Announcing the Seventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

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?

YES!

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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.

Concert FAQ:

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 —

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011

Join us in the longest-running holiday concert online — The Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, now in it’s seventh season!

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65 Responses to Announcing the Seventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

  1. Loukia says:

    Yay! Thanks for this. It’s so fun every year to see everyone singing. Or looking festive. Or whatever. xo
    Loukia posted ‘Tis The Season For Giving…

  2. Holy crap! Has it been SEVEN YEARS? Should I do this AGAIN? I mean how much ACCORDION can one online community tollerate? Who cares!? I’m in. When do you need stuff?

    And I’m totally taking that Lutheran remark as a shout out.
    NFH
    Not Fainthearted posted Wednesday

  3. We are in this year. We’ll take Jingle Bells because even my husband knows the words to that one. I love this each year!
    tracy@sellabitmum posted Parental Requirements

  4. I’m so very excited about this, Neil. I’ve followed along for several years and since you personally invited me this time, I feel it’s time to join in. Looking forward to making a festive fool out of myself!
    Jana A (@jana0926) posted Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Comparisons

  5. Juli says:

    Of course I will sing SOMETHING. From the South Pacific. Maybe in a flax skirt, with a ukulele.

  6. Jessica says:

    This is the best, too bad I have a crazy fear of singing or dancing in public.

  7. Angella says:

    Oh, you know I’m in. I haven’t missed one yet!
    Angella posted Walking Down Memory Lane

  8. Sizzle says:

    I am in. I can’t miss this. Is this my 7th year submitting something? I think so. :-)

  9. Thia year I know better than to promise and not deliver a song. I will, however, contribute one of my father’s photos – probably a Santa eating a bagel & drinking coffee photos from the 1940s. Can;t wait to see (& hear) this year’s masterpiece of love & unity.

    Totally envious of your trip to NZ – one of the places I’ve always wanted to go. Enjoy!
    Varda (SquashedMom) posted Making you laugh today

  10. Looked it up and practiced I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas last night, doable on my ukelele. So I’m in for the first time, after watching for several years.
    monstergirlee posted Green Light in a Green Tree

  11. Cheryl says:

    I’ll help with the heathen decorations by shooting you a photo or two. Yeehaw! We’re usually not welcome anywhere around this time of year.

  12. Alexis says:

    I’m in! Will even tune my guitar for you. :)

    I’ll sing “Christians and the Pagans”. It’s holiday-esque.
    Alexis posted Things That Are True – I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike

  13. Laurie says:

    Every year I say I’m going to do this and I don’t. I think this is the year to say I’m going to do it and do it. #Christmahanukwanzaakahnow

    I’ll also send some snow photos, because I’d like to have one of my pictures in there, too. I’m needy like that.
    Laurie posted Mighty Things Again

  14. Gwen says:

    I am in for a well sung (I hope) and badly played (piano is not my forte) Gabriel’s Message. My son may just join me.
    Gwen posted Family

  15. agirlandaboy says:

    Yay! We’re in! Song choice forthcoming…
    agirlandaboy posted You Are the Best Thing

  16. Avitable says:

    I’m so glad that you continue to do this, Neil.
    Avitable posted Why I Didn’t Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year

  17. Erin Lane says:

    I’m in! How about “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
    Erin Lane posted Today we had a first {with Smart Balance Kids Milk}

  18. marty says:

    Finally not just a spectator. Thanks for the encouragement.

    I’m tossing in a little ditty called “Christmas in Mississippi.”
    marty posted A gift guide for the husbands and partners of blogging women

  19. Danny says:

    I’m in. I think I’ve exhausted the Hanukkah canon though, so I’m going to have to defy my Chasidic ancestors and sing about the birth of the Christ child. Hey, he was a nice Jewish boy–are there any songs about his bris?

  20. Vikki says:

    I have watched in years past but kinda want to join in this year. I have to think about it.

