Dashing Down the Aisles

Santa pushing a shopping cart.To the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

Dashing down the aisles,
with a three-wheeled shopping cart.
I always wait too long.
It isn’t very smart.

Register bells ring,
Making wallets light.
Oh what a pain it is to be
shopping late tonight.

Oh, I feel bad, the family’s mad,
I think I’ve lost my mind.
Too late to shop on Amazon
I’m always way behind. Hey!

Full of  doubt, all stressed out
Pressure all the day!
What a drag it is to shop
the brick-and-mortar way.

Michael James Fitzgerald

"There Is Faint Music" by Dan Forrest — University of Utah Singers

I love this performance of Dan Forrest’s “There Is Faint Music” by the University of Utah Singers conducted by Dr. Brady Allred.

There is faint music in the night
and pale wings fanned by silver flight.
A frosty hill with tender glow
of countless stars that shine on snow.

A shelter from the winter storm,
a straw-lined manger safe and warm,
and Mary singing lullabies
to hush her Baby’s sleepy sighs.

Her eyes are fixed upon His face,
unheeded here is time and space.
Her heart is filled with blinding joy
for God’s own Son, her baby boy.

Of countless stars that shine on snow
for God’s own Son, her baby boy.

[First posted in December 2015.]

"In the Bleak Midwinter" Performed by James Taylor

I love James Taylor’s arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Courtesy of Spotify.

 

In the bleak midwinter,
icy wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone.
Snow on snow had fallen,
snow on snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long and long ago.

Angels and archangels,
may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim
rising  in the air.
Oh but only Mary,
in her maiden bliss
worshiped the Beloved
with a mother’s kiss.

Heaven cannot hold Him
nor can earth sustain.
Heaven and earth shall fall away
when He comes to reign.

What then can I give him,
empty as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would know my part.
What then can I give Him
I must give my heart.

[First posted in December 2015.]

Free Audio Recording of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

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Here’s a free, dramatic reading of one of my favorite Christmas books, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. (I wrote about A Christmas Carol in a previous post.) The award-winning Carol is narrated wonderfully by Bruce Newbold, with Bryce Chamberlain, the father in the original 1964 version of Man’s Search for Happiness, playing a convincing Scrooge. I listened to the whole thing in one day (it’s 3 1/2 hours long). It’s downloadable by the way. An undeniable classic.

[An earlier version of this post was first published in December 2017.]

I Don’t

“I Don’t” from Goldendate [Washington] Sentinel, Oct. 24 1918
My parents told me not to smoke—
I don’t;
Nor listen to a naughty joke—
I don’t.
They made it plain I must not wink
At pretty girls, or even think
About intoxicating drink—
I don’t.

To dance and flirt is very wrong—
I don’t.
Wild youths chase women, wine and song—
I don’t.
I kiss no girls, not even one—
I do not know how it is done—
You wouldn’t think I had much fun—
I DON’T.

Author Unknown

From “I Don’t,” Goldendale [Washington] Sentinel, October 24, 1918, page 1. (Cited here.)