25 Days of Thanks- Day 4

Thankful- Carol of the Bells

Thanks to many Christmas Concerts growing up, I learned the words to many carols as the years at St. Jude’s went on.  Joy to the World- check.  Angels We Have Heard On High- check.  O Christmas Tree- check. Heck even, Twas the Night Before Christmas- check.

My favorite Christmas Carol dances between two.  Some years it’s Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  But most years it’s Carol of the Bells, any version.

Problem is that I have no clue what the words are.  I muffle through it when it comes on the radio but it mostly sounds like one long, “Hmmm Naaaa Sinnnngggg Bellllllssss christMAAAASSSSSssss”.

I first remember hearing it in the epic classic, the STILL SHOULD BE PLAYED ON THANKSGIVING masterpiece, Home Alone.

Soon after my Dad got the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CD and that version rocked my socks.  The melody drives you and the little “electical” touches they put make my hands start waving like a conductor at an orchestra.  Since this version was the easiest to stick with, I could tell you where the little “bings” and “bongs” are very easily.  But very little words to this version.

Now, if you happen to pass by my house when the song is on, you again won’t hear the words, you’ll probably hear my version.  Which goes a little something like this:

(The first 45ish seconds)

Hark how the bells
Sweet Christmas Smells
All seem to say
Jeff burned something today

Christmas is here
Bring in the beer
Don’t wait in the cold
I’ve still got a Jello Mold

Ding dong ding dong
That is the song
Of a working doorbell
But mine sounds like a zombie after the fall

One seems to hear
words of good cheer
from the lack of chairs
that I have to spare

Oh how I didn’t know
Turkey could turn into charcoal
Damn IPhone timer
being silenced by a damn reminder

Gaily they bring
side dishes to sing
songs of tossing my turkey cheer
Christmas is here

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,

On on they send,
texts without end,
their joyful tone to every home

Hark! How the people
Awesome Christmas sweater-ed people
All seem to say
Throw Cares Away

I’m sure I’ll learn the words one day but for now, I cool with either flailing my arms or sounding like I have marbles in my mouth.

Thanks for reading…


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