This week has officially marked the first of two weeks of holiday-themed coasting (theoretically, anyway - school has stressed me out quite a bit this week regardless) until Christmas! (Woo.) For my upper-level classes, this has meant reading “The Night Before Christmas” and then doing a mad libs version in groups. I’ve only done it with one group so far, but the results have been hilarious. Exhibits A, B, C, and D:
- children no longer have visions of sugar-plums - it’s sugar tacos that dance in their heads.
- the subject of the poem, contrary to popular belief, isn’t Saint Nick, but rather his lesser-known compatriot Saint Astérix (Astérix is a Gaulish warrior who is the main character in an extremely famous series of French comic books)
- Saint Astérix shuns the traditional reindeer-drawn sleigh in favor of traveling by electric nuclear warhead, which is pulled by eight enormous ManBearPigs named Dasher, Sniper, Eggplant, Vixen, Idiot, Frog, Helicopter, and Blitzen
- Saint Astérix’s final wish is just a liiittle bit less ambitious than Santa’s - he exclaims, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good minute!”