It's Almost Christmas!

by Jon and Valerie Guerra

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We both got sick one day in November and decided to try and cheer ourselves up by recording Christmas songs. It worked!

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released 28 November 2013

Clicks, bells and whistles by Jon and Valerie Guerra

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Track Name: It's Almost Christmas, Chicago! (2011)
Bells are ringing in Christkindlmarket
Kids are singing on the silver CTA Holiday Train
You are waiting for the bus all
Bundled in your
Black down coat
Or oversized shawl
Brand new leather boots

This could only mean, could only mean one thing

It's almost Christmas
Almost Christmas
On Michigan Avenue

Almost Christmas,
Merry, merry Christmas!
You know you are the best by far! It's true!

Kids are skating at Millennium Park
Lighting up the tree at Daley Plaza, 55 high!
We are waiting on the red line platform
Underneath heat lamps
Can you feel your hands?
At last the train is here!

And it's heated! This could only mean one thing!

It's almost Christmas
Almost Christmas
On Michigan Avenue

Almost Christmas,
Merry, merry Christmas!
You know you are the best by far! It's true!

From Edgewater to Lincoln Park
To Cicero to Logan Boulevard

From Wrigleyville to West Hyde Park
To River North and up to O'hare Airport

From Lakeshore Drive!
Merry, merry Christmas!
To 55!
Merry, merry Christmas!
To 90/94!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Track Name: Baby, It's Christmas Time! (2012)
I don't need an emerald ring
and I don't need any shiny new things
no I don't need to be treated like a king or
the duchess of Cambridge

we may not be very wealthy
but we've got more than royalty, honey
cuz we've got each other and
baby, it's Christmas time

I don't need the finest wine
and I don't need to dress to the nines
no I don't need a butler to buy my gifts
or a shopper at Macy's

we may not have very much money
but we've got more than the richest pair, honey
cuz we've got each other and
baby, it's Christmas time

baby we'll be just fine
i can tell by the look in your eyes
as the city is twinklin'
I've got an inklin'
and, baby, it's Christmas time

i don't need a mink overcoat
and I don't need someone to shovel my snow
no I don't need my own private skating rink
or nutcracker box seats

i don't need to eat twenty courses
i don't need twenty olympian horses
cuz we have each other and
baby, it's Christmas time

baby we'll be just fine
i can tell by the look in your eyes
as the city is twinklin'
i've got an inklin'
and, baby, it's Christmas time
as Chicago is twinklin'
i've got an inklin'
and baby, it's Christmas time
Track Name: Let It Snow (True Meaning Of Christmas)
Oh the weather outside is frightful, 
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I've bought some corn for popping,
The lights are turned way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.


The fire is slowly dying,

And, my dear, we're still good-bying,

But as long as you love me so,

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Track Name: White Christmas
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad
Track Name: Gloria (2013)
when the angel came, the little girl was blessed
she had a song in time with the beating in her chest
she was afraid because holiness is a flame from God
God was there in her, and it was more than she could bare
she sang...

Gloria, Gloria

and the sky was bright with messengers in white
and their faces shined like fire in the night
and the old man blind has finally seen it with his eyes
and the angel's song, like heaven's noise, can now be mine

Gloria, Gloria
Gloria, Gloria

when I was young my mother gave me a song
she said, “listen son, you know this aching life ain't long
so live it well, cuz when heaven turns to hell for you
when all is lost, it will be all that you've got

when these bones are dust and all's been said and done
when we come to the ancient place prepared for us
when we begin again and all our tears are gone
we will stand before the Lord of song
with nothing on our tongues but..

Gloria, Gloria
Gloria, Gloria
Track Name: Beginning To Feel Like Christmas (2013!)
i hear carols ring
after thanksgiving
i know you know what it means
you know i know what it means

i see christmas trees
displayed at Macy's
i'll take a mocha with whip
a double mocha with whip

fa la la la la la
it's beginning to feel like Christmas

We see a guy on a bike
his beard is all full of ice
he's got a sweater with deer
Ironic and full of cheer

we see a cab driver wave
he gives us the right-of-way
that doesn't happen in spring
it must mean only one thing

fa la la la la la
it's beginning to feel like Christmas
fa la la la la la
it's beginning to feel like…

the season for loving
season for a savior coming
snow flakes are blowing
warm our hands by fires glowing

fa la la la la la
it's beginning to feel like Christmas
Track Name: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Let your heart be light

From now on 
our troubles will be out of sight



Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Make the Yule-tide gay,

From now on, 
our troubles will be miles away.


Here we are as in olden days,

Happy golden days of yore.


Faithful friends who are dear to us

Gather near to us once more.


Through the years 
We all will be together,

If the fates allow

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.

And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.  
Track Name: Santa's Gonna Take The Train
Santa is gonna take the train.
Track Name: Little Drummer Boy
Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 

A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 

Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 

To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 


So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 

When we come. 



Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 

I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 

I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 

That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 


Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 

On my drum? 



Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 

The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 

I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 

I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 


Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 

Me and my drum. 
Track Name: Auld Lang Syne
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And old lang sine

For auld lang syne, my jo
For auld lang syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Today you found your paths of gold
Tomorrow i'll find mine
Today you found your paths of gold
And old lang syne

And surely you will go your way
And surely I'll go mine
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne
Track Name: Let It Snow 5000!!
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I've bought some corn for popping,
The lights are turned way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.


The fire is slowly dying,

And, my dear, we're still good-bying,

But as long as you love me so,

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Track Name: Sweet Dreams 2013
sweet dreams 2013
you came and went so fast
it is true we love the new year
but you weren't so bad

sweet dreams...
sweet dreams...
sweet dreams 2013
Track Name: Sweet Dreams 2013 (For The Kidzz!!)
we're almost there
we're almost no where
this year is almost through

i feel the same
i feel so different
perfectly torn in two

sweet dreams 2013
You came and went so fast

It is true
we love the new year
but you weren't so bad

who will I meet
who will I forget
lost in a memory

i'm just a kid
i'm just an old man
who will win out this year?