My favorite Christmas song is “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid, the 1984 charity single created to raise money to alleviate the famine in Ethiopia.
Maybe it’s the familiar voices of some of my favorite singers. Maybe it reminds of me of how I felt about life when I was 21. Maybe it’s that joyful line “throw your arms around the world at Christmastime”.
No need to come at me with the reasons this turned out to be not so helpful or to convince me that it was just a self-serving and self-indulgent project for some rich and famous people. I’ve heard the arguments.
But I still believe that in that moment, 35 years ago, the people who organized, participated, and contributed to this project did so with good intentions and open hearts. And that’s Christmas enough for me.
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Now you know mine. What’s your favorite Christmas song?