25 December, 2006

Australian Christmas songs

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me,
Twelve possums playing,
Eleven lizards leaping,
Ten wombats washing,
Nine crocs a-snoozing
Eight dingos dancing,
Seven emus laying,
Six sharks a-surfing,
Five kangaroos,
Four lyrebirds,
Three wet galahs,
Two snakes on skis,
And a kookaburra in a gum tree.



Dashing through the bush,
in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust,
esky in the boot,
Kelpie by my side,
singing Christmas songs,
It's Summer time and I am in
my singlet, shorts and thongs

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia
on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Listen to the first verse of Australian Jingle Bells or the full song at A_G_R/MyChristmasPage.htm or purchase a CD containing this and other
Australian Christmas songs.



'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'Silent Night' are two popular Christmas songs. One is a traditional carol from the Middle Ages, while the other was written in the 19th century. Each has a snow-encrusted story to tell. For a sunburnt Christmas, we hear William James' 'Carol of the Birds'.




Across the plains one Christmas night,
Three drovers riding blythe and gay,
Looked up and saw a starry light,
More radiant than the Milky Way;
And on their hearts such wonder fell,
They sang with joy "Noel! Noel!

Three drovers

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