Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Then God bless you.
It was a nursery rhyme, first put to music by Edith Nesbit, the author of The Treasure seekers and The Railway Children. Then John Denver added to the lyrics and sang it with The Muppets. Manhattan Transfer brought it to the forefront when they included a version on their album, The Christmas Album in 1992. You will probably have heard that even if you don’t think you have: it includes
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Currently playing on repeat in several of the Hamilton shops.
What I haven’t heard yet this year is Slade’s “So here it is, Merry Christmas, Everybody’s having fun” – maybe it is too raucous for the calypso-orientated audience here in Bermuda.
So today we are packing a small bag each for a flying visit to UK, hoping there will be a turkey left somewhere in England for late shoppers. Just as in the UK, turkey, usually the cheapest of meats, triples in price at this time of year – an oven ready bird to feed five will set you back around $100.
It is absolutely glorious sunshine here today and maybe I am a little sorry to be flying off-island but am really looking forward to seeing family and perhaps even some frost or cold weather.
So have a merry Christmas and happy new year!
A couple of Christmas photos, the last from Bermuda in 2013: