Have you ever spent a Christmas away from home? Sooner or later we all do. It is an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But at the same time I consider it one of those crucial life experiences. A Christmas away gives the gift of gratitude. It centers you on what is really important at Christmas. Once upon a time I was a young man. My life and its adventures took me away from home at Christmas. And I can recall well the feelings of isolation, of time lost and wasted in solitude on Christmas. And just as true IRead more
Here’s a fun video that is actually getting a little criticism online because the music appears to be dubbed over the action. But is that the point? The music is fun, the idea is fun and the reactions look spontaneous enough to us. Lighten up, it’s Christmas. Here’s the premise — pull up to your fav fast food joint and start Christmas caroling after you’ve ordered. What’s so hard about that? And, more importantly, what would happen? Watch: We think it is about time that folks lightened up and had a little fun this Christmas. We applaud what we seeRead more
A family of 8 – or more, hard to tell — from Utah puts out a Christmas dance video to the same Justin Bieber song every year. This year’s edition for whatever reason has gone viral. You gotta give them props for their spirit:
This video is now two years old but it’s a classic. So it bears repeating, like It’s a Wonderful Life. Clever editing, a geeky theme and classic Christmas music. What’s not to love as Captain Picard brings us some Christmas cheer?
We’ve been on the prowl for the great Christmas light videos of 2015 — where are they? It’s been pretty light this year, no pun intended. Here’s one but there’s little information to share with you about who did it or where it is from. It has only been on YouTube for a couple of days and there are others out there with greater views…but this is one of the best we’ve seen from this season so far: Of course, we wouldn’t want to live next door….
There are tales and legends aplenty of the animals present at the Nativity. In a great telling of some of those legends in song is Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, star of stage and a voice known from many films. Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by The New York Times, Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway and television and in film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras:
Perhaps no bigger theme will be advanced by us this holiday season than the message of peace. It is a timely subject no matter where you live in the world. In this new video from the LDS Church, which is really a post-Thanksgiving tradition every year, the core message of peace and the need of a Savior is explored. This is beautiful and thought provoking: In a world that further separates itself from scripture and religion at Christmas the true meaning of these familiar words is lost on a generation that would have you believe that Christmas can be explainedRead more
It is summer in Australia. So it might be the perfect place to construct a ginormous Christmas tree made only of Legos. This time lapse video shows the process of putting the tree and its ornaments together in what has become a festive tradition in the city of Melbourne:
There is a whole new generation of Christmas lovers out there and they face things a lot of us older Christmas fanatics have never had to endure: the Christmas Hater. The following video is from a very popular YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger, who is talented, funny and — it turns out — a Christmas lover. She does a variety of musical and comedic stuff on YouTube and I only know about her from what my teenage daughters have shared with me the past few years. But this video from her was passed to me by some others and I’ve onlyRead more
The Johnson Family Christmas Lights are pretty famous. They were a hit in San Antonio long before being featured on the Great Christmas Light Fight. This display likes to bill itself as “non-traditional” and right away it smacks the viewer as something very different. They explain: There are no inflatables, characters, blow molds, or other “traditional” elements. Even the music is not traditional Christmas music; it is a custom sound track composed of Dubstep, EDM, hip hop, movie clips and even our children! The result is an exciting show that feels like a dance party! Even the lights are notRead more