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The Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert — LIVE!

The Joy In Her Heart Overflowed And Colored All She Saw
photo by Lotus Carroll of Lotus Carroll


Welcome to the The 2014 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! It is my honor to be with you here for the eighth year of this concert. Thank you for keeping this blogging tradition alive. May we all be happy, healthy, and creatively productive in 2015!


Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit (Christmas Has Arrived) performed by Nenette Alejandria Mayor of Life Candy and her daughter, Miranda.


Joy the the World performed by Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan, Chad Markley from California Loves Culture and Lauren Francis from Beer and Hymns Orange County singing Joy To The World.


Snow Day performed by Mary Long of Marty Suttle Long and Kevin Long


photo by Veronica McCabe Deschambault


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and The First Noel performed by Laurie LaGrone of Foolery and Mac Caywood of the Orland Federated Church Jubilee Bell Choir


Happy Christmahanukakwanzaakah performed by Leah, the daughter of Louise Gleeson of Late Night Plays


noteSanta Baby performed by Anne Riotto


White Winter Hymnal performed by Jenny of Oh Jenny Mae and her daughter Molly.


photo by Jennifer Gosden


Petit Papa Noel performed by Oscar and Posey, the children of Bon Stewart of The Theory Blog


Hanukkah at Christmas performed by Tamar Jacobson of Mined Nuggets


Interrupting Jingle Bells performed by Dresden Julia Shumaker of Creating Motherhood and her son


noteSaint Nuit (Silent Night in French) performed Natalie Helene LeBlanc


photo by Jana Anthoine of Jana’s Thinking Place


O Holy Night performed by Elizabeth Flora Ross of The Writer Revived


Oh Come All Ye Faithful performed by Paula Kiger of Green Big Pen


Rock of Ages performed by Elisa Camahort Page of BlogHer


I’ll Be Home for Christmas performed by Doreen Oliver


New York Christmas
photo by Martin Karaffa of Deutschland uber Elvis


Tom Lehrer’s A Christmas Carol performed by Celeste Lindell of Average Jane


Dona Nobis Pacem performed by Lori Holden of Lavender Luz and her sisters


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performed by Jenn Mattern of Jennifer Mattern, her mother Elaine, and her daughters Hattie and Sophie


noteMaoz Tzur played on the accordian by Sister Becky Swanson


Ellen and Larry
photo by Ellen Bloom of LA is My Beat


Christmas in O’Hare performed by Tom Carrozza, music and lyrics by Tom Carrozza and Noel Katz of There’s Gotta Be a Song


Good King Wenceslas performed by Alejna of Collecting Tokens and her daughter Phoebe


You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch performed by Karl Erikson of Secondhand Tryptophan


Joy to the World performed by Elizabeth “Kizz” Robinson of 117 Hudson and friends


Kathy & Kloe
photo by Kathy Gottbert of SmartLiving365


We’ve Got Christmas Magic by Danny Miller of Jew Eat Yet and Cinephiled with his kids, Leah and Charlie


The Twelve Days in Florida performed by Aliza Worthington of The Worthington Post and Shoshana Kohn


The Latke That Couldn’t Stop Screaming, a Reading by Lisa Rae Page Rosenberg of Smacksy and her son Bob


Twas the Night Before Christmahanukwanzaakah, a NSFW NOT-family friendly version of the famous poem, written by Adam Avitable of Avitable


photo by Annette Kiesow


Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas performed by Elizabeth “Kizz” Robinson of 117 Hudson and Sara of Sara Gardens


Jingle Bells performed by the children of Deborah Grinter of Bright and Precious


Jingle Bells performed by The String Bean, age 5, the daughter of Elizabeth Flora Ross of The Writer Revived


photo by Chrissy Wojdyla of Quirky Chrissy


Hark the Herald Angels Sing performed by Jenny Gaskell of Tranquila Mama


Don’t Be Fooled performed by Tara Livesay of Livesay Haiti and the Livesay family


The Twelve Days of Christmas performed by Michelle Kosboth of Midlyfe Mama and her son Cooper


O Holy Night performed by The team (Kristen Howerton, Austin Rivers, and Andre Goddard)


Photo by Carol Zwick of Buttercup Counts Her Blessings


Elf… You Better Go Back Home, an original song performed by Linda Roy of Elleroy was Here


It’s Hanukkah Time in the USA performed by Neil Kramer of Citizen of the Month


Skating by Vince Guaraldi performed by Angela Reiner Downing of Fluid Pudding


collage xmas
photo by Karen Delaney Dino of Journey Back to Self

Thank you for another year of online friendship, debate, following, unfollowing, laughs, and tears.

