We Wish you a Merry Christmas

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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a traditional English 16th century carol and the only one amongst traditional holiday carols that makes a reference to the celebration of the New Year.  This is quite often the last carol sung on Christmas Eve, so carolers wish the best for all the celebrations during this Season’s Holidays.

The origins of the famous Christmas carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” can be traced back to England. The exact date and authorship of its creations are unclear, though it is generally believed to have come into existence sometime between the 16th and 19th centuries and is distinct in terms of its longevity compared to other carols. The carol first began its rise to popularity in 1935, and it can be induced that it is relatively new compared to other traditional carols as it is not mentioned in historical texts pertaining to such.

The intent of the song, in addition to recognizing the Christmas holiday, is to humorously harass the person or household you are singing the carol to (traditionally on Christmas Eve) in order to convince them to give you some type of gift to stop.

The lyrics of the song are satirical in nature and remind us of an era when, according to the English tradition, poor carolers would sing to the wealthier members of the community for treats, and wouldn’t leave their doorsteps until they got what they received those treats, thus making the Victorian English upper class call them “waits”.

The singers kindly greet the landlord with the opening line. However, there’s space for humour, as carolers shamelessly ask for figgy pudding “right here” – a demand which consequently means those lyrics should be sung in a teasing tone.

Figgy pudding is a traditional English Christmas dessert similar to American Christmas pudding. According to several sources, in the West Country of England “figgy pudding” was a raisin or plum pudding, not necessarily one containing figs.

The tune remains popular to this day and as such has been performed by a diverse, global array of popular artists in addition to being standard during Christmastime in churches, symphonies and amongst common carolers.


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To download your free instrumental mp3 of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” (instrumental), click (or tap, on mobile devices) on the following link.

“We wish you a Merry Christmas” free instrumental mp3 download (instrumental, 1:37 – 6/8 – bpm)

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“We wish you a Merry Christmas” lyrics (English)

1. We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2. Oh, bring us a figgy pudding,
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding,
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

3. We won’t go until we get some,
We won’t go until we get some,
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

4. We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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“We wish you a Merry Christmas” music score with chords

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“We Wish you a Merry Christmas” Free Printable PDF with lyrics and score

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To download a ready-to-print PDF of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” for music activities with a music sheet, lyrics and a colouring sheet for kids, right click (or tap and hold, on mobile devices) on the following link, then choose “Save link as…”.

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“We Wish you a Merry Christmas” Teaching ideas

We could use the beginning of the song as a memory-tip to teach and remember the interval of the perfect 4th. This interval appears three times at the first three phrases.

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After they have learned the song well,  ask the kids to sing it from a different pitch that you give them every time. At the end, they could have sung it several times…

Find other famous melodies that start also with 4th (like Mozart’s allegro from “Eine Kleine Nachtmusic”, “O Christmas Tree“, “Adeste Fideles” or even Harry Potter’s theme).


We Wish you a Merry Christmas | Free Christmas Carols & Songs
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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. This negative is verry verry good for a concert of ypur school, and your family! Happy Christmas and a happy New year for y’all :*

  2. Thank you SOOOOO MUCH!!!

    1. You’re welcome, Tatyana! 😉

      1. Hello. Can I use it on my game? 😀

  3. Hey,
    the harmonies in “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” aren’t correct in bar 2: C, and in bar 6: B7.

    Bye 🙂

    1. I was informed that was corrected soon after you reported it, Lars, so thanks a lot!

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