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"Jolly Old St. Nicholas" is a Christmas song written in 1881 by Benjamin Hanby, composer of "Up on the Housetop". Its authorship is often credited to Wilf Carter. However, since it is mentioned in earlier works (such as Susan Gregg's Christmas Orphans, pub. 1916), this attribution is unlikely. It is traditionally performed to an up-tempo arrangement of Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major".

Lyrics

Jolly old St. Nicholas
Lean your ear this way
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say
Christmas Eve is coming soon
Now you dear old man
Whisper what you'll bring to me
Tell me if you can
When the clock is striking twelve
When I'm fast asleep
Down the chimney broad and black
With your pack you'll creep
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row
Mine will be the shortest one
You'll be sure to know
Johnny wants a pair of skates
Susie needs a sled
Nellie wants a storybook
One she hasn't read
As for me I hardly know
So I'll go to rest
Choose for me dear Santa Claus
What you think is best

Appearences in Christmas specials

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