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On Loreena McKennitt's album To Drive the Cold Winter Away this is known as "In Praise of Christmas." I learned of it originally from the New World Renaissance Band, who call it "To Drive the Cold Winter Away." It's a traditional English song from the 18th century, and probably my pick as the best reason for this season. (There is a fourth verse, at least, but I'll stick with these three.)

All hail to the days that merit more praise
   Than all the rest of the year
And welcome the nights that double delights
   As well for the poor as the peer!
Sweet blessings attend each merry man's friend
   That doth but the best that he may
Forgetting old wrongs, with poems and songs
   To drive the cold winter away

'Tis ill for the mind to anger inclined
   To think of small injuries now
If wrath be to seek, don't lend her thy cheek
   Don't let her inhabit thy brow
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks
   Both beauty and youth's decay
And spend the long nights in honest delights
   To drive the cold winter away

This time of the year is spent in good cheer
   With neighbors together to meet
To sit by the fire with friendly desire
   With others in love to greet
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot
   All sorrows aside they lay
The old and the young doth carol this song
   To drive the cold winter away

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