It's Christmas Day, and although it's a bit gloomy out there because it won't be a white Christmas in the place where I live.
It seems to me that the lights have never shone brighter, after Harperland's long night.
And never has there been so much hope in the air than there is now in our new Canada.
So here is the latest version of the same post I have been writing for years to explain what Christmas means to me...
It's Christmas Day, and although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.
And that it's up to us to decide what world we want to live in. Not up to some invisible deity or some bloodthirsty Godzilla.
And although I hate the shopping and the greed. And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for many...
And the sight of this homeless man lying in a mall corridor packed with Christmas shoppers knocked the spirit of the season right out of me. And left me with a pain in my heart, and tears in my eyes.
I was raised in the Christian tradition, I believe in the earthly message of Jesus the revolutionary, I share the vision of those fighting for a kinder, gentler world.
So I do love this time of the year.
The lights, the food, the warm feelings, the random acts of kindness, because that is how I imagine the world I want to live in would be like all year round.
The one I know I will never live in, until the bestial Cons who infest this planet are defeated, and the humble inherit the earth...
But that is the reason I find this holiday season so special.
For when we defeated Stephen Harper and his cruel regime, I thought we took a small but important step in the right direction.
We rejected the politics of hate and division. We found our kinder, gentler, Canadian values again.
The way so many of us opened our hearts to the Syrian refugees...
Made me so proud of my country again.
And this musical message from Justin Trudeau, who is celebrating his birthday today, also made me smile.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 24, 2015
As well as inspiring me, for those are Sufi Muslims playing those Christmas songs.
And this is the same message that kept me going during the darkest days of the Con regime:
The world could really use some love and hope right now. And this video is just that - a message of hope. It’s a gentle reminder that, though all seems dark right now, there is light still left in this world. And it’s time we let it in.
I am ready for a Trudeau kind of Christmas.
Admit it, Canada, you may wince every now and then after that umpteenth selfie, but you do feel better about yourself these days, breath a little easier over the fact your innate decency, your desire to do the right thing for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do need no longer be muted in the interests of national security or standing tall on the world stage.
What else can we do but slip deep into the folds of a comforting mantle of hope and optimism and infinite possibility and luxuriate in the pleasure of feeling good about ourselves and our country? Really, what else can we do but have ourselves a Trudeau kind of Christmas, and let our hearts be light?
And of course I have always loved the music of this season.
And all the songs I used to sing when I was a budding juvenile delinquent dressed up as an angel.
You know, the angel with a black eye, in a choir like this one...
The words never did, and still don't mean much to me. But isn't the sound of gentle humanity GLORIOUS?
Imagine what a beautiful world we could build, if more boys were raised to be kind not killers, and we were really our brother and sister's keeper. And there really was peace on earth.
Oh well. From me and my wonderful companion Sébastien, who makes me believe in his strong but quiet way that we can build that earthly paradise, if we fight for it hard enough.
And that we can definitely build a better country than the one we have been living in, and maybe even help save the world.
To all my readers who support me so much, kept me company for so many years on the long road to our Day of Liberation, and who I love so much.
Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays everybody !!!!
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