Thursday, December 24, 2009

What Christmas Means to Me. Again

It's Christmas Eve, and once again I have to explain to my friends, that although I'm an atheist. And believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.

And although I hate the shopping and the greed.

And although I know that it can be a lonely time for many, including all those gay people who have been rejected by their families.

I do love this time of the year. The lights, the colours, the snow, the food.

And all those sweet little stories that moved me when I was a child.

Like the one whose happy ending made me cry when I was nine-years-old, and was spending Christmas in hospital recovering from meningitis.

The story of the poor little old donkey and his friend, who was ordered by his father to sell him. But the only one who wanted him was a tanner... for his hide.

Until the kind stranger arrived...

Because even back then I loved animals,and I wanted the humble to inherit the earth.

And now that I know that there are so many of them.

Even in Canada...

I believe that more than ever.

And I won't support any government that doesn't put them FIRST.

And then there's the music...and the songs like this one that I used to sing...when I was a budding juvenile delinquent dressed up as an angel.

In a choir like this one...

The words still don't mean anything to me eh? But isn't the sound of gentle humanity GLORIOUS ?

Imagine what kind of beautiful world we could build if there really was peace and justice on Earth?

From me and Sébastien, my beloved companion who illuminates my life like those Christmas lights do.

And picks me up when I sometimes despair that we'll never be able to build that kinder, gentler world...or even save the planet.

And of course, from our little old donkey reindeer...

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays, Happy Festivus everyone !!!


Anonymous said...

Kind strangers, sweet, tender faces of boy choirs, beautiful & touching voices.
Merry Christmas MS, Sebastian and Donkey!

'berto said...

Hugz to Simon and Sébastien, and kisses to Kerouac the Reindeer. Happy holidays, one 'n all!

CK said...

Season's Greetings to you & Sebastien & your dog.

Oemissions said...

Peace on Earth.
Goodwill to all mankind.
Have enjoyed meeting you Simon!

HT said...

Simon, haven't been around for a long long time. (been hit and miss and haven't commented)

You are an old soul.

May you have a long and happy life, because there are too few old souls and we need them to school us in humanity and humane treatement. Best of the season to you.

Omar said...

Happy Holidays, Simon. Hopefully the decline and fall of the HarperCons will be a 2010 reality. Cheers.

Simon said...

hi Toe...thank you and all the best to you and your loved ones in 2010 !!!

P.S. The little donkey says Hee Haw, Hee Haw, Woof !! :)

Simon said...

hi 'berto...thank you brother...and may 2010 be your happiest year EVAH !!! :)

Simon said...

hi CK...happy holidays to you and all the best in 2010. Must be nice to have all that snow for Xmas eh?
Heh heh heh... ;)

Simon said...

Hi Oemissions...yes peace on earth isn't that a concept eh? :)
And thank YOU for all your encouragement and support...

Simon said...

Hi H.T... and the best of everything to you too. An old soul?
Hmmmm...I've never heard of that expression. But I think I like it. :)
Some of my friends make fun of me for being a bit of a dreamer. But I say if we don't dream about a better world, how will we ever rise above ourselves, and do what we have to do to get there?

Simon said...

hi Omar...happy holidays to you too brother. As for the fall of the Harper would be like a Xmas present, a birthday present, and an un-birthday present wrapped into one... :)