EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
SEE NUTS COOK SET-UP OPEN FIRE.
FEEL COLD WEATHER BITE-NOSE YOUR NOSE.
LISTEN CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN CHURCH.
WATCH CROWD DRESS-UP LIKE ALASKA PEOPLE.
EVERY ONE KNOW*, TURKEY PLUS BERRY HOLD-berry-OVER-head KISS-person
HELP-us US HAPPY WHEN YEAR END.
MANY CHILDREN, THEIR-rt EYES eyes-SHINY
TOSS-AND-TURN. HARD FALL-ASLEEP TONIGHT.
THEY-rt LOOK-FORWARD-lf SANTA VISIT THEM-rt.
HIS-lf SLEIGH MOUNDED, FULL TOY AND GOOD~THINGS.
EVERY CHILD BORN EARTH WILL TRY SNEAK-AROUND PEEK-OUT-WINDOW.
REALLY-WANT KNOW, REINDEER TRUE-BIZ CAN HOOVES-FLY.
THAT MEAN ME OFFER~(2h)YOU COMMENT SIMPLE.
FOR KID (<) AGE-ONE UP-TO (>) NINETY-TWO, IN-BETWEEN.
ME KNOW+ (2h)YOU alt.HEAR, MANY TIME,
MANY PLACE: HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO (2h)YOU.
BITE-NOSE - [E] bites at signer's nose.
DRESS-UP - (2h), POs down, FOs away, alt. circle perpendicular to the chest with thumbs brushing against chest when they come hear the body.
BERRY HOLD-berry-OVER-head KISS-person - [O] twists FT against FT of NDH , then [F] dangles the mistletoe over the head of someone with the NDH and with the NDH left in place the DH touches [O^] to lips and then to the lips of the imaginary person in front of her/him.
eyes-SHINY - (2h)[open 8], POs > eyes, FOs away, twist rapidly at wrists while moving away from eyes. For a QuickTime file of this sign (but change PO), see ASL Pro: Shine.
TOSS-AND-TURN - [V:], FO away, supinates and pronates in the palm of [NDH [B].
FALL-ASLEEP - (2h)[5:], DH PO > face, FO up, NDH PO up, FO away. Both hands close to [A], with twisting around and striking NDH from above.
THEY - Underlined prounouns (ME>, YOU>, HE) are honorific index (HON.-IX), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
SLEIGH - (2h)[X], POs > signer, FOs up, move down in a outward arc and then move > body, tracing the runners of a sleigh.
MOUNDED - , PO down, FO away, outlines the mound of toys.
TOY - T-PLAY.
SNEAK-AROUND - , PO down, FO away, sneaks under down-turned palm of [B] in a wavey pattern.
PEEK-OUT-WINDOW - OPEN-WINDOW is made against the DS eye.
REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
TRUE-BIZ - TRUE + (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, DH brushes from side to side across NDH wrist.
HOOVES-FLY - (2h)[V:], PO diagonally away, FOs > DS, both hands travel upwards and > DS with a curvey path.
COMMENT - Like STORY, but with (2h)[F].
(<) AGE-ONE UP-TO (>) NINETY-TWO, IN-BETWEEN - Body starts shifted > NDS, , PO > NDS< FO up, touches chin, moves away in a downward arc + [B], PO > NDS, FO away, moves > DS + NINETY-TWO starts from chin and moves away + [B], PO > NDS, FO away, moves left and right.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire;
Jack Frost nipping at your nose;
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.
Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.
They know that Santa's on his way.
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh,
And ev'ry mother's Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly.
And so, I'm offering this
Simple phrase to kids from one to ninety-two.
Altho' it's been said many times,
Many ways: "Merry Christmas to you!"
To hear a performance of this song, go to Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua recordings: The Christmas Song.