Breaking Up Christmas
By Steve Eulberg

For the Baritone, Standard, and Galax Mountain Dulcimers and the Hammered Dulcimer

The tradition of partying for 12 days, and the song, Breakin' Up Christmas, came from the area that roughly includes Surry County, NC, nearby Grayson and Carroll counties in VA, and the independent city of Galax located between the two. Throughout this area of the country, folks would go from house to house – having a dance at one house, and then moving on to another house the following night. During the ‘Breakin up Christmas’ celebrations, party hosts moved furniture out of the house to make way for the festivities. The celebration lasted from the week before Christmas through the week after, usually winding down after those two weeks. Toward the end, they’d always play this tune.

Lessons: For Baritone, Standard, and Galax Dulcimer Players

Lessons: For Hammered Dulcimer Players


To hear a rousing rendition of the tune, listen to Steve play it through on the baritone dulcimer at full speed ahead (video 6). Then he goes back and takes it at a slower pace, for those of us learning the tune.



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