8 Days of Giveaways! Day ONE: Eclectic Christmas

I don’t usually do giveaways here at the Five Kids blog, mostly because giveaways require things like organization and forethought, and I have FIVE KIDS so organization and forethought are in very, very short supply around these parts. But there are things about this last season — this last season of politics and rhetoric and shootings and bombings and people who are hurting in the darkness — that have made me feel at times helpless and afraid.

We’ve talked about things we can do that are actually helpful.

We’ve talked about looking for Light in the darkness and our unreasonable, relentless, resilient hope.

We’ve talked about living between the Hallelujahs and sitting in the mud together when we just can’t muster the energy to take one more step.

We’ve talked about waiting and searching and waving in dark to the others who, like us, long for the dawn.

And, well, after all that, I just wanted to do something small for you. Something to thank you for being my community. Something to thank you for being my ComeUnity and beckoning unity closer; my reminder that you’re out there in greater numbers than we sometimes know — the good people who are also a little bit bad and always wild and weird and wonderful.

So I thought about what I might do. And I lamented that I can’t send you all gifts. And then I remembered my artist friends who create beautiful things and fun things and deep things and light. And I asked them if they might — maybe — be interested in partnering with me to share a few of my favorite things with you. And they said YES. And ABSOLUTELY. And so here we are, and I get to spend the next 8 days giving away 8 things, which isn’t enough, but hopefully giving away to all of you, too, the reminder that someone is thinking of you and is, as the Quakers say, holding you in the Light.



So here we go…

8 Days of Giveaways:
Day ONE!

Today, I get to give away my FAVORITE new Christmas CD — Eclectic Christmas. You guys, this CD walks a line between traditional and fun and has a distinct jazz overtone that makes me want to sit with you in a smoke filled bar in New Orleans and sip whiskey under strings of mismatched Christmas lights while we chat the night away, serenaded by new takes on old tunes. It’s what I so often wish the church always was — welcoming and warm and a little bit wonky.

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Tracey S. and Kirsten Glinke!

TO ENTER this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post (not on Facebook — though I LOVE comments there and read every one). Any comment at all will do, but if you need a prompt, I’ll ask you… what’s your favorite holiday song? My latest is Three Ships on this CD — the mash-up they did with The Water is Wide slays me, friends — it’s everything hopeful about advent.


You may enter this giveaway until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Thursday, December 10. After that, I’ll announce 2 CD winners.

Do Note: I’ll have multiple giveaways going — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

And Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. 

And no matter what, friends, know this: I think of you often and love you a lot. I’m exceedingly glad you’re my people.






P.S. If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, Eclectic Christmas is performing three times the weekend before Christmas; in Newberg on Friday, December 18 (details here),  in southwest Portland on Saturday, December 19 (details here), and again in Newberg on Sunday, December 20 (details here.)

P.P.S. My family is going to the final performance. Come with us! We would LOVE to see you there.

P.P.P.S. If you can’t wait to win or want to buy copies for Christmas gifts like I am, you can get it at CDBaby.com or search for “Eclectic Christmas” on iTunes. If you want an old-school physical CD, let me know and I’ll forward your request to the musicians, who can ship you one.

P.P.P.P.S. The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.


ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
  1. Thank you for introducing me to this music! I love all Christmas music!

  2. Thank you for always being a light shining in apparent darkness. As a mom of three adopted children, “Mary, Did You Know?” is my favorite right now.

  3. Love your blog and the giveaway for 8 days! My favorite Christmas song was “Little Drummer Boy” when I was a girl. I still like it a lot, and also “Mary Did You Know?” and the ever classic “Silent Night”. Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. I like several Christmas songs. “Angels We Have Heard on High” is one that I love to sing with at church (when there are plenty of voices). I love the message of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” I have a CD called “Christmas on the Border” that has songs I like to sing along with (in private, so as to not scare young children and the faint of heart). And there’s a song in Spanish that I like: “Los Peces en el Rio” that is a fun Christmas song (means “the fishes in the river”).

