Saturday, December 17, 2005

Hark!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat,
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat.

If you have no penny, a hay penny will do.
If you have no hay penny then God bless you,
If you have no hay penny then God bless you.

I remember learning this Christmas carol in the fourth grade, and I've never forgotten it. (A fact my husband detests every December.) I think half the fourth grade sang it and the other half played it on their recorders. I remember Good King Wenceslas following it, too.

Good King Wenceslas looked down on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and thick and even...

Now I'm trying to teach my kids all the carols I know. So many have funny words or don't seem to make any sense. And often I can't help but make up my own meaning.

"Mom, what's a hay penny?"
"A hay penny is made out of hay that's been pressed together really tight. It was cheaper to make them that way a long time ago during wars when they needed to use all the metal to make chains for the prisoners."

But I can never keep a straight face, hence the truth is always given away.

So, if any of you who happen by this blog ever need any help with your Mental Carol Catalogue, I would be glad to assist! I know quite a few, and I'm a bit mental.
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