Today in the United States the Electoral College votes. The US presidential election, won by a resounding popular vote by Hilary Clinton, but lost to her because of the electoral system of allocating votes to states, gave the presidency to Donald Trump. Could that decision be upset by the state electors voting their consciences? It is unlikely.
But upon that I am brooding so when it comes to Monday and my promise that I would create some kind of Improv or parody of a holiday standard … I am a bit stalled. But as Dylan Thomas has it in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” … “In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea and out comes… “White Christmas,” written by US immigrant Irving Berlin.
Improv on White Christmas after the US Election
There was dreaming of a white Christmas
some myth of greatness long ago
where the walls on borders
and prison warders
would keep Irving Berlin
from rhyming snow.
We’re called to seek a true Christmas
where black lives matter everywhere.
May a mosque be found in every town
and the crèche in every church be brown.
Yes, we’re called to seek true Christmas —
with each petition, every march.
and when kids of Aleppo find homes,
then we’ll know Emmanuel has come.