The other night I was getting my seasonal singles out of the box they’re stored in. These are my Christmas 45s in my record collection, seven inch pieces of wax that have been around forever. One of my favorites is the original pressing I have of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon. A lucky find from several years back, with the original picture sleeve, pressed on green vinyl.
I took the 45 over to my turntable, placed it on the platter, hit the start button, then put the needle on the record. It’s always been a favorite of mine, even when I was a kid and I had no idea who the singer was. It was just that song that came on the radio every year that began with “So this is Christmas.” As the song played I began to–as I tend to do each Christmas season– become reflective over the year.
2016 has been a year where the amount of world suck has been overwhelming. Even I, someone who is optimistic almost to a fault, has had a bit of a time processing it. As these thoughts swirled through my mind, so did the lyrics of the song. When the chorus of “A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” played, the part that goes “Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear” kicked to my brain more than usual.
I couldn’t help but note that more people seem very Christmassy this year than usual. That early, pre-Thanksgiving, decorations didn’t bother folks as much as it tends to. My mother, miss “It’s Not Even Thanksgiving,” wasn’t bothered at all by any of it. Perhaps in taking a cue from that song from the musical “Mame” this year has left us all “Needing a little Christmas.” Regardless if you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope that whatever you get out of this time of the year has been found for you.
I hope you’ve been able to wrap you and your loved ones up in a big blanket of love, joy, and whatever else you needed. I hope you’ll see the good in the world when it appears, and it’s out there–trust me. I hope that you and the ones you love will have a most Merry Christmas. I hope Santa will fill the bottom of your tree with a real bounty, I hope you’ll eat well, laugh greatly, and find time to play Scrabble while sipping hot cocoa. Basically, I hope the best for you and everyone around you this Christmas, and in the coming year.