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As we reach the end of one year and turn the calendar to another, we make our way through the crowded holiday season and into the open waters of what lies ahead. It's a time to show appreciation for those who do for us, but also a great reminder that it's worth showing appreciation throughout the year - not just during the festive season. The Zicam Card Creator at Card Isle is an easy way to send a digital greeting card to provide a message of thanks, some get well wishes or to simply let someone know that you're thinking of them. Here's one that I made for Santa. Yes, the Mighty Santa Claus!
Since 2014, The Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Toy Delivery Program has been something that I've looked forward to every year. It's an opportunity to give back to my community through a hyper-local, extremely focused effort to provide holiday gifts for the children of families that could use a hand. For our fourth annual run, I changed things up a little bit - reacting to a sub-par effort in 2016 (donations were way down) by starting preparations earlier. The ultimate goal is simple: to provide toys to as many local children and families as possible, as served by our local township. While there's plenty of bigger organizations that do great work, I wanted our families' efforts to have an impact on our immediate community - friends and neighbors that we may not really know, but people we may be crossing paths with every day. For Avon Township, which serves the villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights Grayslake, Hainesville & Third Lake, Illinois, a recent estimate was that 4,000 people were being served by Avon Cares Food Pantry each month. I have no idea how many children are in that number, but if I could help all of them, I would. This year, we provided gifts for 72 of them.
We've reached final countdown stage: Santa will soon be in the air, and the holiday stress level is about to reach its fever pitch. With that in mind, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to holiday music this year, but what if we lightened the mood with a look and listen to what some famous holiday songs could've been, had they been performed by someone else. Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs is back with EROCK on guitar for "Christmas Songs in Different Styles." You're gonna want to crank this one up...
When Disney•Pixar's Coco arrived in theaters just before Thanksgiving, audiences were divided - and some might even say offended by the inclusion of a 22-minute holiday-themed short film entitled Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Originally intended to be an ABC holiday special (which it technically still was), I don't think there was anything wrong with the short (it's cute and my girls enjoyed it enough to set the DVR to record it on ABC, and then watched it at least a half-dozen times), but I don't think people were expecting a holiday special to play before the feature they came to see, especially after sitting through all of the trailers. That said, families looking for some fresh holiday viewing at home are in luck, because Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a surprise release on Digital HD/SD on Movies Anywhere - a perfect new addition to your holiday viewing tradition as Olaf seeks out some traditions of his own. Check out all of the details below, and shout-out to Disney for the fun Frozen care package we received today (see it here).
I've been meaning to post this one since the weekend, but while it may not be brand new, it's still worth checking out a time or two. Straight from the stage at 30 Rock, FOO FIGHTERS performed on Saturday Night Live, breaking out "The Sky is a Neighborhood" from their latest album, CONCRETE AND GOLD. But for their second performance, they veered off from the usual current-album-promoting format to do a little of their 1997 hit "Everlong," followed by a Christmas medley of Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. See the performance, and crank it up below!
It's been 10 years since comedy rockers PSYCHOSTICK unleashed their holiday album "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride". Indeed, it's an off-the-radar choice for your holiday playlist, and with it being a little hard to come by in streaming form (not even on Spotify), the band is sharing it as a full stream in honor of its 10th anniversary. Now you can sit next to the fireplace while cranking up modern classics such as "Jingle Bell Metal", "Holiday Hate", "Jolly Old Sadist", "Red Snow" and more. Not for the kids, folks. Not this time. Stream it below!