Got 99 Problems, but a List Ain’t One

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All right. So I don’t have 99 problems. Maybe there are two sorta complaints, if I’m being particularly grouchy about things. But this was probably my one opportunity to quote Jay-Z on a parenting blog. #justletmebegreat

Big, happy news to report, friends. Ms. Mary Mack made Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs. And we’ve got a splendid badge to show for it, too. Here it is below, and also in its new home: just glance over there to your right. A little lower. There! Pretty, ain’t it?

Making this whole thing even sunnier? MMM came in at Number 50!

“I like to kick, stretch and kick — I’m 50!”  

Sally O’Malley and S-dot Carter quotes aside, this is really a great honor. To be listed along with these remarkable women I admire and respect — mothers carving out their own molds for how to parent — is just the extra sprinkle of sugar on what has been a delightful blogging experience. Thank you, friends, for reading along through it all.

Now, let’s celebrate a bit. Since we haven’t given a Fa-la-la-lala Alert yet this week, this feels like the perfect time to just that.

The question: What are your top two (or three!) Christmas/Holiday songs? These are the ones that raise your cheer every time. So much so that you might even consider listening to them in the middle of the year, during a heatwave. These songs are THAT happy-making.

Here are mine, I think, and in no real order:

  1. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
  2. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
  3. TIE (why not just make it top 4, right? I don’t know. A tie seems more Yuletide-y.):
    “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway + “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” by Bing Crosby & David Bowie.

Leave yours down below in the comments or head over to the MMM Facebook Page and list your top songs there (while you’re at it, do “Like” us if you haven’t already. Thanks!).

The prize: A $15 iTunes gift card, so that you may load up on some of these holly, jolly jams.

  • 1
    Sara says:

    1. “All I want for christmas is you” (by anyone, but I’m loving the new Bieber / Mariah one and also LOVE the little girl singing on Love Actually)

    2. “Silent Night” Bing Crosby

    3. So cheesey, but always makes me happy! NSYNC’s Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    • 1.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      No such thing as cheesy when it comes to these things, Sara! No such. I actually heard the Biebs’ version and didn’t hate it. Maybe because he stayed close to the original–uh, with MC in there and everything.

      Thanks, Sara!

  • 2
    kendra says:

    1. o holy night (almost any version, but particularly celine dion and josh groban versions), 2. white christmas (the drifters version), 3. rockin around the christmas tree (brenda lee version)

    • 2.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Oooh. The Drifters. “Ay-ay-ay-ay I’m dreaming of a white chirst-muus.” Excellent. And the Brenda Lee ditty will always gets the toe tapping. Thanks, Kendra.

  • 3
    Nailah says:

    Congrats! Mine are All I Want For Christmas and This Christmas.

    • 3.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Good call on the Mariah song. Although, it will stick in your head ALL day.
      Thanks, Nailah!

  • 4
    april says:

    congrats on making it into babble’s top mama blogs of ’11. that’s great, nicole! oh, and anything from ella fitzgerald wishes you a swinging xmas tops my list. i listen to it year-round, much to my husband’s chagrin. if i HAD to pick just one song, it would have to be her rendition of jingle bells. classic awesomeness! makes you fall in love w/ xmas all over again.

    • 4.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Thanks, April.

      See? That’s why I said “these are my faves, I THINK.” Totally forgot about Ella. That’s good music, man. Indeed.