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Silly Christmas Poem

To provide something silly for Christmas with a serious point about the meaning of the festival

by Gordon and Ronni Lamont

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To provide something silly for Christmas - with a serious point about the meaning of the festival.

Preparation and materials

The Silly Christmas poem is a performance poem and will need to be rehearsed in advance by good readers with a sense of timing. As written it is split into four parts, but these are interchangeable and expandable, as long as Four (the joker) is always the same person.

Assembly

Introduce the 'Silly Christmas Poem' and invite everyone to sit back and enjoy!

ONE Christmas
TWO Time
THREE Mistletoe
FOUR And wine

ONE Glitter
TWO Snow
THREE Presents
FOUR D'oh

ALL D'oh?
FOUR The Simpsons Christmas special
ALL Oh ...
FOUR No, D'oh!
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Stars
TWO Trees
THREE Decorations
FOUR 'Ye's

ALL 'Ye's?
FOUR O come all ye faithful, Ye three kings, Ye wish you a merry ...
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Christmas
TWO Time
THREE Mistletoe
FOUR And whine - ing

ALL Whining?
FOUR (whines) Oh why didn't I get that ... it's not fair ... Mum, Mum, why can't I get up yet ...
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Shepherds
TWO Angels
THREE Bright new star
FOUR Visitors

ONE Camels
TWO Gifts from afar
FOUR Gifts for the car

ALL Gifts for the car?
FOUR Aunt Mabel always buys Dad a sponge and some car shampoo.
He must have twenty unopened super car cleaner gift boxes. He even ...
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Partying
TWO Carolling
THREE Crackering
FOUR Ding a ling ...

ONE Laughing
TWO And frolicking
THREE Wallace
FOUR And Gromiting

ONE Christmas pudding
TWO Christmas cake
THREE Christmas turkey
FOUR Christmas holly and tofu spicy vegetarian bake ... It's for Aunt Mabel.
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Baby
TWO In stable
THREE New life
FOUR Aunt Mabel

ONE Aunt Mabel?
FOUR Er, it's rhyming slang. Aunt Mabel, new table, one leg's higher, welcome Messiah!
ALL Thank you, we get the idea.

ONE Baby
TWO So small
THREE New life
FOUR For all ...

ONE Live life
TWO To the full
ALL Even Aunt Mabel.

Time for reflection

Dear God,
Thank you for fun, for getting together with friends and family.
For presents and games and things to eat and drink.
Thank you that you want us to celebrate and have fun at Christmas time.
Thank you that we're all invited to the party.
Amen.

Song/music

(sung to the tune of 'Jingle Bells')

Christmas bells
All is well
We're all having fun.
Games and jokes and things to eat
Joy to everyone.
Oh, Christmas bells
All is well
We're all having fun.
It's party time for the new-born babe
And everyone's welcome.
Publication date: December 2000   (Vol.2 No.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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