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The 2009 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

Happy Holidays. May the power of music bring joy and healing, especially to those who need it.

Let’s hope that 2010 brings us all health, happiness, and the ability to write better than average blog posts.

Little Drummer Boy, sung by Danny from Jew Eat Yet (with family, including Charlie!)


Joy to The World played by Angela from Fluid Pudding


The Twelve Days of Christmas? sung? by Jenny from The Bloggess

Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” sung by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club


Winter Wonderland sung by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected (in Christmas sweater!)


Light Up The World by Mark from Psychotoddler with The Moshe Skier Band (available at iTunes and Amazon)


Twas the Night Before Christmas (New Jersey style, a bit NSFW) recited by Ellie from Buggin World


The Whoo Song sung by Loralee from Loralee’s Looneytunes and Carolers


Grandmother Got Run Over By a Reindeer sung by Tanis from The Redneck Mommy



You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
sung by Michael from Badass Dad Blog


The Christmas List presented by Kate from Sweet l Salty and her sons.


Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off sung by Miss Sizzle of Sizzle Says and Neil of Citizen of the Month


Deck the Halls sung by Alejna from Collecting Tokens


His Eye is On The Sparrow sung by Jenny from MommyMae


Le Miracle de Saint Nicolas (in French) sung by Otir from Un Jour a La Fois


Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer sung by Nancy from Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas and her daughter


Silent Night played by Not Fainthearted from This Journey


Good King Wenceslas sung by Lauren from Merry Mishaps


Winter Solstice spoken thoughts by Jen from Jen Lee


Oh, Holy Night, sung by M from This New Place


River sung by Rahre from Rahre


Jingle Bells sung by Jess from Drowning in Kids and her son.


Noel-Christmas Eve sung by Jenipurr from A Cat By Any Other Name


Jingle Bells sung by Mamikaze and family


Santa, I’m Your Girl sung by Marie and The Snake Charmers.


The Man with the Bag sung by Amy from Selfish Mom


Angels Are Smiling words, music, and sung by Fawn of Fawnahareo’s Place


I’m Happiest at Christmas by Noel Katz and sung by A Stage Kindly


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sung by Heath of Homo sarcasmus (and friends)


photo by Kyran from Notes to Self


photo by Jen from Jen Lee


photo by Bon from Crib Chronicles


photo by Linda Woods from Visual Chronicle


photo by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected


Photo by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom


photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love


photo by Angella from Dutch Blitz


photo by Aimee from Greeblemonkey


photo by Huckdoll from Eternally Huckdoll


photo by Jenny from MommyMae


photo by Maggie from Maggie Dammit


photo by Tara from Paris Parfait


photo by Otir from Un Jour a La Fois


photo by V-Grrrl from Compost Studios


photo by Laura from Blog Con Queso


photo by Tara from If Mom Says OK


photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love


We Wish You a Happy Holiday by ZoeyJane from Mommy is Moody and her daughter


noteAnd a special message of hope and love to Anissa, a fellow blogger.



  1. always home and uncool

    Wow – Amy! She can really croon.

    And, Neil … you make me feel good about my singing voice … but not my lack of bravery or chutzpah, my friend.

    Well done all and to all a good holiday season.

  2. Pearl

    Bravo, Neil! Excellent compilation. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together, and thanks to your readers for contributing their efforts.

  3. mommymae

    great concert & pretty photos!!

    thanks for including me neil, even though i didn’t get to record a holiday song. seriously, i sound like a dying frog!

    maybe next year i’ll prepare early & record it during passover so that i don’t get stuck in a lurch like this time.

    (note to others: yes, neil & i know that “his eye is on the sparrow” is not a holiday song, but he was kind enough to still include me even though i lost my voice.)

  4. Staceylt

    This was fun. Lots of lovely photos. Neil, you’re lucky to be such a talented writer. Your singing was quite…interesting. I was listening with my kids. When the song was at the end, they all three said, “What did they just say?” I pretended I couldn’t understand. I told them you were messing up the lyrics on purpose because you’re so funny.

