The Customs of Christmas

Singing Christmas Carols — P-R

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Patapan Pretty Paper Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Patapan

Burgundian Carol

Willie, take your little drum,
Robin, take your flute and come.
When we hear the tune you play,
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan,
When we hear the tune you play,
How can anyone be glum?

When the men of olden days
Gave the King of Kings their praise,
They had pipes on which to play,
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan.
They had drums on which to play,
Full of joy on Christmas day.

God and man this day become
Joined as one with flute and drum.
Let the happy time play on,
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan.
Flute and drum together play,
As we sing on Christmas day.

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Pretty Paper

Words and music by Willie Nelson

Crowded streets, busy feet hustle by him.
Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh.
There he sits all alone on the sidewalk.
Hoping that you won't pass him by.
Should you stop; Better not, much too busy.
You're in a hurry, my how time does fly.
In the distance the ringing of laughter
And in the midst of the laughter he cries.

CHORUS
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue.
Wrap you presents to your darling from you.
Pretty pencils to write, "I love you."
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue.
Repeat Chorus

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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Words and music by Johnny Marks
radio playing

Rockin' around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop.
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Ev'ry couple tries to stop.
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring.
Later we'll have some punkin pie
And we'll do some caroling.
You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, "Let's be jolly,
Deck the halls with boughs of holly."
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday.
Ev'ryone dancing merrily
In the new old fashioned way.
Repeat Chorus

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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Words and music by Johnny Marks
radio playing

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen;
But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee:
"Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,
You'll go down in history."

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