Celebrate Seasonal Adversity

In 1st grade I played Tiny Tim in a production of A Christmas Carol!

My only line in the entire play was “God bless us  –  everyone”.

They would probably cut those words out of a contemporary adaptation.

Hmmm.    What would they even CALL Dickens’ great tale if he tried to publish it today?

Some oh-so-PC suggestions for you:

  • A Winter Celebration of Diversity
  • A Traditional Holiday Song
  • An Old Winter Solstice Melody
  • A Traditional Tale (from the Anglo/Saxon cultural context), about the global need for sustainable spirituality and human imagination in effecting  social change
  • A Kwanzaa Festival Chant from Victorian England
  • A Celebration of our Collective Humanity

Yuck.
Political correctness makes me feel like vomiting all over my
Christmas  Yuletide    Winter Festival  Holiday cheer.

Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

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