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Three parts, flexible (equal, or any combination of S, A, T, or B)

Optional (but encouraged!) ad lib drums

Lyrics: anonymous

Duration: varied, 1:30 and up (repeated round)

Difficulty: moderate (GIA level 3)


When Christmas Comes is a buoyant and bubbly, maybe even hiccuping song (okay, it's a drinking song) for celebrating the season. It's fun to sing after dinner with friends or as a choir warmup or recessional. If you have a drum on hand, the answer is yes.


Suitable for three individuals or larger groups in any octave, this round is part of my collection of Gathering Rounds, a spiral-bound book featuring 52 rounds for a variety of skills and voicings set to text by female-identifying writers and poets. Every month, a free round is uploaded here and distributed to my email list (join my email list here)!


Please feel free to copy, forward, distribute, and perform this round with attribution as the only requirement: link to my website, tag me on social media, and use the hashtag #gatheringrounds. Send me a recording or video if you like – would love to hear all these and would be happy to share on all my channels!


Get all twelve free rounds in one zip file here. The complete book of 52 Gathering Rounds is now available with quantity discounts!

Gathering Round (free!): When Christmas Comes

SKU: SP174
  • Your score will be delivered free of charge and immediately by email as a print-ready 8.5"x11" PDF licensed for any number of singers and copies under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, click here or visit Please link to my website, tag me on social media, and use the hashtag #gatheringrounds when posting recordings online. Thank you!

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