Sunday, November 29, 2009

Poetry Train Monday - 129 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's the last few hours of NaNoWriMo. For me personally this has been a gruelling, challenging marathon that did everything it was supposed to do: take me well past my comfort zone, make me question my sanity, make me rearrange every priority in my daily schedule in order to write, make me take chances creatively that I would never do at a less crushing pace.

I still have 8800 words to write before I collapse exhausted over that finish line. So I'll ask Bing Crosby and songwriter Meredith Willson to help me out today on the Poetry Train. The pictures were taken today at my writers' group Christmas Potluck at Cathryn Fox's house.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere 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 ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere 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

- Meredith Willson, 1951

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Amy Ruttan said...

You can do it! Yes collapse is right. I'm still recovering, and what do I do? I head straight head first into another piece.

I love the pictures of the Atlantic Canada sisters. Especially that one with you and Kelly. :) Pleased to say I've met you both in person. HUGS to you both.

Julia Smith said...

((hugs)) Amy!

maryt/theteach said...

That looked like a lot of fun, Julia! Yes Christmas is here but I'm fighting the desire to decorate my whole blog as of yet. Oh give me a few more days, a week, before the craziness begins... :)

Akelamalu said...

I'm sure you'll make it!

one more believer said...

congrats on the challenge... IT IS gruelling... thank you for sharing yr thoughts and pics... xmas is fun!!! never thought abt extending it to my blog...

Thomma Lyn said...

You can do it, Julia! NaNo was easier for me this year than previous years, but that's because I did one heck of a lot of pre-writing, plus the mother of all monster outlines. :-D

Anne MacFarlane said...

Congratulations on all those words.

And why is my mouth always open in pictures?

Anna Campbell said...

Julia, that looks like such fun!

Dorothy said...

YAY! You did it. You made it through! Congratulations! doens't it feel good to be finished?