Christmas begins like this.
An 11-year-old Michael Jackson will forever convey to me the excitement of Christmas morning. That Christmas songs could sound like this was a revelation to this 13-year-old kid in 1970.
“One more time, yeah! Santa Claus is comin’ to town. Oh, yeah!”
Christmas continues with a toast.
“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells
“Ringing through the land
“Bringing peace to all the world
“And good will to man”
Christmas concludes with a wish.
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono Band and the Harlem Community Choir, released as a single, 1971. I’d always had it on “Shaved Fish,” the 1975 compilation LP from Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, until I found the single last year.
Merry Christmas, mein friends!
Enjoy your holidays, everyone!