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Sunday Scribblings #170: A Cento Gift of Christmas Songs

I go back to two things this week – a poetic form I have talked about a few times before – the cento, plus the list of favorite sings from last week – to bring you a cento gift of Christmas Songs!

The Gift of Christmas Songs

Christmas songs and holiday melodies are a gift by themselves, don’t you agree? These songs, whether traditional carols or modern festive tunes, are like magic! They have the ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and create that festive atmosphere.

Regardless of whether you celebrate the festival or not, you very likely know a song (or two, or more!), and very likely sing along when it is played somewhere (on the radio, in the mall, elsewhere!).

Songs truly have the power to unite people across generations and cultures, and these holiday melodies and lyrics carry the spirit of the season. So whether it’s the classic jingles that have been passed down through the years or new compositions that capture the essence of the times, Christmas songs (and well, all songs really) are a gift that keep on giving, filling hearts with the festive spirit and creating lasting memories for all who listen.

Thanks to my UBC friend Kebba for pointing me out to this beautiful piece that kind of proves what I said above..

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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #170: A Cento Gift of Christmas Songs

Poetic Sundays: A Cento Once Again: Gift of Christmas Songs

So What is the Cento?

A quick refresher on the cento: the cento is a poem comprised of lines and phrases from other previously written poems. These lines can be from poems of multiple poets, or across poems of a single poet. You can choose to make your cento a homage to the original poet(s) or take a humorous slant or take it in any direction you please.

Always ensure you credit the original poets.

Read my post here for more about it

My Cento of Christmas Songs

So here is my cento made up of lines from various Christmas songs. Maybe you could try to guess the actual songs these lines are from (a few are the titles and hence obvious) before you scroll down to see the list of songs. I am listing the original Christmas songs to acknowledge the true source/writers anyways!

Christmas Cento
Do you hear what I hear?
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Are you listening? (Sure??)
Listen to the fireplace roar…

Do you see what I see?
(It’s) the prettiest sight to see
You’re here where you should be.
…  it doesn’t surprise me

(And) do you recall
Last Christmas I gave you my heart
(So will you) Be my fire in the cold

I have no gift to bring,
(But) I hope you have fun,
Throw cares away
[(Seems like) the thing to say 🙂 ]
(I hope).. all our troubles, will be miles away,
(we’ll) be happy in a million ways
(And) all our dreams will come to be (someday).

Did you know…..
(I) forgot to mention one little thing
The three words that best describe you are…
(a) bright new shining (star)

~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites and various!!

The Christmas Songs Themselves

Credits/actual songs listed in order of the lines and by stanzas. Hats off to the writers of these wonderful Christmas songs and holiday tunes…

  • Do You Hear What I Hear
    Christmas Song
    Winter Wonderland
    Baby it’s Cold Outside
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
    Underneath the Tree
    Last Christmas
  • Rudolph
    Last Christmas
    Santa Tell Me
  • Little Drummer Boy. 
    War is Over
    Carol of the Bells. 
    Mele Kalikimaka
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 
    There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays
    Someday at Christmas
  • Mary Did You Know
    Santa Baby
    You’re a Mean One
    Mary’s Boy Child

Tips For and Fun With a Cento of Christmas Songs

  • Have family members pick their favorite songs/one line from their favorite songs. And put those lines together in a way that makes sense to create a cento of Christmas songs.
    • You could do this with everyone writing those lines down separately without mentioning the song and then have everyone guess the songs from the completed cento.
  • Pick random lines from popular songs, put them together in fun ways and enjoy


On My Blog And the Homefront

My son is back home for the holidays.. and my high-schooler is gearing up for her finals this week before her holidays begin at the end of the week.

Here are the posts that made their way out into the world this past week on my blog:


On My Blog and On the Homefront

Holidays are coming.. almost here now… so maybe some posts this week and tapering down a bit later.. but I will say hello for sure..

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Saki on Dec 18th; My son (I love his writing!), Robin Sloan and Daniel Silva on the 19th; Kate Atkinson and Sandra Cisneros on the 20th of Dec; Laini Taylor on the 22nd of December; Carol Ann Duffy on the 23rd; Mary Higgins Clark and Stephanie Meyer on Dec 24
  • Dec 21st is Crossword Puzzle Day and Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day as well as National Short Story Day

Foodie Observations and Celebrations

Other Observations and Celebrations

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post.

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

15 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #170: A Cento Gift of Christmas Songs

  1. The way you’ve woven these song lyrics into a cento is beautiful—it’s like reliving cherished memories with every verse. Thanks for sharing this wonderful gift that truly captures the spirit of the holidays!

  2. This is such a great idea! I love listening to Christmas songs, I can listen to them all day. Just puts me in the mood for the Holidays every time.

  3. I am a big fan of Christmas songs. They are great to get you in the Christmas spirit. I recognised quite a few of the ones you used in the Cento. You did an awesome job!

  4. Cento Commenting:
    These are all such fabulous songs, I can listen to them all day. I always listen to them often They make me feel both holly AND jolly!

    But truly, the Cento was very neat to learn about and I think I could have some fun mixing things up in my free time!

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