‘Twas the week before concerts and all through the school
The teachers were frantic, preparing for ‘Yule’,
The state they were in had caused so much disquiet,
They longed for success and not simply a riot!
The constant repeat of ‘Away in a Manger’
Reminded the staff they were heading for danger!
And strained singing tones from the weary school choir
Only raised blood pressure higher and higher!
Rehearsals were fraught and then out of the blue,
Mary and Joseph went down with the flu!
And all of a sudden poor Rudolph did vomit
Just at the entrance of Dasher and Comet!
Mothers complained and some staged a walkout,
“My sweet little Johnny’s not being a sprout!”
“And my gorgeous Eliza’s no round Christmas pud.
It’s tea towels that make a Nativity good!”
Now the stage was all set and the scenery grand,
And everything seemed to be going as planned,
But Herod, while standing to wave to his mum,
Slipped on his cloak and then fell on his bum!
Innkeeper one said (he tried to be cool),
“Why, come in we’ve a great room with views of the pool!”
And the doll used for Jesus caused such an uproar
When its head came unstuck and rolled onto the floor!
But this time is so special and though teachers despair,
And go home humming carols with glitter in their hair,
As even more marking gets added to the pile,
The singing and laughter just makes it worthwhile.
So teachers remember that through all your fears
The smiles and excitement make memories for years,
Trust in the children and it’ll all turn out right,
So Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!