The War On Christmas Is Over – Muslim Sufi Artists Play Favorite Christmas Songs (Video)

I’m not going to offer much commentary – political or otherwise here. Just a wish for a Merry Christmas & / or a non – denominational ” Happy Holidays “. Contrary to what Fox & the hyper – paranoid conservatives want us to believe, the followers of the Prophet are ** not ** lying in wait until they can storm our homes & blow us up or skewer us on / behead us with swords or other sharp objects.

Most of them just want to live their lives in peace like everybody else. What a concept.

Again – Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays – To ALL people of Good Faith ( or even no specific faith ) everywhere on Earth.

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These Muslim sufi and gazal musicians playing Christmas carols is everything the festive spirit is about.

Source: The War On Christmas Is Over – Muslim Sufi Artists Play Favorite Christmas Songs (Video)

Thoughts on ” Why I Hate Christmas Today “.

I beg to differ, & ” hate ” is a very strong word. Christmas is no longer wholly the celebration of the sacred that it used to be early / earlier in the 20th century ( 1940’s – 1950’s or 60’s ), & bear in mind that Christmas was a holiday devised by the Roman emperor Constantine to ” Christianize ” a pagan Roman festival of the Winter Solstice, but I love the holiday because. even though I haven’t practiced 1 specific religion in years,  Christmas is still a bright, emotionally warm spot in an otherwise cold & unpleasant  ( I DON’T do Winter well. I wish I could move someplace warmer, but that’s another story ) season that I wish I could hibernate through. A time for family, friends, neighbours & others. In my experience, people ARE generally kinder, more polite, warmer & more disposed to be charitable at this time than the rest of the year.

I find some of the commercial aspects of the season to grate on the nerves, but I grin & bear it. The memory of the Christmases of my relatively youthful years helps ( & a couple of glasses of whisky / brandy / vodka if available. 🙂 ). So, while I understand where the author is coming from, I definitely do NOT share their views 100 % or even 50 ( 30 ? ) %

A kindly holiday thought – to my fellow WordPressers…..

via Why I Hate Christmas Today.

John Lennon’s 75th Birthday –

He worked for peace through music & art. Passive resistance. Some people equated him Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King, Jr.

I watched the televised tribute to him on AMC & am watching the encore presentation now.

May his hope & idea for a peaceful Christmas be recognized, after too many mindless acts of terrorism & violence, too many to count, over too many years…..

As usual lately, the Youtube link was improperly cut – & – pasted. I wish WordPress had way to post videos from Youtube directly…..

Not quite the celebration of Advent –

BUT it IS getting close.

In any of its 2 – 3 ( ? ) Incarnations, The Twilight Zone has been MORE than a science – fiction, fantasy, adventure series.

In fact, back in its Golden Age, it really broke ground on topics such as human rights, race – relations, politics, belief, the workings of the human mind, & related areas.

They had 2 Christmas episodes that became part of the 1980’s reboot, one  being in the classic version. BOTH unforgettable, & both quite capable of eliciting a lump in the throat – ” Night of The Meek ” & an episode based on an Arthur C. Clarke short story, ” The Star “.

My friends, I reach into my Serling – esque bag to give you the 1980’s Twilight Zone Version of Arthur C. Clarke’s ” The Star “, as an early Christmas / Yule / holiday – time present ( Provided the link works. IT BETTER. 🙂 2115 hours – Maybe you could look it up on Youtube. It is a GOOD episode )

 

https://www.youtube.com/?v=9z4WOK3-5tg