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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Many Faces of Christmas – Shaped Wooden Puzzle from Sri Lanka~ Photographed by Mary Harrsch at an exhibit of over 900 nativity scenes hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Eugene, Oregon, USA

For Sri Lanka the war ended officially in May 2009.

However it is not over yet for many of the victims or families of victims. It is also not over for some people in whose hearts there still exist warring passions.

I hope and pray that the war will be over in a real sense for all of us soon and that the war affected people will be on the road to effective recovery.

I wish to share with you all the song” Happy Xmas (war is over) written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971.

I give you the words and a link to a marvelous rendition of the song by a Toronto based singer Roveena who is the daughter in law of a friend and old student of Jaffna College. I love her unique voice and magical singing. I am sure you will appreciate Roveena’s soulful rendition of this meaningful song at this time.

So here it is friends and once again “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” – DBSJ

Happy Xmas (War is Over)
John Lennon, Yoko Ono

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Xmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Xmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

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  1. DBSJ,
    Wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Enjoyed your blog this year too as always. Must be freezing in Canada. 32 degrees here in Melbourne on X’mas day.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Its cold but not that cold so far. Looks like we may not have a white Christmas this time in Toronto

    Thank you for wishes I and wish you and yours the same too.

  2. Hi DBS,

    She is a very very talented vocalist. Thanks for sharing this.
    Best Christmas wishes to you and your family.

    Regards,

    Ravin Wickramasinghe

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Hi Ravin,

    Long time no hear

    How are you keeping?

    Why dont you e-mail me please?

    Yes Roveena has a captivating voice and sings so well

    Thank you for wishes

    Wish you a happy Christmas

  3. DBSJ,

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family. May transcurrents, tamilweek and other websites run by you also continue to inform, provide the medium for discussion and enlighten in the new year as they have in an exemplary manner in the past year. These websites serve all Sri Lankans and those of Sri Lankan origin now. This is an achievement that has to be further built upon in the New Year.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for sentiments expressed. I hope you will continue to contribute to these fora

    Wish you a happy Christmas and all the very best for the new year

  4. I take this oppurtunity to wish merry christmas to mr. dbsj & especialy to mr yogesh karayalar.

    Thank you. Wish you the same too……..DBSJ

  5. Lovely voice.

    Lets end the spirit of war

    Wish you a very happy Christmas dear David

    Thank you Mariam. Wish you the same too…………DBSJ

  6. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too.
    DBSJ, you are right. She does have a unique voice.

    Than you. Happy Christmas and best for New year……….DBSJ

  7. A Very Merry X Mas & a Happy New Year to you Jeyaraj and Roveena for her soulful rendition of John Lennon’s song.

    With the end of the war in the island let us hope that the New Year brings Justice & Dignity to all it’s people irrespective of their race,language or faith.

    Thank you. Best wishes to you……..DBSJ

  8. A Blessed Christmas to you and yours DBS Anna.

    A Blessed Christmas to members of this forum.

    With kindest regards.

    Vishvajith.

    Thank you and wish you the same……….DBSJ

  9. Merry Christmas and a blessed new year to DBSJ and Family,
    Wishes to all who read DBSJ blog too.
    My best wsihes for Roveena who sang so magnificiently I hope I can hear her sing Amazing Grace.

    This message is for all who lost loved ones in the terrible war that we had in Sri Lanka. May your memories of your loved ones be gentle as a soft wind across the face. And may those memories bring your loved one closer to your heart.

    If you hate the Sinhalese dont be too hard. For here is one that loves you no matter what you believe in.

    With best wishes

    Dilshan Ferdinando
    Sri Lanka

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Dilshan. Yes she is a wonderful singer> I would love to hear Roveena sing some hymn classics and spirituals.

    No Dilshan, the bulk of our people dont hate each other. The few comments emitting hatred are but a miniscule fraction of the total number of readers. As in many instances a vociferous minority continues to hog the megaphone and convey a distorted message

    Wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and happy new year my friend

  10. What a voice Mr DBSJ. Great.

    WISH YOU AND ALL THOSE WHO COME TO THIS BLOG A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    Thank you MaheshHappy christmas to you………..DBSJ

  11. Dear Mr.& Mrs.D.B.S.Jeyarajah .

    WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

    SENTHI UNCLE,AUNTY LYDIA YOGAN & RUKSHI.

    Thank you.Wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year -Senthi uncle,Neela aunty, Rikshi&Yogan……Jeyaraj/jeyaraj uncle

  12. Dear All,

    I am on the way to meet my friend R>>>m at Punnalaikkaduvan, Jaffna. Would be cheering the christmas with his “Nadduk koli” and “Lion” Beer.

    I am wishing you all “Love, Peace and Joy came down on earth on Christmas day to make you happy and cheerful. May Christmas spread cheer in your lives!”

