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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!


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


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


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


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


Merry Hedgehog
photo by Veronica of Compost Studios


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


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


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


“Winter Wonderland” by Heather of Minivan Momma


photo by Kim of Live From the 205


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


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


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


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


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



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


Home for the Holidays” by The Suniverse


“Peajaye, the Holiday Fairy” by Peajaye


photo by Danny Miller


“Silent Night” by Bridget of The Ivey League


“Lullay Lullay” by Cindy of Strawberries Here


“Blue Christmas” by Karl of Secondhand Karl


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


photo by Pam of Outside Voice


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


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


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


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


“Last Christmas” by Neil of Citizen of the Month

photo by Tanis of The Redneck Mommy


“Angels We Have Heard Up High” by Beta Dad


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


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


“White Christmas” by Charlotte of Monstergirlee


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


“Jingle Bells” by Maggie of Magpie Musing and family


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


“Merry Christmas, Darlin’ by Laurie of Laurie Writes

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


  1. Laurie

    Dear Neil, I’m sorry I’m late, but after seven years of failure to contribute, I am putting my song in the comments, like not-a-boss.

    So tacky! Please move me up and delete this, when you get a chance. Thanks. 🙂

    • Alexandra

      So tacky…

      so tacky..

      [love you, laurie]


      • Laurie

        I know. I am always the weak link. 🙂

  2. Stephanie Precourt

    I love it! Everyone did so great. Vikki! Yours just made me get chills and teary for some reason- love it!!!


  3. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Girl Crush = Jenn Mattern

  4. Always Home and Uncool

    As always, a most wonderful time for all. Well done, Neil and his many friends!

  5. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    New Favorite Christmas Song = Happy Just Bumming Around

  6. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Neil, You’ve finally gotten back into film making! <3 Love the video.

  7. Father Muskrat

    I considered participating this year, but I now realize how badly upstaged I would have been. These are great! Enjoyed seeing my friends’ musical and photographic talents.

  8. Katherine Stone (@postpartumprog)

    Wonderful, as always. Needed this cheer.

  9. Danny

    Loved every entry. I always forget how talented your readers are!

  10. Chrisy

    That was JUST what I needed this morning! Bravo to all of you! Thank you for producing this fun concert, Neil. Your video was great! 🙂 And, I second all three of V-Grrrl’s comments!

  11. Karl

    Since my laptop died a year ago, I never EVER read blogs any more. I make an exception for your annual concert posts, my friend. Worth it, as usual. Almost makes my heart just two sizes too small, instead of the typical three.

  12. twobusy

    ::wild, unfettered, joyous applause::

  13. gorillabuns

    love this and all the work put into it. I forgot to send my pic!

  14. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    I like worshipping at the Church of Suebob. : )

  15. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Kate gets an Oscar for her performance with her Elf on the Shelf.

  16. Amiyrah

    This was so fantastic! Thank you for letting me join in at the last minute and I hope my howling of O Holy Night wasn’t unbearable.

    • Cindy Allen

      It was lovely and obviously heartfelt.

  17. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Karl should sing with Kate next year, ha ha ha

  18. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Amiyrah, I loved your version of O Holy NIght, so moving, and I love that you did more than one verse.

    Fadra gets an award for Best Props.

  19. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    Alexis, what an amazing song and performance. LOVE. I’m a Christian tree-worshiper, so I relate to this song.

  20. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    It had been too long since I’d heard Gabriel’s Message and Lullay, Lullay. Such beautiful carols. : )

  21. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    I’ll shut up now. Happy Holidays, Y’all.

  22. Vikki

    Kudos to everyone!

  23. Jack

    Nicely done as usual. This was a lot of fun.

  24. Alexandra

    Holy cow and THANK YOU.

    I haven’t smiled since Friday, I just haven’t, but starting with one to the bottom of everything here: THANK YOU.


    How I love that you do this, Neil.

  25. sizzle

    Such talent and bravery! Loved it. Thanks again for putting it together. It’s always a treat.

  26. suzy

    Every year I think it’s too bad you have to submit videos because that’s too hard and if only you could just submit a photo.

    Then your tribute comes out and I read it and go, “Oh.”

  27. suzy

    Also, New Zealand looks beautiful and the picture of Juli with her hair all wild and crazy? LOVE IT!

  28. tracy@sellabitmum

    Spreading cheer that we all need right now. Perfect. Thank you. xo

  29. Wendi

    Thank you to everyone who contributed—it was a treat to watch all of this.

  30. Megan

    You’re all awesome. Thank you!

  31. marty

    Loved it. Vikki, you and your kids made me smile until my cheeks hurt. Kate, I loved your elf (he wasn’t ever out of tune) – so cute, and everyone else too. This was loads of fun. Thank you for doing it, Neil.

  32. Juli

    Enjoy seeing all of you so much. Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday.

  33. Deb Rox

    Fantastic! Cheers to all! Neil, I loved your little movie. Happiest of holidays to you.

  34. Patricia

    Y’all are magfansationalooza! Glad I got tickets for the concert.

  35. Cindy Allen

    I enjoyed each performance. Happy Holidays!

  36. Toulouse

    I may be an idiot this morning but I can’t see where to link up my song so I’ll just put it here and hope you’ll add it for me.
    Here’s The 12 Days of Chrismukkah:

    So enjoyed these and need all the holiday cheer we can get right now.

  37. Momo Fali

    I love this thing more and more every year. And, yes, I called it a thing.

  38. Hazel Anastasia

    Great selection. Most of these I’ve never heard before. It’s nice to listen to new (to me) Christmas songs. I enjoyed Christmas in Mississippi particularly. That’s a lovely little red roof house in the snow.

  39. Fadra

    Thanks for letting me participate again this year! I loved watching everyone. I have a newfound respect for some, admiration for others, and total amusement for the rest.

    Now when is someone going to give Erin (of Swonderland) a recording contract?

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