As She Rode Her Broom Into the Night, She Could Be Heard Proclaiming…..

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Click, Click Click! Up on the Housetop Lyrics Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

Click, Click Click! Up on the Housetop Lyrics


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Up on the Housetop, the classic Christmas song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864, with these free printable lyrics.

Up on the Housetop Printable Song Lyrics

Click to download the pdf printable Black & White version Up on the Housetop Pdf.

What are the lyrics to Up on the Housetop?

Up on the housetop reindeer paws
Out jumps Good Old Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys

Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney
with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes

Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks

What were the original lyrics to Up on the Housetop?

Santa May Not Be Recognized (Original Title, 1864 by Benjamin Hanby)

Up on the house top, no delay, no pause
Clatter the steeds of Santa Claus;
Down thro’ the chimney with loads of toys
Ho for the little ones, Christmas joys.
O! O! O! Who wouldn’t go.
O! O! O! Who wouldn’t go,
Up on the house top, click! click! click!
Down thro’ the chimney with good St. Nick.
Look in the stocking of Little Will,
Ha! Is it not a “glorious bill?”
Hammer and gimlet and lots of tacks,
Whistle and whirligig, whip that cracks.
Snow-white stocking of little Nell,
Oh pretty Santa cram it well;
Leave her a dolly that laughs and cries,
One that can open and shut its eye

150th Anniversary of Up on the Housetop

Up on the Housetop is America’s favorite Christmas song about Santa. Written by church minister, Benjamin Russell Hanby in 1864 for a church sing-along, Up on the Housetop is one of the first entirely secular Christmas songs.

2014 marks the 150 anniversary of Up on the Housetop. Hanby House in Westerville Ohio is on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated United Methodist Landmark. In 2011, the National Park Service also recognized Hanby House as an important Underground Railroad site.



NORAD Santa Tracker 2018: Follow Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey to deliver gifts

NORAD Santa Tracker 2018: Follow Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey to deliver gifts


The most wonderful time of year is almost here – with just hours remaining until Christmas Day. During the holiday season millions of children count down the days of December and go to sleep on Christmas Eve, eagerly awaiting the delivery of their gifts from the beloved Santa Claus.

Before the arrival of December 25, children (and adults) can follow Father Christmas’ journey delivering gifts across the globe using the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Google’s Santa trackers.

From the history behind NORAD’s festive role, to finding out what time you can expect an appearance down your chimney, here is everything you need to know about Santa’s route.

Santa’s journey across the globe – in numbers

Once Santa has made his list, checked it twice and finds out who has been naughty and nice, he sets off on his sleigh with his trusty reindeer, travelling an estimated 510,000,000 km on Christmas Eve – approximately 1,800 miles per second.

Christmas Eve is a busy time for Father Christmas as he needs to visit 390,000 homes per minute – or 6,424 per second.

From sherry, mulled wine and beer, to mince pies, gingerbread men and fruit cake, Santa won’t be short of energy during his journey, consuming a total of 71,764,000,000 calories.

With plenty of driving involved throughout the night, let’s hope children choose to leave him non-alcoholic beverages.

Santa’s travel route

Father Christmas’ journey begins in the South Pacific, with his first stop to the Republic of Kiribati, a collection of 32 atolls in the Pacific Ocean.

He will next travel west, delivering presents to those in New Zealand and Australia, followed by Japan.

Santa will then visit Asia, Africa and Western Europe, concluding with Canada, the US, Mexico and South America.

How to track Santa’s journey with NORAD and Google

Throughout the year, the US and Canadian organisation NORAD, monitors aerospace in event of nuclear attack, but on Christmas Eve they turn their attention to monitoring the skies for Santa’s sleigh.

Every year, the NORAD Tracks Santa website receives nearly nine million unique visitors from more than 200 countries and territories across the globe. On December 24, 1,500 volunteers respond to emails and receive more than 140,000 calls regarding Santa’s exact whereabouts.

The history behind NORAD’s role at Christmas

On a Christmas Eve shift back in 1955, Colonel Harry Shoup answered a call made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) in Colorado Springs, USA.

To his surprise, a young child had phoned the top secret line after finding a newspaper advert about ‘Santa’s Toyland’ from department store Sears, with the number of CONAD, NORAD’s predecessor, printed by mistake.

