I was downtown Courtenay today. The whole Xmas season thing is in full swing—sweet music about love and peace that is really there just to lower your resistance to the pressures to buy, buy, buy—buy until you have exhausted yourself, your bank account, your credit cards, our Earth’s capacity to cope with this plague we call consumerism. All the glitzy Christmas lights, tinsel, Santa Claus–all the commercial-laden spiritual music; I just about puked. The only thing that saved my guts from turning inside out is these mockingly satirical lines that I picked up off the internet last year this time:

Good old King Buy And Buy says get it with the see—ease—un. Buy and Buy and Buy and Buy—never counting cost—ah-hast. Keep up with the buy-I-ing, until the vault is em—em—tee. Come the new year you will pay; Pay and pay and pay-a-eh.
I don’t know; I couldn’t explain it to a rational observer—it just cheers me up like a mickey on a cold night; kind of caustic going down, but it warms the tummy and dulls the senses to the drumming of the commercial hype in total surround sound.
I have, however, recently come across a song—you won’t hear in the commercial districts–of such insight into the core goodness of what this wonderful idea of celebrating the changing of the season can—perhaps was once intended to be—mean that I want to share it with you. I trust that it may warm your heart as well and offer some hope that the risky endeavor we call humanity may yet turn out well; that the power of love, genuine human generosity and fascination with life in its almost infinite dimensions may yet be reawakened and prove to be a greater influence than the narrowly focused economic affliction that besets us and our world.
(Sung to the tune of the traditional hymn, Silent Night)

1. Silent night, Solstice Night
All is calm, all is bright
Nature slumbers in forest and glen
Till in Springtime She wakens again
Sleeping spirits grow strong!
Sleeping spirits grow strong!

2. Silent night, Solstice night
Silver moon shining bright
Snowfall blankets the slumbering Earth
Yule fires welcome the Sun’s rebirth
Hark, the Light is reborn!
Hark, the Light is reborn!

3. Silent night, Solstice night
Quiet rest till the Light
Turning ever the rolling Wheel
Brings the Winter to comfort and heal
Rest your spirit in peace!
Rest your spirit in peace!