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Having been originally released back in 2005, MY LITTLE PONY: A VERY MINTY CHRISTMAS is a movie that my wife and I missed the first time around - coming long after our own childhood, but about four years prior to us becoming parents ourselves. Released on DVD by Shout! Factory Kids for 2013 as part of their MY LITTLE PONY "Classic Movies" Collection, I sat down to watch it with my four-year-old daughter, and today it makes my annual 25 Days of Xmas countdown here on The Rock Father.

Dunkin DonutsChristmastime is here, and for a coffee fiend like me, that means breaking out the Seasonal Flavors - like those offered by my friends at the J.M. Smucker Company, makers of Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee (available where you buy groceries). Today I'm sipping their new Apple Pie coffee... as I stand in front of my Christmas tree while wearing a Santa Hat, a Griswold Family Tree "Bad Christmas Sweater" (it's a t-shirt), and using a Peanuts mug as my hot beverage holder of choice. So now that you've seen my Holiday Cheer, we want to see YOURS!

THE ROCK FATHERTo kick-off 25 Days of Xmas 2013 here on The Rock Father, it's only fitting that we get off to a swingin' start with a band that I've been following since the mid-1990s - an outfit that my wife and I have seen live many times, and one that has been providing part of our seasonal soundtrack for over a decade: BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. For 2013 they've released their third foray into the Holiday Music realm following their 1997 WATCHU' WANT FOR CHRISTMAS EP and 2004's full-length, EVERYTHING YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. On IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS TIME (Savoy Jazz), BBVD delivers a fat bag of sonic presents that are bound to put a smile on your face, and warm the hearts of even the coldest Scrooge or meanest Grinch. And, they've released a trio of music videos to go along with it. Let's take a look, starting with the excellent title track...

TRF XMAS125Are you spending time shopping online for Black Friday? If you're wisely avoiding the crowds to shop at-home, here's a selection of new deals that have recently landed in my inbox here at Rock Father HQ...

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125krisallenAMERICAN IDOL winner KRIS ALLEN is no stranger to Holiday music (his WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS EP was released last year), and he's also no stranger to doing good (having had a history of philanthropy over the past several years). For 2013, he's released a new recording of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and while it's available as a FREE DOWNLOAD, 100% of any "tips" donated via Noisetrade will go to benefit World Vision's aid efforts in the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

Build-A-BearFor Black Friday 2013, the folks at Build-a-Bear Workshop have rolled out several special deals. Nick and Joy Sock Monkeys are $10 each or two for $15! Plus, add their signature outfits for $6 each (11/29 only, While quantities last). They also have 50% off All Smurf Friends! Promotional pricing cannot be combined with other coupons or offers.

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