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Whoppy and Streaker's 99 Christmas videos, courtesty of Artie Wayne on the Web

Click on Whoppy & Streaker’s Christmas portrait to visit their
awesome list of 99 Christmas videos.

I recently received an e-mail from Artie Wayne, detailing how his fine, festive felines, Whoppy and Streaker (pictured above), have compiled an impressive list comprising 99 YouTube Christmas videos. Adding to this, we have Artie Wayne’s personal commentary, springing from his clearly vast knowledge of popular music and the music industry. So get on over there and start boosting your Christmas spirit, right now!

Then, spread the joy! Share the link around. Not only does music soothe and civilize the savage beast  (as seen above) but it cheers. It can change your whole mood from dark to bright, if you let it.

Merry Christmas, Artie, Whoppy, and Streaker!

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Bellingham High School Jazz Ensemble Performs "The Dark of December," December 5-6, 2008, Bellingham, Washington

What: Hear the award winning BHS Jazz Band, conducted by Matt Cole. Desserts served during intermission. Unique door prizes! All proceeds support the BHS Band and Jazz Ensemble programs. SUPPORT YOUTH MUSIC!!

Where: Community Bible Fellowship, 2826 Birchwood Ave, Bellingham, WA  98225 [map]

When: Fri, December 5, 7:00pm | Sat, December 6, 7:00pm

Admission: Adults: $10.00 | Seniors & Students: $5:00 | Tickets at the door.

The Bellingham High School Jazz Ensemble performs “Blue Rondo a la Turk” @ the BHS Annual Fall Concert in November, 2007.

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I know that October  8th may seem rather early to debut the Christmas calendar for 2008, but the fact of the matter is that some of the ticketed events are already selling seats – and it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to bring the calendar online after these have sold out. Surprisingly, however, one very big holiday event kicks off before the end of this month – namely, the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival, to be held at the Tacoma Dome October 22-26.

As with last year, there will be a strong emphasis this year on discovering and listing free and low-cost events throughout Whatcom County and greater Western Washington that the whole family can enjoy. This is in line with the general theme of this site: simplifying Christmas, and  creating pleasant and memorable experiences in the place of pre-Christmas stress and a post-Christmas flat wallet.

Events with a price for admission will of course be listed, as well – there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the producers of an event asking that a production or festival be supported by the attendees (although I must confess that $184-$450 price tags on a family-of-four admission to a certain time-honored production this year strikes me as near-larceny).

From now until Halloween, I’ll be very busy behind the scenes, here, gathering material for the site, and discovering even more events to populate the calendar (there’s a whole lot out there). Before I close this post, though, I’d like to ask you to keep the following phrase in mind: Ornament is for joy. Christmastime is a season of ornament, and has the potential to be a time of real value, of real joy, rather than a time for superficial affectations of joy and a closing value that can be summed off of gift-receipts.  But it’s up to you. If you’ve turned the holiday season into a finance-straining, nerve-shattering experience…well, it’s your own damned fault. About that, here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make it better; you can make this very Christmas one to remember fondly.  And I can help you with that.

See you on November 1st: All Saint’s Day!

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Over the next couple of months visitors to Simplify Christmas (yes, visits have remained consistently high, even through the spring and summer months of 2008) will notice some fairly dramatic changes in the organization and appearance of the site as I prepare for the official start-up date of November 1st. The first big change is this new theme – which will be modified as needed before the official start-up. Update: 09/27/2208: I’ve decided to stick with last year’s theme – better features, overall.

Do not be alarmed by the changes – Christmas 2007 is past, and Simplify Xmas 2008 is going to be even bigger and better than last year!

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Here’s a rather less “sedate” version of Jingle Bell rock than Brenda Lee, from teen pop duo Aly & AJ – who, incidentally, spent part of their childhood in Seattle–

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I couldn’t find an online karaoke for this classic song, but I can provide you with both the song, via YouTube, and the lyrics–

Bad BananaYou’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus. You’re as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch! You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders. You’ve got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch! I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

GarlicYou’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch! Given the choice between the two of you I’d take the seasick crocodile!

GunkYou’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You’re a nasty-wasty skunk
You’re heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk
Mr. Grinch! The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote:


An Appalling Dump HeapYou’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch. You’re the king of sinful sots.
Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots.
Mr. Grinch! Your soul is an appalling dump-heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!

Triple Decker Sauerkraut and Toadstool Sandwich with Arsenic sauce (and a pickle)

Rotten, but redeemableYou nauseate me, Mr. Grinch, with a nauseous super “naus!
You’re a crooked jerky jockey and you drive a crooked hoss.
Mr. Grinch! You’re a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!

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