Good Morning to You or Happy Birthday to You:You Choose
This week, I'm singing "Happy Birthday to You," again and again as we celebrate two very special first birthdays in my family. The "little babies" who joined our family last year just as fall blew in are now, I guess, technically "toddlers." Yet, they will always be my "miracles" who brighten my heart when they smile and melt my heart when they share a slobbery, open mouth version of a kiss.
So as I prepare to sing Happy Birthday to You to them, I started wondering about the roots of the song. I know, the CCS get to me again and I start wondering about the information behind customs and traditions! Here is what I found here:
In 1893, Mildred and Patty Hill, teachers, wrote Good Morning to All to sing to their pupils. "Good morning to you........." In 1922, "birthday snuck into versions of the song! In 1931, the song made it into the musical, The Band Wagon and it was copyrighted in 1934. it was not until 2015 that the song was "copyright free!" Phew...'cause we;re singing it more than once at this point in time....and we may just add the "Good Morning to You" origins to our singing routine just to break things up a bit!