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“Yes, We Know Its Christmas”

Finally, Africans speak out against Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with “Yes, We Know Its Christmas” (not yet available on YouTube as far as I can tell). I’ve been thinking about the Band Aid song a lot lately, … Continue reading

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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:

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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

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You Can't Cram for Christmas

I realize that this might seem like the wrong season for this post (and, frankly, a bit off-topic for this blog). But, really, it shouldn’t seem that way. For those of us in the United States, we still have two major holidays between now and Christmas – Halloween in October, and Thanksgiving in November. No matter how early the retailers try to convince us to start our Christmas shopping, it somehow feels like we don’t really need to get prepared until after Thanksgiving.

But Santa’s no chump. He’s not easily suckered. This morning my son woke up singing a Christmas carol – you know, the one about him knowing when you are sleeping, awake, being good, being bad, when you are picking your nose and when you told your boss you were sick so you could go fishing. And then we got talking about THE LIST. And then we got talking about when, exactly, he starts working on that list.
And it came to me. Sh*#!!! I have to start being good now! If Santa knows all these things about us, then presumably he doesn’t wait until after Thanksgiving for his surveillance.

So, let this be a gentle reminder to you – it’s never too early to start being good.

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