‘Tis this the Season?

Currier& Ives Quintessential Seasonal Imagery

You might expect a commentary from me here on the artistic relevance of “Jingle Bells” or “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” which I admit would be appropriate and predictable. With the conclusion of Chanukah this week, the approaching culminating Christmas celebrations, and let us not forget Kwanzaa, we find ourselves once again squarely in the midst of what we refer to as the “holiday season.” As long as I can remember, at this time of year, the non-seasonal song, “Turn Turn Turn,” passes through my mind.

By now you realize I avoid the urge towards the obvious. Big topics such as elections or pandemics don’t find themselves directly addressed in my writing, but sometimes one can get swept away in the current of the day.

The holiday season, like so many other things, comes around but once a year, but so does hunting season, boating season, color season, the season of the witch, and who can forget, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn?

So, did Pete Seeger get it right when he wrote, “Turn Turn Turn”? Maybe yes and maybe just, ummm, maybe. Of course Mister Seeger merely tapped out some of King Solomon’s best pop song lyrics (See Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Pete admits to adding only six words to Solomon’s poetry. Aside from the title phrase, “Turn, Turn Turn,” and in reply to “there is a time for peace,” he wrote, “I swear it’s not too late.”

So yeah, The Byrds version of this song (which did reach number #1 in 1965) pops into my head whenever I hear people utter ‘Season’s Greetings.’ Because unto everything there is a season.

There are plenty of us that have a love/hate relationship with this particular season. Maybe in large part because of the over-inflated commercialism and marketing that starts just after the 4th of July?

Nevertheless, whether you deck the halls or don your gay apparel, the song remains the same, ’tis the season to be jolly. But I reckon, while seasons come and go, being jolly should be a year-round pursuit.

And I might add that that applies if you are naughty or nice.

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