Seasons of Love

A cup.

Lately, if you’ve tuned into the interwebs, you’ve heard some commotion about the Starbuck’s “Christmas” cup. 

What’s the issue? It doesn’t have SNOWFLAKES. It’s red, it’s green, but there are snowflakes missing…and it’s created somewhat of an uproar.

And all I can say is…WOW. I think Jesus is just shaking his head in sadness. In the fact that we seem to be missing the point of Christmas altogether with petty arguments such as this.

Because like it or not people, this is not what Christmas is about.

This month, I have the honor and privilege of being part of It Happened One Christmas at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City.

It truly is a lovely show, fusing Christmas favorites from both prose and music into a delightful story.

One of the songs, is Seasons of Love, from the Broadway show RENT.

And, quite frankly, it’s a brilliant choice for the holiday season.

Allow me to remind you of the lyrics:

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Moments so dear

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Six hundred minutes

How do you measure-measure a year

 

In daylights- in sunsets

In midnites- in cups of coffee

In inches- in miles

In laughter- in strife

 

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Six hundred minutes

How do you measure a year in the life

How about love

How about love

How about love

Measure in love

Seasons of love

Seasons of love

 

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Journeys to plan

Five hundred twenty-five thousand

Six hundred minutes

How do you measure the life

Of a woman or a man

 

In truth that she learns

Or in times that he cried

In bridges he burned

Or the way that she dies

 

Its time now to sing out

Tho the story never ends

Lets celebrate

Remember a year in the life of friends

 

Remember the love

Remember the love

Remember the love

Measure in love

Seasons of love

Seasons of love

Measure in love. IN LOVE. IN LOVE. IN LOVE.

Christmas, dear folks, is not about a snowflake count on a coffee cup. It’s about love. About giving. About selflessness. About heart.

It’s not about the material. It’s about the moments shared with those that you love. It’s about celebrating the goodness that exists in one another - in cherishing the tiny moments that slip under our radar all too often in other moments of the year.

Christmas is about birth. About life. About love. About celebration. It should be a day when we all come together - not an excuse to further any divide.

Let’s celebrate. 

Let’s forget about the naysayers - and remember the love.