“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band (1971)

Dec 25
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I spent some time last night debating my favorite rock and roll Christmas song. A lot of them such as Bruce’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” are just a good, clean child’s view of Christmas fun. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” obviously has a much bigger message and calls upon our humanity to do something good for those less fortunate. But, the hands down winner was “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

It’s obviously a Christmas song, and Christians will internalize the message of the song into the framework of their religion. But, the song’s message is for everyone sung by a man who was unbounded by culture or religion. I suppose that to some it could come off a little preachy, or skeptical in tone but the underlying sentiment is rock solid.

War is over

A glance at the history of humans would suggest that we are incapable of not warring, nonetheless we should continue to strive for peace. In the holiday season when goodwill towards men is more overtly displayed, miracles are hoped for, and wishes granted, the gift of the end of violent conflict should be asked for every year.

Merry Christmas to everyone especially my family near and far, and to my dearly departed who helped form my vision of Christmas as a time when anything is possible.


“White Christmas” – Andrea Bocelli & David Foster (2009)

Dec 8
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“White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin was first performed on NBC on Christmas Day, 1941 by Bing Crosby. The original version by Crosby is believed to have sold (lack of reliable data tracking in the mid-20th century casts some doubt as to the exact number or copies sold) over 50 million copies making it the best-selling Christmas song of all time and by some estimates the best-selling single of all time. I had intended to post the original version today and have been meaning to post something by Crosby since I started this blog but one listen to Andrea Bocelli’s version changed my mind.

Andrea Bocelli’s instrument is absolute perfection. Hearing his voice gives me goose bumps on top of goose bumps. He could call out bingo numbers at the VFW and put shivers down my spine. This song is obviously a song about Christmas but the context of the song is of fond memories, calm snowscapes, and the magical anticipation that courses through the minds and bodies of children. Simple, unsoiled innocence is longed for. The soothing sentimentality of the song is so warm and tender that there have undoubtedly been many non-Christian buyers of this song. It’s really about a secular holiday spirit that many of us hopefully feel regardless of our individual religion.