Cold Enough For Christmas

Lyrics: Debra Alexander; Music: James Grant

Instrumentation
  • 1101 | 0300 | 1 perc | S solo + SATB | hrp | strings
Duration
4'30
Commissioned by
  • Gloria Musicae | Joseph Holt, Artistic Director
Year of composition
2013
Program note

A family gathers for a reunion in the summer, only to find that Mother Nature is not co-operating—it's freezing cold!—so they decide to celebrate Christmas instead.

Cold Enough For Christmas — lyrics:
Debra Alexander | © 2013 Word Maven Music (ASCAP)

The family is assembled — it’s the zenith of the summer
The cottage is alive and well with laughter
But Mother Nature’s haywire, and the weather is a bummer
We’re gonna have to change our plans hereafter
 
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
Gather ‘round the fire for a chestnut song
Now we’re all together, the timing couldn’t be better
We’ll make the most of it, toast to winter — all week long!
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
 
Too cold to float on noodles,
Just right for Kringle Strudel
Tobogganing is perfect by canoe.
Dump eggnog in the brandy,
We’ll all be feeling dandy
Defrosting from the numbing in our shoes.
 
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
Gather ‘round the fire for a chestnut song
Now we’re all together, the timing couldn’t be better
We’ll make the most of it, toast to winter — all week long!
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
 
‘Cause when the lawn’s this frosty,
Croquet is more like hockey
The chill that’s in the air is quite a shock.
It’s nice to go ice fishing 
You see what we’ve been missing?
We’ve got to learn to think outside the dock!
 
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
Gather ‘round the fire for a chestnut song
Now we’re all together, the timing couldn’t be better
We’ll make the most of it, toast to winter — all week long!
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
 
So toss another ski onto the fire
We’ll contemplate our next July and watch the flames jump higher
But don’t forget to take your caps to bed when you retire
 
And when you’re dreaming, oh so deep,
You’re tanning in the sun,
But morning finds you turning blue,
It’s time to don a festive mood.
 
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!
Gather ‘round the fire for a chestnut song
Now we’re all together, the timing couldn’t be better
We’ll make the most of it, toast to winter — all week long!
It’s cold enough for Christmas, bring it on!