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!’

Karibu Kwanzaa !

 ♪♪♪♫♪♫♪♪ 

    ( you  know the tune . . . )

Mjinga Kabisa

I’m dreaming of a black Kwanzaa
Let Ron Karenga show you how.
Where the kente’s shining, there’s Afro-whining,

and ghetto thugs quote Chairman Mao…

I’m dreaming of a black Kwanzaa
with each Swahili word I lack –
may your ethno-hubris  never slack  –
and may all your Kwanzaa fruits be black…

The Truth About Kwanzaa

IMAGE CREDIT:  http://ncebc.org/blog/2010/12/13/what-is-kwanzaa/

Hail Kwanzaa !

♪♪♪♫♪♫♪♪ 

(you know the tune…)

I’m dreaming of a black Kwanzaa
Let Ron Karenga show you how.
Where the kente’s shining, there’s Afro-whining,

and ghetto thugs quote Chairman Mao…

I’m dreaming of a black Kwanzaa
with each Swahili word I lack –
may your ethno-hubris  never slack  –
and may all your Kwanzaa fruits be black…

Mjinga KabisaIMAGE CREDIT:  http://ncebc.org/blog/2010/12/13/what-is-kwanzaa/

The Truth About Kwanzaa