When my daughter was little, every year on Thanksgiving evening we would kick off the Christmas Season by singing the song, “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; please put a penny in the old man’s hat…”. The song can be sung as a round and that’s what we’d try to do. It wasn’t unusual for one of us–usually me–to get goofed up with who was singing which part and we’d end up singing together.
While we were singing and driving back home from our Thanksgiving feast, we’d also look out the car windows and point out to each other houses that were already decorated for Christmas. We had great fun, regardless of whether or not we sang the song “right” and whether or not we saw a lot of decorations.
Now that my daughter is grown and building her own life, this tradition of ours has changed. We no longer sing the song together on Thanksgiving evening, but, when we see each other over Christmas, we’ll save one evening for driving around the different neighborhoods oohing and aaahing over people’s Christmas decorations. And yes, you guessed it! One of the songs we sing is “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; please put a penny in the old man’s hat…”!
What are some of your Christmas traditions and memories? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Thanks!
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