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The Fifth Annual Blogger Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

banner by the super-talented Brenda of Secret Agent Josephine

Welcome to the biggest blogger holiday concert on the internet!


Jingle Bells
performed by Mishelle of Secret Agent Mama

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Angels We Have Heard on High
performed by Angela of Fluid Pudding

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
performed in Finnish by Katja Presnal of Skimbaco Home,
Nina of Ninan-Tunnetila and Venla of MTV3 Finland

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photo by Heather of kinder. better. braver

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Don’t Stop Believing performed by
Blaine of Mighty Hunter and the Seattle Men’s Chorus

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Peace Train
performed by Faiqa of Native Born

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O Holy Night
performed by Shawn of Backpacking Dad

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photo by Danny of Jew Eat Yet

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Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town
performed by Jenn of Breed Em’ And Weep and the Mater

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Christmas in O’Hare written and performed
by Noel Katz of There’s Gotta Be a Song

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S’vivon
performed by Mommymae and her family

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photo by Trey Ratcliff

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Santa Baby
performed by Karen of Chookooloonks

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Christmas Island
performed by Fadra of All Things Fadra

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Winter Wonderland
performed by Sarah of Slouching Past 40

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photo by Schmutzie

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by Pam of Nerd’s Eye View and Care

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Happy Xmas: War is Over
performed by Nova of Ramona and her Mother and Brian

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Got Tell it On the Mountain
performed by Bon of Crib Chronicles and family

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photo by SoulChristmas

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Tutira Mai Nga Iwi (from New Zealand)
performed by Juli of Wellington Road and “Five”

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photo from Germany by Martin of Deutschland Uber Elvis

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Angels We Have Hear On High
performed by Sarah of Sarah and the Goon Squad and Lesley

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Where The River Meets The Sea
performed by Elly of BugginWorld and her brother

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photo by Angela of Dutch Blitz

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Frosty Rap
performed by Laurenne of Humans Are Funny and Kat of Girl at a Startup

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Here We Come A Wassailing performed
by Lauren of Merry Mishaps

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Tis the Season
performed by Momo of Momo Fali and family

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photo by Devra of Parentopia

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Holiday Blogger Song
performed by Mommy Niri

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Jingle Bell Rock
performed by Tanis of Redneck Mommy and family

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In the Bleak Midwinter performed
by Dawn of Not Going Postal

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photo by Marisa of Apartment 2024

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Christmas Time is Here
performed by Tracey Clark and family

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In My Window

performed by Otir of Un jour a la fois

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O Come Emmanuel
performed by Tiff of No Accent Yet

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photo from London by Camille DeAngelis

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Twas the Night Before Christmas
recited by Adam of Avitable

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Christmas Day
performed by Lauren of In The Pudding Club
and Eloise

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
performed by Scott of Caveat Emptor

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Silent Night
performed by Genevieve of Gen with a G

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photo by Megan of An Acorn Dreaming

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S’vivon
performed by Melissa of Married My Sugar Daddy and family

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Marshmallow World
performed by Miss Sizzle of Sizzle Says
with Supple and Mr. Darcy

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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
performed by Jess of Hope Bomb and family

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photo by Jenny of The Bloggess

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by SubWow and friends

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So This is Christmas performed by
Erin and Tim of Cooper Multimedia

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Santa Baby
performed by Cecily of Uppercase Woman

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photo by Veronica of Compost Studios

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Jingle Bells (from Australia)
performed by Rachel of Sesame Ellis and family

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O Holy Night
performed by Cindy of Shrewsbury Chorale

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Auld Lang Syne performed by
Terra of Raising Zoeyjane

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photo by Laurie of Crazy Aunt Purl

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The Dreidel Song
performed by Haley and Cheaty Monkey of Cheaty Monkey

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A Hippopotamus Christmas
performed by Heather of The Hopeful Elephant and family

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Lefler Holidaytastic performed by Anna of Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder

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photo by Nance of Dept. of Nance

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Jingle Bells
performed by Loukia of Loulou’s Views

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Happy Christmas (War is Over)
performed by Sarah of Imaginary Binky and family

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God Rest You Wild Rooty
performed by Nicole of Ninja Mom

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photo by Mommymae

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Little Jack Frost
performed by Erin of Swonderland

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Family Christmas created by
Ilina of Dirt and Noise

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas
performed by Kristen of Rage Against the Minivan

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom and her husband, John

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photo by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom

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Good King Wenceslas
performed by Leah of A Girl and a Boy
and Simon

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Silent Night
performed by Amy of Selfish Mom

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Up On the Housetop
performed by Loralee of Loralees’s Looneytunes
and Carolers

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photo by Suzanne of Twenty Four at Heart

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Round and Round (Like a Dreidel)
performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month

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Hallelujah
performed by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club

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photo by Mishelle of Secret Agent Mama

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You can also check out what has been done during the past concerts:

2006

2007

2008

2009

P.S. — Ticket prices to the concert were pretty cheap, so since you saved money, if you want to be generous, check out what caring bloggers are doing over at The Bloggess.

