It’s Christmas Eve again and most of the required chores are completed. Parties are looming and all that is left to do now is to enjoy the festive season and spread a bit of love, joy and good-will. Let’s hope nothing untoward screws it up.

For some reason there’s this John Lennon song re-playing in my head and although it is most appropriate, I just can’t figure out how it got there. For sure it wasn’t played over the local radio or even on WorldSpace – oh well – must be some associative stimulus that triggered the impulse. Anyway, here it is – and it does give one food for thought. Lennon was so very good at pushing buttons and stimulating thought processes to go along with his catchy tunes and unique voice and style.

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Christmas
 
The war isn’t over for us here in Sri Lanka, although, in the metaphorical sense, it all depends on how your mind works and where your head is at. Let’s just leave it at that for now.

Merry Christmas!

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