Memories are brought back so easy when you play the songs that were played to you as a child.
I received Motown at Christmas album and The Partridge family Christmas album the year Santa brought me a record player. I played them over and over, especially 'Someday at Christmas', and 'One little Christmas tree' by Stevie Wonder.
Every year I will get them out and dust them down. This year they are still brought out, (In fact it was this morning) no need to dust them off these days as it is all digitally mastered, and with one magic click the oldies of yesteryear are brought back into the living room, bringing with it the Christmas's of past.
My Friends were listening to Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' about that time, and Boney M's 'Mary's Boy Child', closely followed by the classic Wham's 'Last Christmas' and Shakin Steven's* 'Merry Christmas' in the years to follow. (Which I can't believe I haven't heard in the shops yet this year) Now that I have said that, it will no doubt be the very first song i hear upon setting foot into B&M Bargains this week.
I was all Motown and Partridge family. I loved those songs long before I was aware David Cassidy or Stevie Wonder were popular.
So what does Christmas mean to you?
It meant family time to me as a young child.
I put that question to my children and their views are similar to mine as a child.
Children's views are mainly moulded from their own experiences, still young enough to be influenced largely by your parents/guardians and surroundings they grown up in.
My youngest told me that her best friend celebrates Christmas going to church most of the day, and her other best friend (you can have more than one bestie* apparently) thinks Christmas is no big deal and doesn't really celebrate Christmas time.
She wanted my opinions on that.
How to put it into words.
My thoughts were along these lines - Christmas is celebrated so many different ways to some, and not at all to others. Which is right?
Well the plain simple answer is if it feels right to that person, then that way is the right way.
Do we have the monopoly to tell someone how or even whether to celebrate at all? Certainly not in my opinion. I don't think society should dictate 'this is the done way and any other way is wrong' or feed us information to brainwash us one way or another. Let us be happy, let us celebrate, or not. Let it be our choice.
They say Christmas has the highest suicide rates, because a lot of people feel alone more at this time of year, and see no way out. A time where some have lost loved ones, or don't know where the next meal is coming from. I'm not talking about the Victorian ages here. You could be forgiven for thinking the Victorian age has caught up with us in some ways. Society is more aware of the poor needing care and support these days and not just through the media, but through living it. It isn't just happening to someone else, it is happening to your good friend, or neighbour or you.
True richness comes not from your income but your outcome, your own out put of a smile or a gesture to offer support or care. Whether it be a kind word on the internet, or a smile to your neighbour or a positive step in getting in touch with someone you have not heard from, for one reason or another.
Giving a kindness.
It goes a long way, and is the only real richness a person can accomplish and be worthy of.
So today Christmas* or whatever word you want to put there in its place. means to me, the well-being of mankind.
If the vast amount of worldly resources that were put into wars were instead used and 'put' the opposite way, to obtain a more harmonising equality existence, then would that mean living in standards somewhere along the lines of world peace? Well as near as harmony would have it, you can bet.
A world were men are free*
maybe not in time for you and me, but someday....
I hope it is in our time.
*Shakin Stevens = Jeans-clad rocker, a bit like Elvis (a bit) famous for 'This ole house' and 'Merry Christmas everyone'
*Christmas = Well-being of mankind
*A world where men are free* = A dream we can hope for. Possibly help in whatever way we can, even if it is a smile.