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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.

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)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...

It was just about a month ago that a teaser for the Neflix Original  Holiday Special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS hit the web. Today comes the full trailer, and what Bill Murray and half of Hollywood have cookin' may well be the finest example of Holiday Cheer to be spread for grownups this season. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS will be available for streaming this December, only on Netflix. See the full trailer below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

In this digital age, content providers strive to be wherever kids might be, and for Nickelodeon that includes a multitude of devices that comprise the footprint of their digital platform. They've got Apps, eBooks, Games and more, and this year they're getting decked-out for the Holidays with all-new seasonal updates. The folks at Nick just hit THE ROCK FATHER with all the details on which titles are getting a snowy makeover, and I've got all that news to share below. Check it out!

It may have been "Friday the 13th," but this past Friday brought a new holiday single from SABRINA CARPENTER, with "Christmas the Whole Year Round" arriving on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual streaming outlets. Sabrina has some additional Holiday Cheer to spread in the weeks ahead as well - slated to host and perform (along with Sofia Carson, Andy Grammer, Jacob Whitesides and Charlie Puth) in the “Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday” premiering Friday, December 4 (9:00 pm, ET/PT) on Disney Channel.  And to end the year, Sabrina will star as “Wendy” in PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Check out the new single below...

Early-on in the season I gave you a preview of something that was at that point headed my way - a Crab Pot Christmas Tree by Fisherman Creations. We're usually early decorators here at Rock Father HQ, and with the unpredictable nature of the cold weather here in Northern Illinois, it might be sunny skies and green grass today with sub-freezing temperatures and snow close behind. Knowing that, I've started dabbling with the outdoor stuff, and one of our new additions for 2015 is a 3' Crab Pot Christmas Tree that was sent here for review. Made in the USA (though the lights are imported) in North Carolina, they're green PVC coated crab pot mesh (we're talking material made for salt water), so they're built to stand the elements. The trees fold flat for easy storage, and stake into the ground to fight the wind. Check ours out...

With all the coverage I give to STAR WARS, sometimes things still just sort of pop-up here and there, and that's just what's happened tonight. The 1980 STAR WARS Christmas Album (no connection to the infamous STAR WARS Holiday Special) has been a rarity in recent years, but one that some folks like myself have acquired in one form or another due to occasional reissues. Now comes word that a French company called L.M.L.R. has prepped one of their "Vinyl Replica" editions of this bizarre record - a CD-sized true replica of the original vinyl CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS album, with everything scaled-down. Set for release on November 27th as an Amazon Exclusive, the CD appears to be a fully-grooved red vinyl.

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