(v): hurrying, moving quickly
(n): one of the sounds that a bell makes.
Other sounds are: ding-dong, ding-a-ling, ring-ting-tingling, etc.
(n): a large sled that carries people over the snow.
on bob-tail ring: The bells hanging from the horse's tail will ring.
(n): a feeling or mood
was lean and lank: The horse was thin and tall - all legs and not very
seemed his lot: The horse seemed to be very unlucky!
into a drifted bank: We got caught in a small hill of snow - a snow
upset - the sleigh tipped over onto its side.
(adj): cheerful, happy
(adj.): cold, covered with frost (small ice particles)
pipe (n): a pipe for smoking tobacco, made from a corn cob (the center
of an ear of corn).
cop (n): a policeman who directs traffic.
(v): to yell or scream loudly
pum pum pum: the sound from the little drummer boy's drum.
King to see: to visit Baby Jesus - any time something is written about
Jesus, a capital letter is used.
(v): to shake your head "yes."
(v): rocking (Rockin' around the Christmas tree = Dancing around the Christmas
(n): a dance (Christmas Party Hop = the Christmas dance party)
(n): an evergreen type plant. At Christmas time in some countries, people
must kiss when they walk under the mistletoe. (pronounced "missile + toe")
pie (v): a dessert served during the winter holiday season.
(v): singing - the singing of holiday songs is called caroling.
carol (n): a holiday song
(adj): a warm, good feeling - a memory of past good times.
(adj): happy, cheerful
of holly: branches of holly - a green plant with pretty red berries.
(Holly is pretty, but it's very poisonous!)
merrily (adv.) in a happy way, happily
(v): to decorate,
"Deck the halls" = decorate the rooms we use for parties.
short form of "it is"
'Tis is used in songs and poems.
(v): to put on
"Don we now our gay apparel" - put on our party clothes now!
(v): to sing loudly
(n): a traditional drink served during the winter holidays, made with cream,
eggs, sugar, alcohol, and nutmeg.
(v): to trip and fall, or walk like a drunk person.
(n): feet marks from an animal
a hoof : an animal foot
Santa's helper, plural form = elves
types of birds: partridge, turtle dove, French hen, calling bird, goose
= to lay an egg, a-swimming = to go swimming, etc.
(n): a maid is a girl, the maids in this song are milkmaids.
(n): noble men
(n): a musician who plays a musical instrument similar to a flute.
out (v): be careful!
(v): to show sadness or anger by puffing one's lips outward like a child.
(n): a list of bad children and good children. Only the good children
get gifts from Santa Claus!
(adj): bad, a naughty child gets no presents from Santa!
(v): to shine
(adj): awful, terrible
up: say this to a horse to make it go
(adj): comfortable and cozy
(v): to sit very close together
and Ives: two famous painters
(adj): rose colored, pink
(n): part of a song
(v): to push very hard
(n): A wise man
greetings or a message (tidings is a very old word, and it's only used
in songs and poems.)
Short form of "It was."
a living thing
of fun: lots of fun
(v): to move in a spirited way, like a dancer, or a horse.
clatter (n): a loud noise