‘IT WAS CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE’

My dad used to recite this poem to us every Christmas – and seems now to be just as relevant as when it was written. Thanks to Jan Hevern for tipping me off about this recitation:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kR9jQeXm46c

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4 responses to “‘IT WAS CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE’

  1. Thanks Ian.
    And here is my now ‘traditional’ comment offering the abridged, proletarian version recited every Xmas eve in my family…

    I well remember my old Gran, after a few Snowballs, reciting her version remembered from her turn of the century childhood.

    ’twas christmas day in the workhouse,
    the pudding came in view,
    the raisins, they were many,
    the currants, they were few,
    up spake a brave old trooper,
    he was as bold as brass,
    I don’t want your christmas pudding,
    stick it up your @rse!

    For folk of her generation an inbred fear, loathing and shame associated with ‘the spike’ were still very real.

    • Anonymous

      My Granddad always recites this version

      Twas Christmas day In the work house
      the snow was biting hard
      The poor old paupers sat there eating their bread and lard
      in walked the work house inspector
      in the dark and dreary walls
      A merry Christmas to you all he said
      And one replied BALLS

      He grabbed that poor old pauper
      who’s struggles where in vain
      he dragged him to the sxxt house
      and flushed the bloody chain!!

  2. ldev

    GREAT POEM! VERY APT!
    I urge other athiests to join the Athiest Society as we look at stamping out this ridiculous control mechanism festival.
    There is NO CHRISTMAS
    That is a word of herd-conformity for a celebration of a
    consumerist corporate gangbang.
    THERE ARE NO GODS AND THERE ARE NO MASTERS.
    ALL RELIGIONS ARE CULTS-THEY ARE CONTROL MECHANISM. THE THIEVES WHO HAVE STOLE THE EARTHS RESOURCES AND HOLD THEM TO RANSOM FORCE THEIR LANDSCAPE OF REALITY ON TO YOU. ANCIENT TRADITIONS NEED CONDEMNING TO THE PAST-A FUTURE FREE FROM THEIR RESTRICTIONS IS REQUIRED
    END THEIR ILLUSION
    AND CREATE YOUR OWN CULTURE!
    OR CONTINUE BEING A SLAVE TO THEIRS.

  3. Dora Kaplan

    It was Christmas Day in England
    A terrible, living Hell
    With Cameron on the telly
    and IDS as well
    And they’re all in the scam together
    And their mates are in at the kill
    The BBC, and Goldman Sachs, and the fucking fuzz as well.

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