"Breaking up Christmas" is a Southern Appalachian tradition of house gatherings dating back to the mid-19th century involving multi-generations. Folks would get together in the late evenings to visit, eat, play music, and dance during the several days following Christmas, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. Some hosts would take their beds down and move their furniture outside to allow more room in their houses for the festivities. The tune, Breaking Up Christmas, was popularized by the famous old-time fiddler, Tommy Jarrell. Our version is right in the spirit of the season as special guests, Baby Sawyer and Sister Rebecca join in for some old-time fun.
Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over is an old-time fiddle dance tune that originated in the 1800's and was recorded by Fiddlin' John Carson in the 1920's. This tune, with its scarce lyrics, was the basis of the 1950's Bill Monroe bluegrass hit, Christmas Time's A Coming. Enjoy the Christmas fun as special guest Sister Rebecca joins in the festivities. Although out of sight, listen closely for Baby Sawyer's kick off of this number.
Here are a couple of tunes in the realm of old-time music
that will help you keep Christmas in your heart all year long!