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Five Fun Things on Friday, and Happy Holidays Everyone! (12-23-11)

No matter how you celebrate, the holidays are about giving.

There are so many things to love about this time of year, but for me the holidays are all about giving, and it’s buying presents for the people I care about that really gets me excited during the holidays.  I’ve had fun getting a few surprises lined up this year, and most of my holiday preparations are done except for a little last-minute cooking.  I’m going to sign off for the next four or five days and spend time with my family, but before I go I wanted to share some fun Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza things I’ve spotted around the interwebs this week.  Hopefully at least one of these things will bring you a little holiday joy.

Most of these links are things I discover when someone shares them on Facebook or Twitter, and I’m sorry I’m not better about writing down who it was that introduced them to me!

The Maccabeats – Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I first learned about The Maccabeats last Christmas when my friend Cheryl send me a link for their music video Candlelight.  I listened to that one over and over and this year I am loving their 2012 holiday song Miracle.  Both of those songs can make me turn up the speakers on the computer and dance around in my office, and if you’ve never heard them before I guarantee they will make you smile.
The Legend of Santa Claus from Time Goes By 
One blog where I always find interesting things is Ronni Bennett’s Time Goes By, and this week she shared The Legends of Santa Claus, a documentary in four parts narrated by Richard Attenborough.   You can watch part one on Ronnie’s site at that link, and then she has a link to help you find the other three parts on You Tube.

Fifth Graders from Alaska do The Hallelujah Chorus

This year I’ve seen a few renditions of The Hallulujah Chorus, but my favorite by far is The Hallelujah Chorus by Fifth Graders from Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade in Quinhagak, Alaska.  This is another one that’s absolutely going to make you smile.

An Online Kwanzaa Celebration

Do you know about The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa?  I love the ideas that the celebration of Kwanzaa promotes, so I enjoyed finding out (via The Epilog at Epicurous.com) that there is now a site dedicated to An Online Kwanzaa Celebration.  The site was created by food bloggers of African descent, and focuses on recipes and stories highlighting each principle. 

2011 Buh-Bye from Jib Jab

Finally, we couldn’t have a holiday season without the annual offering from JibJab, those snarky comic makers who point out all the crazy things that happened during the year.  I like the low-tech look of this year’s 2001 Buy-Bye, and of course you can also star in your own JibJab holiday greeting!

Happy Holidays to all my wonderful readers.  I wish you love, joy, and good food every day in 2012!  (And if you’ve spotted any more fun holiday things around the web, please share in the comments.

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    10 Comments on “Five Fun Things on Friday, and Happy Holidays Everyone! (12-23-11)”

  1. I hope you're enjoying the holidays Kalyn! Thank you for Kwanzaa Culinarians mention! : )

  2. Thank you for mentioning our site, KwanzaaCulinarians.com!

  3. Merry Christmas Kaylin!
    May you enjoy this day as we celebrate the birth of Christ our Saviour!
    Thank you so much for all the delicious recipes. I enjoy you blog so much. Thank you!


  5. Merry Xmas Kalyn. Thanks for the nice information.

  6. When things settle down, I'll check out all these links, Kalyn. I know I'll enjoy them, as I always appreciate all that you share! 🙂 Thanks for another splendid year! Enjoy your holidays, dear!


  7. Merry Christmas, Kalyn!

    PS – LOVE the Maccabeats. My roommate and her boyfriend and I discovered them earlier this week…awesome.

  8. MErry Christmas Kalyn. I have heard of Kwazaa but didnot know the principles behind it. xoxo

  9. Happy Holidays, Kalyn!

  10. Happy holidays, and thanks for the wonderful recipes and stories you share with us throughout the year.