Ono released a statement saying, "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean." A vigil was planned for Sunday, December 14th, when mourners could assemble to pay their last respects. Reports estimated that the attendance at vigils around the world was in the millions: 30,000 in Liverpool, where Lennon grew up; 2,000 in Chicago; 4,500 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver; several thousand in Melbourne, Australia. The largest vigil was held in Lennon's adopted hometown of New York. At 2 p.m. on that brisk afternoon, 100,000 fans observed ten minutes of silence in Central Park, which ended with "Imagine" being played over the loudspeakers.
''Chestnuts [The Christmas Song]'' has plenty going for it: embers, tots, reindeer, an assurance of everything in its right place, and that 1-to-92 target demographic. But it can't hold a candle to the depth and richness of ''Merry Little Christmas,'' which wins our hearts by celebrating a quality that's even more intrinsic to the season: emotional ambivalence.
'''Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' manages to be happy and sad at the same time, hopeful but full of melancholy, as all the best Christmas songs are,'' says Bette Midler...