A relatively new Christmas carol, Santa Claus is Coming to Town was written in 1934. It was an instant hit and has been recorded by as varied of artists as one could imagine. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alice Cooper and Gene Autry all have recordings of the song.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Lyrics

Oh! You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why:

Santa Claus is coming to town!

He’s making a list,
He’s checking it twice,
He’s gonna find out
who’s naughty or nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

He sees you when you’re sleeping,
He knows when you’re awake.
He knows when you’ve been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!

So…You better watch out,
You better not cry
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

Little tin horns,
Little toy drums.
Rudy-toot-toot
and rummy tum tums.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

Little toy dolls
that cuddle and coo,
Elephants, boats
and Kiddie cars too.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

The kids in Girl and Boy Land
will have a jubilee.
They’re gonna build a toyland town
all around the Christmas tree.

Oh….You better watch out,
You better not cry.
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is comin’
Santa Claus is comin’
Santa Claus is comin’
To town.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Originally known as Carol of the Drum this song was written in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis. Sometimes you will see this song attributed to C. R. W. Robinson which is a pen name of K. K. Davis.

The Trapp Family Singers (the family that The Sound of Music is based on) popularized the song in the 1950s.

The Little Drummer Boy
Lyrics 

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King. pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

So to honor Him,
pa rum pum pum pum
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too. pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King. pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him. pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

The Little Drummer Boy
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Joy to the World
Lyrics

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Original third verse:
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

NOTES: Although “has come” would seem more appropriate, “is come” is the correct form in the first verse. Grammar Girl wrote about this on her website. Here is the important paragraph, but it is worth checking out the whole article if you are curious about the grammar of the song.

It actually turned out to be a pretty tough question, but I eventually discovered that the phrase the Lord is come uses an archaic form of English that was very common back in 1719 when “Joy to the World” was written by Isaac Watts. A number of references say that this construction uses the word come as an unaccusative intransitive verb (and don’t worry: you don’t need to remember that because it’s a form that’s now nearly extinct in the English language [1]).

Joy to the World
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
Lyrics

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
“Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
“Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the the sea,
With a voice as big as the the sea.”

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
“Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold–
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.”

Said the king to the people everywhere,
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.”

Do You Hear What I Hear?
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