We had our Christmas cantata in church this morning, with a string trio and some excellent vocal soloists. Unsurprisingly, we sang fairly exclusively about Jesus.

I have presented songs for my annual musical Advent calendar according to time depth, geographic origin, theme, instruments, and holiday activities, but never before by character in the story, so I’m not being very organized. Still, it is the feast of St. Nicholas today, so I think we need a Santa Claus song.

There are the usual favorites: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Santa Baby,” “Up on the Rooftop,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” but the video above is Brenda Lee’s “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” a new one to me.

Brenda Lee is best known for “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.”

The truly weird lyrics of this song:

I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
And I know just why because
I’m gonna pull, pull, pull, on his beard
Pull, pull, to see if it’s real

I’m gonna tick, tick, tickle him on the tummy
Because he laughs so funny
He’s so jolly and so fine
When he comes around on Christmas time

I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
And the reason is because
I know a boy and girl he never goes see
He never brings ’em toys like he does for me

I’m gonna pop, pop Santa Claus
With my water pistol gun
And then I’ll take his bags of toys and run
And bring to all the kids who don’t have none

I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
And I know just why because
I’m gonna pull, pull, pull, on his beard
Pull, pull, to see if it’s real

I’m gonna tick, tick, tickle him on the tummy
Because he laughs so funny
He’s so jolly and so fine
When he comes around on Christmas time

I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
And the reason is because
I know a boy and girl he never goes see
He never brings ’em toys like he does for me

I’m gonna pop, pop Santa Claus
With my water pistol gun
And then I’ll take his bags of toys and run
And bring to all the kids who don’t have none

The song was written by Wilbur Jones and Frankie Adams, who also wrote “Run, Run Rudolph.”

We’re not sure what our soon-to-be grandchildren’s Santa Claus customs are, but Santa has mostly been in charge of stockings at our house. Our DIL Elect’s mum told us that they have always taken the position that Christmas Day should be spent at home, and the children have another set of grandparents as well, so we may not have any Santa Claus involvement with these children at all. I haven’t prepared stockings for them, but I do have a modest selection of well-chosen gifts wrapped and under the tree, which we put up this weekend.