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Fun Friday–Playlist First-Line Christmas Poem

Friday, December 3, 2010

Awhile back, we did the playlist first-line poem. I’m adapting it for the Christmas season! Just in case you’ve never played, here’s how you do it:

Using your iPod, your MP3 player, your iTunes, your Windows Media Player, (set on Shuffle/Random) or or set to your Christmas music playlist, create a “free-form poem” by writing down the first line of a song, then skipping to the next song. Try at least 20 and see what you come up with—and feel free to arrange/group them so they make some kind of sense. (When you run out of “skips” on Pandora, just refresh the page.)

Here’s mine:
It’s the holiday season—
Oh, by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly.
The holly and the ivy. . .
Holly’s in the window!

I just came back from a lovely trip along the Milky Way,
Over the river and through the woods—
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.
I saw three ships go sailing by
In the little village of Bethlehem.

I don’t much care if I am the last in line to see
Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside.
The snow is snowing, and the wind—it is blowing.
Oh the weather outside is frightful;
It’s a marshmallow world in the winter.

I pray on Christmas,
Seven days a week, every week of the month, and every month of the year:
I’ll be home for Christmas.
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays!

I’m doing my Christmas dreaming a little early this year—
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
A snow covered house on a hilltop.
I believe, I believe.

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.
I never will forget the station where we met,
The song that you sang so sweetly.
The flame we kindled hasn’t dwindled at all.
I really can’t stay.

Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, “Throw cares away!”
I heard the bells on Christmas Day:
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
The jingle bells are jingling, the streets are white with snow;
Old Mr. Kringle is soon going to jingle the bells that’ll tingle all your troubles away—
Sleighbells ring—are you listening?

It came upon a midnight clear,
The blessed dawn of Christmas Day.
There’s a new little boy in the neighborhood—
Jesus, Jesus, oh, what a wonderful child!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—
Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

  1. Friday, December 3, 2010 9:19 am

    This brings a whole new meaning to the term “open verse” :0)


  2. Friday, December 3, 2010 9:58 am

    The skies don’t seem to be as dark as usual,
    O come all ye faithful,
    Come and see what’s happenin’ in the barn,
    Sweet little Jesus boy, born in a manger.

    Silent night, holy night,
    Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
    See the virgin is delivered in a cold and crowded stall,
    I heard the bells on Christmas day.

    Sin had separated man’s communion with God,
    Hark, the herald angels sing,
    Joy to the world, the Lord is come,

    Look up! Fear not, the angel said,
    Over the skies of Bethlehem appeared a star,
    Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem,
    O’er mountains and valleys it led them each night.

    Little town of Bethlehem, looks like another silent night,
    Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
    It’s not just about the manger where the baby lay,
    Hail, hail to the newborn king!

    (Ok, I cheated just a tiny bit. I couldn’t figure out where to cram in Good King Wenceslas and Mr. Heat Miser, so I threw the bums out :0)


  3. Friday, December 3, 2010 11:52 am

    That’s fun. I don’t have a play list, but I enjoyed yours! 🙂


  4. Sara Aimee permalink
    Saturday, December 4, 2010 7:53 am

    Love this! I will have to try it, too! Love the snow on your blog site, too!


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