The Customs of Christmas

Singing Christmas Carols — H

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Happy Holiday Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus Here We Come A-Wassailing The Holly and the Ivy
A Holly Jolly Christmas Home for the Holidays

Happy Holiday

Words and music by Irving Berlin

Happy holiday, happy holiday.
While the merry bells keep ringing,
May your ev'ry wish come true.
Happy holiday, happy holiday.
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy holidays to you.

Happy holiday, happy holiday.
While the merry bells keep ringing,
May your ev'ry wish come true.
Happy holiday, happy holiday.
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy holidays to you.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Words by Charles Wesley, music by Felix Mendelssohn
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Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled."
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies.
With angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
Off-spring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see,
Hail th' incarnate Diety.
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace,
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild, He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Words and music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
radio playing

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light.
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yuletide gay.
From now on, our troubles will be miles away.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.
Through the years we all will be together,
If the Fates allow.
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough,
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Words and music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
radio playing

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer pulling on the rein
Bells are ringing, children singing, all is merry and bright.
Hang your stocking and say your pray'rs 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He's got a bag that is filled with toys for the boys and girls again
Hear the sleigh bells jingle jangle, oh, what a beautiful sight.
Jump in bed, cover up your head, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He doesn't care if your rich or poor for he loves you just the same.
Santa knows we're all God's children, that makes ev'rything right.
Fill your hearts with a Christmas cheer, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He'll come around when the chimes ring out, that it's Christmas morn again.
Peace on earth will come to all if we just follow the light.
Let's give thanks to the Lord above, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

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Here We Come A-Wassailing

Old English carol
radio playing

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

We are not daily beggars
That beg from door to door.
But we are neighbors' children
Whom you have seen before.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

We have got a little purse
Of stretching leather skin,
We want a little money
To line it well within.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

Bring us out a table,
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us out a moldy cheese,
And some of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

God bless the master of this house,
Likewise the mistress too,
And all the little children
That 'round the table go.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

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The Holly and the Ivy

Traditional English carol
radio playing

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flow'r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Savior.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.

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A Holly Jolly Christmas

Words and music by Johnny Marks
radio playing

Have a holly jolly Christmas,
It's the best time of the year.
I don't know if there'll be snow,
But have a cup of cheer.
Have a holly jolly Christmas,
And when you walk down the street,
Say hello to friends you know
And ev'ryone you meet.
Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see.
Somebody waits for you,
Kiss her once for me.
Have a holly jolly Christmas,
And in case you didn't hear,
Oh, by golly, have a holly jolly Christmas this year.

Have a holly jolly Christmas,
It's the best time of the year.
I don't know if there'll be snow,
But have a cup of cheer.
Have a holly jolly Christmas,
And when you walk down the street,
Say hello to friends you know
And ev'ryone you meet.
Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see.
Somebody waits for you,
Kiss her once for me.
Have a holly jolly Christmas,
And in case you didn't hear,
Oh, by golly, have a holly jolly Christmas this year.

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Home for the Holidays

Words by Al Stillman, music by Robert Allen

Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home.
I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin' for Pennsylvania
And some homemade pumpkin pie.
From Pennsylvania, folks are trav'lin' down
To Dixie's sunny shore;
From Atlantic to Pacific,
Gee, the traffic is terrific.
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home.

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