  5. maggie, dammit


  6. maggie, dammit

    “No, I’m not Kosher, we can eat wherever you want before we sleep together!”

    I love it.

  7. Michael @badassdadblog

    What kind of slacker doesn’t even bother to do video for his holiday song on Neil’s concert post? Oh, yeah, me. I’m so lame. πŸ™‚

    Loralee’s Whoo Song is the perfect pairing with my Grinch, by the way. Of course Tanis had to stick her big Canadian face between us. Typical. Such an attention hog, that one. πŸ˜›

    Finally, I can’t pass up the opportunity to shamelessly plug the Christmas music app I sang on and helped make: iCaroler! Get thee to the app store and get some interactive mobile Christmas cheer for your iPhone!

  8. Boy Crazy (@claritychaos)

    Love it! Put me right into the holiday spirit.

  9. Erika

    I’m new here. This is EXCELLENT!!!

  10. Otir

    I love your Christmahanukwanzaakah Holiday concerts, dear Neil, but you have to put how long it takes to attend, because I want to listen to each number and not be interrupted!

  11. BugginWord

    Holy God am I glad I didn’t try to sing. That’s a whole lot of beautiful belting. I’m not sure if Tanis was on pitch but I was so distracted by her boobs I couldn’t help but enjoy myself.

  12. Half Assed Kitchen

    Aw, now I wish I’d sent you my eardrum shriveling version of Santa Baby.

  13. Jenny, Bloggess


  14. dee

    Thank you for compiling these. Angela from Fluid Pudding and alejna from collecting tokens are the Christmas cat’s pajamas…love them.

  15. Not Fainthearted

    Neil – Thanks again for hosting such an amazing group of people who know how to celebrate together!! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! So happy I have been able to be part of it again.

    I’m with MommaMae about wanting to be better prepared for the 5th annual. Hoping I can record some things in the next couple of weeks that I’ll “put in the vault” for you!

    Blessings and peace,

  16. Y

    Jenny gets funnier every single day.

    Loved this! Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

  17. Angela

    This did it. I’m officially IN for Christmas. (As always, thanks for putting this together. You’re a gem.)

  18. A Vapid Blonde

    Totally awesome post…they are all great, I think I had to stop everynow and then…I am working!

  19. Debbie in Memphis

    Thanks Neil for putting this together. It is a wonderful post. I hope everyone has a beautiful Christmahanukwanzaakah!! May 2010 bring peace, love and kindness to us all.

  20. sweetsalty kate

    This was so much fun to watch. But next year you need a second section for “Kind-Of, Sort-Of, Almost” Carols. My sons and I will lead that effort. Or wait. We will be second. Jess and her son will lead. My sons will idolize. HE KNOWS ALL THE WORDS TO BATMAN SMELLS.

  21. Angella

    Best tradition EVER, Neil. Happy to be a part of it. Thanks for pulling the whole deal together.

  22. Velvet Verbosity

    I still can’t believe you get this many people to sing on camera for you. Willingly.


  23. jess

    i don’t think i fully thought out the whole video of me in my pajamas thing! But, that was great Neil. Thanks!

  24. MapleMama

    FANTASTIC show one and all!

  25. Danny

    Really great, I loved every performance. This event reflects the true spirit of Christmas more than anything I can imagine.

    P.S. I wish I could sing like Badass Dad.

  26. merrymishaps

    This is great, thanks again for hosting! I only had time to preview most of the songs. Definitely have to come back later to hear them all!

  27. Miss Grace

    This post makes me impossibly happy every year. This year the same.

  28. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Can’t believe I missed singing this year. But glad a photo made it!

    Thanks again for running such a cool gig every year!

  29. sizzle

    You did wonders with our duet. I think it turned out great! Thanks for asking me to sing with you. I’m honored.


  30. Denise

    Great concert, I’m going to pop some popcorn and show my girls tonight. This production is going to save us a pretty penny!

  31. sizzle

    There are some really great singers here! Such talent in the blogisphere.

  32. Miss Mandie

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this site!…. I have sooo been out of the loop!

