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Announcing the 12th Annual Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

We’ve all had a tough year.  Society is falling apart.  Social media has become a leading cause of our misery.  Russia is spreading fake news.  Our President spends most of his time picking fights on Twitter.   We mistrust each other, and are angry with the world.

We need some joy.  And fast.      Yay for the 12th Annual Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert.

This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017 right here online.  But we’re doing things differently this year.   Before all the videos are published online on this space, there will be a ONE TIME CONCERT done in real time (well sorta), broadcast on Facebook Live directly from under the world-famous Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center.    How is that going to work?  Well, I’m going to brave the freezing cold and stand under the tree with my iPhone and introduce the pre-recorded videos one-by-one live on the official 12th Annual Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert Facebook page.   So if you are in the New York area on December 17 from 8-10, come on down to the tree and you can be a special guest!

It is time to hear YOU PERFORM!   YOU are the CONCERT.  That gives you about two and half weeks to work your magic.

Interested?  Sign up in the comment to perform.    Or contact me directly via email or Facebook.  You don’t necessarily need a traditional blog to participate, but at least have an online presence in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Snapchat.   Be part of this long-running tradition!

Concert FAQ:

1.  Create a video (or audio) 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 write a symphony.

4.  Once completed, post the video on a place like YouTube and send me the link. Or just send me the file via Dropbox or email, and I will post it on YouTube.   Try to get me all files and links by Thursday, December 14, 2017!  That gives you plenty of time to be creative.

5.  If you are too afraid to sing a song, send me a holiday photo to decorate the concert page.  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 “Jingle Bells.”

7.  Most importantly — don’t be intimidated if you can’t sing.    We like to laugh at you.

Join us in the longest-running holiday concert online — The Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, in it’s twelfth year!

Tickets are free.   But if you would like to donate to a worthy cause in honor of the concert, this year we have chosen to be supporters of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

But be sure to join the Facebook page if you want to see the show live.  

Here are the past blockbuster concerts —

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013  2014  2015  2016

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

7 Comments

  1. Grumpy Old Punks will be sharing a video of an original Christmas Song called “You Get Nothing!”

  2. I’m going to do “2,000 Miles” by The Pretenders.

  3. I’m going to try my best to get the video to you by December 14th!! Must practice!

  4. Oh, forgot to mention, I’ll either be singing “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” or “All I Want for Xmas is Another Ukulele!”

  5. I’m in!!!! I’ll ether be performing “Ave Maria,” or “Maoz Tzur.” Or both? Is both okay?

  6. I would like to sing I Believe in You by Bob Dylan. I just found it and am just learning it. It’s not specifically a Christmas song but it’s beautiful.

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