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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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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gingerbread
photo by Veronica McCabe Deschambault

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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

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

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noteSanta Baby performed by Anne Riotto

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

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merry
photo by Jennifer Gosden

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

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Hanukkah at Christmas performed by Tamar Jacobson of Mined Nuggets

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

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

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jana
photo by Jana Anthoine of Jana’s Thinking Place

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

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

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Rock of Ages performed by Elisa Camahort Page of BlogHer

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas performed by Doreen Oliver

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New York Christmas
photo by Martin Karaffa of Deutschland uber Elvis

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

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

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

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noteMaoz Tzur played on the accordian by Sister Becky Swanson

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

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

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

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

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

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Kathy & Kloe
photo by Kathy Gottbert of SmartLiving365

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

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

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

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

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joy
photo by Annette Kiesow

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

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

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

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tree
photo by Chrissy Wojdyla of Quirky Chrissy

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

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

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

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

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Menorah
Photo by Carol Zwick of Buttercup Counts Her Blessings

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

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

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

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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

PeaceCard
photo by Melissa McLaughlin Tingley

24 Comments

  1. I love this Neil! thanks for organizing us all!

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

  3. Pearl Adler Saban

    December 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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

    Cheers to all!

  5. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

  16. Very entertaining!

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

    Thanks for doing this, Neil!

  18. 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!

  19. As always, a wonderful job by all.

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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

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