Four years ago, I wrote a piece for Design Observer, “War Is Over, If You Want It,” about my favorite Christmas song, which also happens to be one of my favorite advertising campaigns of all time. When I wrote the piece, I had just seen the awesome documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon and learned the story behind the campaign, which essentially began as John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Christmas card, and quickly evolved into one of the most famous (and famously-borrowed) messages in history.
The song, which was recorded later, has become part of the holiday audio landscape, piped into malls and airports, blanketing the planet for one fleeting month each year. I’ve heard the song my whole life, as I’m sure you have, too. But until I wrote my piece, I had never really listened to the words. It’s pretty remarkable that sandwiched between the Santa Babies and the sugar plum fairies is this powerful, emotional anthem for social change.
So take a moment to read my story at Design Observer, and maybe, when you hear the song as you’re scurrying to your gate or jockeying for a parking space in the next few days, you might think about what it actually means. So this is Christmas. And what have you done?
Hope you have a lovely one. See you back here next week.