This song was written and recorded by Rich Mullins… included on his album, A Liturgy, A Legacy, And A Ragamuffin Band.
Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter best known for his worship songs “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”. Some of his albums are considered among Christian music’s best.
Mullins had a distinctive talent both as a performer and a songwriter. His compositions showed distinction in 2 ways: unusual and sometimes striking instrumentation, and complex lyrics that usually employed elaborate metaphors.
On September 19, 1997, Mullins and his friend, Mitch McVicker, were traveling southbound on I-39 north of Bloomington, Illinois, to a benefit concert at Wichita State University in Kansas, when they lost control of the Jeep. They were not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to miss the overturned Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the path of the oncoming truck, was hit by the truck and instantly died at the scene.
This song speaks of Christmas joy. My kids still enjoy getting up on Christmas morning – way before the sun comes up, yet, this is the least favorite Christmas song of my kids. Go figure…
Bible Reference… Luke 2:1-7,10,11; John 3:16
I thought Christmas Day would never come!
But, it’s here at last, so, mom and dad, the waiting’s finally done!
And you gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up; it’s Christmas morning.
Last night I heard reindeers on my roof;
well, you may think I’m exaggerating, but – I swear – I’m tellin’ you the truth!
And you gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get upl it’s Christmas morning!
Did my sister get a baby doll? Did my brother get his bike?
Did I get that red wagon, the kind that makes you fly?
Oh, I hope there’ll be peace on earth; I know there’s good will toward men
on account of that Baby born in Bethlehem.
Mom and Daddy stayed up too late last night;
oh, I guess they got carried away in the Christmas candlelight.
And you gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up; it’s Christmas morning!