As I do every year, I just mentioned the 1957 release of Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album in an article in which I discuss how "Christmas Creep" is not a new thing, and thus isn't really a thing at all. That album was released 60 years ago - on October 15, 2017, and now, after countless collections and reissues, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 2017 holiday season with the release of Elvis Presley - Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, October 6.
A few days ago, the girls and I were over at The Home Depot - picking up our first round of fall flowers, and scoping out the new assortment of Halloween decor that THD has to offer. They've upped their game this year, and I could do some serious damage if set loose in there. Truth be told, Home Depot can be a dangerously-tempting place, and I'm still paying off our last project loan from when we gutted the bathrooms here at Rock Father HQ and rebuilt them from the bare studs. When it comes to the "Big Two" on the holiday front - Halloween & Christmas - I'm all over the decor, so it was a nice coincidence when The Home Depot sent us their new WindowFX Plus Projector for review.
As we fast-approach the holiday season, more news is rolling in on 2017's fresh batch of seasonal cheer, and one big piece is the debut of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. Based on Mariah's 1994 song and the book that it inspired, All I Want for Christmas is You is an all-new animated feature that follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. The film comes home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment. Check out the first trailer below!
Back in June, the first trailer for STX Entertainment's A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS hit the scene, and now with just three months until the big day arrives, the second "red band" trailer has arrived. With the "red band" comes a warning - that means "Restricted," so please don't watch this one with the little ones in the room. If you must, there is a "clean" version available here, but what's the fun in that? Let's get naughty...
As of this writing, we're just about three months out from Christmas, and that means that the news is starting to roll in at a furious pace when it comes to a fresh dose of holiday cheer for 2017. If you happen to be the kind of "Scrooge" that will complain about it being "too early" to talk holiday entertainment, remember that this is not something new. What we have today is the first trailer for THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a new tale based on the true story of how author Charles Dickens (played by Dan Stevens of Disney's Beauty and the Beast) was inspired to pen one of the most famous holiday stories of all time, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Check out the preview below, and look for the film to hit theaters on November 22.
I've mentioned Jim Henson’s EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS many times in the past, if only because it's one of my all-time favorite holiday specials - one that I watched on HBO more times than I could count as a child. Now comes news that it's coming back to DVD on October 10 (pre-order via Amazon) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as a 40th Anniversary Edition, fully-remastered for a new generation.
It's August as of this writing - the heart of Back-to-School season, but here at Rock Father™ HQ sights are currently set on Halloween and Christmas... or, the "Holiday Season" in general. Truth be told, behind-the-scenes at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, things run months in advance, much like the editorial calendar of print mags. I've actually been working on holiday content for months, and now comes the traditional open call for submissions. Opportunities for 31 Days of Halloween, Holiday Wish Guide™ and the Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Giving Program are now available.
The home stretch of the 2016 holiday season is upon us, and while there's been a solid collection of new release seasonal music released this year, we're not quite done yet. A late entry into the field comes from American Hi-Fi, who has served-up a punk-rock cover of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" featuring MxPx frontman Mike Herrera. Check it out...
I wasn't expecting my favorite new holiday song of 2016 to come from LACUNA COIL, but that just changed with the surprise release of "Naughty Christmas," a digital single (Amazon | iTunes) released by Century Media this morning. It's a cautionary tale about why kids should want to be good, with Santa delivering presents for those with good behavior, and Krampus coming for the naughty ones. My wife and I have a differing opinion on Krampus (she gets very annoyed at his mere mention - leading me to believe he may have come for her as a child), but I get excited. Perhaps it's my German roots, but I think that more children should know and respect the Krampus. Crank this one up!
'Tis the season for new Holiday Music, and as I continue to maintain what I always hope will be one of the most comprehensive lists of 2016 New Release and Reissue Holiday Music and Movies, this year there's some playlists in the mix. Amazon just sent over news that they've launched Acoustic Christmas, an Amazon Music Original playlist featuring twenty nine original and classic holiday recordings from a wide range of artists like Train, Zella Day, Us the Duo, Sara Watkins, as well as Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. The new collection is available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.
During my "big box retail" phase of the mid-late 90s, there were a few of us who would, on occasion, replace a certain baby in one of our display Nativity sets with Yoda. His size was just about right to replace the manger and all, and surprisingly, I don't think there were ever any complaints - it was like an "Easter Egg" hidden within the seasonal department. Fast forward two decades and much has changed, but the Nativity has remained largely untouched - though someone did pitch me a zombie version last year that was sadly unsuccessful in its Kickstarter phase. But, for 2016, there is something new! Behold, the "Modern Nativity," aka "Millennial Nativity" aka the "Hipster Nativity."
Updated 12/13/2016: The Holiday Season presents a tremendous opportunity to teach our children the joy of giving, in helping to provide much-needed cheer for those who may need a hand. When I started THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine six years ago, I had no idea that it would eventually be positioned to make some real impact in the community, but over the past few years that's happened - and for that, I owe gratitude to the readers and supporters of this website that have helped to spread the word and make it grow.