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Announcing the 11th Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

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 In 2006, when this annual concert started, it was a celebration of the  internet.    Blogging was an avenue for the sharing of personal stories.   Even if you lived in the most isolated rural town in Alaska, you found yourself, through online storytelling, befriending black bloggers in Baltimore, gay bloggers in Los Angeles, and Jewish bloggers in New York.   Christmahanukwanzaakah  was our buzzword for our changing world — one of inclusion, diversity, and empathy.

We were naive.   As our virtual world grew, the problems of the real world flooded in, and eleven years later, when we thing of the internet, we think of the worst aspects of society — the  hate, bigotry, and trolling.  

In 2008, we voted in Barack Obama, the first African-American president.   In 2016, we voted in Donald Trump.

This year’s concert is not just a celebration of the season, but an affirmation of the moral underpinning that connects all religions and creeds –

‘Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.’

Yes, we love to share our stories and photos with our friends, but we also need to remember to protect each other, speak up against the bigotry that poisons our nation, and make a difference, no matter how small.    

Especially now.  

This year, for the first time, I will be asking for  small  donations, both from concert  participants and viewers, for “Being Black at School,”  a brand-new national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system.

I wanted to end the concert last year because I thought we all had enough of “blogging” as we knew it.   We had moved on to more practical ways to connect with others.   But I get a feeling that we all could use a bit of love, joy, and community this year.   And singing.  

Here are the past blockbuster concerts —

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013  2014  2015

This year’s concert will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2016  right here online.

It is time to hear YOU PERFORM!   YOU are the CONCERT.  That gives you about a month to work your magic.

Interested?  Sign up in the comment to perform.    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 Monday, December 19, 2016, the day before the concert!  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 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, in it’s ELEVENTH blockbuster performance!

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

The Tenth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

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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!  Can you believe it?  Who knew that so many bloggers were also such talented singers and musicians?  And some even brave enough to sing so poorly?  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.

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Munich’s Traditional Gay Christmas Market photographed by Marty of Deutschland uber Elvis

It’s been a fun run.   I’ve met some cool people during these concerts.  One year we  attracted an audience large enough to fill Radio City Music Hall!  I even turned down two offers of concert monetization; it just seemed wrong.   Commerce and Commercialization have absolutely nothing to do with the Holiday Season, right?  I know it sounds corny  because it is such a cliche,  but the concert was always about the community.

Jeez, that did sound corny.

Eh, what the hell.  It’s the holidays.  Embrace the corny.   So, to paraphrase Tiny Tim in the politically-correct version of “A Christmas Carol” – “A Merry Christmahanukwanzaakah to us all; God bless us, every one!”

Here are a few of the performers 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!

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First Concert Poster, 2006, of Jamelah

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Holiday “Hamilton” performed  by Jenny of Oh Jenny Mae

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Second Concert Poster, 2007

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Silver Bells performed by Elizabeth Robinson  (Kizz) of  117 Hudson and Sara Stopek

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Third Concert Poster, 2008

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Cool Yule performed by Elly Lonon of BugginWorld

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Fourth Concert Poster, 2009

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Holiday Imagining by Angela of Fluid Pudding

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Poster 5

Fifth Concert Poster, 2010

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Little Toy Trains performed  by Marty Long of Marty Suttle Long

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Sixth Concert Poster, 2011

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Wouldn’t it Be Loverly? performed by Danny Miller of Jew Eat Yet and his son, Charlie Miller

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Poster 7

Seventh Concert Poster, 2012

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Away in a Manger performed by Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan with Beer and Hymns members Chad Markley and Lauren Francis

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Concert 8

Eighth Concert Poster, 2013

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I Love New York at Christmas Time performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month and Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place

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Con cert 9

Ninth Concert Poster, 2014

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It’s The Time of Year performed by Noel Katz of There’s Gotta Be a Song, with help with his family.

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Concert 10

Tenth Concert Poster, 2015

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Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabel by Sister Becky Swanson and Delaney

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photo by Tabatha at So Tabulous

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Ner Li performed by Tamar of Mining Nuggets

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pissing boy ornament photo by Veronica

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Can I Interest You in Hanukkah by Bonnie of Theoryblog at Crib Chronicles with Oscar and Posey

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photo by Alejna from Collecting Tokens

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Ava Maria performed by Cindy Louise Allen

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photo by Annette Kiesow

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Jingle Bell Rock performed by Ellen Bloom, from the first concert in 2006

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Thank you for another year of online friendship, debate, drama, following, unfollowing, Tinder dating stories, laughter, and comfort during times of sadness.

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Here are the past blockbuster concerts —

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013 2014

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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photo by Melissa McLaughlin Tingley

The Eighth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

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Welcome to the The 2013 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 2014!

