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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

December 19, 2012

Holiday music – new words bring new meaning to old tunes
I love holiday music. When I hear the melody of “Silent Night” or “Jingle Bells,” I can’t help but join in. Fortunately, I know the words to just about every Christmas song ever written. Unfortunately, not many people love hearing me sing them. I’m not gifted in that regard.

The music of the season has a special magic to it. We hear it for a short time each year and it sticks with us. It’s amazing how many songs we know – by heart – from hearing them over and over through the decades. The words etch themselves permanently within us.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack frost nipping at your nose. All is calm; all is bright. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. A partridge in a pear tree.

I’ve wondered, what does it mean, exactly, to troll the ancient yuletide carol? When we don gay apparel, does that mean the clothing itself is happy, or wearing it makes us happy? For that matter, how does one make the yuletide gay? What sort of reindeer games did Rudolf not get to play? Who was mommy really kissing under the mistletoe last night?

I don’t purport to possess all the answers to these caroling questions, but I do have a new twist to the season. Don’t worry; I’m not planning to sing. I merely took creative liberties with the wording to a few perennial favorites. Just for fun.

Sung to the tune (either on key or off) of “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas.” Try ‘em out at your family get-together this year. Enjoy.

“Joy to the World”

Joy to the world Black Friday has passed The shopping season grows Let every tree be filled with stash And packages topped with bows And packages topped with bows And packages, more packages topped with bows.

Joy to the world the credit card reigns Let’s all our plastic employ While charging to the max, credit limit strains But you’re spreading so much joy But you’re spreading so much joy But you’re spreading, spreading so darn much joy.

Don’t worry now, about the bills Or minimum payment amount Christmas is all about the thrills And charging to your account And charging to your account And charging, yes charging to your account.

Electronics rule the world, in gigabyte glory Found at your local mall But games and apps can’t tell the story Of the greatest gift of all Of the greatest gift of all Of the greatest, most worthy gift of all!

“Deck the Halls”

Hit the mall and bring your plastic (Fa la la la la, la la la la) Finding gifts is so fantastic (Fa la la la…) Stopping by at Bath and Body (Fa la la la…) Victoria’s Secret for your hottie (Fa la la la…).

See amazing deals before us (Fa la la la…) Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus (Fa la la la…) Spending adds to festive cheer (Fa la la la…) Swipe your card and pay next year (Fa la la la…).

Follow me through Abercrombie (Fa la la la…) Santa looks like he’s a zombie (Fa la la la…) From our wallets cash it passes (Fa la la la…) Celebrating with the masses (Fa la la la…).

Mailing out your family letter (Fa la la la…) While complaining ‘bout the weather (Fa la la la…) Sing we joyous all together (Fa la la la…) In an ugly Christmas sweater (Fa la la la…)!

“White Christmas”

I’m dreaming of an unplugged Christmas Like all the Christmases of old Where we’d sit and babble Play a game of Scrabble And no iPads were bought or sold.

I’m dreaming of an unplugged Christmas Just like our Christmas used to be Grandpa read from the good book There was no Kindle or Nook And the only thing glowing was the tree.

I’m dreaming of an unplugged Christmas Like back when Google was hardly a word Frosty was a new guy There was no WiFi No one texted, and tweets came from a bird.

I’m dreaming of an unplugged Christmas Just like the ones we used to know May your holidays be filled with love and cheer And may you have a wonder-filled New Year!


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