Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Clay Aiken Fans Celebrate 'Merry Thanksgivoween'

MERRY THANKSGIVOWEEN: Seasonal celebrations collide.
Cartoon by Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press.

Group Text for Turkey Dinner

Holiday Commemorations Merge

Due to their proximity on the calendar and the influence of commercial activity, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations have so effectively merged that the appropriate seasonal greeting could easily be "Merry Thanksgivoween!"

The spooks of Halloween have come and gone (except for the big red crayon and little bumblebee below), families are gathering for Thanksgiving Day festivities, while from Schenectady to Spokane, Pensacola to Phoenix, radio stations with AC, Hot AC, CCM/Gospel, Oldies, and Smooth Jazz formats have begun singing the third stanza of "Merry Thanksgivoween" with Clay Aiken Christmas carols.

Among the CA vocals decking the airwaves with a joyful noise are "O Holy Night," "The First Noel," "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day," "Merry Christmas with Love," and "Winter Wonderland."

Thanksgiving graphic links to 'All Is Well' montage by SueReu.

The Thanksgiving graphic by A Beautiful Mind links to SueReu's montage of "All Is Well," celebrating the second and third stanzas of the "Merry Thanksgivoween" triology.

Christmas Albums Fan Favorites

Clay's Christmas albums -- Merry Christmas with Love and All Is Well -- are seasonal favorites and were the nucleus of his popular Joyful Noise holiday tours.

Recognized by Billboard as the "Best Selling Christmas Album of 2004" and the "Best Selling Christian Album in 2005," MCWL has long been certified platinum. The CD features classic carols, as well as some of the singer's personal favorites, "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day" and "Mary, Did You Know?"

Mary Did You Know - Montage by Claysidney
Blend of Clay Aiken concert/TV performances.
View full screen at YouTube.

Also, see SueRue's new montage: Clay Aiken - Four Years of Mary Did You Know at YouTube.

A Walmart exclusive in November 2006, the four-track AIW was made available on iTunes in December 2007. YouTube hosts countless montages set to the EP's four songs, the title track as well as "Christmas Waltz," "O Come O Come Emanuel," and "My Grown-Up Christmas List."

Kai, Lia Portray Halloween Verse

Grandchildren Kai and Lia volunteered to "sing" the first verse of Merry Thanksgivoween, celebrating their evening of trick or treating as a big red crayon and a bumblebee.

One-year-old Lia was not sure about and evening with ghosts and goblins; but, by the third clickable, she and her brother were enjoying their Halloween bounty.

Last weekend, the giant crayon, 3, and I had another long telephone conversation during which I understood "cars ... trucks ... piano." His mother usually comes on and translates the parts I miss, but she was out of the room.

Kai's special parting gift -- "I love you, Grandma!" -- is a precious memory for this long distance grandparent.

FOCUS ON INCLUSION: Supporters of the National Inclusion Project plan to work for the $50k Pepsi Refresh grant through the Thanksgiving holidays. Singer Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel of Charlotte co-founded the foundation in 2003. Double clickable graphic by AmazingCA, photo by Kareneh.

Holidays Provide NIP Alternatives

Creative voting is the key in the National Inclusion Project's $50k grant campaign while visiting family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend. Daily votes for the NIP, alliances, and partners via the Pepsi site, Facebook, and mobile phone are a must for regulars if the foundation is to advance to the Top 10.

Thanksgiving should provide many with new voting recruits. Hold daily group texts --102308 to 73774 (Pepsi) -- with all who gather for holiday meals, games, and other weekend festivities.

Make sure all eligible (US citizens 13 and older) guests who can access an email account vote for the NIP during the holidays. Use the voting widget in the Carolina sidebar or its home base. Traveling with laptops and iPhones, Royalle and Scarlett will update the widget daily as usual.

Click to link to NIP Widget
Vote and add to websites.

Take a note from queenmama247, print and pass out the NIP PDF flier describing the Inclusion Project's mission, campaign to obtain a $50k Pepsi Refresh grant in November, and ways others can help. Here is her latest post:
I have a very nice single mom next door. When her 15-year-old son stopped by with some pumpkin bread from her, he asked if there was anything he could do for me, as he needed to do some community service for his school requirements.

We talked for a few minutes about the National Inclusion Project. He thought it was a great idea; we printed 150 fliers before I ran out of ink; and he is passing them out after school.

Off to bake some cookies for my hard-working neighbor!

Steps for a Thanksgiving Group Text

Here's a project for anyone getting hungry and bugging the cook. Below are double clickables of three Inclusion Project fliers. Appoint a helper to print/cut enough for your guests so you can hold a Thanksgiving group text.