    Interestingly, my kids’ favorite song is 8 Candles (the one about the Maccabees) which is hilarious because we are not Jewish. Hell, we’re only barely culturally Christian. Weird kids.
    Vikki posted Good Books

  21. (Deep breath) Ok. I’m in. My favorite Christmas song is “This Christmas,” originally sung by Donny Hathaway back in the 70’s. we listen to it every year while we open presents. I’m a horrible singer, but not too shabby of a dancer so I’ll either do both or only one of those 2. Thanks for the invite! Here’s to holiday fun…

  22. Never have I participated in any such shenanigans before, but put me down for Hava Nagila

  23. Stimey says:

    I love your concerts. I’m going to try to do a video this year. I’ll find a song that my kid can play on the flute and I’ll sing with him. It is going to be TERRIBLE.
    Stimey posted Our Neurodiverse Thanksgiving

  24. Neil, I have two things for you —

  25. Camille says:

    Is it too late to sign up, and/or do you already have enough people?
    Camille posted Flashwrite #8: Getting Great Ideas

  26. Otir says:

    I’ll bring a Chanukah song to the table. Maybe O Chanike, but in English I guess.

  27. I am totally going to blow your socks off with my rendition of Winter Wonderland. 12 years of piano lessons (and never leaving book 2) are finally paying off.
    Heather Davis posted The Season Of Giving AWAY: Deck The Halls

  28. Count me in again!
    Amy from Resourceful Mommy posted Buttermilk and Bing Crosby

  29. Lisa Frame says:

    I’m still deciding on song, but Peanut wants to sing with me! So will be a duet :)
    Lisa Frame posted Gina Robinson’s Annual Christmas Concert Benefiting Thompson Child and Family Focus

  30. sizzle says:

    I just realized I missed last year so I better BRING IT this year. Still contemplating which tune. It’s too late in the game to learn a song on guitar (will start in January for next year’s concert) so you’re stuck with my singing.
    sizzle posted Send Towels & Bourbon

  31. Nenette says:

    Okay, I’m doing it this year. I’ll see what I can come up with. Might be a Filipino Christmas song. Or something.
    yay!

  32. A song just popped in my head out of nowhere today and I felt like I needed to use it for this, so I guess that means I am in! Will send it along.

  33. Nataliejanette says:

    I’m in for the first time. Will report back song selection tomorrow!

  34. Jason says:

    I’m in. Gonna do The Chipmunk Song. Chipmunk style.
    Jason posted TannenBOOM!

  35. ohjennymae says:

    I’d love to sing a song I made up with one of my classes!
    ohjennymae posted sometimes

  36. KeAnne says:

    I’m in! I’m doing an a capella version of “Let it Snow.” Maybe I can also do a duet w/ my 3 year old on “Jingle Bells.”
    KeAnne posted Fertility and the Royal Family

  37. Jenny says:

    I’m in. I’ll do an acapella version of Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.
    Jenny posted How Not to Respond to a Proposal

  38. beta dad says:

    Prepare to have your face melted with my rendition of Gloria (in exelsis deo, not G-L-O-R-I-A)

  39. Fadra says:

    I haven’t filmed yet but I’m getting my props ready. Oh yes. There will be props. I was deathly ill last year so I’m making up for it this year with THE GRINCH.
    Fadra posted Cheese and Sausage and Giving Back

  40. Suniverse says:

    I’m doing Home for the Holidays on my flute. Yay!

  41. Gwen says:

    OK, I finally got a take that I am not totally un-thrilled with. My son had better learn more than Up on the Housetop so he can accompany us on the piano next year. :)

    http://youtu.be/SHSmx-aaJJE

    Twill also be posted on my blog in a few minutes.
    Gwen posted Swing, swing, swing swing! #yvr #schooldays #fall…

  42. Peajaye says:

    Hey Neil, I guess you’re determined to stay out of the country while you host this thing. Hope they let you back in eventually.

    Here’s my entry:

    Peajaye posted What Kind Of Monster Are You?

  43. beta dad says:

    I’m late to the party, of course. I don’t even know if this is where the party is. Where am I? Can I just put my video here? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJtSuZc2E3Y&w=420&h=315

    Does that work? How about this? http://youtu.be/TJtSuZc2E3Y

    Anyway…Happy Holidays!
    beta dad posted I Bent My Kid. I Hope She Bends Back.

  44. Laurie says:

    Late too, Andy. I emailed him my link. Perhaps Neil will take pity on us and move us up the better seats. :)
    Laurie posted Moira

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