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Arthur at the piano performing "Perfect Christmas."

Perfect Christmas is a song from the special Arthur's Perfect Christmas. It is also the first track on the special's soundtrack album.

The song opens to the traditional majestic strains of Pachelbel's Canon, played by Arthur on piano, as he speaks on how he wants the upcoming Christmas to be perfect. As he finishes speaking, the music transitions to an upbeat, lively tune and his pajamas transform into a suit. In the tune, Arthur sings about the things that he would and wouldn't have in his ideal Christmas.

The song is reprised at the end of the special, and also at the end of the album. Both it and its reprise were written by Ken Scarborough.

Character's Singing Role In This Song

Arthur - lead vocals

D.W. - lead vocals and backing vocals

David Read - lead vocals on (stuffing a mile high) and backing vocals

Jane Read - lead vocals on (seventeen types of pie) and backing vocals

Grandma Thora - lead vocals on (Do you want some more?) and backing vocals

Grandpa Dave - backing vocals

Lyrics - opening version (TV)


Ah, Christmas. Only three more days until the big day. And this one's gonna be the best one ever.

Christmas will be magical, just like in a fairy tale

I want so much snow that I'll use my toes to pick up the morning mail!

Dinner will be delicious

Turkey and candied yams!

Mr. Read:

Stuffing a mile high

Mrs. Read:

Seventeen types of pie

Grandma Thora:

Do you want some more?


Yes, ma'am!

Our tree will shine so brightly

Our tree will be eight feet tall

Popcorn strung diagonally

Candy canes and silver balls!

Here's a saying worth obeying

Please take out a pad and pencil

Nothing is more of an eyesore

Than the excessive use of tinsel!


What, no tinsel?


Not on this tree!


But I want tinsel!


Well, you can have all the tinsel you like!

When you are as old as me


Is that a guarantee?


Christmas will be special

It'll be magnificent

Everyone's going to state-

Read family:

Arthur, we think you're great! (Pal howls)


When they open up my presents!

Yes, this Christmas I suspect, will be perfect in all respects

This Christmas will be the best Christmas yet!

Lyrics - album version





Snowflakes falling real slowly

Everything looks so pretty

The day's almost done

I wonder what everyone's doing in Elwood City.

Sometimes the thing you hope for

Isn't the thing you get

But after today, I just have to say

This was the best Christmas yet.


Perfect Christmas Reprise.jpg


Well, nothing turned out like I expected this Christmas, but you know what? I'm glad. It was better than I could have ever imagined. To you, your family, and friends, may all your holidays be perfect.