    Hi DBSJ!

    I’ve started to follow your blog, last few years eventhough the blog has given lot of thoughts good sharing opportunity about the lanka , may keep on going It is that time of the year again, when you are thankful for everything merry and bright. May this Christmas be a delight! Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    Best Regards,
    Ratnam

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Mr.Thavaratnam. Wish you a happy christmas. Be careful the “lion” beer might gobble up the “Naatukkoli”

  13. Wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year, DBSJ!

    Thank you and wish you the same too……….DBSJ

  14. .

    A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You and Family.

    🙂

    Thank you and wish you the same………..DBSJ

  15. Its a lovely and very appropriate.I always sing this song or want to hear it during this season.

    So this is Xmas, hope you have fun DBSJ. Good tidings for you and for all our friends in the blog.

    Have a joyful Xmas.

    Let there be Peace within our hearts and peace around us.

    Thank you very much.Wish you a very joyful Christmas and a bright,prosperous New Year…………DBSJ

  16. Joyeux Noel et une heureuse nouvelle année. Je suis impressionné par son chant. Je pense Roveena a une saveur de chansons country. C’est une de mes chansons préférées de noel.

    kanian

    merci beacoup.Joyeux Noel et une heureuse nouvelle année pour vous…………..DBSJ

  17. DBSJ, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Here is a beautiful song by Vaani Jayaram

    http://tamilweek.com/thiruvedkai/archives/30

    “Descending on earth Lord, today ~
    Surrounding the good people, as a bundle of joy” ~ ~

    Poet laureate Kannadasan’s song rendered by Vaani Jeyaram, with music composition by M.S. Visvanathan ~ in Tamil movie ‘Punitha Anthoniyar”, released in 1977:

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Dexter and thanks for the song.One of our favourites. Merry Christmas and happy new year

  18. Wish you and your family merry christmas. May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas!

    Thank you. Wish you and your family the same. God bless you all……….DBSJ

  19. Dear DBSJ

    I have been your fan since mid 80s, you are one of the most powerful and gifted journalists I have ever come across. I miss your investigative journalistic reports.

    Please write about the appropriate options for the TNA at this juncture.

    I wish you a merry X’mas, happy New Year and Pongal valzthuhal.

    Thank you for sentiments and wishes.Wish you a merry Christmas and Happy new year. Also “iniya pongal vaalthukkal”………….DBSJ

  20. Dear DBSJ,

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    You have done a great service to the Sri Lankan community by providing an active forum for discussion, civilised mainly, heated at times. This is a far better strategy than resorting to guns and violence.

    May you long continue this work allowing all Sri Lankans to air their views and help develop a better understanding of each other.

    Thank you.Merry Christmas and Happy new year………….DBSJ

  21. Hello DBSJ,
    Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for sharing wonderful song. Your site give opportunity to all. Hope god will give you lots of energy to write without fear. Please keep writing. Best of Luck.

    Theepan

    Thank you very much. Compliments of the season…………DBSJ

  22. hi DBS
    Good luck, hope our people have a great future.Again wish you a good health and brilliant new year…
    Cheers

    Thank you.Happy new year………..DBSJ

  23. Totally agree with your opening statement.

    Hope warring passions wane and normalcy returns,

    Peace and Good Health to you and your loved in the coming year.

    “Merry X’mas”and hope Santa will bring you a surprise.

    Kalu Albert

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you. Happy Christmas.The best Santa surprise will be “Kalu” turning “Sudu” in 2012

  24. DBSJ,

    Wishing you a very merry x’mas and a happy new year. Media plays a strategic role in bringing harmony and prosperity to the country. Please continue with your writeups that would directly or indirectly contribute to peace and harmony in 2012.

    As a Pro Tamil I will do my best to accept the Rajapaksa leadership and support any pragmatic solution tabled by the TNA. I also hope the opposition UNP can regroup and act as competent opposition to ensure the prevalence of democracy.

    I also hope the likes of Leela and Kalu Albert in this forum are pragmatic and willing to heed constructive criticism of the ruling party rather than glorifying nepotism.

    Thank you.Compliments of the season………..DBSJ

  25. Dear Mr Jeyaraj,
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for writing and providing an invaluable source of news, commentary and more illumination than most of the newspapers in Sri Lanka.

    Thank you.Merry Christmas&Happy new year…………DBSJ

  26. Dear DSB J:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year for you, your loved ones and all those avid readers of your blog.

    Have immensely benefitted reading your blog, particularly the topics on the conflict of this nation. May the almighty will give you good health and well-being in the years to come to let you to do what you are best at doing. Take care.

