Win Big Money…Maybe a Ha’penny

by Brad Nelson11/10/15

Christmas is coming early this year by mandate of your beloved Editor. So don’t fight it. Just think of me as the equivalent of a campus mob who demands adherence to groupthink. What can I say? The Left always said that conservatives have an authoritarian streak.

This is a contest. Your task is to write at least two original stanzas to the song below. It can be a continuation of the spirit of the song, a parody, contain political commentary, be funny, be sad…anything you want. But do at least two stanzas. The chorus is optional (the third stanza). Now, Johnny, tell them what they will win:

A brand new car!

Okay, not really, unless you desire a Hot Wheels. The winner will receive a $10.00 PayPal gift certificate. If you don’t have a PayPal account then the Editor will make a $10.00 donation to one of this site’s favorite charities.

Fine print (to be read as fast as humanly possible): All sales are final. No cash value. Cheapening of the dollar due to Obama’s economic policies is not the fault of StubbornThings. Unlike most contests, all employees and family of ST are eligible. The Editor will be completely impartial, as always, in judging entrees, including his own. If he wins, tough noogie, but I suspect one of you will do better.

Here’s the song written by Meredith Willson in 1951 and sung by Der Bingle. Get ready. Set. Go.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the Five and Ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel
One in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart, right within your heart


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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3 Responses to Win Big Money…Maybe a Ha’penny

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s my official entry. And, yes, you can enter more than once:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Hitler
    See the world go nuts
    Merkel is flooding them
    With Jihadist single men
    Bringing death by at least a 1000 cuts

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Hitler
    In college at Mizzou
    And the ugliest site to see
    Is the hucksters of PC
    White’s this new world’s Jew

    A better health care plan and education reform
    Is the wish of Carson, Ben
    Polls that climb and never decline
    Is the hope of Trumpian men
    And all the Left can hardly wait
    To tar them both again

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Everywhere you fare.
    There’s an atheist group in town
    Contemplating with a frown
    The crèche set up inside the courthouse square.

    It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas
    In schools and in the stores.
    Singing some holiday songs
    As long as the holiday’s gone,
    No carols, Claus, or Christ from days of yore.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The Editor is not officially supposed to talk about ongoing entries until the contest is finished. (When? I’m not sure yet.) But you may have knocked BN out of the top spot.

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