Long years ago, I am sad to say,
Some things weren't merry on Christmas Day.
It was a dull and dreary scene,
Cause all of Christmas then was green.
Our Santa dressed in olive drab suits,
The same shade as his ugly boots,
And all the elves wore dark green hats,
Green shirts, green pants and dark green spats.
There was an elf among the crew
Who planted stuff that grew and grew.
A sort of legend, he'd become,
He had red hair and one green thumb.
Old Santa liked this elf named, "Red."
He called him in one day and said,
"It would be nice if we'd display
A special plant on Christmas Day."
Red tried and soon developed holly.
Just looking at it made him jolly.
He understood what made him glad,
The bright red berries holly had.
He went to Mrs. Claus with haste,
Because he thought she had good taste.
She did just what he thought she'd do,
She fell in love with holly too.
He took the holly to Santa's place
And watched the look on Santa's face.
First Santa frowned, then smiled and said,
"This plant has berries that are red.
"Strip them off, the leaves are nice,
But feed the berries to the mice."
Then Red spoke up to save the day,
"My plant's a beauty just this way.
"The green and red look great together
And they'll warm the Christmas weather.
I think we need a change, by golly,
That's why I grew this gorgeous holly."
Then Mrs. Claus walked through the door,
And said, "Plain green is such a bore.
My husband, you'll look really cute,
I made you this red Santa Suit.
"Green is dull but red is bright.
It will keep you safe on Christmas night.
Let's add the red, and green will stay,
They'll make a real cool Christmas Day."
Then Santa said, "I do agree.
To look at red fills me with glee.
I want to laugh, it thrills me so,
It causes me to Ho, Ho, Ho!."
He added, "Wouldn't it be keen
If all the toys were not plain green?"
As soon as paint began to flow,
The colors made a glorious glow.
A joy now hung around the place
On each and every worker's face.
The elves wore stockings fiery red,
And a warm red cap upon each head.
So on that special Christmas night,
The sleigh was filled with gifts so bright.
As Santa left he waved and said,
"From now on Christmas will have red."
On Christmas Day the girls and boys
Were happy with their pretty toys.
That's how it started, I'm glad to say,
And red continues to this day.
At Christmas time, let us be merry.
Praise the pretty holly berry.
Give thanks to Red, who did his duty,
And brought this day its special beauty.
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