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FluttershyWe still have yet to see the movie, MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS (available on Blu-ray & DVD from Shout! Factory), but that didn't stop my oldest daughter from being incredibly excited when she first encountered Hasbro's line of Equestria Girls dolls when they showed up at retail over the summer. Despite never seeing the movie, she was able to name every Equestria Girl on the box, simply by being familiar with their counterparts on MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, which airs regularly on The Hub. Recommended for Ages 5+, these students from Canterlot High make an appearance here in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide on The Rock Father.

Baby AliveRecommended for Ages 3+, I had no idea just how big a deal BABY ALIVE was until we actually received one from Hasbro this Fall. While my oldest had been eyeing the BABY ALIVE REAL SURPRISES BABY DOLL on each visit to the store, this doll rekindled childhood memories for my wife as well, she having had a Baby Alive back in the 80s. Yes, this is the doll that eats... and "pees" and "poops," and after changing this doll's diaper (I'm well-versed in diaper duty for both children and toys) I vaguely remember my sister having one of these, too. One of this season's hottest toys, the REAL SURPRISES BABY DOLL now makes an appearance in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father.

125victoryThe Holiday Sweater. It's a timeless tradition, one whose popularity has only grown in recent years... moving beyond just properly woven seasonal garments, and into the realm of sweatshirts and t-shirts inspired by these hand-crafted American artisan treasures. A Holiday Sweatshirt is a great gift idea for any special someone in your life, and if that special someone enjoys a little ROCK, then chances are, the folks at Chicago's own Victory Records have just what you're looking for. This year, Victory has issued a limited-edition run of Holiday Sweatshirts and matching t-shirts featuring REVEREND HORTON HEAT, THE BUNNY THE BEAR, EMMURE, OTEP, CLOSE YOUR EYES, and TERROR, along with a matching Victory Records pair. In the spirit of giving, Victory Records has teamed-up with The Rock Father to get three lucky readers hooked-up with incredible prize packs from some of their favorite bands!

apc125This is a huge month for A PERFECT CIRCLE, and with the Holiday Season in full-effect, a fantastic time for fans of the band. Starting with the release of their Greatest Hits collection, THREE SIXTY (in Deluxe and Standard editions) on November 19, the month will close with the November 26th onslaught of live recordings culled from their recently-issued box set, which sold out of it's limited run of 2,500 pieces almost immediately. In the spirit of giving, The Rock Father and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) have teamed up to get three lucky readers hooked-up with copies of THREE SIXTY. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the Deluxe Edition, while two (2) Runners-Up will receive the Standard Edition on CD. Learn more, and enter to win below!

125erasureI've got a couple ERASURE CDs in the archives here at Rock Father HQ, and with the release of their new holiday album, SNOW GLOBE (out this week), I'm about to go down the rabbit hole and start exploring the works of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke once more. Then I'll probably end up opening that whole "80s" gateway again, and find myself immersed in that expansive 80s Pop Box Set I bought in the mid-2000s. But I digress, SNOW GLOBE is a fun new record, and one I'm featuring here on The Rock Father as a part of my ongoing 2013 Holiday coverage. Stream the entire album below to hear ERASURE mix-up some original seasonal songs, and some synth'd up versions of some old classics...

125 badreligionIt's been an exceptionally light year when it comes to new Holiday Music. That said, 2013 has made my annual quest for new Holiday songs that rock very difficult. Answering the call this year are none other than punk rock legends, BAD RELIGION. On their unlikely album, CHRISTMAS SONGS (out now on Epitaph Records), the band reworks eight Christmas classics, and then throws in the Andy Wallace mix of their "American Jesus" as an added stocking stuffer. Stream the entire album below, right here on The Rock Father...

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