    Great stuff!

  33. Zoeyjane

    That was fantastic.

  34. Tara Bradford

    Such fun! Loved your clever duet. Happy happy, joy, joy.

  35. wn

    Oh Neil, this was SO much fun to read/listen/look at WOW….What a great Holiday gift you have given to us!

    Peace and love during the season!

  36. Real Life Sarah

    Oh, this is so sweet! I’m glad I clicked over from Mamikaze’s tweet!

  37. kelly

    Oh, I love this so much. Really and truly. I wish I did not have my head in my bum so often online. I would have submitted. This is lovely.

  38. Ann's Rants

    Amazing. And SO much work to collaborate.

    p.s. I totally thought you would rhyme Menorah and Horah. Nice to be surprised.

  39. amy @ bitchin' wives club

    That was fantastic, Neil! Thanks for putting it all together, it really was a joy to go through, seeing and hearing so many familiar faces and some of their kids. ZoeyJane’s little girl wrapping it up was adorable. What a sweetie.

    Loved your Duet with Sizzle. Hilarious.

  40. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Oh, this made me feel all warm and sweet and sentimental. I might have teared up a bit. Such a squishy-hearted grrrl.

    Thanks everyone and thanks Neil for pulling this off once again!

  41. Carrie

    I look forward to this EVERY year! Thank you!!!

  42. Tara R.

    Bravo! Excellent concert and the photos are wonderful! Thank you for including me.

  43. MAria

    This is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Thank you, Neil.

  44. injaynesworld

    Damn,Neil! First the Great Interview Experiment and now this. The fun never ends here. Thanks so much.

  45. Deb Rox

    Bravo! I love that you do this every year. I love it!

  46. Redneck Mommy

    It only took me hearing Neil croon to make me swoon.

    Thanks for doing this Neil. It is a blast.

  47. Karl

    Thank you for doing this, Neil. It makes my Grinchy heart a little less too small.

  48. Carla

    frickenfanxmashannukahtastic! Well done everyone! And Neil…the time you spend building a sense of community is the true spirit of the festive season.

  49. Anne

    Wow! Just wow.
    I only discovered your blog a few days ago and it is truely amazing.
    Thank you for this special kind of holiday spirit.

  50. Loralee

    You are the bee’s knees, friend and I heart you big time for doing this every year. It’s like, my favorite holiday bloggity tradition and I luff it.

    Plus I am totally tickled that The Grinch song was paired so loverly with my Whoo Song.

    Tanis’s boobies mushed in between us just added to the awesomeness of it. πŸ™‚

  51. NYCityMama

    Wow…this got me teary with joy! What a great, great, great compilation of the very many, many bloggers I love on one of the blogs I love! Awesome!! Thank you for this!

  52. Heather B.

    I love when you do this. Another excellent edition, Neil.

  53. Dingo

    Can you hear that? It’s me singing the praises of this wonderful post. I know, I’m out of tune, but I mean well.

  54. Heather

    This was SO cool, Neil, and I wish I wouldn’t have chickened out and played/sung something! Next year, for sure! πŸ™‚ Very, very cool! Happy Holidays to you!

  55. Adventures In Babywearing

    Neil! This was great! I love your duet and all the videos!!! So awesome.


  56. magpie

    This is one of the most charming things I have ever seen.

  57. Chris

    I enjoy seeing and hearing all these bloggers! Wonderful! Next year [what I said last year], I’m gonna do this. I really will. It’s taken me a few times sitting at the computer to enjoy everyone’s submissions, but it’s the perfect mental refreshment during my hectic days. Thank you, everyone! Bravo!

  58. Huckdoll

    Kudos! What a beautiful event <3

  59. Holly Golightly

    Wow! That was a lot of fun to watch. Awesome. I can’t until next year. Merry Christmas everyone:)

  60. Marie

    You are one cool Yule dude, Neil! Congratulations on another wonderful Christmahanukwanzaakah extravaganza!

  61. Jenn

    Okay. We’re in over here. Roughly “Jingle Bell Rock.”

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