Singing parrot


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One Christmas Eve, a frenzied young man ran into a pet shop looking
for an unusual Christmas gift for his wife. The shop owner
suggested a
parrot, named Chet, which could sing famous Christmas carols. This
seemed like the perfect gift. "How do I get him to sing?" The young
asked, excitedly. "Simply hold a lighted match directly under his
feet." was the shop owner's reply.

The shop owner held a lighted match under the
parrot's left foot. Chet began to sing: "Jingle Bells! Jingle
..." The shop owner then held another match under the parrot's
right foot.
Then Chet's tune changed, and the air was filled with:
" Silent Night, Holy Night..."

The young man was so impressed that he paid the shop-keeper and ran
home as quickly as he could with Chet under his arm. When the wife
saw her gift she was overwhelmed.

"How beautiful!" She exclaimed, "Can he talk?" "No," the young man
replied, "But he can sing. Let me show you." So the young man
whipped out his lighter and placed it under Chet's left foot, as
shop-keeper had shown him, and Chet crooned: "Jingle Bells! Jingle
bells!..." The man then moved the lighter to Chet's right foot, and
out came: "Silent Night, Holy night..."

The wife, her face filled with curiosity, then asked, "What if we
hold the lighter between his legs?" The man did not know. "Let's
it," he answered, eager to please his wife. So they held the
between Chet's legs. Chet twisted his face, cleared his throat, and
the little parrot sang out loudly like it was the performance of
"Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire...."