Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, December, 2012

posted Nov 30, 2012, 9:19 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 9:20 AM ]

Christmas Is a-Comin’

 

 

Today, immediately after Halloween, or even before that, the merchants are

all eager to jump the gun on the Christmas season. And following Thanksgiving,

many radio stations play nothing but Christmas music 24/7.

 

 

“Christmas ls Coming" is a nursery rhyme and Christmas Carol, often sung as a

round with the following lyrics: “Christmas is Coming, the goose is (or geese

are) getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man’s hat; if you haven’t got a

penny, a half penny will do. lf you haven’t got a half penny, then God bless you!”

 

 

According to Wikipedia, the musical version of this rhyme was popularized

by the Kingston Trio as “A Round About Christmas” in 1960, and a Calypso

sounding version of the Carol was featured on a Christmas album Called “John

Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.”

 

 

The rhyme also became the basis for the song “Christmas is a-Comin”, re-

written by Frank Luther and performed by Bing Crosby, among others. Some

of the lyrics of that version go as follows:

 

Christmas is a coming, the lights are on the tree..

How about a turkey leg for dear old me?

lf you haven't got a turkey leg, a turkey wing will do,

lf you haven't got a turkey wing may God bless you!

God bless you, gentlemen, God bless you!

lf you haven’t got a turkey wing may God bless you!

 

Christmas is a coming, the Cider's in the keg.

If l had a mug of Cider I wouldn’t have to beg.

If you haven't got a mug of Cider, a mug will do.

If you haven’t got a mug, may God bless you!

God bless you, gentlemen, God bless you!

lf you haven‘t got half a mug, may God bless you!

If you got a thing for me, may God bless you!

 

The music to “Christmas is Coming” originated late in the nineteenth Century.

The lyrics of the poem/rhyme associate the Christmas feast with geese, which

were served as part of an English traditional meal at Christmastime.

 

In addition to associating eating with Christmas festivities there is also the

idea that Christmas is a time for giving to charity, according to one’s means,

even if all that is affordable is the giving of a blessing.

 

For some reason I have found this song running through my mind this holiday

season, which prompted me to do some research, which I have chosen to

share with you. God’s richest blessings to you during Advent 2012.

 

Pastor George Weaver

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