'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 12/22/2017: 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 seven 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. Since it's inception, The Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Toy Delivery Program has provided gifts for 194 children across 76 families!
Peter Hollens might be best-known for his A Capella covers of popular songs - covers so well-received that he's racked-up 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, with his videos reaching nearly a quarter of a billion views since 2011. Having collaborated and performed with artists including Brian Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, Gladys Knight, Lindsey Stirling, George Watsky, Jackie Evancho, and ThePianoGuys, the next chapter is a Holiday Album for 2016 - A Hollens Family Christmas - an album forged by Hollens' community of fans and supporters, who together helped to shape the track selection. With a promise of new music videos every Friday through the Holiday Season, the first is here with "December Song." Check it out below, and for one of the most comprehensive guides of New Holiday Music & Movies for 2016, check out this feature here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine as part of my annual Holiday Wish Guide.
A 2016 #HolidayWishGuide Pick! The Holiday Season has officially begun, and that means it's time to start thinking about securing the perfect gift for those special little ones in your life. When it comes to the Christmas season, there's plenty of "magic" for families regardless of age, but for the little ones, there's a window of opportunity to create magical experiences that really can only happen at certain time in their lives. While The Rock Daughters are just 4 and 7 as of this writing, my wife and I are already thinking ahead to when that magic might wear off, and we're always looking for ways to create those special experiences while we still can. With that in mind, I was pretty excited to learn of the Award-Winning North Pole Kids' Club when I was offered a set to review - a magical box that arrives direct from the "North Pole," complete with a custom welcome letter from Finley the Elf (Santa's trusted assistant, who shares a name with our youngest), and everything you need to certify your children as a Junior Elf.
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If my calculations are correct, we're just about six days out from the big holiday switch... a time when Halloween is behind us, and we start rolling full-sleigh ahead toward Christmas and the other festive end-of-year events. Each year, there's always a commercial or two that really captures the spirit of the season, and this year we have an early entry from a Christmas staple - Duracell Batteries. As the official battery power of the STAR WARS franchise and the forthcoming ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story (out December 16), Duracell is helping to power imaginative play by donating one million batteries to 147 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. To celebrate, and to encourage others to support the CMN mission, a new commercial has been released from director Simon McQuoid that takes viewers on a mission to deliver a very special Droid, through the minds of children. Check it out...
Do you hear the sleigh bells jingling? You might not want to admit it, but Christmas is just over three months away, and as the official launch of my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide approaches, my annual list of Holiday Music & Movies is open for business here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! My hand-picked list of each year's best new releases and reissues will be updated weekly throughout the season, and one of today's additions is an expanded version of last year's MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Holiday Album - A PONY KIND OF CHRISTMAS.
I'm not entirely sure where she'd even seen it, but last year, our oldest daughter, Addie, only had one wish for Santa: The Original Miracle Melting Snowman. It's actually pretty charming that for a girl that "has everything," she always ends up asking Santa for some relatively simple things come Christmastime. Now, it actually took me a little bit to figure out what she meant by "I want a melting snowman," but as always, Mr. Claus delivered - a 3" snowman that can "melt" before your very eyes. With my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide™ taking shape and soon to launch, I'm presenting the Melting Snowman as an early entry that's Rock Father-approved as a perfect stocking stuffer. Check out the hands-on time-lapse video below, straight from the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ!
I think this just might mark two years in a row that I've officially kicked-off the Holiday coverage here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with a trailer for a film that is anything but "family-friendly." I'm a massive fan of the Holiday season, hence why I go heavy into coverage of Holiday Music & Movies each and every year here on the site, and as always - I'll be giving you a look at entertainment for the entire family - kids and grownups alike. This one though? NSFW as they say, the red-band trailer for the long-awaited BAD SANTA 2, a sequel 13 years in the making. Watch this, but not with the kids around... trust me on that!
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (reviewed here) was one of our favorite movies of this past year, and after an early release on DigitalHD, it's coming home on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8th. With Easter fast-approaching, I can't help thinking that THE PEANUTS MOVIE would make a great Easter Basket Filler, and with that in mind, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a shot at winning the Walmart-Exclusive Limited-Edition Gift Set. The special bundle includes THE PEANUTS MOVIE on Blu-ray Combo Pack, alongside a Snoopy Plush Toy!
Over the past few years, we've developed quite a few Holiday traditions that happen to involve Mattel's HOT WHEELS. You might not automatically make the Holiday connection with Hot Wheels outside of being a coveted gift each December since 1968, but for many years the Hot Wheels team has been developing and producing seasonally-themed vehicles that often show up as retailer exclusives a few times each year. When Spring rolls around, the Easter Bunny has a habit of dropping a few "Happy Easter" Hot Wheels into The Rock Daughters' baskets, and this year is no exception, with the release of the 2016 Happy Easter Hot Wheels collection, available egg-sclusively at Walmart. There's six cars in all, with spring-themed, pastel versions of 16 Angels, Blvd. Bruiser, Circle Trucker, Furiosity, Monster Dairy Delivery and the Torque Twister all included. I've got a set right here, and one (1) lucky reader of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine will be able to put it in their own Easter Basket!