by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, People.

snipshot_941l5c7m1d8f.jpgIn my browsing for the latest green celebrity gossip, I unfortunately gather a myriad of information that is rather useless. In fact, most of it is damaging to my head. Still, this time of year, there are certain pieces that jump out as inspiring, beautiful, and downright..strange. Let me give you the strange first:

>>Mariah Carey enjoys dressing up in a skimpy Santa bikini for Christmas, lounging in a hot tub, and then rolling around in the snow up in Aspen. She claims that she was told it was tradition for all members of the Aspen community: “I like to get out of the hot tub and roll in the snow. It’s a tradition for us to have Santa Claus-looking bikinis, jump in the hot tub, and roll in the fresh snow. Somebody told me that it was a tradition in Aspen, but maybe they were lying to me.” Um, yea. In light of this new information, however, I would still love to visit Aspen for Christmas…

>>Both Kid Rock and Wilmer Valderrama are heading overseas to entertain American troops this holiday. Valderrama will provide service members with some laughter on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Germany Jan. 3-6. He’s be hosting a live version of his hit MTV show, “Yo Momma!” Kid Rock, freshly divorced from Pamela Anderson, will be visiting U.S. military personnel stationed in the Middle East, with an itinerary that sees him spending the upcoming holiday season alongside troops currently serving in both Kuwait and Iraq. Rock said, “This year for Christmas I wanted to make sure somebody was thanking our troops for their service, no matter what our views are on the current situation in Iraq.”

>>Hottie Kristin Davis is getting behind Oxfam America Unwrapped and asking friends to give to the organization this year instead of sending gifts. She explains, “One of the things we learned about and actually saw in action was how much you can help with just little things. There is a website, OxfamAmericaUnwrapped.com, and I’m asking everyone to go there and give gifts to others. You could send a schoolhouse but that’s also kind of expensive. You can send baby chicks, which is helpful for people who have nothing and are trying to be self-sustaining. We actually saw a lot of these things being put into use and how happy the people were and how much it meant to them.”

>>And finally, dance pop artist, Moby, is calling for peace on his website saying, “I always hope that somehow we can see past the fun and awesome pagan trappings of Christmas (trees, mistletoe, December 25th, candy canes, etc.) to remember that on Christmas we celebrate the birthday (even if Jesus wasn’t actually born anywhere near December 25th) of a man who wanted us all to be more forgiving, more compassionate, less judgmental, less violent, and less materialistic. Ultimately Christmas is about celebrating the birthday of a man who wanted us to love one another and to look after one another – regardless of our religious or political or ethnic or gender differences.”

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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