Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Here Comes Santa Claus

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Joyce and Gary Lindsey, Patty Lindsay and Lee Fuell Flying Ghillies Collection Vol 3

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to 1st place facing out
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides (1s out/down, 2s in/up, 3s out/up to start)
17-24 1s cast to 2nd place as 2s dance up and curve into 1st place, all set; 2s+1s+3s turn partner RH
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Notes

Last time through all 4 couples set, turn partners RH (19-24) and all circle 8H round and back (25-32)
Here Comes Santa Claus
Joyce and Gary Lindsey, Patty Lindsay and Lee Fuell   Flying Ghillies
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   With nearer hands joined, 1s dance down the middle and back to place, finishing facing out;

  9-16 1s cast into mirror reels of 3 on own sides;

17-18 1s cast WHILE 2s, with nearer hands joined, dance up to 1st place;

19-20 2s1s3s take hands on the sides and set;

21-24 2s 1s 3s turn by the right;

25-32 2s1s3s hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

19-32 For the final repeat, the couple standing at the top join in.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

Here Comes Santa Claus - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The recommended music is Christmas Reels 8x32, from Scottish Christmas Dance Party recorded by Jim Lindsay and His Band.

Here Comes Santa Claus
"The Coming Of Father Christmas", Eliza F. Manning, c. 1894


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