I love Christmas music. Always have. Considering that I am Jewish and don't have any feelings about Christmas as a holiday, it may seem odd, but I have always loved it. Some Christmas music is happy (Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Merry Christmas Baby), some is silly (I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus), some is just fun (Run, Run Rudolph), while others are a bit more like most pop music, sad (Blue Christmas, Please Come Home For Christmas, Christmas Baby Please Come Home). However, this year, one song sticks out for me: John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over).
The song was originally written as a protest to the Vietnam War, but it's words remain powerful today. The song starts, "So this is Christmas and what have you done?" The song's first line isn't a question; it is a call to action. What have you done? Did you do enough? Did you do what you wanted, what you set out to do? Can you do more?
Later in the song, The Harlem Community Choir signs the line, "War is over, if you want it, war is over now" over and over during the last two verses. Lennon wanted people to act to help end the war. But we can take action in any direction we want. We have a clean slate and the power to make changes, "if you want it". How are you going to impact change in 2013?
Over the next week, I am going to look back at my 2012 goals, see what I accomplished, and set my 2013 goals. In the meantime, as we say goodbye to Christmas music until next Thanksgiving, I wish you all the 2013 that you want.