American Folk Songs for Christmas


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American Fokl Songs for Christmas
By Ruth Crawford Seeger
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
80 pages

Collection of songs from the old-time Christmas before Santa Claus came to America and folks decorated fir trees with tinsel. These Christmas songs and songs for Chrismas are from the American English-speaking folk tradition. 

The book is in three sections to tell the Christmas story - first the Stars and Shephers, then Mary and the Baby, and finally, Praise and Festivity. Seeger has kept the song arrangements simple with easy piano accompaniments and chord symbols so that all can enjoy playing and singing them.

Sources and Acknowledgments
The Songs
   Stars and Shepherds
   Mary and the Baby
   Praise and Festivity 

Alphabetical song contents
A-L: Ain't that a Rocking All Night, Almost Day, The Angel Band, Awake, Babe of Bethlehem, Baby Born today, The Blessing of Mary, Bright Morning Stars are Rising, Bye and Bye, The Cherry Tree Carol, Child of God, Children of the Heavenly King, Christmas Day in the Morning, Cradle Hymn, Don't You Hear the Lambs A-Crying?, Exultation, Found My Sheep

G-L: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Great Big Stars, Heard from Heaven Today, Heaven Bell Ring, Holy Babe, how Many Miles to Beth-e-le-hem?, In the Morning When I Rise, January February, Jehovah Hallelujah, Jesus Borned in Bethlea, Joseph and Mary, The Last Month of the Year, Little Bitty Baby, The Little Cradle Rocks Tonight in Glory, Looka Day, Look Away to Bethlehem

M-R: Mariner's Hymn, Mary Had a Baby, Mary What You Going to Name That Pretty Little Baby?, A Mince Pie or a Pudding, Mother Mary What Is the Matter?, The New-Born Baby, O Mary Where Is Your Baby?, Oh Mary and the Baby Sweet Lamb, Oh Watch the Stars, Old Christmas (fiddle tune), Poor Little Jesus, Rejoice My Friends, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow

S-Y: Shepherd Shepherd, Shepherds in Judea, Shepherds Rejoice, Shine Like a Star in the Morning, Shine Shine, Sing Hallelu, Sing-a-Lamb, Singing in the Land, Star in the East, Stars in the Heaven, Sweep Sweep and Cleanse Your Floor, 'Twas a Wonder in Heaven, The Twelve Apostles, The Twelve Days of Christmas, A Virgin Most Pure, Wasn't That a Mighty Day, Yonder Comes Sister Mary






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