The composer of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is not known, although it is often attributed to Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the popular carol Up On the Housetop. The lyrics express the Christmas wishes of a youngster who is speaking to St. Nicholas. There are several different versions of the text, but the most common one we know today concludes with the singer letting Santa Claus know that he can choose the present, because Santa “will know the best.”
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. The site will soon have versions of the carol in several other keys. You can also view and print the lyrics to Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.
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