Oy to the World

by Scott Emmons

THE STRAINS of Bach and Handel
make our spirits warm and bright.
The First Noel's a charming air,
and so is Silent Night.
But for jolly tunes and lyrics
that will tickle and amuse,
The merriest of Christmas songs
are those composed by Jews!

Berlin knocked out White Christmas
by the light of his menorah,
And Johnny Marks wrote Rudolph
on a break from reading Torah.
If you Need a Little Christmas
'cause you've got the winter blues,
The best December pick-me-ups
are Christmas songs by Jews!

So for Rockin' 'Round the Christmas Tree
you’d better be advised
That you're going to need some swingin' beats
by someone circumcised!
As we don our gay apparel
and our festive Christmas shoes,
Let us drink a toast — ''L'chaim!''
to those Christmas songs by Jews!

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