Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, misc, etc, yada yada yada...

Christmas lights with a reindeer

I have a feeling that if I regularly listened to the radio, I would be sick of Christmas music more than ever right about now. Actually in a week it would be more than ever. Then a week after that it would be even worse.

This most special holiday has been so horribly commercialized. That's part of the reason why I despise much of what happens in America at Christmastime. It makes me sick. Something I've been thinking about I should have started this year, but perhaps next will be my first, I hope, of about a dozen in a row (or maybe an endless streak until the day I die?) when I'll take off to some remote part of the Earth for the whole month of December, somewhere I can volunteer my time in some medical clinic somewhere, helping people who won't be stopping at Starbucks after shopping at Walmart. I'll be completely removed this crap that everyone seems to wrap themselves up in at this time of the year. God, I love this country... it's just a shame so much of it is backwards, broken, and downright pathetic.

Rant over.

Anyway... I don't listen to the radio so at this time of the year I am not innudated with Fa La La La La and Grandma's Tragic Death From a Reindeer... so I can tolerate some Christmas tunes every now and then.

Christmas bell animatedAnd here's some
for this morning,
Part 1:

A Very Special Christmas - 1989 benefit album for the Special Olympics (front cover)A


256 kbps

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -- John Mellencamp
Santa Baby -- Madonna
The Little Drummer Boy -- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Silent Night -- Stevie Nicks
Gabriel's Message -- Sting
The Coventry Carol -- Alison Moyet
Do You Hear What I Hear? -- Whitney Houston
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -- The Pointer Sisters

(the other 7 tracks + an extra from Springsteen will come later today.)

This is an album that benefits an amazing and wonderful 501(c)(3) non-profit that does a beautiful thing in the world so please consider buying this and/or other volumes in the series.

The Special Olympics doesn't operate solely in the United States. C
urrently they reach an incredible 2.5 million people in 165 countries. If they had their way, they would leave NO one out.

Or please consider donating your time or a few dollars to this great organization. You don't have to give $100 or even $25... they would still appreciate even just 5 dollars! Most charities would. Please help. Thanks.

A Very Special Christmas (1989) rear cover (mine's somewhat faded and water-damaged)

Christmas tree - animated

1 comment:

KellyAnn said...

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
- Bill Watterson

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated