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T’s Top Ten Christmas Songs

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday.  I love everything about it.  First and foremost, I enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  As Christian, you could say that I’m a super fan of celebrating Christ. But I also love going from store to store to buy gifts for loved ones.  I love putting up the tree and all the decorations.  I love the smell of my grandma’s stuffing and pies, my mom’s macaroni and cheese, my aunt’s cookies, and all the other food that will certainly have me working overtime in the gym.  And of course there is the music.

I absolutely love listening to Christmas music.  Each year shortly after Thanksgiving, my playlist changes to include some classic holiday hits from Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and others.  There are certain songs and artists I have to hear during the weeks between that Thanksgiving Thursday and December 25th.  In fact, I have ten must-hear songs.  See if your fav made my cut. FYI, trying to make a top ten list was hard for me.  There are plenty of songs I love that didn’t make it on here.


Should I Be Buying Him a Christmas Gift?

Dear T,

I don’t have a major problem to ask you about, but more like a minor situation.  I’ve been dating this guy about a month, and Christmas is approaching.  I’m not sure if I should be trying to buy him a gift or not. While we aren’t official yet, we’ve been on several dates, and I haven’t been talking to other guys.   He says I’m the only guy he’s talking to as well.  But again, we haven’t had that conversation about us being in a relationship.  Which I’m find with.  But, what do you think I should do?   BTW, I’m a fan of the site.

Thanks in advance for the advice,

Charlie S.

Dating, relationships

What to Give My Boo for Christmas

Hey T,

Hopefully I have a simple question for you.  The holidays are coming up, and I’m at a lost as to what to get for my girlfriend.  We’ve only been dating for about 4 months, so I’m not sure if I should get her like a Coach purse or Michael Kors watch or something.  I don’t want to buy anything too over the top, but I don’t want to fall flat on my face either.  Suggestions would be appreciated.


Lady Marmalade


How Do Couples Spend the Holidays?

Hi T,

My girlfriend and I have been dating for nearly two and a half  years, live together, and are planning to get married. However, this is the first winter where we need to decide how to split up the holidays and family time.  I suggested going to our separate homes for Thanksgiving and then splitting Christmas day between the two families; she suggested spending both holidays with our respective families. I know she doesn’t like my family (it took them a while to warm to the “their daughter is dating a girl” thing, but are very welcoming of her now), but I feel torn between spending the holidays with my family – and without her – or with her and not my family. What’s the etiquette here? We’re not married, but we’re close enough that it feels weird not spending holidays together. But whenever I broach the subject of splitting holidays between our families, she gets defensive or shuts down. I know she loves her family (I do too!) but I feel like mine isn’t being respected. How should I proceed?



Confused for the Holidays