December 21, 2011

"Do They Know...

...It's Christmas Time At All?"
 -- Band Aid


Just drove home from dropping Thing #3 at school, few words were exchanged as our morning routine leaves us both a bit grumpy by time my car pulls up to the school curb and I kick her out.  Feeling a bit sorry for myself as I was driving back home, I got a much needed dose of perspective from the car stereo.  I should thank my lucky stars my reality check came courtesy of Sirius radio's Christmas programming rather than a hard life lesson of my own.  For that I am thankful.  For some reason Bob Geldof's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" resonated with me this morning.  Actually, it started taking a grip on  me last Tuesday night as I sat watching the Christmas episode of "Glee" with Thing #3 and they performed a Glee rendition of the song.

Written in 1984 by Bob Geldof after seeing a  documentary on the BBC about the famine in Ethiopia, and performed by many of the early 80's top stars of various musical genres, it raised over $14 million for African famine relief.  With all that is going on in the world today, the song is still poignant.  Luckily the message didn't go out of style as so many other 1980's trends like shoulder pads, stretch stirrup-pants (NEVER good when you are 5'8"!), and leg warmers.  

It's Christmas time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and banish shade.

And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
at Christmas time.

Peace Out,



  1. a beautiful reminder, thank you. (and thanks for your comment today, i'll keep you posted about the potential self-portrait project at urban muser!)

  2. haha on the first part, i love how you write.

    gorgeous picture and a beautiful reminder!!

  3. thanks for the reminder...we all start feeling sorry for ourselves and then we realize so many are so many worse.

  4. Such a great reminder in this season of stress, hurry, and hustle. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh yes- I am actually going to be posting about the same topic on Friday. So easy to forget these things & ever so grateful when the reminders come with out the pain.

  6. My kids and I were in the car just yesterday and listening to the Christmas station and this song came on . . . and I have to say, then and now that song rings VERY loud and pretty much always brings a tear. Yes, very thankful indeed!!

  7. Beautiful PEACE picture! I love this christmas ball!
    regards, Bine

  8. I HEAR YOU KATHY. I feel for all the troubles of the world but when it comes to children and basic needs not being met, it kills me. That I just had breakfast and some child has not. We are so fortunate. I hope our children truly understand that.
    That is a stunning photo Kathy. You took so many amazing ones this holiday season, but this one is my favorite.

  9. I'm such a sucker for anything with Peace and the whole idea of it..and you grabbed my attention with your shot today Kathy. It's nice to have gentle reminders instead of harsh ones. I love your raw words.

  10. Yes, it is important to appreciate what we have & be mindful of those that heven't.
    Love your peace bauble.

  11. LOL at the drive to school (sorry, it just struck me as funny)

    LOVED the Christmas stockings and the Christmas photo's! very cute and funny!!

    Happy Holidays!!

  12. Gorgeous! Simple and elegant, beautifully composed. Happy Holidays.

  13. You always know how to put what we should all be thinking so beautifully into words and pictures.

  14. The peace sign on the ornament got my attention. Your sentiments too. We all need a reality check now and then. Thanks for the reminder!

  15. Yes, it's a powerful song. I remember purchasing the small single record that year.

  16. beautiful shot and perfect for PEACE! the reminder has come at the perfect time for me too : ) Thank you for linking up yesterday for Many Muses Musing

  17. Hey Kathy! I just updated my blog post with the low carb cheese cake recipe you asked for. Let me know how it turns out.

    Wonderful picture and reminder, btw...