    Thank you.Merry Christmas&Happy New Year……….DBSJ

  27. Merry Christmas and happy New year DBSJ.Thanks for linking us all to listen to that wonderful voice!Bravo Roveena!

    Thanks Karan.Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you………..DBSJ

  28. Thavaratnam,

    Oooh, My mouth is watering.
    Will try to visit Jaffna and other places in 2012, the places I have read about since about 1985

  29. Christmas is a celebration that is both unique and special in Sri Lanka. If we extrapolate that spirit to the rest of the 364 days, what a wonderful place our Island can be!

    I still remember an incident where a friend in Colombo who is a Singhalese Buddhist, had an employee who was a Hindu Tamil(driver) whom on christmas day gave him a nicely wrapped framed picture of Lord buddha!

  30. Dear Shri DBSJ,
    Thanks for sharing a good song with sweet voice.
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

    JEY

    Thank you.Wish you the same………..DBSJ

  31. Dear Shri DBSJ,

    Merry christmas, Happy New Year to you, your family and friends.
    GOD bless you all.

    JEY

    Thanks.Wish you the same………DBSJ

  32. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all.
    Put all your differences behind and lead a happy life.
    With Light and Love,
    Jeyapalan

    Compliments of the season……..DBSJ

  33. Dear DBSJ

    Wish you a merry christmas,and thanks for all the time you have spent on us reading and moderating the stuff we dish out.

    Thank you very much Shankar.Compliments of the season…………DBSJ

  34. Dear DBSJ,
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year for you,& your family.

    Thank you.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family………….DBSJ

  35. Wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas DBSJ, as well as a happy and prosperous 2012…

    Wish the same to all my unseen friends on the blog.. May the discussions be fruitful and the occasional banter devoid of malice 🙂 Enjoy the holiday period and stay safe..

    Thank you and wish you the same too……….DBSJ

  36. Wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to you and yours.

    Thank you for being a voice of reason and moderation over the last year. You embody what all Sri Lankans should aspire to be – calm, collected and rational in thought and action.

    May 2012 bring us more riches of your writings.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for your very kind sentiments and wishes “Quasimodo”.Hopefully the bells will peal and not toll at Notre dame. Wish you and yours a merry Christmas and happy new year

  37. dear jey,
    wishing you and your family a merry xmas and a happy english new year.i wish all my fellow members of this forum a merry xmas and happy english new year.

    Thank you and wish you the same too………..DBSJ

  38. Dear Rajan Annan,
    We wish bothyou and your wife a Merry christmas with fullof love and Peace.

    Paappa and Devarajan (Australia)

    Thank you very much. Wish all of you a very joyful Christmas and a bright,prosperous,peaceful New Year ………….Rajan

  39. Dear Mr. DBSJ,

    Wishing you and your wife a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. All the best to you in 2012!

    Cheers.

    Thank you and wish you the same………DBSJ

  40. Dear DBSJ

    Wish you a merry christmas,and happy new year.
    you make room to us reading and vishulising a lot and knowing many unseen friends.

    samarasekara

    Thanks. Wish you the same……….DBSJ

  41. Nice picture and nice song.
    Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year
    to DBSJ and family
    and all bloggers

    Thank you and wish you the same………DBSJ

  42. Hi DBSJ

    Happy Xmas& Happy new year to you and your family.I AM PARIS TODAY.WONDAFUL WEATHER. WE CAN SAY GLOBAL WORMING. KEEP UP YOUR NOBLE WORK….I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK TO NEXT YEAR

    Thank you.Wish you the same too……….DBSJ

  43. Hi DBS,
    Belated wish, Merry Christmas and Happy new years to you and your family.
    Thank you for the sheet volume you published on various topics during 2011 and wish you strength and courage to continue your valuable contribution that triggers discussions in the years to come.

    Thank you for the sentiments expressed Lakshman and the wishes. Compliments of the season to you and yours………..DBSJ

  44. Hi DBS,
    Wish you a Marry Christmas and a Happy new year. Hope the coming year will solve the ethnic problems in Sri Lanka.

    Thank you. Wish the same&wish you the same………..DBSJ

  45. Hi DBS

    Douglas Devananda is the Jesus Christ of Tamils in Sri Lanka.Jesus and Douglas was both born in December. I ask you once again DBS to write nice article comparing Jesus and Douglas. I think Douglas is even grate because he is not put on cross like Jesys

  46. I am to Lord Douglas what Hanuman was to Lord Rama.Like Sree Rama Bhaktha Hanuman I am Thiru Douglas Bhaktha Kurangu

  47. Hi DBS

    I beg of you.Please write about the god on earth Douglas Devananda.You publish my comments but wont write about him. Please write otherwise like Hanuman this kurangu will set fire to Ilangapuri

  48. Dear Mr. D. B. S. Jayaraj:
    I wish you and your loved one the Best Compliments of the Season and A Happy & Prosperous New Year with 2012 bring you good tidings.

