Santa Claus is Coming to Nicaea

Remember how the subtitle for this blog is ‘Politics and Poetry’?  And it’s basically all politics?  Well, this is not really *good* poetry, but what is a girl to do when someone complains about the lack of Christmas Carols celebrating Saint Nicholas (that’s Santa Claus to you) punching Arius (the heretic) at the Council of Nicaea?

I admit, the scansion is less than perfect.  It’s difficult to fit any really sound theology into lines of 5 or 7 syllables.  (And unsound theology has similar numbers of syllables to good theology, as it turns out.)  Also, technically, the bit about the Creed is ahistorical, because that happened *because* of Arius, not before him.  But I suspect that anyone who cares enough to nitpick… is exactly the right audience for this.

(I promise I’ll get back to the Victorian State Election results soon.)

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Song: Santa Claus is Watching You (with apologies to Sting, but none whatsoever to J. Fred Coots)

Did anyone else ever think that ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ was kind of creepy?

To be sung to the tune of ‘Every Breath You Take’, by Sting

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every toy you break
Every pet you shake

I’ll be watching you

‘Til it’s Christmas day
Every word you say
Every game you play –
From my deer-drawn sleigh

I’ll be watching you

O I can see
From the Christmas Tree
Whether you’ve been good
If you’ve done what you should

I am taking notes
I am writing quotes
I am counting votes
Sorting sheep from goats

I am watching you

Made a list and I’m checking it all twice
When you’re awake, I will know it in a trice
When you’re asleep I know when you close your eyes
That’s how I find out who’s been naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming back to town…

Oh, don’t you pout
Don’t you scream or shout
Oh you’d best watch out
For you need have no doubt:

Every time you fight
Be it day or night
While the snow is white
From the chimney’s height

I’ll be watching you.

Every move you make
E very toy you break
Every small mistake
Asleep or awake

I’ll be watching you.

Sitting in my sleigh
Until Christmas day

I’ll be watching you

Santa’s watching you
Santa’s watching you
Santa’s watching you
Santa’s watching you….

Spoken: So be good for goodness sake…