Sing Along on the Tenth Day of Christmas

[Editor’s note: It’s a pleasure to feature a voice other than mine. Julie Tragon, today’s guest artist, takes over from here.]

Julie says:

I lived the first half of my life in Tampa, FL. Yep, that’s right: I’m what you call a “Florida cracker” born and raised!

Growing up, I used to sing alternative lyrics to the familiar song “White Christmas” – “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I never knew.”

When I consider the music that I love to listen to during these twelve days, I can’t help but admit that I resonate with the lyrics to this Christmas tune: “Mele Kalikimaka” (which is basically the English phrase “Merry Christmas” translated into Hawaiian) more than any other. When Bill asked me to join in this twelve days of Christmas sing-a-long, this song immediately came to mind.

This rendition includes my dear friend John Christman (who was born a LONG ways away from FL…Upper Michigan, to be exact, and grew up in Wisconsin…Go Pack Go!) on the cajon and shaker (a kind of box drum) and myself on keyboard and vocals!

We hope you enjoy singing along!

Bill and daughter Noël had the opportunity a few years ago for a December visit to Hawaii with sister Judy and brother-on-law Lew. We heard this song a lot!

And now, the lyrics:

Intro:
Jingle bells upon a steel guitar:
Through the palms we see the same bright star. 

"Mele Kalikimaka" is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day.
That's the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway.
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright,
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night.
"Mele Kalikimaka" is Hawaii's way
To say "Merry Christmas" to you.

"Mele Kalikimaka" is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day.
That's the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway.
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright,
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night.
"Mele Kalikimaka" is Hawaii's way
To say "Merry Christmas,
A very Merry Christmas,
A very Merry Christmas" to you.

Click here for the recording.

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Join us at https://lavezzi.us/ on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas to join in this virtual sing-along. Want to catch up? Care to be a serial singer? Here you go:

Author: StgCoach

Retired teacher and public education leader. Pastoral musician, community activist, parliamentarian, and photographer.

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