  5. I could listen to them all day long! Love it!

  6. My favourite Christmas song must be “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” because of my memories of growing up in an Anglican church, and it being sung every Sunday, with verses being added, and finally on Christmas eve (midnight service) being able to sing the entire song bursting out in joyous noise (I am not an amazing singer) at the birth of Christ

  7. My favorite song depends on the day (and my hormones). Oh Holy Night, sung well, can make me weep. Mary Did You Know is becoming dearer to me. And I love a good rousing Joy to the World. My kids love Hark the Herald Angels Sing, so that song will always remind me of them and their joy-filled faces.

  8. […] Also-also Note: Day ONE of 8 Days of Giveaways — Eclectic Christmas — is still open for entries, as well. Go here to enter. […]

  9. I love Do You Hear What I Hear? I love the message of the king listening to what nature, lambs, and little children saying. I love that it was written in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis as a call for peace.

  10. I love Christmas music, Mary, did you know?, is one of my very favorites. It always sparks a discussion about how she DID know, and what that must have been like for her and the other people who knew. It must have been incredible to feel God moving in such a tangible way.

  11. I love all Christmas hymns, but my favorite is Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. Going to check this album out now!

  12. O Come, O come Emmanuel

  13. I have so many favorites it is hard to choose! Silent Night has always been one of my favorites though. I love singing carols!

  14. My very favorite of all is Mary, Did You Know. Pentatonic does it beautifully. Would love to hear Eclectic Christmas version!!

  15. I love pretty much all of the Christmas songs!!

  16. I love christmas music, and would love a new cd for our rides in the car this holiday season!

  17. O,Holy Night is my all-time favorite Christmas song with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year coming in second place.

  18. My new favorite song is White Winter Hymnal, any version. It’s not really a Christmas song, and it is kind of weird, but it just feels like Christmas to me.

  19. Oh Holy Night is my favorite. I have fond memories of singing it in front of my church when I was in high school while my sister accompanied me on the piano. =)

  20. I don’t really have a favorite song, so I’ll have to go with just a regular comment 🙂 But that’s sort of what my comment is about. My husband is a music guy! It’s his thing. He is a classically trained vocalist who sang professionally before we met. Since he now has a family, he had to get a gig (full time HR, part time teaching) that paid the bills. But he misses performing. Holiday/sacred music is his favorite. During this time of year he has music playing almost constantly when he is home. The other day there was silence and I was confused. I asked about it. He said he was sad that his family did not like the music he was playing, and just didn’t want us to be bothered by the constant music. We had no idea he was thinking this. But he said that we never remarked, and just seem uninterested. I had to remind him that this is just how we are. But we LOVE the music, and love that it brings him joy!! When I saw this CD I thought that. I LOVE the title too 😉 And I noticed the stringed instrument on the front (my son plays the violin so it caught my eye. I also love that it has a smoky jazz feel. One of our favorite sounds 🙂 Beth, you know some cool people!!! Both for making the art, and sharing it with us <3 But cool people attract cool people 🙂

  21. I really want this CD, but haven’t had a chance to purchase it yet.

  22. I really like the Bare Naked Ladies/Sarah McLauchlin version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings and Shawn Colvin’s In The Bleak Midwinter.

    And now I really like this music too!

  23. Hmmm, Elvis’s Santa Claus is Back in Town. It’s a sexually- charged Christmas song, but it works.
    By the way, Nadia Bolz- Weber has an amazing sermon from earlier this week that references O Holy Night, it’s one of the best sermons Ive ever heard and if you are reading this comment go listen right now at the Sarcastic Lutheran.

  24. My favourite songs are little less well-known than some of the others that have been mentioned…. I like “We Three Kinds of Orient Are” and “Good King Wenceslas”.

  25. Thank you for this, Beth. Your words hold me in the light every time. Thank you for your frank, unguarded truth telling. My favorite Chriatmas song is We Three Kings. I enjoy the mystery it speaks of. And the journey.

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