During the month of December 2008, I wrote virtual advent calendar for WonderCafe.ca where I talked about something from the arts or pop culture to do with Christmas. These items were sacred or secular, from high or low culture, something brilliant or totally tacky.
This is how I explained it to WonderCafe readers:
Christmas is a season of disparate, at times contradictory, messages, moods and ideas. Sacred and secular, thoughtful and trite, verisimilitude and very sentimental—all of which are driven and fueled by the human condition, market forces, nostalgia and spiritual yearning.
In short, it’s the greatest time of the year, ever.
I think Christmas should be celebrated in all its disparate forms whether it be sacred or secular, from high culture or low culture. To this end as we lead up to Christmas, we’re proud to bring you the WonderCafe Advent Calendar.
Every day from December 1 to 24, we’ll blog about a different item to do with Christmas from the arts or popular culture. Some of them will be inspirational. Some of them will be completely ridiculous. Some of them will be high art. Some of them will be from the bottom of the barrel of pop culture. But all of them are a part of the shared experience that makes Christmas so compelling and says so much about what makes us what we are.
Here’s the entries:
December 1: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 2: Mon Oncle Antoine
December 3: Band Aid - “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
December 4: A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 5: Mahalia Jackson - “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
December 6: Joni Mitchell - “River”
December 7: A Cosmic Christmas
December 8: West Wing Christmas Episodes
December 10: The Magic Christian
December 11: Elvis - “Blue Christmas” (Live 1968)
December 12: Miracle on 34th Street
December 13: The Christmas Traveller
December 14: Sam Phillips - “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
December 15: Boney M - “Mary’s Boy Child / O My Lord”
December 16: Joyeux Noel
December 17: The Simpsons Christmas Episodes
December 18: John Denver and the Muppets - A Christmas Together
December 19: A Christmas Story
December 21: An American Christmas Carol
December 22: It’s A Wonderful Life
December 24: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story