of New York City residents and people nationwide. However, the Christmas spirit entered the cold (literally) hearts of construction workers at Rockefeller Plaza and they all pitched in to buy a 20-foot balsam fir that they decorated with handmade ornaments from their families. The men then lined up in front of the tree to receive their paychecks (notice the box on the wood crate at the left side of the tree). And with that, the Rockefeller Tree was born!
Just two years later, in 1933, the Rockefeller Center decided to make the tree an annual tradition and hosted the first ever lighting ceremony. Fast forward to 1936 and visitors could also enjoy the newest addition that still remains today: the ice skating rink!
During WWII, the tree's adornments switched to more of a patriotic theme. Hanging from it were no longer red, green, and gold ornaments, but red and blue globes and wooden stars painted white. Believe it or not, in 1942, no materials that were needed for war were allowed to be used on the tree! That same year, instead of one giant tree, they brought in three smaller trees that were each decorated with one of the flags three colors. Just three years later, once the war had finally ended, the "year of darkness" was forgotten and six UV light projectors were used to make the tree appear as though its 700 fluorescent globes were glowing! By the 1950s, it took up to twenty workers on ladders and scaffolding NINE whole days to decorate the tree entirely.
In 1951, NBC broadcasted its first tree lighting on The Kate Smith Show, hosted by Kate Smith herself, shown above. Thousands of people were able to take part in such a historic event, and the Rockefeller tree instantly became a staple of Christmas for not only New Yorkers, but for anyone that owned a television! From 1953 to 1955, the popular show Howdy Doody picked up the tree lighting ceremony. Since then, the tree lighting ceremony has featured numerous famous personalities such as Barbara Walters in 1972, Bob Hope in 1982, Lily Tomlin in 1985 and Liza Minelli in 1990! Beyonce even performed at the 2008 ceremony!
In 1954, Saks Fifth Avenue mistakingly created massive traffic jams with its addition of a 32-foot display of aluminum angels hanging across the front of the building. Once Saks noticed that these angels were causing too much traffic throughout midtown, they were removed. In 1969, sculptor Valerie Clarebout reimagined the idea of the angels and unveiled twelve metal-wire angels throughout the Channel Gardens which can still be seen today!
As the awareness of humanity's impact on nature and the green movement grew, the tree was first recycled in 1971. It was turned into 30 three-bushel bags of mulch for the nature trails of upper Manhattan.
Although the tree usually makes it's way to Rockefeller on a truck bed, in 1998 it received the "royal treatment" and was flown in from Richfield, OH, on the largest transport plane of that time! The following year saw the largest tree in history, a 100-foot tree from Killingworth, CT.
After the September 11th attacks in 2001, the tree was once again decorated in the patriotic red, white, and blue. Three years later, the 2004 tree adorned a 850 pound Swarovski star at the top of its branches. The star was designed by German artist Michael Hammers and features 25 THOUSAND crystals and ONE MILLION facets. Although it may look small from the ground, don't let it fool you. This star is a massive 9.5 feet wide! In a continued effort to go green, LED lights were introduced to the tree in 2007. They use 1,200 fewer kilowatts of electricity daily. That's enough to power a 2,000 sq. ft. home for an entire month! Good thinking, Rockefeller!
There you have it- the history of the Rockefeller tree! So next time you watch the annual broadcast of the lighting ceremony, or if you're lucky enough to see the tree in person, remember its roots. No pun intended. 

Still want more? Here are a few more interesting facts: 

  • The tree is solar powered. 300 solar panels installed on the roof of One Rockefeller power this beauty. 
  • The tree's lights probably reach farther than you can run. Five miles of wire! That's the distance from 100th street to 14th street, or one mile less than the perimeter of central park! 
  • The tree remains lit for all 24 hours of Christmas day. 
  • Originally searched for nationwide by car, they now conduct aerial searches via helicopter each year to find the perfect tree. 
  • They've even floated trees down the Hudson River on a barge to get them in place! 
  • The tree doesn't need to be watered. That's right, the cold temperatures keep it fresh - unlike the ones in our living rooms that wreak havoc on our floors. 
Author: Christian Green

Watch this stunning musical glasses performance from 'The Nutcracker' by Tchaikovsky (video) 


Who else is a fan of The Nutcracker? Check out this hauntingly beautiful musical glasses performance of The Sugar Plum Fairy by The Glass Duo.

The GlassDuo was founded by Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec from Poland.
Being charmed with the sound of musical glasses, they abandoned their places in the symphony orchestra in Gdansk and started to realize their own idea of performing.
They play solo and with other musicians as well. They've successfully performed with string quartets, various chamber ensembles, even symphony orchestras, including The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. They are the only glass music group in Poland, one of a very few professional ensembles in the world.


Please check out their album at: http://amzn.to/1I629DI




 

A couple surprises their daughters with a new adopted brother, under a Christmas tree.. (Video) 

Courtney and her husband Steve adopted a baby boy, but they didn't share the news with their three daughters until he was home. The couple surprised the girls by telling them they had a gift to share and placed their new brother, Nathan, under the Christmas tree.

The reaction of the girls is precious.  Enjoy!

What do you think? Happy Holidays friends!
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