Benjamin Russell Hanby was born in Ohio in 1833. Up on the Housetop was one of more than eighty songs he composed. It has been recorded by many artists over the years, such as Gene Autry and Kimberley Locke. Janet Samuel doesn t remember a time when she wasn t creating art. Today she is a full-time illustrator. When not working, she enjoys long walks with her daughter, Alice, and their little dog, Tilly.