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Mary Had a Baby

TITLE: Mary Had a Baby AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Christmas, childbirth, Jesus, religious EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1953 (R. C. Seeger, American Folk Songs for Christmas) Mary Had a Baby appears in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “American Folk Songs for Children” (Doubleday 1948) and she cites as her source “Saint Helena Island Spirituals” by N.G.J. read more »

Away in a Manger

TITLE: Away in a Manger AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: religious, Jesus, animal, Christmas EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1885 (“Little Children’s Book: for Schools and Families”) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Away in a Manger is a purely American creation, although rumored to be written by Martin Luther. Most current publications of Away in a Manger indicate that the read more »

The Twelve Days of Christmas

TITLE: The Twelve Days of Christmas AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Christmas, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1780 children’s book Mirth without Mischief The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6). Although the read more »