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“I Wonder as I Wander” by Marty of Don’t Take the Repeats

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Silent Night by Estelle of Musings on Motherhood

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Photo by Shana of Gorillabuns

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“Please Come Home for Christmas” performed by Andrea from Lil’ Kid Things and her husband, Gerald

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“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” performed by Danny of Jew Eat Yet and Charlie

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photo by Alejna of Collecting Tokens

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“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” performed by Faiqa and Shiny from Hey! That’s My Hummus!

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“Oscar and Posey Sing Christmas” (the kids of Bonnie of The Theory Blog)

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photo by Nicole of Butterscotch Sundae

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“Silent Night” performed by Kizz of 117 Hudson, and Sara of Sarah Gardens, with their dogs, Eddie and Bu.

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“I Am Santa” performed and animated by JC of The Animated Woman

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Artwork by Ms. Sizzle of Sizzle Says

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“Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” performed by Lydia of SquidMom

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“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” by Alejna of Collecting Tokens

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photo by Veronica of Compost Studios

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Christmas Greetings by Tamar of Mining Nuggets

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” performed by Alexis of Wave the Stick

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Photo by annette of Catnip and Coffee

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“Hawaiian Christmas from New Jersey” performed by Linda of Elleroy was Here, with her son, Miles

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Kenny Rogers and Wyonna Judd’s “Mary, Did You Know?” performed by Diane of Momo Fali

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Photo by Celeste of Average Jane


Joy to the World performed by Julie of Geisha School Dropout, and John

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“The Dreidel Song” performed by Jenny of Oh, Jenny Mae

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Photo by Marta of Oh My, Marta!

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Adelaide’s First Christmas Song Composition with Noel Katz of There’s Gotta be a Song

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Photo by Martin of Deutchland uber Elvis

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little tree by e. e. cummings read by Peyton Price of Suburban Haiku

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Photo by Tanis of Tanis Miller

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The Story of Christmas told by Fran Hart of FGHart

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Photo by Leesa of Wildvizionz Photography

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” performed by Susan of Learned Happiness, with her family.

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Photo by Diane of Momo Fali

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“Fairytale of New York” performed by Josette of Josette Plank

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Photo by Samantha of Samantha Kelly Art

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“Let it Snow” by the Suniverse

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photo by Daffodil of Adventures in Paradise

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“I Wish It Was Christmas Today” performed by Shana of Gorillabuns and her family.

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photo of New Zealand Christmas by Juli of Wellington Road

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Christmas Gifts for Girls performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month, music used without permission of the Beastie Boys

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photo by Maggie of Magpie Musing

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – I mean tech-savvy bloggers Laurie of Laurie Writes and Sarah of Sarah and the Goon Squad trying to figure out what to sing after recording a video without any sound.

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.

The Seventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

Welcome to the The 2012 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!  It is my honor to be with you here for the seventh year of this concert.

It’s been a tough year for many of us.   May the power of song help you remember the goodness, peace, and joy of your lives!

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“Christmas in Mississippi” by Marty Long of Don’t Take the Repeats (song written by Steve Deaton and sound engineered by Kevin Long)

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“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Vikki of Up Popped a Fox and her kids

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“Sevivon” by M of Psychotoddler and the Moshe Skier Band

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“Christmas is Here” by Jenny Mae of Oh, Jenny Mae and her daughter

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Merry Hedgehog
photo by Veronica of Compost Studios

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“The Real Christmas Story” read by Suebob of Suebob’s Awesome Brain

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“Ill Be Home for Christmas” by Erin Lane of A Parenting Production

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“A New Deal for Christmas” from the musical, Annie by Danny Miller and his daughter and son, Leah and Charlie

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“Winter Wonderland” by Heather of Minivan Momma

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photo by Kim of Live From the 205

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“I’m Happiest at Christmas” by Noel Katz of There’s Gotta Be a Song

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“Amy’s Christmas Poem: How to Mistletoe” by Amy Turn Sharp

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“Jingle Bells” by Tracy of Sellabit Mom and her family

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“It’s Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming)” by Erin of Swonderland

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Christmas Selfie © SHaggerty 2012 W-1
photo by Suzanne of 24 at Heart

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Mi Yimalel Remix 1 (of Traditional Hanukkah song) by M of Psychotoddler and the Moshe Skier Band

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Home for the Holidays” by The Suniverse

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“Peajaye, the Holiday Fairy” by Peajaye

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photo by Danny Miller

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“Silent Night” by Bridget of The Ivey League

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“Lullay Lullay” by Cindy of Strawberries Here

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“Blue Christmas” by Karl of Secondhand Karl

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“The Christians and the Pagans” by Alexis of  Wave the Stick

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photo by Pam of Outside Voice

