In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono rented twenty-two billboards across eleven different cities and posted a simple message, “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.”
The message became a song in 1971 which began with the following words whispered by Yoko and then John, “Happy Christmas, Kyoko” and “Happy Christmas, Julian”. John and Yoko are wishing their children a Happy Christmas. People have mistakenly thought that they were whispering greetings to each other.
The song was recorded October 1971 and released December 1971 originally a protest against the war in Vietnam, but it is now seen as a message of hope from the murdered Beatle that the people of the world could put aside their differences and live in peace. Whatever your personal feelings are about John and Yoko you have to agree that the theme is pertinent to all of us, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one without any tears.”