This new Christmas carol says Santa Claus’s wife—“Santa Christina”—delivers half the toys on Christmas Eve.
Called “Yes! It Is Christmas!” It is sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me,” a children’s hymn composed by William B. Bradbury in 1862. Millions of children have memorized this favorite hymn through the years.
The carol describes Santa Christina racing with her husband to deliver the toys before children wake up on Christmas morning. She mushes with a sled and seven sled dogs. Santa Claus uses his sleigh with eight reindeer.
“Santa Christina at long last has an equal role with Santa Claus,” said George William Kelly, who wrote the Santa Christina carol. "It has been 189 years since Clement Clarke Moore first reported that Santa Claus delivers toys with flying reindeer. Through all those years Claus’s wife, Santa Christina, just kept house, knitted, and baked cookies.”
“Now, boys and girls can choose to send their ‘Wish Lists’ to Santa Claus or to Santa Christina,” says Kelly.
Kelly says he was inspired to write the carol partly by the children’s picture book, Santa Christina and Her Sled Dogs, (which he wrote) and partly by the growing movement for women’s equality.