Colonel Shoup, dubbed “Santa Colonel”, later received multiple calls that night from other children, all looking for the whereabouts of Father Christmas.

He and his fellow call operators  informed the children calling throughout the night of Santa’s exact location. The Santa tracking tradition, later continued by NORAD, was born.

NORAD has carried out it’s Christmas role for over 60 years and since 1997 children across the globe have been able to track Santa’s journey of delivering presents online.

More than 50 years after the night of calls from children, Colonel Shoup’s granddaughter Carrie Farrell, who worked for Google, announced their partnership with NORAD to track Santa in 2007 – although the companies have since parted ways, carrying out their roles separately.

Now, every year, thousands of volunteers staff telephones and computers to answer calls and e-mails from children (and adults) around the world. As of 2007, search engine Google has also provided an online tracker, in partnership with Norad.

Keep your fingers crossed that when he arrives at your house, he’ll find your name on the good side of that list…


–The Telegraph

Your Planet Tracker for the Day: The Moon in Leo (Dec. 24 – Dec. 26)

Big-hearted, Loyal, Natural Born Leader

December 24 – December 26, 2018 Staff

Before we get into details about the Moon in Leo, let’s first learn more about the Moon itself. In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet — the fastest moving one at that! Because it moves so quickly, it passes through each of the zodiac signs every month.

Regardless of what your Moon sign is, a couple days each month we all feel the influence of the Leo Moon. When the Moon is moving through Leo, regardless of how you normally feel, you will have a stronger desire to let others how you feel. You’ll be more apt to tell people that you love them, or express your appreciation for them. This might also be a time when there’s a strong urge to turn the romance and passion in your life up a notch.

Because Leo craves attention and adoration, a Leo Moon could leave you feeling more insecure than usual which could lead to a dramatic flare-up if your needs aren’t met. If you are a bit more sensitive and vulnerable during this transit, ask those around you for the reassurance you crave.

Leo is a sign of ideas and a sign of expressing yourself. You’ll be inclined to pursue an artistic outlet such as dance or theater, or a business endeavor of some kind. It could also be a time of getting out and socializing so that you can “perform” for others. After all, all the world’s a stage during the Moon in Leo!

New Moon in Leo

During the mid-summer, when the Sun is in the sign of Leo, we have what is called a Leo New Moon. This is a very special time because New Moons are all about new growth and the beginning of new cycles. The Leo New Moon is concerned with self-expression, and showing what’s in your heart. So, this is when you’re beginning a relationship with a person, an idea, or a goal. You want to open your heart, and make your deepest desires become everything in your life. This is a great time to ask yourself if you’ve truly been doing the things that make you feel the most fulfilled.

Full Moon in Leo

Six months later, the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius which means we have a Leo Full Moon. Aquarius is very cold, and very distant from the heat of the Sun. The Full Moon in Leo brings a good balance to the depersonalized energy of the Aquarius sign. This transit reminds you that it’s okay to feel what’s in your heart, and to bring that out into the world. Full Moons are culminations so this is a great time to look at the seeds you planted during the New Moon and see if they’ve come to fruition.

If you were born with the Moon in Leo

Most of us already know about our Sun sign which represents the person we show to the world. If the Sun is our outer personality, then the Moon is our inner personality — our emotions, and the things we need to feel comfortable and secure. It’s important to know your Moon sign because it reflects your emotional being, and it’s the energy you hold on to throughout your life. It can also give us insight into our moon sign compatibility in our romantic relationships.

Leo is a Fire sign, and like the mid-summer Sun, it gives light and warmth to everything it shines down on. Fiercely loyal, this is the sign of intention and following through. This is true at work, in friendships, and especially in matters of the heart. A Leo in love is a dedicated partner, and will have no problem letting their significant other — and the world — know how they feel. But just as they give to others, Leos expect the same admiration and devotion in return.

Leos are kids at heart! This sign is known for its playful and almost childlike nature, making them a true joy to be around. They’re also one of the most optimistic signs, and look at the bright side no matter what kind of curveball life throws at them.

Don’t mistake Leo’s pride with self-centeredness — they are anything but! Arguably the most generous of all the zodiac signs, this Lion would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. They’re also extremely helpful, making them an excellent person to turn to for advice or in a time of need. is Part of the Daily Insight Group © 2018