I thought it would be a nice Christmas Tradition to learn a new Christmas Carol each year and also find out about the history of the song once the children are a bit older. This year I chose Away in a Manger because it is relatively short, and the melody is simple.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle ’til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there
Emma has learned the first verse and we’ve just started on the second. She normally doesn’t sing particularly well in tune but today I sang just one note and asked her to copy it. She did very well and keeps the tune well when following me.
Interestingly this morning she asked who wrote the song. It seems the author of the first two stanzas is unknown but James R Murray published the song in 1885 and may have written the last stanza.
Emma has started making up her own actions, and she wants to sing it for us on Christmas morning.