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John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Happy Xmas War is Over campaign

Updated on December 21, 2015

Happy Xmas (War is over)

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was a number two chart hit for the late John Lennon back in 1971. All these years later the words of the song are even more relevant.

Former-Beatle Lennon was calling for World Peace and was saying that war would be over when enough people wanted it to cease. The power was with the people not the governments. What John Lennon said then rings just as true today.

Give Peace a Chance

Recording "Give Peace a Chance". Left to right: Rosemary Leary ( face not visable), Tommy Smothers (with back to camera), John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Yoko Ono, Judy Marcioni and Paul Williams (1969) Source: Roy Kerwood
Recording "Give Peace a Chance". Left to right: Rosemary Leary ( face not visable), Tommy Smothers (with back to camera), John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Yoko Ono, Judy Marcioni and Paul Williams (1969) Source: Roy Kerwood

John and Yoko's peace campaign

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono have become icons as peace campaigners. The celebrity couple staged many high profile publicity events with the purpose of talking about peace.

John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance, released in 1969, by The Plastic Ono band on Apple Records had become an earlier statement of what he believed in. It reached number two in the British singles charts and has become an anthem for peace campaigners.

Lennon argued that people thought the world was run by governments and blame them for the problems we all see but we forget that it is the same people who vote for and support these governments. The real power lies with the people. Power To The People gavehimanother hit in 1970 when the song which again spells out John Lennon's simple message reached number six in the charts.

Lennon explained that what he and Yoko wanted to see was for people all over the world to come together on wanting peace. They wanted to see people talking about peace, working for peace, praying for peace, thinking about peace, publicising peace, doing whatever came to mind for the cause of peace.

John and Yoko wanted people to get into the idea of "War Is Over" and to state it, believe it, shout it, display it. The idea was that if enough people all want world peace then it will be. If enough people believe that war is over then we will have a peaceful world.

The couple wanted to see people displaying posters stating WAR IS OVER. If enough people got the message it would work - that was their idea.

John and Yoko wanted Peace as their Christmas present to everyone. Lennon explains his ideas in the video I have included below, and he says how the mutual thing he and Yoko had found from their love for each other was PEACE!

John Lennon and Yoko Ono - WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

Peace campaigning and the Law of Attraction

For the past few years many people have been talking about and practising a positive philosophy that has come to be known as the Law of Attraction and 'The Secret'. Basically the idea is that we get from the universe what we focus on and visualise, because in so doing we create the world we get. The idea is that we live in a world of mind and that what we get is fashioned from both our good and bad thoughts and desires.

Many people claim that the law of Attraction works for them and gets them the results they are looking for and want to see in their lives. The chorus of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) goes "War is over if you want it..." so that is what it is all really about.

We the people have to join with John and Yoko in believing that war is over and that the world is in a state of peace. A state of peace NOW, not tomorrow or next year but that we are in a peaceful world!

I am going to keep the videos included here up on my Facebook wall over this Christmas period and hope that many people will join me in promoting peace. Maybe the reason we haven't got it yet is that not enough people heeded John Lennon's songs all those years back? maybe not enough people realised that he was right when he sung "Power to the people" because the real power is with each one of us?

John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over if you want it)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your feedback! I am glad you enjoyed my hub!

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      RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

      I well remember the peace movement and John and Yoko's involment. Who can forget their "bed in" for peace? This is a very timely article with a very nice meaning. The videos are great!

      Thanks for reminding us what John and Yoko were all about!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comments, FCEtier and Edwin!

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      Edwin Clark 6 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Things would probably being much different if Lennon was alive. I was just a kid in NYC when he was murdered and remember so many people crying including my dad.

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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Keep up the good writing, Bard.

      War is a racket!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful tribute to a man who was way ahead of his time and an artistic and marketing genius. Can you imagine what he could have done with internet marketing?

      It's frustrating that the US is further from peace today than we were back then. I can and do hold the image of peace in my mind on a daily basis and one of my favorite Lennon songs is Imagine.

      Thanks for sharing this thought provoking hub.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Darski! Merry Xmas! :)

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      My dearest music man, I love this hub. I love John L and always will, he was a true leader, artist and humanitarian. Let's all pray for peace on Earth, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Your a great friend, writer and music man. Love & peace darski rate up

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Peace back! :)

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      SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ....Peace!....