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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

TITLE: Ode To Black Friday
By Joshua Janoski
10/08/08


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(Author’s Note: This song is to be sung to the tune of “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer”)

Momma got ran over by some shoppers
Standing at the front door of Macys
You may think there’s no harm in Black Friday
But I don’t think that Momma would agree.

She got in line before sunrise.
And we warned her not to go.
But she wanted that television
And a hard to find Tickle Me Elmo.

When she came home that evening
Both her eyes were blue and black
She had footprints on her backside
And a torn Circuit City shopping sack

Momma got ran over by some shoppers
Standing at the front door of Macys
You may think there’s no harm in Black Friday
But I don’t think that Momma would agree.

Now we’re all happy for Momma
The deals she got are really swell
Twenty-percent off Tae-Bo videos
And they threw in a food processor as well.

It’s not Christmas without sales
All the malls get jam packed
With a bunch of psycho shoppers
That remind you of “When Animals Attack.”

Momma got ran over by some shoppers
Standing at the front door of Macys
You may think there’s no harm in Black Friday
But I don’t think that Momma would agree.

Now the presents are all wrapped
And Danny gets his Nintendo Wii
It didn’t cost Mom much to get it
Just a broken rib and dislocated knee

So here’s a warning to all buyers
Getting gifts post-turkey-day
You’re better off staying at home
Or unconscious on store floor is where you’ll lay

Momma got ran over by some shoppers
Standing at the front door of Macys
You may think there’s no harm in Black Friday
But I don’t think that Momma would agree.


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Laury Hubrich 10/09/08
Very clever. I've been part of the day after Thanksgiving rush:) Funny, funny...
Leah Nichols 10/10/08
Very creative! Clever rewording of the song and great job painting a picture with the words. :)
Joy Faire Stewart10/10/08
Oh, this was fun! It reminds me why I don't shop on "Black Friday." Love it.
Jan Ackerson 10/11/08
Hilarious and creative--love this change of pace entry!
Irvine Saint-Vilus10/12/08
I loved the details in this. And I didn't want to stop singing. Good job.
Karin Beery10/13/08
The most creative take on this week's topic - I completely enjoyed the uniqueness of it!

I stumbled over some of the words as I tried to sing it in my head, but you truly captured the spirit of Christmas shopping. (And reminded me why I get all of my shopping done before Thanksgiving!)
Lollie Hofer 10/13/08
What a hoot! The Christmas carol tells the story. Great imagination. Your "carol" will keep me chuckling for awhile.
Catrina Bradley 10/13/08
Love your carol - and it is exactly why I stay home on Black Friday. :) Great job rewriting the lyrics to this "classic".
Betty Castleberry10/13/08
LOL! This is my favorite part:

"It didn’t cost Mom much to get it
Just a broken rib and dislocated knee"

What fun!
Chely Roach10/13/08
This was packed full of fun and silliness! I bet this was a blast to write...well done!
Edmond Ng 10/13/08
Totally hilarious ... just the kind of 'carol' we need to set the mood for Christmas! (",)
Lyn Churchyard10/14/08
Oh Josh, this had me laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I've never heard the song before so I looked it up on YouTube and listened to the music while I read your ode. This is an absolute hoot! Excellent job my friend, excellent job!
Christine Dunn10/14/08
I was thinking the tune in my head as I was reading. Very good fun!
Karlene Jacobsen 10/14/08
This has to be my all-time favorite! It should be recorded.(LOL)
Marlene Austin10/14/08
Oh, Josh, your writings are a delight! :) I stand in awe of your "fun" spirit. This is great! :)
Loren T. Lowery10/14/08
More fun than a ginger snap. Of course you had to do this - it has you all wrapped up in it and tied with a bow. It is so wonderfully you that it's fun spirit cannot be denied.


Verna Cole Mitchell 10/14/08
It had to be fun to write--it was so much fun to read...and sing....Can you hear me now?
Joanne Sher 10/14/08
What a RRIIOOTT!! You HAD to have fun writing this. So many gems of lines in this one! (if we were still jeweling challenges, this would be one :D)
Pamela Kliewer10/14/08
I don't know the tune to the carol you parodied... but I like this piece! :)
Shelley Ledfors 10/15/08
Oh, what fun! I really enjoyed the humor in this one. Great job!
Beth LaBuff 10/15/08
LOL -- what total fun... love the "black and blue" on grandma's backside!
George Parler 10/15/08
This is just too kwel! A fun read indeed. Good job!
Norma-Anne Hough 10/16/08
What a fun read. I am not familar with the carol, but just reading the words were a blast. Well done, keep up the good work Josh.
Blessings,
Norms
Celeste Ammirata10/16/08
I smiled and laughed as I read this. You are SO funny. Definitely a creative take on the topic. God Bless :-)