photo by Lotus at Sarcastic Mom
For four years we raised our voices in harmony, men and women of faith, and unbelievers alike (even with their dreary myths about dinosaurs and evolution), all in praise of the unity of man!
For four years, bloggers powerful and insignificant, those blessed with voices like angels and those who sound like Kermit the Frog, the confident and the theologically-confused, all came together to promote peace and harmony and love.Â But when we look around our world, even after all our hard work, all we see is fighting and killing.
Are you not pleased with our songs and our delightful photos of our decorated trees, bright menorahs, and our cats wearing Santa hats?Â Has our mission been a failure?Â Are you telling us that our voices are not LOUD ENOUGH for you, that you are like the LA Lakers at the Staples Center, requiring us to stamp our feet and clap our hands, shouting, “We will, we will ROCK YOU!” just to get your attention?
I don’t know if I can promise you all that, oh, Creator of the Universe.Â Bloggers are a tempestuous and a stiff-necked people.Â But I do know we will be back for a Fifth time, in this familiar place,Â bringing joy to others — and hopefully YOU — with our songs and photos and poetry, proving once and for all that we can be nice to each other, for at least one week out of the year!
And for 2010, we have a special treat.Â Â Besides celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, we will be adding The Islamic New Year of Al-Hijira to the mix. (Arabic: Ø±Ø£Ø³ Ø§Ù„Ø³Ù†Ø© Ø§Ù„Ù‡Ø¬Ø±ÙŠØ©â€Ž Ras as-Sana al-Hijreya).Â The Fifth annual concert will be renamed â€“Â The 2010 Blogger Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert.
Imagine, all three of your major Monotheistic Religions, all with roots in the dusty Middle East, all singing each others’ songs!Â You should be kvelling, God!
This year’s concert will be on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, right here on this space.Â Â I realize that this is date is too early for Christmas and little late for the Jewish and Muslim holidays, but Hanukkah and Al-Hijira are early this year (starting the first week of December), so all three religions will need to compromise.Â It will be good practice for the real world.
See you there,Â God!Â Â Arrive early for a good seat.Â Â There are no favorites online.
You make an audio file or a video file of you performing a holiday song.Â If you don’t know how to do that, ask me.
You must be performing in the audio or video.Â Don’t cheat and just have your cute kids doing all the work.Â They can perform back-up.
You can sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, or even dance the Nutcracker.Â We even once had someone playing a Christmas Carole on her iPhone.
You can post it on your blog and send me the link, or you can send me the file, and I will publish it on my blog.Â If you don’t want to sing a Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Islamic New Year song, feel free to send me a holiday photo of your tree, menorah, or plain ol’ winter solstice if you are a heathen blogger.
Please sign up in the comments.Â Â This is the official sign-up sheet.Â You don’t have to do it today, but add your name as soon as possible.Â This way we we know who is performing what, so we can avoid having ten versions of “Frosty the Snowman.”
Don’t be afraid that you can’t sing.Â Those are the favorite songs of each concert, because we like to laugh at you.
Try to get me all the files by December 13, 2010, two days before the concert!
You can check out what has been done in the past.
Come join the celebration in this tradition that is already as well known as Burl Ives –Â the longest-running holiday concert online — The 2010 Blogger Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!
And remember to tell your friends.