We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Sample of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" performed by the youth chamber choir of the Chorakademie Dortmund.

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"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England.[1] The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern-day Christmas puddings.[2][3] It is one of the few English traditional carols that makes mention of the New Year celebration and is often the last song carolers sing, wishing all good tidings and happy spirits at Christmastime.

Lyrics[edit]

Version 1[edit]

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

REFRAIN
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And bring some out here

REFRAIN

For we all like figgy pudding
We all like figgy pudding
We all like figgy pudding
So bring some out here

REFRAIN

And we won't go until we've got some
We won't go until we've got some
We won't go until we've got some
So bring some out here

REFRAIN

Version 2[edit]

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

REFRAIN
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

O bring us some figgy pudding (x3)
and bring it right here.

REFRAIN

And we won't go until we've got some (x3)
so bring some out here.

REFRAIN
It's a season for music (x3)
and a time of good Cheer.

REFRAIN

(Some versions print the refrain as "Glad tidings" instead of "Good tidings')

Version 3[edit]

We wish you a Merry Christmas (x3)
and a Happy New Year.

REFRAIN
Good tidings to you, where ever you are
Good Tidings at Christmas and a Happy New Year

(The first line of the refrain can also be rendered as "Good tidings we bring, to you and to yours")

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding (x3)
and a cup of good cheer

REFRAIN

We won't go until we get some, (x3)
so bring it right here

REFRAIN

We wish you a Merry Christmas (x3)
and a Happy New Year

REFRAIN

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