Civil War Christmas Song

The Jackson Homestead Museum has a lot of papers written by Ellen Dorinda Jackson. Most prominently, her diary entitled “Annals from the Old Homestead” describes daily life in the 1860s. It includes a description of how the Jackson Homestead was used as a station on the underground railroad.

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The poem below was written by Ellen and is from a collection of poems about the Jackson Homestead.


Christmas Song
(Tune of “Johnnie come marching Home.”)

When Christmas comes with its joy again,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give it a hearty welcome then,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
The aunts will cheer, the uncles shout,
Each grandchild then will sure turn out,
     And we’ll all feel gay
As Christmas comes round again.

The old porch door we’ll open wide,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home with loving pride,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
The bravest lads and lasses sweet
That e’er at grandmamma’s you’d meet,
     And we’ll all feel gay
As Christmas comes round again.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give grandmother three times three,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
The Christmas cake is ready here,
The pies and pastry too, my dear,
     And we’ll all be gay
As Christmas comes round again.

There’s Henry, Fred, and sisters fine,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
There’s Fullers three, three Halls; that’s nine.
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
Brave Will Curtis, Kitty the pet,
And Emma, -welcome to the set,-
     And we’ll all be gay
As Christmas comes round again.

Let love and friendship on this day,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
Their choicest treasures now display,
     Hurrah! Hurrah!
And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy some other’s heart,
     And we’ll all be gay
As Christmas comes round again.

                         –Ellen D. Jackson

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