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December 24, 2008

  • The WonderCafe Advent Calendar
  • 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 9: Vince Guaraldi Trio - Music From A Charlie Brown Christmas

    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 20: Bob and Doug McKenzie - “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

    December 21: An American Christmas Carol

    December 22: It’s A Wonderful Life

    December 23: Tom Jackson - “Huron Carole” / Bruce Cockburn - “Iesus Ahatonnia”

    December 24: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

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