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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 Pandora.com or AccuRadio.com 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:
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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!

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

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

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  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,
    Hallelujah,Hallelujah,Hallelujah,Hallelujah,Hallelujah!

    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)

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

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

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  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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