Christmas Is Coming

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"Christmas Is Coming" is a nursery rhyme and Christmas song (frequently sung as a round) with lyrics as follows:

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

The traditional version of this song uses the melody of the English dance tune "Country Gardens", but other melodies exist. Edith Nesbit Bland composed a popular tune for the lyrics.[1][2] The Kingston Trio recorded the song as "A Round About Christmas", on their album The Last Month of the Year.[1][3] A calypso sounding version was featured on the album John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together and a loose, jazzy piano-based arrangement was featured in the musical score of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The rhyme also became the basis for the song "Christmas Is a-Comin'", written by Frank Luther and performed by Bing Crosby, among others.


  1. ^ a b "Origins: Christmas is Coming [revised, updated 11-12-14]". TreasuryIslands. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  2. ^ "CHRISTMAS IS COMING lyrics ***". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  3. ^ "Christmas Is Coming – Nursery Rhymes". Retrieved 2017-12-13.