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She and Him Christmas

December 9, 2011
by thenestinggame

I’ve been in non-stop Christmas Radio mode on Pandora for about a week now. I’ve had healthy debates with my friend Beth about the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” I think it’s charming. She thinks it’s about date rape. And in addition to Michael Buble’s Christmas album and that ever-present Mariah Carey song, there’s one other album that keeps coming up in rotation. The She & Him Christmas collection featuring your favorite girl and mine, Zooey Deschanel with M. Ward. It’s soothing. It’s quirky. It’s retro. It’s got a lot of ukelele.

So, I thought it might be fun to do a Christmas series of decor inspired by some swinging Christmas tunes. I present to you, A She & Him Christmas.

wreath / candle / tree / straws / tumblers / baby / skaters / bar

martini / cookies / earrings / dress / weenies / slingbacks / lights

I don’t know about you, but I would love to be in charge of the record player at that party. Pass the cocktail weenies, whydontcha?

 

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  1. December 9, 2011 10:09 am

    So funny, I heard a She and Him Christmas song for the first time yesterday and fell in love!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 11, 2011 11:40 pm

      Jessie, it’s such a cute album!

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    December 9, 2011 11:22 am

    So This Is Christmas by John Lennon:

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 11, 2011 11:41 pm

      A classic!

  3. Martha Hopkins permalink
    December 9, 2011 1:40 pm

    Love this post! We don’t decorate, so I’m having it to do it vicariously through blog posts. (That sounds more pathetic than it actually is.)

    First, I love “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” John says it’s creepy. If you’re going to listen to it, though—and believe me, we aren’t going to stop, even if it is about date rape—listen to Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. They’re married, have a flock of kids, she used to date Lyle Lovett, Bruce’s brother was married to a Dixie Chick. What else do you need to know? At their Christmas show every year in Austin, they play a slide show of their family. She’s about a size 00 on a fat day, and she shows some slides when she was pregnant with twins. Lord have mercy percy!

    Second, the wreath. LOVE IT. I went to a girl’s Christmas party last week where you have to bring a Christmas-themed gift under $25. It’s amazing how very very bad a gift you can get and how very very awesome a gift you can get on the exact same budget. This was not a winning year for me. (Would anyone like a reindeer cheese tray and knife?)

    Anyway, the host made a wreath like the one in the picture, but with new ornaments. I commissioned one the minute someone stole mine during the game. I will now recommission it with old ornaments. One issue: just yesterday I saw three different little cardboard ornaments like the house on the this wreath. The cheapest one was $35. Clearly, it’s time for me to switch back to my trusty Waco junk stores instead of these pricey Austin shops.

    Third, I really want that red dress for my party tomorrow night. It, unfortunately, would not zip around me. Keep your eyes out for a slightly larger one, please. Green is fine as well. The color of Leigh Anne’s dress in her FB profile would look fantastic.

    Fourth, I have those paper straws in blue and green. Good news: they do not disintegrate fast.

    Fifth, John and I are buying She & Him Christmas on vinyl this afternoon. Thanks for the inspiration. Didn’t Zooey do a great job with the national anthem on Game 4? What a festive dress, too!

    Sixth, I don’t post on blogs often. This is inappropriately long, right?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 11, 2011 11:47 pm

      Preamble: I forced Taylor to get a tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I grew up having one sometimes, but not always, and I really wanted one this year despite the fact that we’re not even going to be here for Christmas. But I’m so glad we did—-it’s fun to look at at night.

      1. I will check out that song, STAT!

      2. At 22squared, we always had a $10 white elephant exchange. People brought good gifts and bad gifts. I always brought an uninspired Starbucks gift card, and yet somehow always ended up taking home my own gift. Hey, it’s not a reindeer cheese tray.

      3. That dress is so awesome. I looked at buying it, but clearly….no. What did you end up wearing?

      4. That is good news. But paper straws kind of freak me out. Weird sensation. Taylor wants me to tell you he likes them. (He is reading over my shoulder.)

      5. I didn’t see her sing the anthem—will have to YouTube.

      6. Yes. But I like it. :)

  4. December 9, 2011 3:42 pm

    As a former lit major (and subsequent English teacher), I’m all about multiple interpretations of text, but…dang. Can’t we just enjoy some things? They are doing the dance. Flirting. She’s afraid of what people will say (back in the day when people might talk about a girl staying late at a man’s house). I want to think she wants to stay, she just needs a good reason to do what she wants. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. Cause it’s Christmas, people! :)

    Sorry, the Lennon video got me all weepy and feeling a little short with my fellow humans.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 11, 2011 11:48 pm

      I’m with you, Rita! War is over!

      • December 12, 2011 10:41 am

        Oh, and meant to thank you so much for turning me on to She & Him Christmas. Listened to it all day Friday. Love it!

  5. December 16, 2011 6:33 pm

    I’d like to state, for the record, that red dress and those earrings would be killer on you! you need.

  6. Jen_nifer permalink
    December 19, 2011 11:16 am

    Don’t they reverse the male/female roles in the She and Him version of “Baby, it’s cold outside”?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 19, 2011 2:38 pm

      I think you’re right! I never noticed because I always kind of picture that scene in Elf where she’s in the shower.

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