I'm bug-eyed from two hours solid work putting carols onto the computer with the adaptations and correct numbers of verses so that the children at a local primary school can get practising ready for their Christmas Service on the last day of term.
Not that I'm moaning - I'm really pleased that there will be traditional carols as well as "specially-written-for-children" carols. Not that I'm moaning about the specially-written-for-children carols either - I enjoy singing them as well. But so many of the children don't know any of the old carols apart from Away in a Manger, and I think it is a Good Thing for them to learn them.
Although the vocabulary is very challenging;
"Fear not" said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind
"Ye who sang creation's story, now proclaim Messiah's birth"
And I'd forgotten that the last verse of We Three Kings is a bit direct;
"Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in a cold stone tomb."
At least we are not singing the Coventry Carol in this service, or "Unto us a son is born"
"Thus did Herod sore affray
and did him bewilder
so he gave the word to slay
and slew the little childer, and slew the little childer...."
(I leave you to work out where the first two quotes come from...!)