Jingled Bells

They practice carols for a retirement home performance (everyone loves youthful angels, right?)

On cue, the seven-year-old Cub Scouts begin:

“Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg….”

Stern looks prompt rowdy laughter.


The above is my response to the Trifecta weekend challenge:

TrifectaPicture11-1This weekend we’re asking you to write 33 words that will make us laugh or
smile.  Even a chuckle will do.  We look forward to the communal spirit lifting.
Good luck!

Ah, this version of Jingle Bells brings back memories of my youth (this song taught to me by my older brother, to my parents’ chagrin :)) These boys reminded me of a line I forgot long ago:  “The Joker got away.”  I’ve slept better ever since!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the peace and love of the season!


60 thoughts on “Jingled Bells

  1. nrhatch December 14, 2012 / 9:16 AM

    Mission accomplished . . . I’m smiling, grinning, giggling. :mrgreen:

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:41 PM

      Glad to hear it, Nancy! I thought it was funny (though as a parent, I wasn’t allowed to show it :))

  2. Kelly Garriott Waite December 14, 2012 / 9:16 AM

    Batmobile lost its wheel…I remember singing this version at inappropriate times, too.

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:42 PM

      I wonder if there are any kids that didn’t do that, Kelly? My brother and I would tag team on it and drive my parents batty!

  3. Draug419 December 14, 2012 / 9:21 AM

    I always loved that version 😀

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:42 PM

      It is rather catchy, Draug 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  4. Kir Piccini December 14, 2012 / 10:04 AM

    DOES Laughing out Loud count? 😉

    my sons have (at 5..oh dear gawd) started to embrace this version. I am not happy. but it does make me giggle when they try to get the words right. 😉


    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:44 PM

      If you laughed, I succeeded, Kir 🙂 I think it’s impossible to stop kids from singing this version…but if they could just sing the correct lyrics that one time…

      • Kir Piccini December 14, 2012 / 1:01 PM

        I laughed…giggled really.
        SUCCESS Janna!

  5. Kir Piccini December 14, 2012 / 10:20 AM

    why do my comments go into SPAM??? 😉

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 10:27 AM

      I don’t know, Kir. I noticed your comment on my last post went to spam, but the one in this post did not. I do check that regularly, and am thrilled when the message is not from cialis or a sex site. WordPress should know that your little gems are not spam!

      • Kir Piccini December 14, 2012 / 10:31 AM

        I didn’t mean to sound like I was yelling…I wasn’t. I very rarely yell. hee.

        I used to get those all the time, then I put a new filter/trap on my blog and I don’t get them anymore. YAY. Or they really do go to the SPAM folder and I just empty it and never look at it.

        of course that might backfire when I (of the person I love) really do need cialis someday…giggles.

        • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 10:34 AM

          Ironically enough, THIS comment went to spam 😀 It looks like every other comment gets posted. What did you do to the folks at Askimet, Kir?

        • Kir Piccini December 14, 2012 / 10:36 AM

          (said slyly…and with the smirk of a 6 yr old on.)
          although I didn’t do anything. I think it’s my work email address that they do not like.

        • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 10:41 AM

          I dunno…you might check the ‘naughty’ list because this one went to spam, too 🙂 Love the smirk comment….I know that look all-too-well!

  6. Tessa December 14, 2012 / 10:51 AM

    Thanks for the laugh! 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:44 PM

      Thanks for reading, Tessa. Glad it made you laugh 😆

  7. rebecca2000 December 14, 2012 / 10:57 AM

    My mom used to get so mad at me for that one. 😉 Great one Janna.

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:45 PM

      Hahaha, mine, too! Of course, that made us sing it more (and louder :)) I know, we were wretched little children. Thanks for reading, Becca.

    • jannatwrites December 14, 2012 / 12:45 PM

      Thanks, Ruby. I appreciate you stopping by!

  8. joetwo December 14, 2012 / 1:09 PM

    Ha Ha! Good one!

  9. Sandra December 14, 2012 / 1:35 PM

    Haha, my kids have been singing this for days… Except they don’t know the fourth line. Do you know the fourth line? Although I’m not sure if I want to tell them, either. Thanks for the chuckle!

    • jannatwrites December 15, 2012 / 12:53 AM

      Hehehe…it’s up to you whether or not you give them the missing words, but here is how they sung it (there are different variations):

      Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. The batmobile lost its wheel, and the Joker got away.

      Thanks for reading, Sandra!

