Yesterday, as Santa Claus, Rudolph and the other eight reindeer prepared to make their annual flight around the Globe, GREEN DAY added a fresh new song to their 2015 Holiday Music Playlist. Stream "Xmas Time of Year" below, and Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us here at Rock Father HQ!
Holiday Wish Guide: Last-Minute Gifts from Hallmark... Keepsake Ornaments, Retro Fun, and THE FORCE AWAKENSWritten by James Zahn
With just two shopping days left until Christmas 2015, time is running out to find the perfect gift, but there's a one-stop shop that probably has a location right near you! I've been a Gold Crown Card-carrying fan of Hallmark for much of my adult life - my appreciation for Hallmark fueled by my mom, who started us on Keepsake Ornaments practically at birth. I've had several Hallmark items featured in my annual Holiday Wish Guide all season, but while I was traveling on some recent adventures, I returned home to a care package from my Hallmark friends in Kansas City - and that inspired this post. What was included was some right-in-the-money picks for our family, and a solid reminder that Hallmark has something for everyone. From thoughtful gifts, to the cards and wrap to present them in-style, they've got everything. I even did quite a bit of shopping there this season, but I can't show you what I bought... prying eyes on this site, if you catch my drift.
Last night, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA took a break from their 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour to stop in and do a few songs on CONAN. The band performed "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide," along with a special version of the DICK VAN DYKE SHOW Theme Song in honor of Dick's appearance with Conan O'Brien as well. Check out some video below, and look for The BSO to hit a town near you. You can read my review of their recent stop in Waukegan, Illinois right here. Their latest Holiday album, ROCKIN' RUDOLPH is out now on Surfdog Records.
THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears as a paid member of the Craftsman Crew.
When it comes to making, building, and creating with high-quality craftsmanship, few know the drill more than the big man in red - Santa Claus. If you've never had a chance to visit Santa's workshop in the North Pole, let me tell you that you're missing out. Sure, you might know Santa and his Elves for all the toys and games that they spend the first 11 months of each year creating, but the work that goes into keeping Santa's Sleigh running at top-speed is done in Speed Shop that rivals some of the best hot rod builders in the world - and Santa's ride is a 9 RP (that's Reindeerpower) force of gift delivering fury! The Elves know that Craftsman Tools power their workshop, and with that in mind you could give a gift that rocks for the budding maker on your list - whether they're young, old. naughty, nice, nice & naughty, or just getting started. Craftsman has a Holiday Gift Finder that can help you find just what's right, and as part of The Craftsman Crew, I'm sharing THE ROCK FATHER's Top Craftsman Gift Picks to highlight some of the best and brightest, alongside some sweet products - not just tools - that I bet you didn't even know that Craftsman had. Ho! Ho! Ho!
As a Peanuts Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I occasionally get offered some pretty cool products that feature Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang. For the Holiday Season, one thing I was offered was one of the new PEANUTS Bouquets from the folks at Teleflora - but I rather than send it here, I had it sent to my mom (currently in the hospital) in an effort to #SendCheer there, until we're able to visit in-person later this month. As many of you know, I do love to spread the holiday cheer, and with that in mind, the folks at Teleflora are letting me gift another beautiful PEANUTS Bouquet to one of you!
The Force is Strong with Entertainment Earth as we move toward the December 18 release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Those seeking the perfect STAR WARS-themed gift can find many ideas in our 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, but now Entertainment Earth has bundled some of their exclusive items into some gift packages so desirable, even The First Order would be envious. Check out a trio of Entertainment Earth Exclusive STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS bundles - available for a limited time, or while supplies last! Which will you choose - The Ultimate, Action or Awesome bundle?
Since Isaiah Mustafa first graced television screens draped in a towel and delivering that now-iconic "Hello Ladies" back in 2010, I've been obsessed with his series of Old Spice commercials. Hundreds of millions of views (and parodies by MARVEL and SESAME STREET) later, I'm hardly alone - they're fantastic - so as a half-decade has since passed, I've looked forward to new commercials featuring Mustafa... and his nemesis, Terry Crews. As part of my own sometimes-bizarre life of adventure and things that are increasingly hard to explain at family gatherings, I was excited when Old Spice and Life of Dad asked me to partner with them to make a #Smellmitment to the brand. Sadly, they were not seeking to pit The Rock Father's mighty "keg" against the "six-pack" abs of Mustafa and Crews, but what they did get is something that few would've expected - that it would be one of The Rock Daughters™ that just might prove to be the undoing of both myself and the smooth-talking, horse-riding Isaiah. Timber, Swagger and Bearglove can help a gentleman improve their mansmells, with the choice being an important one - different scents for different gents.
With the Black Friday shopping week finally upon us, the end of the 2015 Holiday Shopping Season is already in sight - a green-and-red clad elf waving a festively-themed checkered flag at the finish line: December 25th. Family gatherings and the spreading of Holiday Cheer begins with Thanksgiving for us, and that means getting The Rock Daughters™ ready for all the photos and fun - and new Holiday Dresses are always a part of that. We're big Kohl's shoppers to begin with, and this year they've really gone all-in on the Holidays - increasing their toy selection by 50%, and bringing families a fantastic selection of clothing, decor, gifts and more. Our family headed for Kohl's to get the girls decked-out in their Holiday best, and (when they're behaving) trying on all the different possibilities is a huge part of the fun.
On November 25, the Holiday Programming Season kicks into high-gear on PBS KIDS with the premiere of WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS, an all-new, one hour movie event. In this new special, the Kratt Brothers must race against the clock to return lost baby animals to their families before Christmas arrives. Immediately following the premiere of A CREATURE CHRISTMAS comes the premiere of NATURE CAT, a new animated series from brothers David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on SESAME STREET; “Scooter” and “Janice” on THE MUPPETS) and Adam Rudman (TOM & JERRY, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE), and produced by Spiffy Pictures and WTTW right here in Chicago! Check out preview clips below...
Just in-time for the official start of the Holiday rush ahead of Black Friday, the 2015 Nintendo Holiday Experience is coming to 16 Malls across the country, including one of our Chicagoland favorites - Simon's Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Nintendo crew will be bringing photo ops, costumed characters (on select dates), and the opportunity for families to get a hands-on preview of some of this season's hottest games for the Wii U and 3DS. Catch the tour from November 23 - December 20, 2015.
I do love THE DARKNESS, and news like today serves to remind me why. Along with the November 20, 2015 Deluxe Edition Reissue of their latest album, LAST OF OUR KIND, the UK-based rockers have unleashed a Holiday single entitled "I Am Santa." One of four new tracks on the Deluxe Edition, "I Am Santa" has a companion music video that's a perfect throwback to those of the 70s and 80s - a perfect visual for a song that recalls tracks like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Check it out below...
When it comes to the Holiday season and Holiday music, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA is one of the few modern acts to become firmly solidified with both. The 18-piece big band fronted by the STRAY CATS' guitarslinger has been rockin' and swingin' for nearly a quarter-century on its own, but its association with the festive season happened purely by chance - brought about by filmmaker Brian Levant inviting Setzer to pen some tracks for his 1996 movie, JINGLE ALL THE WAY (coincidentally, my favorite Holiday film of all-time). The full story of how The BSO's "Christmas concept" evolved was eloquently detailed by Dave Kaplan in the liner notes for 2010's CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE! album, but that story has continued. With a new record called ROCKIN' RUDOLPH out now on Surfdog Records, The BSO is back on the road for their 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour - a 31-City Christmas extravaganza to close out 2015...