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“Gabriel’s Message” by Gwen of Left Coast Mama and her son, Aidan

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“The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Toni of A Daily Dose of Toni and the Singing Bloggers

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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Kate of The Big Piece of Cake

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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Ms. Sizzle of Sizzle Says

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“Last Christmas” by Neil of Citizen of the Month

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photo by Tanis of The Redneck Mommy

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“Angels We Have Heard Up High” by Beta Dad

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“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Fadra of All Things Fadra

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“Happy Just Bumming Around – a Kiwi Christmas” by The Travesties with Juli Ryan of Wellington Road

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“White Christmas” by Charlotte of Monstergirlee

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photo of the Munich Marienplatz Christmas Market by Martin of Deutschland uber Elvis

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“Jingle Bells” by Maggie of Magpie Musing and family

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“Oh Holy Night” by Amiryrah of 4 Hats and Frugal

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“Merry Christmas, Darlin’ by Laurie of Laurie Writes

“A Christmas Medley” by Jenn of Breed ‘Em and Weep

The 2009 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

Happy Holidays. May the power of music bring joy and healing, especially to those who need it.

Let’s hope that 2010 brings us all health, happiness, and the ability to write better than average blog posts.


Little Drummer Boy, sung by Danny from Jew Eat Yet (with family, including Charlie!)

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Joy to The World played by Angela from Fluid Pudding

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The Twelve Days of Christmas? sung? by Jenny from The Bloggess
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Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” sung by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club

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Winter Wonderland sung by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected (in Christmas sweater!)

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Light Up The World by Mark from Psychotoddler with The Moshe Skier Band (available at iTunes and Amazon)

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Twas the Night Before Christmas (New Jersey style, a bit NSFW) recited by Ellie from Buggin World

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The Whoo Song sung by Loralee from Loralee’s Looneytunes and Carolers

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Grandmother Got Run Over By a Reindeer sung by Tanis from The Redneck Mommy

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You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
sung by Michael from Badass Dad Blog

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The Christmas List presented by Kate from Sweet l Salty and her sons.

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Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off sung by Miss Sizzle of Sizzle Says and Neil of Citizen of the Month

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Deck the Halls sung by Alejna from Collecting Tokens

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His Eye is On The Sparrow sung by Jenny from MommyMae

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Le Miracle de Saint Nicolas (in French) sung by Otir from Un Jour a La Fois

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Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer sung by Nancy from Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas and her daughter

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Silent Night played by Not Fainthearted from This Journey

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Good King Wenceslas sung by Lauren from Merry Mishaps

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Winter Solstice spoken thoughts by Jen from Jen Lee

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Oh, Holy Night, sung by M from This New Place

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River sung by Rahre from Rahre

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Jingle Bells sung by Jess from Drowning in Kids and her son.

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Noel-Christmas Eve sung by Jenipurr from A Cat By Any Other Name

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Jingle Bells sung by Mamikaze and family

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Santa, I’m Your Girl sung by Marie and The Snake Charmers.

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The Man with the Bag sung by Amy from Selfish Mom

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Angels Are Smiling words, music, and sung by Fawn of Fawnahareo’s Place

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I’m Happiest at Christmas by Noel Katz and sung by A Stage Kindly

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sung by Heath of Homo sarcasmus (and friends)

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photo by Kyran from Notes to Self

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Solstice
photo by Jen from Jen Lee

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photo by Bon from Crib Chronicles

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photo by Linda Woods from Visual Chronicle

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photo by Yvonne from Joy Unexpected

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Photo by Lotus of Sarcastic Mom

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photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love

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photo by Angella from Dutch Blitz

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photo by Aimee from Greeblemonkey

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photo by Huckdoll from Eternally Huckdoll

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photo by Jenny from MommyMae

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photo by Maggie from Maggie Dammit

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photo by Tara from Paris Parfait

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photo by Otir from Un Jour a La Fois

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photo by V-Grrrl from Compost Studios

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photo by Laura from Blog Con Queso

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photo by Tara from If Mom Says OK

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photo by Denise of Eat, Play, Love

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We Wish You a Happy Holiday by ZoeyJane from Mommy is Moody and her daughter

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noteAnd a special message of hope and love to Anissa, a fellow blogger.

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The 2009 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert Sign-Up Sheet

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Happy Thanksgiving.   Tomorrow, Santa Claus made his first appearance at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, which means only one thing — Macy’s is open for business!    Uh, I mean its the start of this special Holiday season.

To me, nothing says “holiday” more than song.  And nothing brings more joy to the children of the world than the annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, now in its fourth year! Now, this NEVER gets old!

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Last year was a smashing success.  After the concert, our sponsors were so pleased with the feedback, that they arranged for a 45 city tour in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Israel, and Lithiuania with the entire cast!

