The Hymns and Carols of Christmas


Words by Alfred Bryan, 1910

Music by Albert Gumble

Winter, winter,
When the snow is softly falling,
That's the time to squeeze, when it starts to freeze.
In October and November and December, just remember

Winter, winter
When your sweetheart comes a-calling,
By the fireside so bright, you'll sit and tease her;
That's the time to squeeze her, when it's winter.

William L. Simon, ed., Readerís Digest Merry Christmas Songbook (1981)

The lyrics to "Winter" were written by Canadian-born Alfred Bryan in 1910, the same year that he wrote "Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine," and both songs reflect the naive charm of pre- World War I Tin Pan Alley. Bryanís best-known song is the perennial favorite "Peg o' My Heart." Albert Gumble, composer and pianist noted for his contributions to vaudeville, was one of Bryanís many collaborators, and together they penned "Are You Sincere?" and "Winter." Both men were charter members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


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