Christmas Is Coming, the Goose Is Getting Fat
DESCRIPTION: "Christmas is coming, the goose is 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."
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Baring-Gould)
KEYWORDS: money bird food Christmas
FOUND IN: Britain(England) US
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #419, p. 195, "(Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat)"
Jack, p. 24, "Christmas Is Coming" (1 short text)
Dolby, p. 45, "Christmas is Coming" (1 short text)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #153, "(Christmas Is Coming)" (1 text)
NOTES [51 words]: This seems to be rare in tradition, and yet *I* learned it orally, in a version still close to the British, since it mentions ha'pennies (which I first heard as "hay-pennies," which made no sense at all). So I'm filing it on the assumption it's going to be collected in tradition in the future, at least. - RBW
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