“Bloggers Live 2008” was a sell-out in every city!   And who would have guessed that our opening act, “The Five Mommybloggers” would go Platinum and #1 with their rousing version of “I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day?”


“The Five Mommybloggers” in the “Bloggers Live” finale.

Who will be this year’s breakout artist?

You know the rules —

Sign-up, promising to perform a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa song, poem, or interpretive dance for the concert.   The online concert will be published on December 17th, so please send me the file or link, either audio or video,  by December 15th.   All file formats accepted.

Look over the list of participants and try not to repeat the same songs more than twice.  You do not have to be talented to participate.   Heart, spirit, and cojones are more important.

Contact me with any technical questions.

This has been a year of ups and downs for many of us in the blogosphere.  There has been much sadness.  The holidays will be hard for some of us because it is so focused on celebration.  I hope the concert will be an uplifting voice for those who need it, and symbolic of a peaceful and healing 2010.

And now, as master of ceremonies, I open up the curtain to the sign up sheet —

The 2006 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

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poster girl Jamelah

THE CONCERT PROGRAM

Ellen performing Jingle Bell Rock

Digital Father performing O Holy Night

Psychotoddler performing Sevivon

Becky performing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Elisabeth and Claire performing il est ne le divin enfant

Sheana and Colleen performing The Dreidel Song

Fitena performing Silent Night

Mr. Fabulous performing Blue Christmas

Villanovababy performing Santa Baby

Sophia performing Hanukkah, Oh Hannukah

Heather B performing O Come All Ye Faithful

Tiff performing The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

INTERMISSION

Nelumbo performing Up on the House Top

Non-Highlighted Heather performing Silent Night

Sophia, post-accident, performing Ocho Kandelikas in Ladino

Qatherinn performing A Christmas Song

Neil performing How to Make Latkes!

Stuntmother‘s son, Daniel performing Jingle Bells.

Danny performing Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Caryn performing The Chipmunks Christmas Song

Paintergirl performing Rock and Roll Round the Christmas Tree

F.D. (from Therapy Doc) performing Dovid Melech (more here)

Pam performing Santa Baby

Chana‘s daughter performing Ocho Candelikas

Doris and Edda performing We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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The Miracle of Kew Garden Hills – Chapter Two

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(from The Miracle of Kew Garden Hills, Chapter One)

“Here’s what I want, Neil.  Have you ever thought about hosting a Holiday Concert on your blog, where other bloggers spread the joy by sending in holiday music and songs they recorded themselves?”

“Host a Holiday Concert?  Me?  But I’m Jewish!”

“So am I, Neilochka…” said Nick.  “So am I…”

“Who else do you think they could get to work on Christmas Eve?” he laughed.

“And how exactly would this Blogger Holiday concert work?” I inquired.

“Ho Ho Ho.  Easy as fruitcake.  Tomorrow on your blog, you would put up a sign-up sheet.  Bloggers could volunteer to perform a holiday song for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.  They can sing or play an instrument, or both.   They could send the finished piece over the internet either in .wav or MP3 format, edited or unedited.  I’m sure you can help explain all this.  Even with all those Playstation 3s I’m hearing about, I’m not much of a techie.”

“And when would I hold this Christmahanukwanzaakah Concert?”

“December 20 sounds right.”

“And what about those bloggers who can’t sing or play an instrument?”

“You mean the talentless ones?  They could always send you a photo of their menorah or Christmas tree.  Just NO KITTENS.”

“What did you say your name was again?”

“Nick.  Although some call me Kris Kringle.  Or Santa Claus.”

“Santa Claus?!  You have to be kidding?”  I cried, my eyes rolling in disbelief.

The elevator door opened.  My mother was standing down the hall, waiting for me, much as she used to when I would come home from school.  I grabbed my suitcase and rushed towards her, trying to get as far away from this nut as possible.

“Hurry, Mom!  Let me in and then close the door behind us!”

“Hello, Neil,” my mother said in her usual cheerful, comforting voice.  “And hello, Nick.”

“Nick?!”

I twirled around like a dreidel and saw Nick following right behind me.

“My Sweet Elaine.” Nick purred, as he took my mother in his arms.  They kissed, passionately.

“MOM?!  What the…!!!”

My mother took my hand, sensing my concern.

“Neil, I was going to tell you later about Santa… uh, Nick.. but… but…”

Nick took my mother’s other hand.

“Your mother and I are friends… ” he said.

“Very good friends…” added my mother.

It suddenly became real to me.   This was Santa Claus.  And Santa Claus was a horny older guy leering at my mother’s figure!

“Mom?”  I gasped.  “Are you doing it with Santa Claus?!!”

(TO BE CONTINUED)

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