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Announcing the Eighth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

Christmahanukwanzaakah ConcertNOW ON December 21st, 2013.

There will be no sponsors. There will be no causes.

There will be no mentions of number of Twitter followers or academic degrees.

There will just be singing.

And the celebration of this 21st Century village, this online world, where diverse individuals from around the globe have access to one another almost 24/7, and where friendships have no barriers.

It is time for the announcement of the Eighth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, all new, all exciting for 2013!

The online concert this year will take place on December 17, 2013, one month from today, right here on this blog.

It is time to hear YOU PERFORM!   YOU are the CONCERT.

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 Sunday, December 15, 2013, 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  2012

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

Good luck!   You have a month.


  1. ohjennymae

    I love doing this concert! I have no idea what I’ll do.

  2. Sizzle

    I’m glad to see that in an ever-changing blog world this still stays the same. 🙂

  3. Casey

    I’m in. Roozle and I will be singing her favorite song, Frosty the Snowman. It will be amazing. I just need to learn how to play it on the guitar first.

  4. Kizz

    I’m in! (I thought I’d be in last year but I chickened out. Now I’ve met you live and in person. Chickening out is no longer an option. Also, I now have a YouTube account.)

    I’ll sing Silent Night. That’s a goodie.

  5. Angella

    I can’t believe it’s been eight! years. And that I’ve known you that long.

    I’m in for a photo for sure. MAYBE a song. Maybe.

  6. Amelia Sprout

    Oh hell, I’m in. But I am getting help from my kids. Photo for sure, song if I grow the balls in time.

  7. Marty

    I’m in with “I Wonder As I Wander.”


    • Neil


  8. Josette Plank

    I’m in.

    I’m writing my own song.

  9. Juanita

    I’m in at least for a photo or a few, and hoping to get you a video of me singing “angels among us” from my recital.

  10. alejna

    I’m in, but I don’t know what I’ll do yet. I’ll either sing or play the violin. Probably not both at once. (Though that does give me ideas.)

  11. Josette Plank

    Alright, I don’t have time to write my own song. I’m singing “Fairytale of New York.”

    • Fadra

      By the Pogues? I’ve often dreamed of doing a duet with my husband on that song. YOU ARE COMMITTED NOW!

    • Josette Plank

      I don’t have anyone to do a duet with me, so I’ll have to work around it.

  12. Lydia

    I’m in…singing rockin around the Christmas tree. We will both regret this.:)

    • Lydia

      I lied because I can’t do Rockin around the Christmas tree…if it’s not too late can I do Santa Claus is coming to town? I know all of the words..mostly. Unless it’s too late then I’ll just do the Rocking one. Both are equally lame but I’m only doing this because I’ve always wanted to, but been too chicken to and it’s as close to Karaoke as I’ll ever get. It’s possible that I’m giving it all too much thought.

      • Neil

        Go for it!

  13. The Honourable Husband

    This year’s poster could inspire a photo idea.

  14. Susan @learndhappiness

    I’m in! How did I miss this last year?! I’ll find something pianoish to play.

  15. Alexis

    No one shunned me for my performance last year so I’m in again!
    I’ll do “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.”

    Looking forward to seeing everyone’s contributions. 🙂

  16. Daffodil Campbell

    I am all in. Every year I watch from the sidelines, wishing I had the nuts to do it. This year, I have the nuts. Coconuts. Mele Kalikimaka coming at you from Maui.

  17. Michele aka midlyfemama

    I am in.

  18. Fadra

    I hadn’t heard anything about this for 2013 and thank God my search skills brought me here. I wouldn’t miss it. I don’t have my song picked out but rest assured it will probably not be anything that anyone else is doing.

    Maybe I’ll pull off that Frank Sinatra song, The Christmas Waltz.

  19. Shiny

    The talented Faiqa and I missed the deadline last year — and that’s not gonna happen again!

    We’ll bring you “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band-Aid. Sending to you shortly…

  20. Suniverse

    Working on my song. And IT WILL BE AWESOME. Or just adequate. Either way.

  21. Crystal

    I’m in. No guarantees on the song quite yet, but it’s looking like something traditional — O Come Emmanuel or What Child Is This or something not likely to frighten people (too much).

    <3 Thank you for doing this, Neil.

  22. Julie Kang

    Count me in this year! I’m surrounded by musicians here at App Academy, I’m sure I can get one of them to disguise my voice, erm, sing with me.

    • Julie Kang

      We’re doing Joy to the World, btw!

  23. Peyton Price

    Well, I debated this for two years now, and recorded an actual legit non-snarky–sincere, even–Christmas poem by e.e. cummings. What’s your email?

  24. Linda Roy - elleroy was here

    I’m in! Not sure what I’m going to do – maybe I’ll write something goofy. 😉

  25. Juli

    This year, I can only manage a photo. Sorry!

  26. Estelle

    I will sing Silent Night Holy Night. I hope it works-you will get it tomorrow-hope it’s not too late. Ok? Btw, I’m Jewish but like that song.

  27. The Animated Woman

    I’m in dammit. Just give me two more hours.

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