Glee or Greed? Rewriting Rudolph

This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.

Contest judge Sarah Finley chose Chris Finke’s lyrics, written to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” as the winner for the JNL holiday contest. Finke, 14, will get for his entry. Here’s what he wrote:

A foreword:

A brand-new Christmas carol
Was what we were to compose
For this JNL contest.
Finley’s mind we must engross.

So here it is, the new lyrics to “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.”

Jerry the rich business man
Was as happy as could be.
“Christmas will bring me profit!”
This is what he did decree.
Standing nearby was Billy,
A seven-year-old shopper.
Horrified at this statement
Was the munchkin eavesdropper.
Billy neared the greedy man,
Cleared his throat and said,
“Sir, it’s not gratuity,
Jesus is the cause for glee.”
Finally Jerry fathomed
Christmas is about Christ’s birth.
From them on, for this reason,
Jerry spread the joy and mirth.


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