Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas A to Z Letter U

Welcome Back to Christmas A to Z
U …is for Up on the Rooftop, Under the Tree
Up on the Rooftop
The song Up on the Housetop, I know it as “Rooftop”, is one of the first songs I learned to play on a Magnus Chord organ that was given to me one Christmas. This organ was played by number, instead of notes, but was fun to play.
Magnus chord organ
Up on the housetop Reindeer pause,
Out jumps good old Santa Claus
Down through the chimney With lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go
Up on the housetop Click, click, click
Down through the chimney With good Saint Nick
First comes the stocking Of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa fill it well
Give her a dolly that Laughs and cries
One that will open and Shut her eyes
Repeat chorus
Next comes the Stocking of little Will
Oh just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks
Under the tree
In the late 1800’s gift giving had traditionally been at New Year, but moved as Christmas became more important to the Victorians. Initially gifts were rather modest; fruit, nuts, sweets and small handmade trinkets.
These were usually hung on the Christmas tree. However, as gift giving became more central to the festival, and the gifts became bigger and shop-bought, they moved under the tree.
For some, placing the Nativity scene under the Christmas tree is tradition. My family did this for many years when my daughter was young.
I have always enjoyed looking at photographs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nativity under the Tree display. It is so beautiful and would be wonderful to see in person.
I have placed a nativity under our tree several times. With cats and small children around again it is difficult to do, but hope to place it there again in the coming years.
With only a few days left, I hope you will join me again tomorrow as the Christmas Celebration continues…
Carolyn and the Bears

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