ImageThe days are getting shorter and shorter
For all of us here in Japan
And for everyone north of the equator
From Massachusetts to Milan
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But in north America and Europe
Along come depression and dismay
Spirits are drained of cheer and hope
As dark clouds steal the sun away
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Wake up to a sky totally black
Have lunch in a light dreary and gray
At five it’s like midnight as you head back
And every night seems to last all day
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Then, sometime deep in December
Old Sol reverses his heavenly flight
He yawns, stretches, rekindles his embers
Then graces each day with a little more light
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This is the Winter Solstice
When night gives in to day
And the rising sun, not just Christmas
Makes us want to sing, dance and play
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Plato called the day Poseidonia
Yado was a time for Persian pride
Caesar celebrated Saturnalia
While German pagans practiced Yuletide
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Jewish candles light up Hannuka
Japanese ring Oshogatsu bells                                                  
Christ’s Holy Night and jolly Santa
Bring carols, gifts, choirs of angels

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Call it by any other name
The purpose remains the same
A time to bring joy and cheer
To the dark side of the year  Image

By whatever name you ordain
When the sun’s on the rebound                                           
Have a holiday pleasantly insane                                           
And spread the joy all around

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