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Kathy Kulig: Holiday Lights and Music Gone Wild
Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Welcome fellow EC author, Kathy Kulig! ~DD

Thanks Delilah for letting me guest blog. I thought I’d do something with a holiday theme.

I love listening to Christmas music, at home, on the way to work and at work, beginning from Thanksgiving until after the New Year. I checked out Amazon to see what the top selling CDs are. I was surprised the traditional ones I listened to as a kid weren’t in the top 10. Bing Crosby was #27, Burl Ives didn’t even make the top 100, Nat King Cole was #100. They’re really old songs but ones I hear every year on the radio. Personally, I enjoy Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Does anyone remember the house in Ohio that had their lights synchronized to “Wizards in Winter” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra? I think Coco-Cola used it in a commercial later too. Here’s the YouTube link if you want to check it out: Wizards in Winter

Some fun facts: The illuminated Christmas tree started in England during Queen Victoria’s reign 1832, and through immigration spread to North America and Australia. The first known electrically lit Christmas tree was in 1882 by Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, and vice-president of Edison Electric Light Company (now Con-Edison in NY City). He hand strung 80 red, white and blue incandescent light bulbs the size of walnuts. (From Wikipedia, where else?)

Where did Christmas songs originate? In AD 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called “Angel’s Hymn” should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. The first specifically Christmas hymns that we know of appear in fourth century Rome. Latin hymns such as Veni Redemptor Gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan. St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 in Italy started his Nativity Plays with songs or “canticles” that told stories. The carols later spread to France, Germany, Spain and other European countries.

For classic songs, one of my favorites is: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” What are your favorites?

Wishing everyone a happy, safe and healthy holiday!

I have a free read with a Thanksgiving theme on my website if you care to check it out: A Moveable Feast For Demons

Warm regards,

Kathy Kulig

Read Kathy’s latest!

While working on an environmental project in the Arizona desert, research scientist Amy Weston finds herself caught in the war between two men. Dante Akanto lures her into the desert to explore the dark side of her passions, pleasuring her in ways she never thought possible with his bizarre sex games. And park ranger Jake Montag has a compelling mysticism and powerful sensuality that’s impossible to resist.

But the two men, demon and shapeshifter, are engaged in a supernatural fight between worlds. Amy and her high level of life force energy is the key. Dante’s world and his immortality depend on claiming her as his own. The choice Amy makes between the two men will affect both her world and her future.

Reader Advisory: Contains scenes of mild bondage.

7 comments to “Kathy Kulig: Holiday Lights and Music Gone Wild”

  1. Kathy Kulig
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      · December 19th, 2009 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Thanks for having me as your guest today Delilah. Hope you’re enjoying fabulously warm weather and having a great time. We’re in the middle of a blizzard. Not a bad thing tho since I’m busy with edits. :grin:



  2. Cheryl McInnis
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      · December 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Hi Kathy!
    Great post, I love Andy Williams’s version of “Do you Hear What I Hear?’, I have it on my mix Christmas Cd for the car. My favorite carol is probably “What Child Is This”- but with a 9 year old and a 7 year old living here, the one played most often in our house is “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, LOL! :grin:



  3. Kathy Kulig
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      · December 19th, 2009 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Hey Cheryl,
    Andy Williams has some great classic songs. “What Child is This” is a nice one. David Bowie did “Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby and that’s a great one. Of course, Grandma/reindeer always brings a good laugh. :grin:



  4. Fedora
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      · December 20th, 2009 at 1:55 am · Link

    Hi, Kathy! Sorry to be popping by so late! I grew up decorating the tree every year to the Williams brothers and Andrews sisters, so hearing those versions bring me right back :) I also love Little Drummer Boy–we found that Bowie/Bing version recently! How fun! That is one of my very favorite Christmas songs!



  5. Caridad Pineiro
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      · December 20th, 2009 at 8:25 am · Link

    I think my favorite is Joy to the World! We have someone in the neighborhood who has their lights synchronized to a local radio station that is playing Christmas music. So, you turn on your radio and drive by, watch the lights go wild! I love it! Thanks for sharing all that info about Christmas!



  6. Delilah Devlin
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      · December 20th, 2009 at 9:51 am · Link

    Thanks for playing at my blog, Kathy! Thanks to everyone who dropped by. My favorite winter classis is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”



  7. Kathy Kulig
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      · December 20th, 2009 at 11:14 am · Link

    Hi Fedora, Thanks for stopping by. I posted late too. Deep into final edits. I think the old songs are the best.
    Hey Caridad, I’m amazed how people can synchron. their lites. Dh spent three weekends just putting ours up. No synchron.

    You’re welcome Delilah. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” sure fits PA this morning. Shoveling out from our snow storm.