I kept six feet away but blurted out quick “What are you doing here, jolly Saint Nick?”
To fit into the pandemic, a Midland man and his brother have rewritten the classic “The Night Before Christmas” story.
Ken Macdonald says it started when his brother Tom threw around some lyrics.
“My brother Tom lives in Ottawa, and when he saw the masks hanging by the door, he thought up the line ‘The masks were all hung by the chimney with care, in case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.’ So it started there, and his wife encouraged him to carry on.”
From there, a poem relating to a pandemic Christmas was written.
Ken eventually put his brother’s words to music to get the final product to create” A Covid Christmas.”
“It’s based on what we all know as chopsticks, but I kind of disguise the melody with a few little jazz chords, but it’s still basically chopsticks,” Ken says.
The first version of the poem had some of the reindeer passing away, but they decided to make the song a little more hopeful.
Ken says, “The reindeer all make it to the end of the poem, and things become more hopeful as Christmas magic comes into play. It’s a happy ending, which we’re all looking for right now.”
They’re happy to have added a laugh to people’s holidays but hope this song doesn’t become a classic.
“Normally, the idea is to get a hit Christmas song, and the royalties will keep flowing in, but Tom and I sincerely hope that after this year, this particular Christmas song is never heard again, but it’s only appropriate to 2021 and 2022.