There’s one particular scene in the 7th season of Friends that I remember very well. It was near Christmas time, and Phoebe just came in to Monica’s place with a skull-shaped candy bowl. When asked why she had that candy bowl, she explained that her mom used to put it out every Christmas, “to remind us that even though it’s Christmas, people still die.”
In the same spirit as Phoebe’s mom’s, I’m posting “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” today. This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It may not fall into the “Christmas carol” category, but it’s a good reminder to not only share my love with people I already love, but also those who have not felt love in their lives because of their living circumstances. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until Christmas (or any other big day there is) to start thinking and doing our part in helping others, though.
I personally believe that as long as the world has not met its end, there will always be war and poverty. I don’t think it means we should care less about war and poverty; rather we should always remember that there is never a time when our help is not needed.
Now about the song. The song was originally written and performed by John Lennon. It had been a form of protest against the Vietnam war at the time. Some artists have covered this song thoughout the years, and my personal favorite cover version is Celine Dion’s. I’m posting both Celine and Lennon’s version tonight, cause honestly, I can’t pick just one this time. For heads up, Lennon’s video is heartbreaking, since it’s filled with scenes of child victims of war around the world (at the time the video was made).
- cheers to all -