Be sure to keep the cell phones turned on so you can hear the chorus of Pepsi replies. In a Facebook post, Scarlett suggested this very special blessing for Thanksgiving dinner:

May the rain fall lightly on this house,
the sun shine warmly,
the winds blow softly,
and bless it as a place of joy and peace.
Before we eat, please take out your cell phones
and text 102308 to 73774.
Thank you. Now we can eat.

Special thnx to Scarlett, 1 and 2, and Magical Music, 3, for the clickable flier selections below. Now let's put them to good use this weekend:

Three double clickable/printable fliers

The fliers are great for this weekend's holiday meals, football halftimes, Black Friday shopping, etc. Use your imagination, and be sure to post your successes!

For voting instructions and other ideas, scroll through previous Carolina blogs. Specifically, see these sub-heads from Nov. 19, Inclusion Project Moves to #12 and Nov. 16, Pepsi Voting Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Greetings to NHHS Class of '61

Welcome to members of the New Hanover High School Class of '61 from Wilmington, NC, who knew this blogger when. They were linked to the Carolina blog in a "guess this class member" teaser Monday night.

I hope you will join us in supporting the Triangle-based National Inclusion Project through Nov. 30. Btw, your hits show up in the blog's live feed, and I have noticed several visitors from Leland, Princeton, and Wilmington in locations related to NHHS.

Merry Thanksgivoween, Clay Nation, NHHS friends, and all you hold dear!

Thanksgiving design by Linda/ABM

Happy Thanksgiving in four styles to all who drop by the Carolina/OFC blogs throughout the year!

Thanksgiving with a Beat

Simple Gifts

Glorious Thanksgiving

Turkey Day Hoedown


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys the holiday. Thanks for the blog, always fun to read and thanks for the info! D.in Wi.

SueReu said...

It's Christmas all year long, at least when it comes to Clay's music - I have several of my favorites that rotate through my iTouch 365 days per year.

:) thanks!!! I'll spare you an overly long dissertation this morning.

Kai and Lia are DARLING!!!

katy said...

Merry Thanksgivoween to you!!. Hilarious, but true. I have been listening to MCWL & AIW. Actually have a playlist that includes those tracks,also some from concerts and Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.

Sandy said...

I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas and Clay, travelling for miles to the nearest concert that I could find! I miss these Christmas concerts terribly! I am so thankful that he gave us these wonderful songs from MCWL and AIW! These songs are my number one Christmas tunes to listen to.

Great pictures of Kai and Lia in their Halloween costumes and you can tell they are really enjoying their treats. Wish it was as warm in our part of the country when the wee ones go trick or treating!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and a big thank you for all you do!


kta said...

Great blog! It is a great time of year with all the holidays keeping things busy. Merry Christmas with Love and All is Well always get me in a great spirit. Not to mention I just amile everytime I hear Clay on the radio. :)

lulu said...

Happy Thanksgiving to Clay Aiken, his fans, and their families!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro. Happy Thanksgiving!! The grandkids are adorable in the costumes. Love the montages. MDYK is such a beautiful song.

Sending you Holiday Wishes and a super big squishy (((HUG)))


T said...

Happy Thanksgiving my dear Caro! Wishing you more blessings!

It's so good to see the Halloween costumes of Kai and Lia. They are both so adorable.

Your blog always brings out the best and it's a pleasure! I'm so glad we have you!

Enjoy the holiday break.


MissSally said...

Kai is the best looking red crayon I've ever seen, and Lia is the sweetest little bee. I'm sure they got plenty of treats; who could resist this adorable twosome?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of Clay Nation, your readers 'round the world, and especially to you my dear friend Caro.

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for your visits and comments in the Carolina blog. Clay Aiken is synonymous with the music of Christmas, and I'm glad you enjoyed Kai and Lia's Halloween contribution to the "Merry Thanksgivoween" entry.

With four days remaining in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, NIP supporters need to pull out all the stops to move the charity into the Top 10.

Hopefully, you were able to print and distribute the fliers added for Thanksgiving. It's still not too late, and the fliers put the NIP text number in many hands quickly.

Have an awesome weekend, all!


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

I finally got here for another wonderful blog. I listen to MCWL all year long, in fact, I have two extra copies just in case mine gets scratcher and I am unable to find another. lol

I LOVE the photos of Kai and Lia....oh my how ADORABLE. I'll bet you just want to pick them up and hug and kiss each one of them.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, mine was great, but quite busy....plus left overs today.


anaturegirl said...

Caro, thanks for the info regarding voting for the Canadian Charities. Added them to my list of votes.