I originally wrote this 11 years ago. I don't have Dad anymore, but I do have the memories and the lessons and the humor.
And in case you need this: John Denver and the Muppets, A Christmas Together
full video. If you just want "A Christmas Wish" (below), that's this cut
. And happy 1979, haircuts and all.
In ways too subconscious to articulate without talking myself in circles for an hour, many years ago I decided that Kermit the Frog was an expression/illustration of my dad. At an emotional level, he was Dad in fictional form. Dad the adventurer. Dad the confidant. Dad the manager. Dad the comedian. (Yeah, that one is a stretch to some people.) Mostly, I think it was the infinite patience that Kermit radiated in the chaos around him that made me focus on him as a fictional father-figure. As an adult I realized that the original Kermit has the same vocal meter and some of the verbal expressions of my dad. (And the wrinkled disgust face somehow is evocative of Dad as well.) Kermit is not a great singer, and neither is Dad. In place of great musical skill is sincerity.I don’t know if you believe in Christmas,
or if you have presents underneath the Christmas tree.
But if you believe in love, that will be more than enough
for you to come and celebrate with me.
For I have held the precious gift that love brings
even though I’ve never saw a Christmas star.
But I know there is a light, I have felt it burn inside,
and I can see it shining from afar.
Christmas is a time to come together, a time to put all differences aside.
And I reach out my hand to the family of man
to share the joy I feel at Christmas time.
For the truth that binds us all together, I would like to say a simple prayer.
That at this special time, you will have true peace of mind
and love to last throughout the coming year.
And if you believe in love, that will be more than enough
for peace to last throughout the coming year.
And peace on earth will last throughout the year.