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"A Christmas Carol" by Tom Lehrer
"A Christmas Carol" by Tom Lehrer

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Challenge: Christmas Song Titles (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 250D 58mm Close Up Lens
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Dec 28, 2010
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2010

Based on the song and the live introduction by the foremost satirical songwriter of the last century. A link to this (and his other lyrics) can be found at this archived site:

A Christmas Carol

Introduction (emphasis added):

One very familiar type of song is the Christmas carol, although it is perhaps a bit out of season at this time. However, I am informed by my disk jockey friends, of whom I have none, that in order to get a song popular by Christmas time you have to start plugging it well in advance, so here it goes. It's always seemed to me, after all, that Christmas, with its spirit of giving, offers us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in - I refer, of course, to money. And yet, none of the Christmas carols that you hear on the radio, or in the street, even attempts to capture the true spirit of Christmas as we celebrate it in the United States, that is to say the commercial spirit. So I should like to offer the following Christmas carol for next year as being perhaps a bit more appropriate.[/i]
Christmas time is here, by golly,

Disapproval would be folly.
Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don't say when.

Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens.
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.

On Christmas Day you can't get sore,
Your fellow man you must adore.
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty-four.

Relations, sparing no expense, 'll
Send some useless old utensil,
Or a matching pen and pencil.
("Just the thing I need, how nice!")

It doesn't matter how sincere it is,
Nor how heart felt the spirit,
Sentiment will not endear it,
What's important is the price.

Hark, the Herald Tribune sings,
Advertising wondrous things.
God rest ye merry merchants,
May ye make the Yuletide pay.
Angels we have heard on high,
Tell us to go out and buy!

So, let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
Hail our dear old friend Kris Kringle,
Driving his reindeer across the sky.
Don't stand underneath when they fly by.

Actually, I did rather well myself this past Christmas. The nicest present I received was a gift certificate good at any hospital for a lobotomy... rather thoughtful.

Processing notes (Basic Rules compliant):
-Handheld, Manual mode
-Custom WB, CFL lighting
-FL 87mm (35mm EQ)
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-Crop a little from the bottom
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 8/10 = 298KB

Place: 66 out of 75
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2011 05:01:07 PM
Creative. Well done. Very nice image.
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01/03/2011 08:11:57 PM
nice photo
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01/02/2011 10:28:40 AM
lighting is flat.
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12/30/2010 11:33:20 PM
Money, Money and a Ribbon ! What else you need!
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