Christmas Eve Poem 2008

Teddy Bear House 2007 (3)

In case you were going to load the pets in the car and take them for a non-evacuation ride through Xmas in the Oaks this year . . . forget it, the City has spent all the CDBG money on the Carousel. You still can’t do the driving tour of Christmas lights in City Park, which was a staple pre-K. Burger King’s onion rings in the drive-thru might just have to do instead.

I found this sweet little poem for this year’s Christmas Eve post. I tried my very best to actually tie it to France but was unable to do so. Its only provenance is from those rascals in Australia. I still liked it the best of all my candidates this year.

French Prayer

Little Jesus of the crib
Give us the virtues of those that surround you
Make us philosophical as the fisherman
Carefree as the drummer
Merry in exploring the world as the troubadour
Eager for work as the bugler
Patient as the spinner
Kind as the ass
Strong as the ox that keeps you warm.

Alexandra, at the Alliance Francaise, provided this French translation of the poem for me today.

Prière au Petit Jésus

Donne nous les vertus de ceux qui sont pauvres d’argent mais riches d’amour, simples mais respectueux des autres, fidèles dans leur croyance comme dans leurs racines mais tolérants dans leurs actes.

Fais nous philosophe comme le pêcheur ou le vieillard, insouciant comme le musicien ou l’enfant, joyeux de découvrir le monde comme le simplet, vif au travail comme le moissonneur, patient comme l’artisan, brave comme l’âne et fort comme le bœuf qui te réchauffent.

I attempted to translate the poem myself but I know I would likely have made an error and there’s nothing more insulting to the French than botching up their language. I thank l’Alliance for their response. I have taken classes there in the past, it is a charming place and very well organized. They have a new course beginning January 5th, 2009 if you’re interested. They offer small, intimate classes. We’re fortunate to have l’Alliance as a resource in New Orleans. A New Year’s resolution, perhaps?

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