Happy Holidays! “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a song written by John Lennon, released as a single in 1971 by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono Band on Apple Records.
Although a protest song about the Vietnam War, the song has become a holiday standard. The lyric is based on a campaign in late 1969 by Lennon and Ono, who rented billboards and posters in eleven cities around the world that read: “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko”. At the time of the song’s release, the US was deeply entrenched in the unpopular Vietnam War. The line “War is over, if you want it, war is over, now!”, as sung by the background vocals, was taken directly from the billboards.
This past weekend, in the New York Times, the full page ad appeared again signed ny John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Given the current turbulence in the world, I feel compelled to share this tune as yet another reminder of the importance in teaching children respect, acceptance and responsibility. Happy Holidays to all!
A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people, beginning on New Year’s Day, January 1st. Have you thought about your New Year’s Resolution for 2016? Will you make and effort to be more respectful and accepting of others? To make a personal effort to face challenges, setbacks and criticism with a growth mindset? Ramp up the 2016 New Year by stretching your efforts and making a difference in your life and the lives of others!
Happy New Year!