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For those unfamiliar with Tim Minchin, he is an Australian comedian and musician who is both amazingly funny and supremely talented on the piano.  He is also an atheist, which makes his writing of a Christmas song ironic in a way, but I hope you can agree that he's captured the spirit of the season, if not the religious message at the center of it.  I would encourage everyone who has not heard of him to check out his other works, especially if you like comedy and/or music!

I really like Christmas.
It's sentimental I know, but I still really like it.
I am hardly religious.
I'd rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu to be honest.
And yes, I have all of the usual objections to consumerism; to the commercialization of an ancient religion.
To the Westernization of a dead Palestinian press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer.
But I still really like it.
I'm looking forward to Christmas though I'm not expecting a visit from Jesus.

I'll be seeing my dad, my brothers and sisters, my Gran and my mom.
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

I don't go in for ancient wisdom.
I don't believe just 'cause ideas are tenacious it means that they're worthy.
I get freaked out by churches.
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords but the lyrics are dodgy.
And yes I have all of the usual objections to the mis-education of children.
Who, in tax exempt institutions, are taught to externalize blame, and to feel ashamed, and to judge things as plain right or wrong.
But I still like the songs.
I'm not expecting big presents.
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolates is just fine by me.

Cause I'll be seeing my dad, my brothers and sisters, my Gran and my mom.
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

And you, my baby girl.
My jet-lagged infant daughter.
You'll be handed 'round the room, like a puppy at a primary school.
And you won't understand, but you will learn someday, that where-ever you are and whatever you face, these are the people that make you feel safe in this world.
My sweet blue-eyed girl.
And if, my baby girl, when you're 21 or 31 and Christmas comes around
And you find yourself 9,000 miles from home, you'll know whatever comes...

Your brothers and sisters, and me and your mom, will be waiting for you in the sun
Whenever you come, your brothers and sisters, your aunts and your uncles, your grandparents, cousins, and me and your mom
Will be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Darling when Christmas comes
We'll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you

I really like Christmas. It's sentimental, I know....

Original link to Tim Minchin's YouTube page.  The embedded video is taken from someone else's upload, I can't seem to make Tim's page load correctly here...

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