O Holy Night

I’m off for holiday travels and don’t know how regularly I’ll be updating this blog in the next few weeks, so I thought I’d leave you all with this song, performed by a very dear friend, Lee Bob Watson:

In the words of Lee:
“Oh Holy Night” has been my favorite Christmas song for quite some time. This version was recorded late in the night of Dec 20 2009, the sounds of the street are from the alley below my window in North Beach. For me, the sounds of strife amplify the longing expressed in songs such as this one. Regardless of one’s religion, we all hope for deliverance sometimes.

This song has always been one of my favorites, too, I think because of the sense of melancholy that is woven through the beauty of the song.  That’s my experience of this holiday – beauty with a dash of melancholy.

The images in my head of Christmas involve people sitting nice and cozy by the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate and hot buttered rums.  I love the fact that at this time of year, in the parts of the world that celebrate this holiday, people who might never talk to each other at any other time will stop to say “Merry Christmas” to the people sitting near them on the train or in line at the grocery store.  It is a time that brings family together and makes people think about giving rather than getting.

But I can never shake the melancholy.  I can never stop thinking about the fact that for many people around the world, Christmas is just another day of struggle.  And I don’t want to shake the melancholy.  I never want to forget that many people don’t have the luxury that I have of stepping out of life for a week or two and enjoying good meals and presents around the tree.

I don’t know if it helps at all, but part of what makes Christmas a “Holy Night” for me is dedicating some of my thoughts to remembering that not everybody is as lucky as me, and wishing for Peace on Earth for everyone in this season.

Merry Christmas

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

About Mark D. Jordahl

Mark Jordahl is a writer, trip leader and naturalist who has lived much of the last 7 years in Uganda and currently calls Colorado home.
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4 Responses to O Holy Night

  1. Sizzle says:

    That’s one of my favorite holiday tunes too. I love Lee’s version. Beautiful. I agree that the holidays are both beautiful and melancholy. I wish that we could extend the kindness all year round. I guess the best we can do is do that ourselves and hope more and more people feel similarly.

    Thanks for being a bright light of good in this world. Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

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