Podcast #61- Island Christmas Call

mele-kalikimakaPodcast #61- Click here to listen to this week’s podcast- Island Christmas Call.

This week we check in with our friend Siobhan in Hawaii.  Natalie gets all the details on the unique island twists on the Christmas traditions.  Listen as they talk about outrigger Santa, Christmas lights on palm trees, trans-Pacific Christmas trees, and music.  They also introduce an awesome concept, what I think is the best idea so far in 2014!  Keep June 25th open on your calendars my friends- Mele Kalikemaka!


Eddie WouldSpecial audio bonus!  Listen to some more of the conversation to hear about the Wave and to find out where “Eddie would go”.  



Podcast #54- 244 Days to Go!

callaway Podcast #54- Click to listen to this week’s podcast- Where are the Lights?

This week we are thinking forward to actual plans for the weeks before Christmas.  It’s more than six months away but it’s time to PLAN that special outing, event, or trip with your family.  We discuss how to get the family on board now to secure the special date.  Do you KNOW where in the world you can find the best holiday light displays?  Listen in to hear about the top site in America.  WE close with a nod to Earth Day and what you can DO to bring a little reuse and recycling to your Christmas decor.  OH! We also officially announce the theme for our 2013 Festival of Trees entry.  You have to listen to know!

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“Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style” Christmas Light Shows

20121209-013316.jpgHow much did you budget this year for your electricity bill? Just wondering.

My sister, Susan, showed me several lip sync versions of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen this summer–the Naval Academy, the US Olympic Swim Team, and more. This latest in lawn ornamentation, though, is unreal. The house and yard lights are synchronized to match the music. It makes the Griswold’s efforts look lame. Here’s a YouTube video of a house in Chesapeake, VA, and the Holt Family has a website gives directions. Their light show is synchronized to not one, but four, songs–including “Gangnam Style.”

As if this wasn’t enough. There are two houses that have synchronized lights to “Call Me Maybe.” The second one is equally amazing. Michael Rosenwald’s Washington Post blog reported that a Bel Air, Maryland man has set up 10,000 lights in homage to the pop hit.

Finally, check out this house in Perth, Australia. According to “The 12 Days of ‘Gangnam Style Christmas Light Displays,” the house was shut down after only three days because of the crowds it was attracting. The same article has several links to “Gangnam Style” light shows. I guess you can spend all night watching the videos on YouTube and skip the cold and the crowds.