Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Card CDs :: 2005

Since 2005 I have done something that has become something that I'm pretty excited to share. At the time I was living away from my family in Orlando, Florida. I wanted to get something for everyone in my family, but had very limited resources (aka. the moneys) so I decided to try to get creative. Because of my limited resources, I would check out music from the public library to enjoy. I came up with the idea to utilize this wonderful resource the government offers us to create a cumulative christmas CD of some of my favorite music to send to each of my family members. It didn't take too long that year to come up with a few of my favorites at the time, and I decided to package them with some of the paper and supplies I had at the time.

Since then, I have carried the tradition from year to year until 2012. Last year was my first year that I didn't create a new CD due to the cost and time it takes to produce. From year to year I learned that the best time to start listening to music to get a jump on the newest music was Halloween! Not the most ideal time to feel like listening to Christmas music, but it definitely took the pressure off getting the project done in time when starting that early.

Each year it was quite the challenge coming up with a cost effective way to produce what turned into about 75 to 100 copies from year-to-year. Some years I printed on my own, and others I was able to find printers with reasonable prices. If anything, I hope this gives you some ideas on some awesome christmas music and a collection that I'm proud to call some of my favorites.

So here it goes! Now until Christmas, I'm going to release posts of the song lists along with the designs of what my Christmas CDs evolved into.

Let me know what you think!


This year is probably the most 'thrown-together' version. I probably sent out no more than 20; this year was more for immediate family and contained more of a personal note than a focus on design.

I must have really liked Harry Connick, Jr.'s Winter Wonderland, because I just realized I put it on there twice! Goes to show I'm not an editor - just a designer :)

Music Links:
1. All I Want for Christmas is You :: Mariah Carey
2. Christmas All Over Again :: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
3. Little Drummer Boy :: Jars of Clay
4. Joy to the World :: Aretha Franklin & Fame Freedom Choir
5. Jingle Bells :: Natalie Cole
6. Please Come Home for Christmas :: Southside Johnny Lyon
7. What Christmas Means to Me :: Stevie Wonder
8. It Must Have Been ol' Santa Clause :: Harry Connick, Jr.
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas :: Mel Torme
10. Holiday Flight :: John Williams
11. Winter Wonderland :: Harry Connick, Jr.
12. Do You Hear What I Hear? :: Third Day
13. All Along On Christmas :: Darlene Love
14. Carol of the Bells :: John Williams
15. Let It Snow :: Michael Bublé
16. O Holy Night :: Martina McBride
17. White Christmas :: The Drifters
18. Grown-Up Christmas List :: Michael Bublé
19. Winter Wonderland :: Harry Connick, Jr.
20. Where are you Christmas? :: Faith Hill
21. Song for a Winter's Night :: Sarah McLachlan
22. We Wish You a Merry Christmas :: John Williams
23. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays :: 'N Sync

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