104 Comments

  1. I am basking in the holiday spirit radiating from this post! Thanks for coordinating such a fab show, Neil.

  2. I am feeling the holiday spirit. Thanks for hosting!

  3. I wish there was a comment box for every single video… as I work my way through them I am floored by how talented, funny, or touching they are in their own special way.

    Kristen’s (Rage Against the Minivan) video about bringing their adopted son home from Haiti had me absolutely in tears of joy. Neil, you had me in giggles. Lotus, you are naughty and Santa is going to have to spank you. Anna, the Lefler Holidaytastic hat is going to give me nightmares. Nightmares that might make me wet the bed laughing so hard. CecilyK gets special props for best use of eyebrows in a performance.

    I’ll be back with more after I watch the rest!

  4. Wow!!! This is going to keep me coming back all week. Thanks for doing this. So much work for you, so much fun for us.

  5. Yes! I can’t wait to go through all of these. You’re awesome for doing this Neil. I guess Eloise and I didn’t make the cut? Love your hat.

  6. That was awesome. I watched more of them than seems humanly possible at 730a. This is my first concert, so thank you, Neil.

  7. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, my favorite holiday event of the year! I have to go watch each one again but they were all amazing. Oy, “Rage Against the Minivan’s” story of their baby from Haiti? I was sobbing. (Can they adopt me, too?) And multiple versions of my favorite song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside?” Heaven! But my top pick for this year just may be yours, Neil. Only you could find a Hanukkah song with such a message. You are fearless!

    Sorry my family’s vocals aren’t part of this year’s concert but…WE SHALL RETURN!

  8. This is absolutely fantastic.

  9. Whoa! Shawn (Backpacking Dad!) has a PHENOMENAL voice!

    Thanks for this labor of love, Neil.

  10. Neil, what a fabulous stage manager/producer you are. And what a talented cast working for you!
    Talent definitely abounds among your readers. I loved all the videos and photos, but what stood out for me were: “Christmas in O’Hare” (I thought I was hearing Michael Feinstein do an American standard song); “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Kristen of Rage Against the Minivan (that certainly had me in tears); and your tune and video. (I see we’d get along really well; you also leave kitchen cupboards open; my hubby hates when I do that)
    Bravo, Neil. Bravo, everyone. Have yourselves a wonderful holiday season.

  11. P.S. Has your mom yelled at you yet for leaving all the kitchen cabinets open in your video?

  12. This is fabulous, Neil!! I have only watched about 8 of them and everyone did such a good job! Thank you for putting this together. I’ll be back later to see all the rest.

  13. I know what I’ll be doing every night this week – what talented people, and what fun to have so much to look forward to.

  14. Wow. Great turnout for this thing. Thanks for putting this together.

    Hello, Neil.

  15. I cannot believe how incredibly awesome this is! Seriously, this must have taken you an unbelievable amount of time—and for all of that, I thank you.

    I’ll be back to make further comments…I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am that you would do such a thing.

  16. As always, an awesome show by all.

  17. So. Wonderful. I’m so happy, impressed, enthralled, amazed. Your annual tradition is something wonderful, Neil.

  18. Sorry, comments were down. Up now.

  19. The Domestic Goddess

    December 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

    That was something truly special. Bravo.

  20. That was so great! Thanks for putting it together!

  21. There were a lot of outstanding contributions this year – it seems to grow exponentially every year!

    Now in the spirit of commercialism and Christmas, we should have a contest and make people jockey for votes to see who gets chosen as the best contributor to win an iPad.

  22. This makes me laugh and laugh and laugh every year. It’s inspired. Thanks for included us, and Happy Christmahana what ever it is.

  23. I covet your hat.

    And Jenn Mattern.

    And Chookooloonks.

    Heck, I love them all and wish I could take everyone home and force them to sing to me for hours on end. Great job Neil. Thanks for doing this again.

  24. What a beautiful, hilarious, moving, absurd, heartwarming event. Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s toasty-warm over here. Bless you for taking the time to put this together, Neil. Bravo to everyone! I am inspired to 1) learn the ukulele 2) learn how to subtitle 3) learn how to, uh, sing.

  25. I loved being a part of this concert, and have been waiting for it since last year when I watched all the videos over and over again. I’ll be doing the same this year, too.

