I just can't help it.
I cannot listen to John and Yoko's Christmas song, Happy Xmas, without thinking of how Lennon died, December 8, 1980.
It makes me sad. It shouldn't. Happy Xmas is a very good song, about a tough time in world history. We thought Vietnam was winding down when Happy Xmas was released in 1971. It's one of the very few Christmas songs that doesn't compel me to hit the "scan" button on my car radio.
It's a protest song with a high degree of optimism.
There's a lesson here-- accentuate Lennon's life, not his death. It's easier said than done.