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Deck The Halls

by Theresa H Hall (writer), East Coast USA, December 06, 2011

Credit: Caro Wallis
Deck The Halls

Words can stand alone and sometimes they can be played with, to take on a whole new meaning.

Deck The Halls is that fabulous tune most of us hum or sing along with when the holiday season is upon us. You do not need be religious to enjoy the impact of Winter Solstice, Christmas, Old Saint Nick, Santa Claus, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's Eve, colorful decorations, sleigh rides, or any other type of tradition or celebration people like to share. This song is joyful and frivolous, fun and nostalgic.

Deck the Halls Lyrics (A Welsh Song)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

I get a thrill out of singing along with this song. Today's Huffington Post News reports that Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Michigan, has decided to exclude the word gay from this song. Really?

The music teacher sent first and second graders home with the altered song lyrics which included substituted word, bright, in place of the word gay. The school children kept snickering and interrupting the rehearsal because they fixated on donning their gay apparel. Who knew? This traditional song is usually shouted with abandon by people from all walks of life, after a rousing round of drinks. Gay is happy, joyous, and spiritual (in the frivolous way of excitement for the holidays) and apparently, this is what the school's principle thought. He has reversed the change to the original lyrics and stated in a video I just watched, that the music teacher should have taken this opportunity to teach the children about acceptance, respect, and that with this pesky English language, words are often used in instances, whereby they mean something totally different. He went on to say this was not their policy, and that the children will learn the difference between donning their gay apparel and being ... Gay. My play on words actually ... but I couldn't resist. Good luck explaining that one to the tiny kids!

I'm off to sing this song with the video on the web and I might Deck The Halls in a totally different way. (Sounds of my calling to my husband) "Oh, Mr. Hall ..." Good cheer to one and all!



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Theresa H Hall is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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3 comments on Deck The Halls

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By Theresa H Hall on December 07, 2011 at 04:22 pm

No good singing holiday tunes alone!

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By Betty B. on December 17, 2011 at 06:35 am

I love that song wonderful

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By Betty B. on December 17, 2011 at 06:36 am

I LIKE the little drummer boy..

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