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At Least I’d Like to Try

December 29, 2016

Every year for lotsa years, I’ve written our family Christmas letter as lyrics to a song.

I offer this to you one condition: that you don’t just read it…you gotta sing. You already know the tune, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, so no excuses.

Clear your throat.

Go on, give a good harumph and clear your throat.

And now that you have the attention of the people around you, invite them to join in!

Here we go —

The Scheets Family’s 2016 Christmas Song

to be sung to the tune of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


Yes, it’s that time of year again, to write our Christmas song

And tell you all about the year, what’s good, what’s made us strong

And so without further a-do, please sing these words out loud

And banish with your cheerful voice, those gloomy kinds of clouds.

Still Patty loves her job, it fits, her perfectly, you see,

And is the national President, of Neuro Section, PT.

She’s making plans of things to do, and places they can go

On weekends starting in mid-year, just she and husband Joe.

‘Cause Joe announced way back in June, that after forty years

Under full-time appointment served, he’d like to shift his gears.

“Retirement is the way to go,” he said, “come next July.

I’d really like to catch my breath, at least I’d like to try.”

— If you only sing it in your head to see if the syllables fit the tune, it doesn’t count. Gotta belt it out!

See you back here tomorrow.

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  1. Bev Phelps permalink

    I LOVE your poetry and am excited for your future plans. As I sang your verses, I had great fun in trying other tunes–Joy To The World and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen to name a couple (go ahead–you can make them fit-sorta!) Silent Night-not so much! Thank you for the Scheets Family’s 2016 Christmas Song!! bjp


  2. I enjoyed trying to make some of that work (yes, out loud). Shed a tear about your news though. I know you are thrilled, especially Patty, I’m sure.


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