Well, not only Jazz but pop, rock, folk and blues as well. And a blessed Chanukah, Ashura, Kwanza, Bodhi, Solstice and whatever you choose during this season. This is not an attack on Christmas, but a peace-offering for world unity.
The recent noise about “attack on Christmas” underscores an observation I made long ago: “When you KNOW someone loves you, they can say anything and it’s OK. BUT, if you suspect ill-will then, even “hello” is a threat.”
So let’s take this opportunity, during this season of love and devotion expressed in many faiths to assume the best -if only for a week or two – and hear the best in every greeting. It will help us all feel the spirit of unity just a little more deeply.
One of my earliest blogs was about “Christmas presents and Christmas Presence” (Dec 2008). I said “Christmas Presence is what you receive when you OBSERVE Christmas with an eye toward the Human Spirit. It’s not the toys given by our police officers to impoverished children; it’s the tear in their eye when they do so”
I think you get the point already. The real gift is the “Presence” of that spirit that unites us all. And even if you are a hard science-oriented athiest or agnostic, you will likely recognise that organically, humanity is indeed all connected. The differences in our genetics is miniscule. So what harm is there in taking a seasonal “cease fire” in the war of words and attitudes? None that I can see.
This year we will visit with friends, old and new, and enjoy the company of my mother, 86 and going strong – perhaps the best gift a son can have. I hope your holiday season is as joyful as you desire and that we might all, perhaps, carry “Christmas Presence” forward into the new year.
Peace to you all.