Post-Christmas assistance needed

We’ve had this music box of the Three Wise Men for as long as I can remember. I think my mom got it at a toy party (think Tupperware) in the early 70’s. It was broken when she got it (see the shiny yellow glue holding the heads on?!). For me, it isn’t Christmas until this is on my bookshelf. I love it in spite of its cheap, broken kitschiness. I do not, however, know the name of the song it plays. Can anyone help?

The music box part is wearing down, and it doesn’t play very quickly any longer. I’d love to find out the name of the song before it stops playing altogether.

Edited to add: Lynne, you are a genius!!! The song is Dominique by Jeanine Deckers, known as Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) of Belgium (and often referred to as The Singing Nun). Here’s one of the better versions I found on You Tube:



  1. Hi, I think it’s the Singing Nun singing ‘Dominique’ a folky piece which came from France in the…1960’s! It was in our music charts (UK)

  2. I’m sitting here on the phone on hold for a long time, using this time to visit blogs I’ve never been to before. And I came across yours. Dominique! I hadn’t heard of that in years. I loved that song when I was a little girl. The video was … interesting. Still trying to figure out the nuns with guns picture.

  3. Yes, that’s right, Belgium, not France. And I believe she eventually had to leave the Order because of all the publicity they got when the record came out.How sad, I hope life worked out ok for her.
    Well, nice to chat, Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Actually, it’s quite a sad story. She left the order to pursue music and because she began to question parts of the Catholic faith. Although she remained deeply spiritual, she advocated for birth control. She opened a school for autistic children, and then the government demanded a huge amount of money for back taxes that were owed on her earnings for this song. She had donated the proceeds to the church but because she had no receipts, she was held personally responsible for the taxes. She had serious financial problems when she and her companion committed suicide in 1985.

  4. Oh gosh! How terribly, terribly sad.And every bad thing people say about taxation is richly deserved!How disgusting.

    Again, lovely to chat – we do cover some interesting topics through our quilting, don’t we?

  5. hmmmm….

    I just discovered your blog via In Stitches an am engjoying the back read. Sorry to know that the Christmas Cactus pattern is no longer available–I surely would have followed along if I had known.

    Well, now I will put you on my RSS feed and be back regularly to visit.

  6. I was looking for a pp heart and stumbled upon your blog, I like it a lot, have added to my reader an look forward to getting to know you! Oh yes, thanks for the pp heart pattern, I’m off to make a card for my granddaughter!

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