Away In A Manger, a traditional Christmas song, was first published in the late 19th Century and widely used throughout the English -speaking world. It has long been claimed as the work of Martin Luther, the famous German religious reformer, but is now thought to be American in origin.
The 3/4 waltz beat of this song, with it’s accent on the first beat of the bar, followed by 2 weaker beats, is the highlight of this song, musically.
Away In A Manger is the perfect song for acting out the Nativity Scene.
Children can play the roles of Mary, Joseph, cows, sheep and shepherds and even angels. A baby doll can be used for baby Jesus.
Alternatively, the characters could be portrayed on a felt board as the children sing the song.