    I enjoy reading your writing and I firmly believe that your are ready to write an epic on the 26 year war its beginning and its aftermath which is still a work in progress that does not please me at all. However, I am just one may be among a few who believe in equity and justice and the very fact that I am now a Canadian Citizen tells me that I have chosen my home to be Canada. However, I still impart with my views until someone tells me to shut up from Sri Lanka.

    Once again, keep well and keep writing…

    Sincerely yours,
    Noel

    Thank you very much.Compliments of the season………….DBSJ

    Noel Goonesekera
    Toronto, ON Canada

  49. Happy New Year!
    We survived 2011.
    We enjoyed your incredible hard work and creative writing.
    Wish you can maintain the same dedication in 2012………… and so on.
    Long life.

    Thank You. Happy New Year………..DBSJ

  50. Dear DBS, wish you all the season’s greetings.
    I used to read all of your articles and soemtimes amazed at the informations contained within those articles.
    Everyone knows the corruption and lawlessness back in Srilanka. I wish you write articles on the responsibilities of the journalists, professional associations on these matters. Many of them are either in deep slumber or singing to the tunes of the power in order to save their skin.

    Thank you.Compliments of the season………..DBSJ

  51. Dear DBSJ ,

    Belated seasonal greetings and wish you and your loved ones all the best for the year 2012.
    DBSJ I enjoy reading your balanced and very informative writings, keep up good work .looking forward to read your timely articles in the future, thanks again for your unbiased contribution for the SL journalism.

    Sincerely

    Rasika srilal
    Srilanka

    Thank you. Compliments of the season………….DBSJ

  52. Dear DBS anna,
    Christmas greetings, albeit late and the very best wishes to you and yours throughout the new year.
    Your blog continues to be a source of hope to many and I am grateful for the service you do to Sri Lankans everywhere, helping us all understand each other, moderates and noisier folk alike.

    Power to your fingers in 2012!

    Jivaka

    Thank you.Compliments of the season………..DBSJ

  53. The National conundrum has reached a climax. The political manoeuvring of the two contestants has all the intricacies of a game of Chess; But, the pawns sacrificed are humans of flesh and blood!

    Our country is a land of unlimited potentials. We probably have the best human capital on planet earth, – intelligent, resourceful, and hardworking.

    In fact, if not for the few adaptations of Language and Religion, that we had embraced along our path, we are one and the same people.

    The island has the best features for human habitation, – plentiful natural resources, fabulous fauna and flora, pleasing landscapes, conducive climate, and comforting weather.

    Let us allow at least our children to enjoy these God given luxuries. Let us usher in a Sri Lanka spring 2012.

  54. Dear DBSJ

    A belated Christmas wish and a wish for very happy and a healthy new year for you and the family.

    It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to participate in this blog.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Ranjan and compliments of the season to you. Hope you would continue to participate in 2012 too

  55. dear saba,
    what’s ur opininon on the mayan prediction on 21 12 2012?`
    eagerly awaiting for ur response.
    mani

    Manivannan,Sorry machang but I have no opinion at the moment………….Sabapathy

  56. Dear DBSJ

    I wish you a very happy 2012 and i hope you continue make us all happy with your articles.I remember you had some health problems last year.I hope you are better now and they are permanently sorted and i hope you are doing a daily walk.

    God bless you

    shankar

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Shankar. Canadian weather does not permit a daily outdoor walk but then we do improvise. Wish you a happy 2012 and may God bless you

  57. What a lovely song & it’s much sweeter when heard through a Sri Lankan voice.

    Dear Mr. DBSJ, I wish you and your family and all your readers a very happy, peaceful & prosperous New Year 2012!!!!!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Harshe. Wish you a very happy 2012 and I look forward to your continuous participation on this blog.

  58. Happy New Year. As a Sinhalese reading your articles faithfully, My prayer is that you would keep on playing the role of a true moderator between Sinhalese and Tamil and eventually help bring these two races together. In these days of free information flow, people can see through agenda within days and those who carry them will never survive as peacemakers. Reading your articles I see that you are a true Sri Lankan who wish that all Sri Lankans live together happily together. Let that be our joint wish for this year. It is still a long shot, but every journey starts with a single step. Thank you for your courage and your unbiased stand.

    Thank you.Happy new year………..DBSJ

  59. Ayubowan !

    May your happiness increase like the price of Vegetables;

    May your worries disappear like the Greese yakas;

    May your enemies be punished like Sarath Fonseka;

    May you be protected like Duminda Silva;

    May you be highly qualified in an instant like Namal Rajapaksa;

    May your wealth and property increase like the Rajapaksa Brothers;

    May you live a never ending like the current presidency;

    May you be always victorious like the Rajapaksa Family;

    Have a Happy New year in Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka!!!

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