The Customs of Christmas

Singing Christmas Carols — I

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus I Saw Three Ships
I Wonder as I Wander I'll Be Home for Christmas It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
It's Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; music by Henry Bishop
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I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth good will to men.
I thought, as now this day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rung so long the unbroken song
Of peace on earth good will to men.

And in despair, I bowed my head,
"There is no peace on earth," I said.
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
"God is not dead, nor does He sleep."
"The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Words and music by Tommie Connor
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I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus,
Underneath the mistletoe last night.
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep,
She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep.
Then I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus,
Underneath his beard so snowy white.
Oh, what a laugh it would have been,
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.
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I Saw Three Ships

Traditional English Carol
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I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day in the morning.

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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I Wonder as I Wander

Appalachian Carol
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I wonder as I wander, out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die,
To save lowly people like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Jesus was born, it was in a cow's stall,
With shepherds and wise men and angels and all.
The blessings of Christmas from heaven did fall,
And the weary world woke to the Savior's call.

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Words by Kim Gannon; music by Walter Kent
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I'm dreaming tonight of a place I love,
Even more than I usually do.
And although I know it's a long road back,
I promise you.

I'll be home for Christmas.
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas,
If only in my dreams.
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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Words by Richard S. Willis; music by Edmund H. Sears
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It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold.
"Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From Heaven's all gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled.
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains they bend
On hovering wing.
And ever over its babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

And ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way,
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! For glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo, the days are hast'ning on,
By prophet bards foretold.
When with the evercircling years,
Comes 'round the age of gold,
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendor fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

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It's Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas

Words and music by Meredith Willson

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go.
Take a look in the Five and Ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store,
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben.
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn.
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go.
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel.
One in the park as well.
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Words and music by Eddie Pola and George Wyle
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It's the most wonderful time of the year.
With the kids jingle belling and ev'ryone telling you, "Be of good cheer."
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

It's the hap- happiest season of all.
With those holiday greetings and gay, happy meetings when friends come to call,
It's the hap- happiest season of all.

There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.
There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
There'll be much mistletoeing, and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

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Jesus is the Reason for the season


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