  10. diannegray December 14, 2012 / 6:25 PM

    You just brought back so many memories for me, Janna! Wonderful! 😀

    • jannatwrites December 15, 2012 / 12:54 AM

      I hope they were good memories, Dianne! I appreciate you taking time to read my prompt response.

  11. pattyabr December 14, 2012 / 7:29 PM

    The batmobile lost it’s wheel and the joker saved the day
    ah childhood. how precious.

    • jannatwrites December 15, 2012 / 12:55 AM

      And this song continues to be passed down from generation to generation! I’m glad you stopped by, Patty!

  12. rashmenon December 14, 2012 / 8:44 PM

    ooh, that was a ripper! think you’ve aced it this time, Janna 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 15, 2012 / 12:57 AM

      I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Rashmenon! It was hard not not laugh at them (don’t want to encourage it) but we’ll find out tomorrow if they stick to the original words or not 🙂

  13. knotrune December 15, 2012 / 3:49 AM

    Hehe 🙂 You might be interested in the British version we sung as kids:

    Jingle bells, Batmas smells, Robin flew away,
    Batmobile has lost its wheel on the M1 motorway!

    The M1 being the main route between London and the North of England.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:05 AM

      The song is international – I love it! Thanks so much for sharing the British version, Knotrune – it made me smile 😀

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:06 AM

      The boys did get delight in changing the ‘proper’ words. Thanks for reading, Joanne!

  14. Michael December 15, 2012 / 7:08 AM

    They actually used that song on the Batman cartoon show once. The Joker himself sang it. It was hysterical. 😛

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:07 AM

      No way! I didn’t know that, Michael. The Joker singing it would have been something.

  15. Linda Vernon December 15, 2012 / 10:13 AM

    Haha Janna! I love it when that happens! 😀

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:08 AM

      Glad you stopped by, Linda. Appreciate it 🙂

  16. Stephanie B. (@B4Steph) December 15, 2012 / 10:49 AM

    That the kids sing this for a retirement home makes it that much funnier. Way to keep them feeling young!

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:10 AM

      Well, they weren’t supposed to sing this version – they were supposed to sing it correctly (which they did at their performance today.) The Assistant Cubmaster let the boys do the Batman version during practice, so it got it out of their systems, I think!

  17. Imelda December 15, 2012 / 8:14 PM

    Janna! That is the favorite ‘carol’ of my children. They really ham it up at the dinner table, waiting for me to be driven nuts. 🙂 Only a grouch would not laugh at an earnest 7 year old singing this. 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:12 AM

      This song sure does ring a chord with children, Imelda. I remember the appeal being that it drove my parents (mainly Mom) absolutely crazy! Now my paybacks are my children singing it to me 🙂 I’m glad your kids enjoy the song, too (but I hope you don’t go crazy hearing it.)

      • Imelda December 16, 2012 / 8:17 PM

        Not yet. Although I thought them a new one – to the tune of We Three Kings. I am tempted to write the lyrics in here but you just might be grossed out. 🙂

        • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:17 PM

          Oh no. I hope my boys don’t hear that one….school concerts would never be the same!

  18. Papparaci December 15, 2012 / 8:26 PM

    Janna that’s a classic song! Made me laugh 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 1:14 AM

      I know, right? It’s not often when a song transcends generations like this one! Thanks for reading, Papparaci 🙂

  19. deanabo December 16, 2012 / 6:36 AM

    So funny! my kids still try and sneak this one in sometimes.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:19 PM

      Definitely a kid thing, Deana. We can’t laugh at them because it only encourages them to sing it more 🙂

  20. Dawn Beronilla December 16, 2012 / 7:41 AM

    Oh goodness, boys are so awesome.
    Thanks for this great little story, you got a laugh out of me!

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:20 PM

      I’m glad it made you laugh, Dawn! My older son doesn’t like to sing, so my younger one has been singing it extra for him 🙂

  21. Paula J December 16, 2012 / 5:58 PM

    Great story. Made me laugh.

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2012 / 9:20 PM

      I’m glad it made you laugh, Paula. I appreciate you reading it!

  22. trifectawriting December 16, 2012 / 6:25 PM


  23. KymmInBarcelona December 17, 2012 / 2:33 AM

    My version was Santa and Rudolph. Am I dating myself???

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2012 / 9:24 PM

      I don’t know, Kymm…I think Santa and Rudolph are still “in” 🙂

  24. pattisj December 27, 2012 / 11:12 PM

    It never fails, this song always comes to mind at Christmas.

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