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Every year I try to come up with a new song from the Shire for Yule. This year's offering turned into something a little different!

A New Year's Game of the Shire
 
This is a game played on the first day of the New Year, which by the Shire Reckoning is called Second Yule. It's a popular feature at most New Year celebrations, and often even the adults will join in before the song ends.


The game is started by some of the children beginning to sing:


Now the year is spent,
We don't know where it went!

(A few children begin the game, holding hands and skipping forward in time to the song.)


Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(At this they break apart and grab other children into the line, and then begin to skip once more. This is repeated after each chorus, so that the line gets longer and longer. The children may weave throughout the hole, and even go outdoors.)

It won't be in the larder,
It won't be under the bed.
Look for it a little harder--
No, it's not in the shed.


Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(Repeat the actions of the chorus)

It isn't in the garden,
It's not up in a tree.
Oh, I beg your pardon,
Is it anywhere you can see?

Don't look for it behind;
A new one we must find!
Take my hand and help us look!

(Repeat the actions of the chorus)

Perhaps it's in tomorrow!
Is that what you say?
But the future we can't borrow;
Could it be here today?


Why, it's right here today!
Why, it's right here today!
We found it! We found it! Yay! Yay! Yay!

(The children drop hands and jump up and down at each "Yay!", and then fall to the ground at the end.)

This particular game is not played on any other day of the year, but may be played several times on that day.

Date: 2016-12-26 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Oh, that's wonderful! And so very hobbity!

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