Merry Christmas! little children,
From my home so far away
Send I loving Christmas greetings
To you on your holiday.
You may watch and wait till midnight,
Looking at the falling snow,
But be sure you won't discover
When I come or when I go.
For I come when all is silent,
Not a breath will then be heard,
And I softly through the chimney
Enter, saying not a word.
Quickly to the stockings step I,
And I place in every one
Something for the Christmas frolic,
Something for the Christmas fun.
Hark! my reindeer out the window,
Prance and shake a warning note;
Santa Claus will speed away then,
Wrapping close his cap and coat.
Your surprise, when comes the morning,
Gladness which your bright eyes tell,
Grateful, merry, happy children,
Pleases Santa Claus full well.
Willie, Alice, Harry, Mary,
Christmas greetings now I send.
Cora, Freddie, Sadie, Johnnie,
Don't forget Santa Claus, your friend.
by William Howard