    Thank you for hosting this event, Neil. XOXO

  26. Bravi, everyone! I am now moist with holiday cheer.

  27. And the best performance of the whole concert? Neil himself! Well done! Even if you made me a tiny bit dizzy.

  28. It’s the most wonderful time of the (bloggity) year!

    I love this concert, Neil.

    Good work, as always! xo

  29. Neil, your song absolutely made my day.

    I read the title, gasped, and pleaded, “Please please please be what I think that is.”

    And it was!

    So awesome. Thank you. 🙂

  30. You did an amazing job putting this concert together! Happy holidays!

  31. Such awesome talent!!! I am loving Lotus & Swonderful’s songs! WOW!

    Steph

  32. This is the true spirit of the season… giving all you can for the enjoyment, if that’s what you call it, of others, reaching out and sharing…. Seriously, quite a few of you are actually very talented! Okay, well some of you.. okay a couple… but that’s not the point, thanks for bringing me into your homes, the laughs and the smiles, and for reminding me that there are other people in the world as tone deaf as myself 😉
    ….. Happy Holidays to each and every one of you – you’re all wonderful!!

  33. This made my day… especially Erin & Tracey. mwah!

  34. we love you Neilochka. BIG BIG Love from the frozen tundra!

  35. Wonderful! Thanks for all the hard work that you and all the contributors put in to this!

  36. Svivon sof sof sof…LOVE U and thanks for putting this together! Merry christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah!!

  37. Loved your Pete Burns turn, Neil. And what’s with the cupboard doors?

    Watched a few so far – Breed’Em and Weep and her Mum were fantastic. Could see their mother/daughter dynamic right there.

    What a great show.

    Happy Holidays!

  38. Backpacking Dad knocked my favorite holiday song out of the park. These are so awesome. I’ll probably keep commenting each time I listen to a new one. Thanks for doing this Neil. I just love participating!

  39. I’d tease you about spelling my name wrong but, DUDE. This must have taken you DAYS to put together.

    Love, love, love it. Thanks for hosting it every year, Neil. 🙂

  40. holy magical, Neil. Thank you for doing this.
    *kicks self for not joining in*
    There’s a whole lotta talent and funny going on ’round here.
    I must say that I was already in love with Swonderful and now I love her even more.

    And Kristen? Mrs. Howerton? speechless.

  41. Oh my… some of you are hella talented. And those of you aren’t so much? You are my heroes. I loved this so much.

    Thanks everyone!

  42. Awesome awesome awesome. Each year better than the last. Thanks for hosting us all at your place. I hope no one spilled anything on your rug.

  43. Can hardly stand so much charm in one place. So Cute.

  44. To all the contributors, thanks for sharing a little piece of yourself for a very touching, wacky, eclectic Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah!

    Neil, thank you very much for organizing such an entertaining mash up of all things good. P.S. Your hat is the new black!

  45. This is the highlight of my Christmas season… after the nog.

    Well done everyone!

  46. Damn fine job to one and all and thanks Neil for bringing it all together.
    I laughed, I cried and I am amazed at the talent and bravery of you all.
    You made me feel the holiday spirit for the first time this season and for that I am grateful

    Blessings to all and a Happy New Year,
    KAren

  47. Neil! This is amazing. I am so proud to be among such talent.
    Thanks for organizing and getting us all to feel holidayish.

    I love it!

  48. All kinds of awesome. What a beautiful community!

  49. Neil, You = awesome. I love this. Thanks for giving me a reason to sing somewhere other than in my car.

  50. LOVE THIS!! Brought a smile to my face 🙂 What talented and brave people…

  51. This was awesome! Happy Holidays!

  52. Neil, this was great! Thanks again for all your hard work on this. And I loved your song, in particular. The hat alone!

  53. this is the best thing i have seen in quite some time. thanks, neil!

  54. If I wasn’t in the Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah spirit before, I definitely am now! Awesome job everyone!

  55. Best thing ever. The touching, the funny, the beautiful.
    Love it.
    Some great voices up there.
    Also, good hats.

  56. I haven’t even watched half of these yet but I’m loving it!

  57. Well done everyone! 🙂

    Thanks to you Neil, for doing this every year! MMMWAH!

  58. Swonderland should put out an album. I’d buy it!

  59. Kristen’s “I’ll be home for Christmas” was so beautiful I cried and smiled.

  60. Wow! That was great!!

  61. Unbelievably awesome. Thanks for hosting this again this year! (And who knew so many people could play the ukelele?!?)

