from Mx. Justin Vivian Bond:
I wrote Christmas Spells because as someone who was raised under the Christian tradition and who was treated with love and respect within my own religious community as a young person despite being trans/queer, I thought it was important to address the profound disappointment I feel when extremist religious views are used as a tactic, either politically or moralistically, to diminish the profound spirit of the season. Also, as a pagan who believes that to be a religious person and to honor the earth and cycles of nature are not mutually exclusive, I felt an imperative to write a song which, while critical of certain ways of thinking, is also inclusive and hopeful.
So I consider the song to be an actual 'spell' to encourage all of us try to work together to 'bring the world back into light'' because, ultimately, that is what we need in the deepest, darkest hours of winter.
I hear the bells from the Cathedral
the snow is falling all around
the people smile as they are singing
of babes and angels heaven bound
But was has this to do with living
a life of peace and God's delight?
Could Baby Jesus in his Manger
foresee the hate sprung from that night?
In many ways I love this story
of stars and shepherds, three wise men
of hallelujahs in the heavens
and angels radiant on the wind
But many people who believe it
have turned its magic upside down
they've formed themselves into an army
that bruises love and knocks it down
So Christmas isn't all it should be
I stand outside it looking in
their hate, dispassion, falseness could be
the deeper, darker side of sin
But as the winter days grow shorter
and fairies gather in the night
they sing their Christmas spells together
to bring the world back into light
Sing prayers for all the righteous people
so sure that they are heaven bound
if God is Love then let's get loving
I'd like a little on the ground
So Blessed Be and Merry Christmas
let Christmas Spells ring out again
of Heaven, Heart and Earth together
so mote it be, shalom, amen.
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