Saturday, 23 December 2017

BYE BYE GRANDMA

This cheeky chappy is one of those Christmas toys that is animated and 'sings'. He rocks back and forth on his sledge and on a good, smooth surface he really gets energetic. His cheeks glow as he sings,
'GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER,
WALKING HOME FROM OUR HOUSE CHRISTMAS EVE.
YOU CAN SAY THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS SANTA,
BUT AS FOR ME AND GRANDPA, WE BELIEVE!'
It finishes with a deep voice saying, 'Me-e-erry Christmas!' which makes me laugh.
It's part of an old song. I love the subtlety of the words. Why do they believe in Santa? It could just be that they saw a reindeer on Christmas Eve. But there's more to it than that, isn't there? The subtle suggestion is that Santa has stepped in to rid them of the horrible old Grandma by striking her down in an apparent accident. They believe in Santa because he's come and delivered them this great deliverance! No more Grandma, and her mean, belittling and nasty ways!
I have to admit, the fact that the reindeer looks so happy rocking backwards and forwards on his sledge certainly adds to the merriment of the whole performance.
But let us all, at this festive time, take to heart the message of the piece - don't be someone's 'grandma'! ;-)

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