Category Archives: Christmas

Favorite Holiday Songs from Classic to Metal to Naughty

RomanceWeeklyFa la la la la – la la la la … What’s your favorite holiday song?Beach Ornaments Romance Writers Weekly wants to know.  We’re sharing ours this week! Hope you’ve already dropped in on Carolyn Spear for her special holiday tune. I can’t decide on just one to be honest, so I go by genre.

dboywikiThe Little Drummer Boy was my favorite as a kid. I went on to take percussion later.  Never made marching band, but I still love listening to the street beats the drummers play during football games.

As for holiday classics, I love Silent Night. Mannheim Steamroller has an awesome version which is now a classic called Stille Night.

Orchestrated rock music always gets me and the way Trans Siberian Orchestra rocks Carol of Bells on Sarajevo 12/24. I crank the volume especially during the guitar solo. A metal head, I am.specialxmas

Last but not least, from the the naughty writer in me, Bon Jovi’s Back Door Santa is too fun. Now, let’s hear from Susan Scott Shelley.





Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo

Christmas Tree at Elizabethan Gardens
Christmas Tree at Winter Lights in Manteo

Ever since The Elizabethan Gardens began a lighted Christmas tour I’ve wanted to see the Winter Lights in Manteo on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Last weekend, my son and I met my sister-in-law, who lives on OBX, and took the tour. She said this year’s display is the best yet. Each year they continue to grow adding more decorations and lights. Like a kid in a candy store with camera in hand, I clicked away.

Click on the poinsettia tree to take a brief photo tour of the Winter Lights and the Manteo waterfront featuring the masted ship, the Elizabeth II and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. If you have a opportunity to visit the Outer Banks during the holiday season, the gardens are lit until December 30.