Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Holidays 2007

If you want to be a part of the latest craze
Just take your favorite greeting for the holidays
Then use some synonyms to write a paraphrase
Change the words but not the meaning that the greeting conveys

May your Kwanzaa be full of elation (hope that it's as happy as can be)
Hope your Christmas bring you exaltation (celebrating 'neath the Christmas tree)
May your Hannukah be blissful, full of joy and mirth
And may New Year's Eve inaugurate an age of peace and love on Earth

Let's wish all Muslims an idyllic Eid al-Adha
And for the Chinese, a delirious Dong-Zhi
Let everyone on Earth be a persona grata
Blessed with the Maker's love and sweet tranquility

Have a festive Festival of Light (Happy Hanukkah is what you're sayin')
May you have a jubilant Yuletide (Have a Merry Christmas eve and day and)
Hope you have a jovial Kwanzaa, happy as can be
And my New Year bring good tidings, meaning better news for you and me!

by Tom Meltzer ©The Princeton Review
If you like "Happy Holidays," you might also like The Phil Spector Christmas album.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Festival of Lights

Way back in the olden days
Back in antiquity
An evil befell the Hebrew temple
A great iniquity

The conquerors of Judea
Defiled its holy site
They made the place unholy
Doing things that aren't right

Then a group of freedom fighters
Repelled those cruel invaders
Their name, it was the Maccabees
The Jewish liberators

The condition of the Temple
Was a low down dirty shame
And worst of all, there was a dearth of oil
To fuel the Eternal Flame

There was only oil for one day
When eight days were required
If that oil couldn't last eight days
The flame, it would expire

Miraculously, the oil burned
For eight days and eight nights
And that's why Hanukkah is called
The Festival of Lights!

by Tom Meltzer ©The Princeton Review
If you like "Festival of Lights" you might also like Mickey Katz.