EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. (role play to left) HAPPY OLD SANTA LISTEN'lean'-TO-rt COME-ON.
DON'T TATTLE ONE* SOUL WHAT me-TELL-you NOW.
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ARRIVE PRETTY SOON. SWEET MAN TELL-me NOW
WHISPER-TO-rt WHAT YOU BRING-TO-me ME. TELL-me IF YOU CAN.
2. HAPPEN CLOCK BELL-SOUND TWELVE, AND ME FALL-ASLEEP'pow' FINISH,
FIRE PLACE CHIMNEY-STACK, SANTA COME-DOWN-CHIMNEY.
EMPTY STOCKING HUNG-UP"each", WAIT FOR alt.GIFT-TO PUT-IN.
SHORTEST STOCKING, THAT-ONE MINE. SANTA, DON'T FORGET.
3. (<) J-O-H-N-N-Y REALLY-WANT ICE-SKATES. (>) S-U-Z-Y REALLY-WANT SLED.
N-E-L-L-Y REALLY-WANT PICTURE BOOK, YELLOW, BLUE, RED.
OTHER KIDS UP-TO-YOU. DECIDE LEAVE-TO YOU.
CHOOSE FOR ME, DEAR SANTA-CLAUS. YOU KNOW BEST.
Notes: COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
TATTLE - [S], PO down, FO > NDS, is held at mouth and index finger is flicked out.
WHISPER-TO-rt - Head turns to rt and covers left side of mouth with DH [B], PO away, as if whispering something.
BELL-SOUND - [O^], PO down, FO away, strikes palm of [B], PO > DS, FO up, them moves > DS twisting slightly at wrist as if reverberating.
FALL-ASLEEP'pow' - (2h)[5:], DH PO > face, FO up, NDH PO up, FO away. Both hands close to an [A], with DH twisting around and striking NDH palm side to palm side.
CHIMNEY-STACK - (2h)[C], POs ><, FOs away, hands rise to show shape of chimney.
COME-DOWN-CHIMNEY - NDH PO > DS, FO away, DH [V:], PO > signer, FO up, descends in a wavy pattern as if Santa were coming down the chimney.
HUNG-UP"each" - NDH , PO down, FO > DS is used as the mantle edge and moves > DS while [X], PO away, FO up, taps on edge three times to show stockings hung up.
PUT-IN - Same as IN with a single deliberate motion.
THAT-ONE - Like THAT but ends with , PO down, FO away, pointing to mantle.
DON'T - (2h)[B], POs down, cross at wrists, then uncross moving horizontally and emphatically. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - don't.
REALLY-WANT - the sign WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
ICE-SKATES - (2h)[I], POs ><, FOs away, move forward and back as if skating.
SLED - (2h)[X], POs > signer, FOs up, move down in a downward arc and trace the runners of a sleigh.
LEAVE-TO (YOU) - (2h), POs ><, FOs away, move suddenly and slightly towards person referenced.
1. Jolly old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.
2. When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black,
With your pack you'll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one,
You'll be sure to know.
3. Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susy wants a dolly;
Nellie wants a story book;
She thinks dolls are folly;
As for me, my little brain
Isn't very bright;
Choose for me, old Santa Claus,
What you think is right.
To hear the music (without words), go to Christmas sing: Jolly old Saint Nicholas.