This has become the rallying cry for Jonathan Richard Cring, author and columnist at www.jonathots.com, for a program he is offering during this festive holiday season.
“There should be one month of the year when politics and arguing stop and we allow the best parts of our childhood traditions to merge with the better parts of our faith to give us a joyful experience,” Cring said in a statement.
Cring and his partner, master musician Janet Clazzy, just completed a tour of 30 states, 175 cities and 210 presentations across the U.S.
It was Clazzy who, in July, suggested the pair take the month of December, and rather than beachcombing in Florida, put together a program of humor, music, singing and enlightenment — with a Yuletide twist.
“I will be reading from my book, “Mr. Kringle’s Tales…26 Stories ’til Christmas,” an advent-calendar of essays which mingle the best of my upbringing of Santa and Jingle Bells with the more heartfelt parts of my faith of Jesus and the angels,” Cring said. “I just happen to believe that if you put Jesus and Santa Claus in the same room, they’d get along a lot better than Congress does.”
Clazzy is an award-winning musician—not only a master on the oboe but also an impresario on the WX-5 Wind Machine, which offers the audience the experience of 250 different instruments.
“When Jonathan and I get together playing with his keyboard and my magical horn, it’s like you’ve got a whole orchestra cooking up some great seasonal tunes—much to everybody’s glee,” she said in a statement.
The Christmas tour will begin in Nashville, Tenn., and will land in Miami, Fla., just prior to Christmas morning.
Everybody is invited to an evening of inspiration and entertainment.
“We understand that people have a lot to do, getting ready for all the fun around the tree. But it wouldn’t hurt to take one hour to come out and give yourself a good [Christmas] this year — because I surely believe we could use one,” Cring said.
A free-will donation will be collected to defray expenses.
Cring and Clazzy will also offer recordings for sale to be enjoyed by the audience or given as gifts to friends.
If you go:
What: “A SpiriTed Christmas” concert
When: Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cliftondale United Methodist Church, 4095 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park
Cost: free; donations accepted
Information: (770) 964-4912