I’m going to be honest with you. Â I woke up this morning wondering if the time has come to stop celebrating the unity of mankind (OK, peoplekind… damn feminists).
2012 has given religion a bad name. Â For many of us religion now means fundamentalism and fanaticism, repression and destruction, rather than good will towards men (I mean people). Â From conflicts over the American election to fighting in the Middle East, even God has gotten bored with our stupidity.
And our online world is not helping our cause. Â What is the blogging “mantra,” taught to us by every social media guru worth his salt: Â Find your tribe! Â Find your tribe! Â Find your tribe!
Which raises the question: Â why bother reaching out to anyone outside of your tribe if it is bad for business? Â Why bother listening and learning from others when life is all about “broadcasting” your views to a select demographic of believers?
Luckily, my tiny corner of the blogosphere doesn’t think this way. Â My blogosphere listens and learns. Â We don’t judge a man (or woman) by his belief system, or the color of his (or her) skin, but by the quality of his (or her) inappropriate humor. Â And kindness towards others. Â It is plan that has worked well for me. Â I’ve even learned to love Lutherans, a religious group that tends not to be very good with telling jokes.
Can Jew and Christian and Muslim, Atheist and Mormon, Black and White get along for once? Â ShouldÂ I cut the virtual red ribbon, marking the official announcement of the The Seventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert?
Angela from Fluid Pudding performing in 2007
This year we celebrate:
Christmas (Christian)– December 25
Hanukkah (Jewish) — December 8-16
Kwanzaa — December 26-January 1
Hijra (Islam) — November 15
Bodhi Day (Buddhism) — December 8
Day of the Covenant (Baha’i) November 28
Diwali (Hindu) November 13
Winter Solstice — December 21
New Year’s Eve — January 1
The online concert this year will take place on December 15, 2012, right here on this blog. Â And this year, the concert will be published directly from New Zealand! (see my last post)
It is time to hear YOU PERFORM! Â Sign up in the comments today.
1. Â Create an audio file or a video file of you performing a holiday song.Â If you need technical help, ask me.
2. Â You must be performing in the audio or video. Â Don’t cheat and have your cute kids doing all the work.
3. Â You can sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, dance the Nutcracker, or create music on your iPhone.
4. Â Once completed, you have the choice of posting it on your blog or YouTube and sending me the link, or emailing me the complete multimedia file. Â Try to get me everything by Thursday, December 13, 2012, two days before the concert! Â That gives you plenty of time to be creative.
5. Â If you don’t want to sing a song, send me a holiday photo for concert decoration. Â It could be of your tree, menorah, or plain ol’ winter solstice if you are a heathen.
6. Â The comment section is the sign-up sheet. Â Â By signing up, we can see who is performing what, so we can avoid having ten versions of “Frosty the Snowman.”
7. Â Most importantly — don’t be intimidated if you can’t sing. Â Â We like to laugh at you.
8. Â Here are the past blockbuster concerts —
Join us in the longest-running holiday concert online –Â The Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, now in it’s seventh season!