Nine years!  Can you believe it?

Here are the past blockbuster concerts —

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013

photo by Melissa McLaughlin Tingley


  1. Paula Kiger

    I love this Neil! thanks for organizing us all!

  2. Elizabeth Flora Ross

    This is so awesome! Can’t wait to watch them all. Thanks so much for organizing this, Neil!

  3. Pearl Adler Saban

    Neil, they were all great. Would love to see you and Danny Miller get together and collaborate one day on a video.
    Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays (including Festivuts) to all your many friends and fans.

  4. The Honourable Husband

    Instantly recognised Jennifer Gosden as a Melburnian. That stripey clock tower is a giveaway.

    Cheers to all!

  5. Danny Miller

    Bravo! Very impressed by everyone’s talent, zeal, warmth, and Christmas decorations! Keep this tradition going, Neil, it’s the only part of the holidays that doesn’t turn me into the Grinch.

  6. Kizz

    I just scrolled through as a sort of trailer since I’m at work and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! Thank you, Neil.

  7. Kathy @ SMART Living

    Yay Neil! Thanks for including me in my first “Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!” It looks like an amazing group of people and I’m going to slowly work my way through all of their “creations for sure. What a fun way to celebrate ALL the holidays this year. Thanks again….and Happy Christmahanukwanzaakah to everyone!

  8. Lori Lavender Luz

    So fun!

    Thanks, Jack Flash.

  9. Deb @ Bright and Precious

    Oh my! Is this the biggest year yet? I’ve scrolled through and I can’t wait to watch them ALL! Great work Neil. Thank you for bringing us together in this lovely community.

  10. Jen

    This was so much fun to participate in. xoxo Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

  11. Karl

    Great show you put on, Neil. Thanks, as always, for putting it all together! Happy holidays to everyone.

  12. foolery

    This was delightful. So much talent, heart and fun on display! I have watched and listened to them all. Please tell no one in my company.

  13. Average Jane

    Glad to finally participate! I’m looking forward to watching them all sometime in the next few days.

  14. Bella

    Omg, Neil !! These are so great!
    Everyone did a fantastic job.
    Well Done!

  15. Jack

    Well done. I always enjoy coming by to hear the concert.

  16. The Animated Woman

    Wonderful. Thanks for doing this in time-honoured tradition Neil.

  17. Heather

    Very entertaining!

  18. Avitable

    I think my cynicism may have shown through a little this year. 🙂

    Thanks for doing this, Neil!

  19. Aliza

    omg, Neil, your song is BEYOND AWESOME. How you effectively worked in the word “schtoop” into a Stones song is frikkin incredible. Thank you so much – it was an honor to participate!

  20. His Suburban Uncoolness

    As always, a wonderful job by all.

  21. Tara Livesay

    SO much fun — need to spend a few hours here this weekend. Just watched two of them and will be back!

  22. Nenette

    What an awesome group of people! Loved this, Neil! Thank you so much. Miranda and I had such a blast doing it. I had no idea what she was doing behind me, which made it even more hysterical. Amazing memories made!

  23. Jane

    Neil, you are my hero. All who participated, you are my heroes, too. I hope that some day I will have half the courage, guts, chutzpah, and liverwurst all of you have, but right now all I see when I look in the mirror are the upper arms of a school lunch lady, the chins of June Shannon, and the vocal chords of a furious Halloween cat. You are all awesomeness personified. I adore you. Especially you, Neil. Next year, I need one of you to come over and MAKE ME do this because I really want to but see above reasons, none of which are viable but they’re the only ones I have other than having no talent like you guys.

  24. Veronica

    Now that I know you can dance, we’re totally going have to do a festival together.

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