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Even Darwin Loved to Sing

In the past, I’ve complained about BlogHer excluding the men.  Recently, I railed against the Mommy and Daddy Bloggers who ignore the childless.  I preach inclusiveness on the blogosphere.

But am I really that inclusive, or am I a red-faced hypocrite?

Just look at the entries so far the The 2008  Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert that will be held on December 23, 2008:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Saucybritches

Hayo, Haya — Otir

Silent Night – Torrie

Little Drummer Boy – Abbersnail

Dreidel Song — Memarie Lane

Greensleeves – Whoorl

O Holy Night – Maitresse

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel —Suzanne

Hava Nagila – Fancy

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Hilly and Shiny

O Come all Ye Faithful – Loralee

Whatever Happened to Christmas — La Framericaine

The Christmas Song – Assertagirl

Jimmy the Elf — Mama Ginger Tree

S’vivon – Danny

The Christmas Song – 180/360

The Gift – Astrogirl

Santa Baby — I am the Diva and Saviabella

O, Holy Night — MommyMae

Mary Did You Know – Ginger

Grown Up Christmas List – MapleMama

Merry Christmas Darling – Laurel

— and Christmas songs by



Not Fainthearted

Ms. Sizzle

Aimee Greeblemonkey


Are you seeing how I am being a hypocrite?  How I am discriminating against some of closest blogger friends?

Yes, I am talking about all of those bloggers who are godless heathens and indecisive waverers, those stubborn Atheists and Agnostics who strongly disagree with celebrating holidays based on so-called fantastical myths, who pooh-pooh these opiates for the week-willed, but still like to party as much as their fun-loving, faithful, religious brethren.

Who doesn’t like to sing?  Recent research from Oxford University shows that even Charles Darwin loved to do karaoke at a tiki bar in the Galapagos Island as a way to relax after a long day developing his theory of Evolution.

So, before I am sued by the ACLU for excluding the non-religious, let me reveal that, for the first time in the history of Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concerts, I will be accepting songs of Atheistic or Agnostic nature, as long as they are celebratory about life, nature, winter, or the beauty of the female body.

An example of an atheist song —

An example of an agnostic song —

As for everyone else who believes in some sort of God, or at least Santa Claus, a sign-up sheet is still available.  The songs/videos must be sent to me or published by December 22 in order for them to be ready for the concert on December 23.  If you have any technical questions, please email me.

Also, — and this is open to anyone — please send me a holiday photo of your tree, menorah, or family, so I can decorate the Holiday web post.  If they want, the atheists can send in a photo of a rational polar bear playing in the snow.


  1. Marinka

    You are also discriminating against people without talent. I don’t think that I can ever forgive you.

  2. sizzle

    I think I am doing What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve but maybe I will get my nephew to do a duet with me via video. 😉

  3. Neil

    Marinka — Actually, when you hear some of the entries, including my own, you will see that I am definitely NOT discriminating against talent.

  4. followthatdog

    You’re discriminating against those of us too lazy to make a video or learn a song or do any real work to participate. Can’t you just find a video of some hot red head and claim it’s me? Well, as long as she’s singing and not doing something dirty and shameful.

  5. headbang8

    Christmas ceased to be a religious holiday quite a long time ago. If only My tru Love had discovered Macy’s, I wouldn’t have all these damned partridges to get rid of.

  6. Christine

    I am highly offended that you aren’t celebrating the beauty that is the male bod. I’d consider mounting a boycott, but I am too lazy.

    So that’s twice, in one “inclusive” post, you’ve dissed me. Nice, Neil. Real nice.

  7. threeboys1mommy

    For the record, I am ever mindful of the childless… I’ve even offered to give them a child, or 3.

    I’ve never heard of your Chimikwanzaakah concert. I can’t wait!

  8. pia

    Though your answer to Marinka was very kind, people have been known to pay me not to sing

  9. churlita

    That’s awesome. I can’t wait to hear some pagan songs and view photos of of rational polar bears.

  10. Fancy

    Marinka, he’s totally talking about me…

  11. gorillabuns

    All I can contribute is a screaming child for your hearing pleasure.

  12. Memarie Lane

    isn’t the dreidel song more cultural than religious? it’s a kids’ song about gambling, can’t get much more atheistic than that. 😛

  13. Neil

    The dreidel still is symbolic of a religious based holiday. The whole point of Hanukkah is that God did a miracle with the lights, downplaying the uprising part of the story. Christmas is also religiously based, naturally. So, a true atheist song would be just about snowflakes, but without seeing them as anything but a natural occurrence. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is still about Christmas. Frosty the Snowman is a better song for the atheistic child, even though it involves a talking snowman, which is evolutionarily impossible.

  14. Bryna

    And Festivus for the Restovus!

  15. teahouseblossom

    Well, we haven’t put up our tree or any decorations yet. But as soon as we do, I’ll snap some photos and send to you.

  16. Zoeyjane

    The agnostic song? Made me choke on my seven and vodka. Or was that God?

  17. mommymae

    changing songs…i forgot about a hannukah song the kids and i made up 2 years ago…i’d much rather do that. and maybe they’ll join me.

  18. mommymae’s called “burning bright”

  19. Turnbaby

    So do you have any room for another secularist?

  20. Whit

    I’m agnostic, as are a large number of my friends, and we all celebrate Xmas. It’s more about family, friends, Santa and Bing than religion for me. I still love it.

  21. ali

    is it too late to sign up for this?? my kids and i can contribute to your smallsadlist of Hannukah songs. oh, yeah, baby! ahahaha

  22. Jill - GlossyVeneer

    If I send you video of me laughing myself senseless over my ornaments from A Christmas Story, would that help your concert? Or maybe I should get up the courage to record myself singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Japanese?

    Or maybe I’ll be a wimp and just include a photo of something that makes me feel warm and happy inside during the holidays!

  23. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    I just suckered another (better) blogger and probably better singer than me to do some sort of Christmas duet.

    This is going to be fun!

  24. psychotoddler

    I recorded a cool version of Mi Yimalel tonight. But I have a cold, so it sounds like a frog is singing it. Is that a problem? Do you have anything against singing frogs?

    Anyway I’ll email it to you.

  25. Redneck Mommy

    Currently working on my own submission. Will have it to you very soon!

  26. Shash

    Missed it! DARN!!!

    I guess there is always next year?!?

  27. Musing

    I call myself a spiritual agnostic but still get all “Oh, look at the twinkly lights!” this time of year.

    Love that second YouTube vid, btw!

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