The twelfth song of Christmas: Wonder and hope

One of the great things about Christmas is being grateful for everything we have. Another great thing is acknowledging what we don’t have, and resolving ourselves to strive for it. I’m not talking about gifts, I’m talking about ideals. Things like the ever-elusive peace on earth. I never feel closer to that than I do on Christmas Day, even knowing we’re not close to it at all. But still, there’s hope.

I don’t know where Stevie Wonder found hope, but he did. Had I faced the circumstances he faced, I’d have lived a life of despair, but he had faith, found hope, and created happiness — many times over. And he continued to hold out hope for a better world, as evidenced by the lyrics of his classic, “Someday at Christmas.”

The song essentially describes a utopia, and promises the human race will see it one day, even if not in our lifetime. It exemplifies a simple, loving faith in mankind, with a powerful message at its core. This song gives listeners the gift of hope, something our world needs in abundance.

I hope your Christmas has been filled with faith, happiness, and hope, and I wish for all of us to be able to see and share the world Stevie promises in “Someday at Christmas.”

Thank you for reading part or all of my 12 songs of Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog and found as much joy in the songs as I have. Merry Christmas!


Lyrics:

Someday at Christmas, men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys.
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free.

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for.
When we have found what life’s really worth,
There’ll be peace on earth.

Someday all our dreams will come to be,
Someday in a world where men are free,
Maybe not in time for you and me,
But someday at Christmastime.

Someday at Christmas we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand.
One happy morning people will share
A world where people care.

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears.
All men are equal and no men have fears.
One shining moment my heart ran away
From our world today.

Someday all our dreams will come to be,
Someday in a world where men are free,
Maybe not in time for you and me,
But someday at Christmastime.

Someday at Christmas man will not fail,
Hate will be gone, and love will prevail.
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart, yeah!

(Someday all our dreams will come to be.)
Whoa, yeah!
(Someday in a world where men are free.)
Maybe not in time for you and me,
But someday at Christmastime.

Someday at Christmastime!


Stocking stuffers:

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About Dan Bain

Dan is an award-winning humorist, features writer, emcee and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. His collection of humor essays, A Nay for Effort, has earned him fans from one end of his couch to the other. Why not join them and buy one? (You won't have to sit on his couch.) Dan will donate 10 percent of the book's proceeds to education. You can check it out at www.danbain.net; thanks!
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