Christmas is a time for traditions such as eating too much, sleeping through the Queen’s Speech, carol singing and catching up with friends and family. It’s also a time for peace and goodwill, to all. It’s a time for our communities to come together and help the less fortunate – is that not what Christmas is about?
If helping others is key, then Christmas songs are a reminder of what’s least important and with too much overplay, they’re all too similar! There’s only so many times I can hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ before I become lulled into a false pretence as to why they were originally created. However, there are a few songs every year that shine through, and the following inspire me to do more good deeds:
A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh
Chris De Burgh’s retelling of the Christmas story was always going to appeal to me. It also features the line ‘peace and goodwill [to all]’, which as hinted above, never fails to empower me, in spreading more kindness and love, for all my community.
Lonely This Christmas – Mud
Christmas is a time for loved ones. That’s why this song troubles me so dearly. He is lamenting over the fact that he won’t be able to spend the festive period with the person he loves. It is a reminder of how being lonely and more importantly, homelessness, is still a major issue for our communities.
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
This one starts with lots of ideals, for example: ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire.’ Delicious. Who doesn’t love a good yuletide snack? Roasted chestnuts, Christmas pudding, minced pies; all things we take for granted at this time of year. For those less fortunate than us, not all food, if any, is a certainty; neither the warmth of an open fire. Many charities exist to fight this issue and I would encourage you all to do more research, pledge your time and support one.
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
Perhaps a seminal song for inspiring social action at Christmas. When Band Aid first came out, people were so inspired by its message that they went out and bought the single by the bucket load! The recent version of the song has had a few criticisms, but the message still remains strong and should not be forgotten.
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko
John Lennon was a dreamer, an activist, and a real change maker. Even today, his work still resonates with millions of people around the world. His Christmas classic is no different; an uplifting song about how world peace is achievable, if we work together, to make it happen.
So there you have it, those were the songs that inspire me most to do good things over Christmas. Now it’s your turn. What songs inspire you to help your community? Do you agree with my selections and do you think we are considering other people enough over this period of the year?
About the author
Davey Womack is an avid traveller and writer. His varied career has seen him be everything from teacher to technician to tour guide. He often writes about his adventures around the world on his blog: womackswonder
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