Christmas carols, of a sort

My kids are fully into the holiday season and are belting out Christmas carols day and night. I have been requesting “The Friendly Beasts,” which they will sing at their school’s pageant this year for the fourth year in a row. It’s the perfect song for angelic children’s voices.

Jesus, our brother, kind and good,
Was humbly born in a stable rude,
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus, our brother, kind and good.

It’s even cuter when, as during the pageant, the kids are wearing white socks on their hands and little fleecy sheep ears.

But the boys’ favorite song for Christmas 2009 is

I’m Mister Heat Miser!
I’m Mister Sun!
I’m Mister Green Christmas!
I’m Mister Hundred and One!

and so on.

The Heat Miser, of course, first made his appearance in the 1974 Christmas special “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” but you may have missed the remake from last year, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.” If you in fact did miss it, please feel free to continue doing so, since it pales in comparison to the original. While the boys thorougly enjoyed it, the only part I can recommend is when Mrs. Claus sings to the Miser Brothers that “brothers should respect each other/ brothers should be friends.” “Hear THAT?” their father said. “Mrs. Claus says you two have to get along,” and then he and I giggled for ten minutes at the utter ridiculousness of that idea.

Maggie’s favorite song is “Jingle Bells,” a classic anyone can get behind. Unfortunately, because she has two other brothers, she has learned the alternate version of the lyrics first, in which the Batmobile loses a wheel and the Joker gets away; and no matter how many times I attempt to gently redirect her, she likes to get in enclosed spaces like elevators and waiting rooms and then belt out, for strangers,

Jingle Bells!
Batman smells!
Robin laid an egg!

and so on, in her little, angelic Christmas voice. Ah, well. It’s memorable.