We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Sample of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" performed by the youth chamber choir of the Chorakademie Dortmund.

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"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England.[1] The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern-day Christmas puddings.[2][3] It is one of the few English traditional carols that makes mention of the New Year celebration and is often the last song carolers sing, wishing all good tidings and happy spirits at Christmastime.

Lyrics[edit]

Version 1[edit]

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

REFRAIN
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And bring some out here

REFRAIN

For we all like figgy pudding
We all like figgy pudding
We all like figgy pudding
So bring some out here

REFRAIN

And we won't go until we've got some
We won't go until we've got some
We won't go until we've got some
So bring some out here

REFRAIN

Version 2[edit]

I wish you a Happy Christmas
I wish you a Happy Christmas
I wish you a Happy Christmas
and a Merry New Year.

REFRAIN
Bad findings we bring to kill you and king,
I wish you a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding (x3)
and bring it right here.

REFRAIN

Christmastime is coming (x3)
it soon will be here.

REFRAIN
It's a season for music (x3)
and a time of good Cheer.

REFRAIN

(Some versions print the refrain as "Glad tidings" instead of "Good tidings')

Version 3[edit]

We wish you a Merry Christmas (x3)
and a Happy New Year.

REFRAIN
Good tidings to you, where ever you are
Good Tidings at Christmas and a Happy New Year

(The first line of the refrain can also be rendered as "Good tidings we bring, to you of good cheer")

Now bring us some figgy pudding (x3)
and bring it right here

REFRAIN

Christmastime is coming (x3)
it soon will be here.

REFRAIN

We fish you a hairy Chris moose. (x3)
And a Hippo New Year.

REFRAIN

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