Christmas Is Coming

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

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please do 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!

A variant has the final line as "If you have no ha'penny, then God bless you!" Another variant is "Please to put a penny in the old man's hat" in the second line. Another is "Christmas is Coming, the goose is getting fat" for the first line.

The lyrics "the goose/geese is/are getting fat" stems from the old English belief that the geese begin to bloat days before the New Year and will eventually explode on New Year's Day. To put these geese out of their misery, the English would have them for dinner, just days before they explode.

The traditional version of this song uses the melody of the English dance tune "Country Gardens", but other melodies exist. The Kingston Trio recorded the song as "A Round About Christmas", on their album The Last Month of the Year. A calypso sounding version of the carol 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'", re-written by Frank Luther and performed by Bing Crosby, among others.