On Christmas day you can't get sore
Your fellow man you must adore
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three-hundred and sixty-four
I'm not really in the "Christmas spirit" this year. Thinking about what happened in Newtown, Connecticut ten days ago, that on top of things too numerous to mention, I really am in a bit of a funk this year. I feel a bit like Charlie Brown in that classic television special from 1965, wondering if someone - anyone - will come along and explain to him the true meaning of Christmas. Where are you when I need you most, Linus, you thumb-sucking, blanket-bearing little swine? Bleak. Too bleak.
"And lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round
about them and they were sure afraid. And the angel said unto them: fear
not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all
people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be
a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward all people."
The Gospel according to St.Luke
Chapter 2, verses 9:14
from the King James Bible
Message received. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who've made this little weekly tirade of mine part of your reading habit this year and in years past. Having this forum as a means of venting for the last six-and-a-half years has made me more psychologically healthy if nothing else. It's also a lot of fun. As long a we can laugh, we are healthy.
So enjoy yourselves and your families. Drink a toast, make merry - and for the love of Mike - go easy on the figgy pudding, alright?
I don't believe in wishing people a "merry" Christmas. Drunks and drug addicts are often quite merry but they are seldom, if ever, "happy". Like Doctor Winston O'Boogie said nearly forty-years-ago:
And so Happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young!
Have a grand time, folks!
The photograph at the top of this page is the cover of the Percy Faith Orchestra's "Music of Christmas" LP. It is my earliest memory of holiday music - and I still love it fifty years later! Here's a track:
UPDATE, Christmas Day 2012:
Here's something to leave you with that I wrote five years ago that's more in the "Christmas spirit" so to speak:
"Keep your eyes open for the miracles all around you. And remember the
simple truth that there is more music to be found in the laughter of a
single child than can be found in all of the symphonies ever composed by
all of the composers who ever lived."
That's more like it.
The Beatles Christmas Collection
Every year at Christmastime, the Beatles would send out a little 7 inch
flexi-disc to the members of their fan club all over the earth. Here's
the entire collection - 1963 to 1969. It's a lot of fun!