Hum along with us, friends, to the famous tune of “Snoopy’s Christmas’* . This song , of course, starred the illustrious Snoopy taking on ‘The Red Baron’.
Here we do a version with our own dare devil aviators. BeeBear plays Snoopy’s role and our Flyer Bear has volunteered to be The Ace Baron. Get ready to hum. And …
‘The news came out in the First World War,
The Ace Baron Bear was flying once more’.
‘The Alled Command ignored all of its bears
And they called on ..
.. BeeBear! ..
To take to the air.’
Allied Command: Your mission, Beebear, should you choose to accept it, is to engage the Ace Baron.
BeeBear: The Baron? The famous Ace Baron? Ohhhh. Errrmmm … I’ll do it.
‘It was the night before Christmas, forty below,
When BeeBear soared away in search of her foe.’
” She spied The Ace Baron
And fiercely they fought ..”
.. ‘But with ice on her wings,
BeeBear knew she was caught’.
BeeBear: Oh my goodness. There is ice on my wings.
‘Ace Baron caused BeeBear to fly lower down,
Forced her to land on the welcome ground.
BeeBear wondered how this would all end,
Then Baron called out,
“Merry Christmas, my friend”. ‘
‘Ace Baron offered BeeBear
A holiday toast.
BeeBear dipped her wings
To honour her host.’
‘And then with a roar
They were both on their way,
Knowing they’d meet
On some other day.’
Christmas bells, Christmas bells,
Ringing through the land,
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man**.
**And to bears.
*Acknowledgment: ‘Snoopy’s Christmas” by The Royal Guardsmen came out in 1967. It was a tribute to the star power of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy and to the Allied and German soldiers who, against orders, mingled with on another in No-Mans Land on Christmas Eve 1914.
There is a New Zealand connection: (Wiki) It is estimated to be the biggest selling overseas single sold in New Zealand in the 20th century. It reached No. 1 in New Zealand and Australia in 1967 and reentered New Zealand charts in December 1987, 1988, 1989, and 2013.’
Err, Mawson’s Guardian grew up in New Zealand and heard it a lot.
You can also hum along to Those Magnificent Bears In Their Flying Machines right here. See BeeBear and Flyer Bear and their aviator friends take to the sky … and come down.
You have flown into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In and She Ran Away From Love. You won’t see Mawson up on one of those flying contraptions. He likes cushions.
‘This little story made me well up. A lovely, poignant story with delightful illustrations.’ Jackie Law, Amazon Top 500 reviewer, about It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost in.