Merry Christmas From The Family

My husband and I heard the song Merry Christmas From The Family by Montgomery Gentry (2001) on the radio while we were out running errands this morning, and we were both in stitches from laughter.  The song was originally written and recorded by Robert Earl Keen in 1994, and is about a dysfunctional Texan family celebrating Christmas together.  I like the song, not just for its humor, but also for how well it illustrates the love and freedom that Christ’s coming has made possible for us, that we can come together in all of our imperfection, and through all the mishaps, still stick together as a family and have a good time anyway.  Isn’t that what the Christmas spirit is all about–God loving us in our imperfection and adopting us into one big family?

Merry Christmas From The Family
Written by Robert Earl Keen (1994)

Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk
At our Christmas party
We were drinkin’ champagne punch
And homemade eggnog
Little sister brought her new boyfriend
He was a Mexican
We didn’t know what to think of him
Til he sang Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad

Brother Ken brought his kids with him
The three from his first wife Lynn
And the two identical twins
From his second wife Mary Nell
Of course he brought his new wife Kaye
Who talks all about AA
Chain smokin’ while the stereo plays
Noel, Noel, The first Noel

Carve the turkey turn the ball game on
Mix Margaritas when the eggnog’s gone
Send somebody to the Quik-Pak store
We need some ice and an extension cord
A can of bean dip and some Diet Rite
A box of pampers , some Marlboro Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family

Fran and Rita drove from Harlingen
I can’t remember how I’m kin to them
But when they tried to plug their motor home in
They blew our christmas lights
Cousin David knew just what went wrong
So we all waited on our front lawn
He threw the breaker and the lights came on
And we sang Silent Night
Oh Silent Night o’ holy night

Carve the turkey turn the ballgame on
Mix Bloody Marys cause we all want one
Send somebody to the Stop ‘n Go
We need some celery and a can of fake snow
A bag of lemons and some Diet Sprite
A box of midol, some Salem Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family


United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United we stand, divided we fall. This is my thought for America this morning after the election.  I know this popular song from 1970 by Brotherhood of Man is about two lovers, but I believe that same attitude applies to us as a nation as well.

Please folks, stop pointing fingers and name-calling each other. Stop blaming and villianizing. I’m convinced that the only entity that has the power to really destroy us is ourselves. And unfortunately, we’ve been doing a pretty good job at polarizing ourselves into extreme positions in just about everything now. Please folks, it’s still not too late to turn around and embrace each other as fellow Americans (as opposed to segregating ourselves into Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Conservatives, Liberals, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, homosexuals, heterosexuals, etc.). Let’s work together to mend what’s been broken in this country–our unity being one of them. Instead of pointing finger at another, examine your own heart, see your own part in contributing to the problem, and do what is needed to be a part of the solution.  Listen to each other, try to understand those with different ideas than yours, work out a compromise.

We need to get back to connecting with each other as human beings, instead of allowing ourselves to become “machines” controlled by ideologies, political parties, and religious agenda.   Currently, divided as we are, we are vulnerable to those who would use our polarity to manipulate us.  We will destroy ourselves if we keep going this way.  We are better than this!

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL (As recorded by Brotherhood of Man in 1970)
Written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simmons

There’s nowhere in the world that I would rather be
Than with you my love
And there’s nothing in the world that I would rather see
Than your smile my love

For united we stand
Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I

For united we stand
Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I

And if the world about you falls apart my love
Then I’ll still be here
And if the going gets too hard along the way
Just you call, I’ll hear

(Repeat Chorus)