  62. I always love this. And always declare that next year I will do it. (Next year I will do it)

  63. Wow, everyone was so entertaining. Now I feel like a dope for getting too caught up in things to remember to record mine. Grr.

    Thank you all for your Christmas contributions.

  64. Absolutely beautiful, cute, delightful, endearing, funny, gorgeous, harmonious, incredible, jingly, kind, lovely, musical, nutty, omg, precious, quirky, radical, sweet, tender, unbelievable, vibrant, wonderful, xmas-y, yes it’s a word, zany 🙂

    Happy Holidays to all!!!

  65. Chookooloonks for the win!!! (and, Tanis’s son, Frac.)

  66. Awww! So much fun. Thanks for doing this, Neil. The Monkey showed it to her whole class THREE times. They thought it was hilarious.

  67. Neil, you continue to make the internet a warmer, friendlier, more awesome place.
    Thank you thank you thank you.

  68. Just such a wonderful annual event. I can’t begin to decide what my favorite part is.
    Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

    I can say I’m starting to wonder if I should learn to play the ukulele.

  69. So much awesome! Thank you to everyone that contributed! And a huge thank you to Neil for putting this together!

  70. What they said above. Well done, all of you!

  71. Love it – I made my video in 5 mins and rushed it over. Figured better bad than not at all. Thank you for doing such a beautiful round-up. A perfect community spirit!

  72. Amazing — great work, Neil! Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah lives! Wonderful efforts from all the participants. Here’s to a blessed season and a happy, healthy 2011 for everyone.

  73. Neil, you are so great at bringing everyone together. I LOVE this, and although I’m a flake and never got my video made I appreciate you putting one of my photos in. (Actually it worked out for the best – I didn’t make anyone’s ears bleed!) Great job to all the participants and Neil – you’re a champ for pulling it all together! xo

  74. So very awesome! What talent! Like Pauline said – what a great community! Next year, Neil, I’ll sing a proper song!

    Thanks for putting this together! xo

  75. Amazeballs, everyone did fantastic!

  76. Wow, this is amazing. I love our community so much 🙂 Happy Holidays 🙂

  77. Thank you Neil for hosting yet another great party! True story: I let my son pick a video to watch (before bedtime) he picked YOURS! 🙂 We had fun! I just have one question: What’s up with the cabinet doors all open?! Were you frantically looking for something before the taping? 🙂

    Happy Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah! And to the atheists and agnostics like myself, happy Winter Solstice! And Happy New Year everybody! Woohoo!

  78. Finally finished checking out EVERYONE. It was so fun to watch and see. The whole event really just had a wide and open spirit. And so glad to participate (even though it completely blew my Monday afternoon and I swear the key was just a little too high… or something).

  79. Thanks to Neil for putting it together, and thanks to all the participants. So many talented bloggers! You have put the cheer in our holiday.

  80. wow. i LOVE this. thank you all – this is amazing!! xoxo

  81. SOOOOOOOO incredibly sad I did not participate this year!

    But EVERYONE is awesome!

    Happy holidays y’all! xo!

  82. Most Wonderful!

    Happy Holidays

  83. I love this all the videos are great and I found a few new blogs to read.

  84. Best one yet! Thanks for hosting it again, Neil!

  85. I wrote this song! It’s a Christmas song…for every person who ever fell madly in love with someone who fell madly in like with them. Sigh.

    GPS to His Heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkFRrP79U-s

  86. I think it’s amazing and wonderful that you do this every year, Neil. Thanks for hosting it – I’ve had a great time listening to each of these performances for the past few days. What a great community of people, sharing with each other and spreading the joy of the season. I had to wipe more than one tear during the times I was watching/listening.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed! I really enjoyed this.

  87. Oh, this is just too good.

  88. I watched each and every one! Some made me laugh and some made me cry. Thank you!

  89. Great! Enjoyed Karen singing. However, she isn’t singing Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town–she’s singing Santa, Baby.

    Good job, fellow bloggers!! Thanks for hosting this Neil!

  90. Wow–some of these folks are really talented! And others…they really tried hard!

  91. Oh how I loved this. In every way. The good. The bad. And the ugly. Errrrr, I mean pretteh. Thanks Neil, you’re awesome. XOXOX’s to you and all the participants.

  92. Woweeeee this is amazing! I just discovered this via ‘Wellington Road’ blog and her contribution to the concert.

    I’m going to take my time to enjoy some of the performances with my daughters. Fabulous!

    Thanks for putting all this together. We have a little Christmas Eve ‘family show’ every year and the children love dancing and singing. So lovely to enjoy some good ‘ole family fun without relying on the dire television! 🙂

    Here’s our Christmas Eve family show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSSOFQUJpnI

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