Welcome to the The 2015 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! It is my honor to be with you here for the TENTH year of this concert.
Ten years! Â Can you believe it? Â Who knew that so many bloggers were also such talented singers and musicians? Â And some even brave enough to sing so poorly? Â I’m proud that we kept this concert running for ten years, and embraced the concept of diversity long before it was a social media trend.
Munich’s Traditional Gay Christmas Market photographed by Marty of Deutschland uber Elvis
It’s been a fun run. Â I’ve met some cool people during these concerts. Â One year we Â attracted an audience large enough to fill Radio City Music Hall! Â I even turned down two offers of concert monetization; it just seemed wrong. Â Commerce and Commercialization have absolutely nothing to do with the Holiday Season, right? Â I know it sounds corny Â because it is such a cliche, Â but the concert was always about the community.
Jeez, that did sound corny.
Eh, what the hell. Â It’s the holidays. Â Embrace the corny. Â So, to paraphrase Tiny Tim in the politically-correct version of “A Christmas Carol” – “A Merry ChristmahanukwanzaakahÂ to us all; God bless us, every one!”
Here are a few of the performersÂ from the last decade who brought a little bit of joy each year:
Thanks again, and may we all be happy, healthy, and creatively productive in 2016!
First Concert Poster, 2006, of Jamelah
Holiday “Hamilton” performed Â by Jenny of Oh Jenny Mae
Second Concert Poster, 2007
Silver Bells performed by Elizabeth Robinson Â (Kizz) of Â 117 Hudson and Sara Stopek
Third Concert Poster, 2008
Cool Yule performed by Elly Lonon of BugginWorld
Fourth Concert Poster, 2009
Holiday Imagining by Angela of Fluid Pudding
Fifth Concert Poster, 2010
Little Toy Trains performed Â by Marty Long of Marty Suttle Long
Sixth Concert Poster, 2011
Wouldn’t it Be Loverly? performed by Danny Miller of Jew Eat Yet and his son, Charlie Miller
Seventh Concert Poster, 2012
Away in a Manger performed byÂ Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the MinivanÂ withÂ Beer and Hymns members Chad Markley and Lauren Francis
Eighth Concert Poster, 2013
I Love New York at Christmas Time performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month and Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place
Ninth Concert Poster, 2014
It’s The Time of Year performed by Noel Katz of There’s Gotta Be a Song, with help with his family.
Tenth Concert Poster, 2015
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabel by SisterÂ Becky Swanson and Delaney
photo by Tabatha at So Tabulous
Ner Li performed by Tamar of Mining Nuggets
pissing boy ornament photo by Veronica
Can I Interest You in Hanukkah by Bonnie of Theoryblog at Crib Chronicles with Oscar and Posey
photo by Alejna from Collecting Tokens
Ava Maria performed by Cindy Louise Allen
photo by Annette Kiesow
Jingle Bell Rock performed by Ellen Bloom, from the first concert in 2006
Thank you for another year of online friendship, debate, drama, following, unfollowing, Tinder dating stories, laughter, and comfort during times of sadness.
Here are the past blockbuster concerts —
2006Â Â 2007Â Â 2008Â Â 2009Â Â 2010Â 2011Â 2012Â 2013Â 2014
A toast to Neil! L’chaim!
So awesome, Neil!
Thanks for putting so much effort into this; I loved participating last year!
In spite of my inability to follow direction from you, this was the most fun to do! I love love LOVE all of these!
Hooray for ukuleles!!!
I cannot bring myself to believe that this is the final one. I plan to deny it as long as possible. I love this concert and all the ones that came before it! Thank you thank you thank you!
Thanks for making this such a special time of year, Neilochka!! California misses you. Happy holidays from the Best Coast!
Your uke is breathtaking!
Fabulous! Happy Merry Christmahanukwanzaakah!
I really enjoyed this, as always! I’ve been looking forward to this every year since I stumbled across it in its second or third year. I’ve even contemplated starting a blog so I could participate! (didn’t happen) Thanks for the joy.
Also, Happy 10th Anniversary!
So adorable. I loved your duet.
Excellent video, they raise the mood. Congrats to the Decade!
Happy holidays 🙂