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They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
But instead, it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the Virgin birth

I remember one Christmas morning
A winter's light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell
And that Christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a Silent Night
And they told me a fairy story
Til I believed in the Israelite

And I believed in Father Christmas
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes
Then I woke with a yawn
In the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear

They said there'd be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah, Noel, be it Heaven or Hell
The Christmas we get, we deserve



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    UnregisteredDec 15, 2013 at 8:05 am
    I would contradict the previous editorial. The lyrics are clearly speaking of the author's views on many things that are told to us, or things we experience in our lives that are not always as they seem. When we are young, our views of the world and our lives are sometimes simplified to the point where everything seems like a fairy tale, with happy endings, until something doesn't have a happy ending, and we need it explained to us in a more true and real way. Once this is done, we can never go back to the age of innocence, or fairy tales again. Or can we ?

    The author states that his views and beliefs he held as a child were from a certain perspective that was modified and changed as he matured. His youthful Father Christmas idea changed as he grew older and better understood the "real" reason for the holiday - a celebration of the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, "God with us", the Son of God, "the Israelite". Please look up a definition for Christmas, and try to ignore the fact that it contains Christ within the word.

    I do agree that we create our own earthly situations, often because we lack a moral compass based upon anything more than emotions and experiences, and information and misinformation. I do not agree that we have heaven or hell here on Earth. We substitute these words to represent good and bad experiences in our lives, not realizing that these are "real" places that you will end up in after you physically die in this lifetime, and pass on to the "afterlife". Hell is for people who disobey God, and heaven is for those who choose to accept His gift of grace and salvation through His son, Jesus, the Christ we previously mentioned.

    There is also a devil, Satan, who is not to blame for our actions, even though he tempts us into committing those actions, because it is ultimately our choice, not Satan's, whether we commit actions that go against God's expectations for us. Many people refuse to acknowledge the existence of God, so likewise refuse to acknowledge the existence of the devil. That way they think falsely that they are in charge of their lives and everything that they do, rather than be responsible for their actions and thoughts to a higher authority than themselves.

    I read his lyrics to say that he believes in the positive things that mankind demonstrates and represents during this season of the year in the form of Father Christmas, and acknowledges that there is a heaven and a hell waiting for us, depending on how we choose to think, believe and act, and that depending on what we choose to do, we will end up in one or the other. I agree that our own actions and responses to our world and our situations is ultimately up to us, but that does not mean that we cannot ask for help from the God who created all things. We will get what we deserve.

    So, the choice is yours to make, and God is waiting to accept you, with all of your faults, in the condition you are currently in, if you choose to accept Him, in all His perfection, as your God, and accept His son as your savior. I think it is amazing that God sent His son to Earth, and sacrificed Him on a cross to save us all, including you, from an eternity in hell, which is what we all, including you, deserve.

    But He also knew that you may choose to not acknowledge or accept this idea, just like the child in the song who only understood Father Christmas, and not the big picture of "the Israelite." If you choose to accept God as your father in heaven, you can go back to the age of innocence, knowing that you will go to heaven, and spend eternity with the being that created you, and spend it in peace. So which will you choose ? When you make your choice, you will get what you deserve.
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    UnregisteredDec 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    I think it means that when he grew up he realized that both santa and jesus / christianity are fairy tales, and that we will create our own heaven or hell right here on earth, so we all deserve what we create ourselves. There is no devil to blame. And, perhaps he is saying that despite the realization that the myth of jesus is just that, a myth, and there is no "santa claus god" in the sky, he still has hope for peace on earth. But it is up to us.

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