New Year’s Countdown, Sunday

T Minus 5

Sure, it’s after Christmas, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be the “It’s not Just Christmas” theme. I’ve covered Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Hell, even Festivus Now here’s a song that combines all of them, all of the Christmas carols, and provides a reminder of the annual madness we’ve all just survived.

I give you the group Straight No Chaser, which in some ways echoes another group seen here several times, Out of the Blue Oxford, performing both Santa Baby and All I Want for Christmas Is You. Both started as college a cappella groups, but the British version stayed with the university as an organization with an ever-evolving cast while the American version struck out on their own. As they describe their evolution, they went “from an undergraduate singing group at Indiana University to a beloved Atlantic Records act with a devoted international fanbase.”

Their first release was the holiday album Holiday Spirits from 2008. This song was the lead track from their 2009 holiday release Christmas Cheers.

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Christmas Countdown, Sunday #3

Day 17

Sunday’s theme is “It’s Not Just Christmas,” and today’s video is a quick primer on the holiday of Kwanzaa. It begins on the day after Christmas, December 26th. In this video, the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principals, are explained in a very tuneful way by Clinton Sockwell II, to the tune of Herbie Hancock’s Rubber Soul. I encourage you to listen and learn if you have no idea what Kwanzaa is all about, and listen and remember if you should know. Whichever group you’re in, this is an incredibly uplifting and encouraging message.

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