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This song requires toy reins. The most effective are simply the usual scarlet knitted ones, or scarlet sar-sanet ribbon, trimmed -with gold and silver bells. The children are put in pairs, driver, and reindeer; it is better for the small children to be the reindeers, as the bigger ones are apt to pull the little drivers too fast, and take too long a step for their smaller legs.
In beginning, the children stand quite still, and the song is played through, an octave higher byway of in­troduction. The reins should have a sharp shake so as to ring the bells on the first note in eachbar for the first half of the melody. When the second half beginning "Faster ever faster" is reached, the reins must be shaken vigorously on the first and third notes in every bar, to the end. Care must be taken that in shak­ing the reins, they are not pulled; as with ribbon-reins the little reindeers are liable to be hurt round the arms, by such means.