“Christmas is coming,
The goose is getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat,
If you haven’t got a penny,
A half-penny will do,
If you haven’t got a half-penny,
God bless you.”
Mostly, as a third grader, I’d start uproariously laughing at fat-goose segment and fail to hear the rest, but for whatever reason, this holiday jingle from his childhood still occasionally comes to my mind now and then as we get closer to Christmas. I’m sure I’ll sing it to my kids someday too, and they too will wonder if I was born in the 1880s when there was nothing more entertaining to do than make up and sing random holiday poems.
Regardless, Christmas is coming, and Eric and I have our tree up. I grew up cutting down Christmas trees with my family, so this year, I convinced him that would be a great idea…to do on a Saturday afternoon…in the sleet. At least, it was sleeting when we first set out, but then, predictably, it turned into this overly festive and picturesque snow. We felt like we were in some sort of Christmas carol as we dragged back our freshly slain tree on a sled and sipped on hot chocolate as we tried not to slide into the ditch during what was increasingly becoming a blizzard on the way home.
But, the tree stands, and I’ve been doing all my cooking these days to Christmas music. This year, we’ve discovered some new favorites, some of which I’ve already mentioned, and have been enjoying some classics with a new flavor. Below, you can play some of the songs that we’ve been enjoying the most…because after all, Christmas is coming…