I’m going to be honest with you. 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. For many of us religion now means fundamentalism and fanaticism, repression and destruction, rather than good will towards men (I mean people). 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. What is the blogging “mantra,” taught to us by every social media guru worth his salt: Find your tribe! Find your tribe! Find your tribe!
Which raises the question: why bother reaching out to anyone outside of your tribe if it is bad for business? 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. My blogosphere listens and learns. 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. And kindness towards others. It is plan that has worked well for me. 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? Should 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. And this year, the concert will be published directly from New Zealand! (see my last post)
It is time to hear YOU PERFORM! Sign up in the comments today.
1. Create an audio file or a video file of you performing a holiday song. If you need technical help, ask me.
2. You must be performing in the audio or video. Don’t cheat and have your cute kids doing all the work.
3. You can sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, dance the Nutcracker, or create music on your iPhone.
4. 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. Try to get me everything by Thursday, December 13, 2012, two days before the concert! That gives you plenty of time to be creative.
5. If you don’t want to sing a song, send me a holiday photo for concert decoration. It could be of your tree, menorah, or plain ol’ winter solstice if you are a heathen.
6. The comment section is the sign-up sheet. By signing up, we can see who is performing what, so we can avoid having ten versions of “Frosty the Snowman.”
7. Most importantly — don’t be intimidated if you can’t sing. We like to laugh at you.
8. Here are the past blockbuster concerts —
Join us in the longest-running holiday concert online — The Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, now in it’s seventh season!