‘Twas the week before Christmas and all thro’ the office,
Not a creature was stirring-not our writers, we promise!
The articles were shared on our website with care,
In hopes that our readership soon would then share.
The editorial staff were all snug in their beds,
While visions of Facebook ‘likes’ danced in their heads.
As my spouse took off his cover, and I my superwoman cap
We both buckled down–care packages to wrap.
When out of my purse beeped such a clatter, 
I pulled out to my iPhone to read all the chatter.
I opened my Facebook messages with such a flash,
Terribly afraid that our website had crashed!
But then my face alit to such a glow,
When I opened the message and read below:
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But an idea so brilliant it brought me a tear!
A Christmas carol contest! Let’s get on this quick!
And ask all our readers to submit their great wit!
We would change up the lyrics and make it a game,
And ask all our spouses to do the very same!
Now Army, now Navy, Now Marines and Air Force!
It’s up to you to stay this tight course.
Use the lyrics below or make up your own,

To add pictures and videos that tease our funny bone!

Check out the website, more details in the link,
We’ll need the videos by Tuesday, a quick deadline-don’t blink!
Make sure you’ve submitted by 2:00 PM Eastern,
We’ll share them on our website and give you a turn-
To judge them, to share them, the more likes the better,
Don’t be afraid to be a real social media go-getter.
There are four categories below in which we’ll judge,
And we promise the winners will receive more than fudge.
In fact, we’ve got prizes that are totally rad,
Like how about a new mini iPad? (Thank you, USAA!)
Our staff won’t hesitate to pick our favorite, too
And we’ve got a giftbasket made out just for you. (Thank you Sierra Sage and Shiseido!)
So go ahead, what’s the wait? Read the directions below,

And give it your best shot-on your mark? Ready? GO!

 

Contest details and submissions:

militaryspouse.com/carolingcontest 

The *winners (see details below) of the popular vote will receive an ipad mini courtesy of USAA.  Our staff will also pick a runner-up for each category and those winners will receive a gift basket courtesy of Sierra Sage. Click to the page for the lyrics!

Military Spouse Magazine retains the right to disqualify at our discretion any videos that use obscene or offensive language, pictures or other video elements.  

*Winners are selected by votes.  We calculate the votes by Facebook likes, Facebook shares and likes on the video itself.  The staff will also pick their favorites for a secondary prize. 
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The four categories of Christmas carols are:
 
1. ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Her IPhone.’  
Feel free to add an additional verse of your own! 
Lyrics:

I saw Mommy kissing her iPhone, underneath the mistletoe last night

She didn’t see me creep, down the stairs to get a peep

She thought that I was tucked in my bedroom fast asleep

Then, I saw Mommy kissing her iPhone

As the tears fell down upon her cheeks

I wish I could have wiped her tears, she only wants Daddy here, so she’s not kissing her iPhone at night!

2.’ The Twelve Months of Deployment.’ 

Lyrics:

In the first month of deployment,Ole Murphy gave to me

A hole in my washing machine

 

In the second month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine.

 

In the third month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the fourth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the fifth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!!!!

Four puking children

Three blown out tire

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the sixth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Six ER visits

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!!!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the seventh month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!!!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the eighth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Eight mental breakdowns

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!!!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the ninth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Nine ice cream gallons

Eight mental breakdowns

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE dropped Skype calls!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

In the tenth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Ten different diets

Nine ice cream gallons

Eight mental breakdowns

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the eleventh month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Eleven homecoming outfits

Ten different diets

Nine ice cream gallons

Eight mental breakdowns

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE DROPPED SKYPE CALLS!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commodes

And a hole in my washing machine

 

In the twelfth month of deployment, Ole Murphy gave to me

Twelve changed return dates

Eleven homecoming outfits

Ten different diets

Nine ice cream gallons

Eight mental breakdowns

Seven phone call black-outs

Six ER visits

FIVE dropped Skype calls!

Four puking children

Three blown out tires

Two broken commode

And a hole in my washing machine

 

Categories 3 and 4:

Original Piece. Choose your favorite Christmas carol and make up your own lyrics and set it to images!

 

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