Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tis' the season for Top Ten Christmas songs

Sitting here at my computer, typing away for a Christmas workshop I'm going to do later today, I found myself diving head first in my Christmas song list. I don't know what kind of person you are, but I'm the kind that has a serious, unchanging Christmas song list that basically plays on repeat for the whole of December.

Being the Christmas freak I am, I love everything about it, the tree, the baking, the gift giving, and I used to be a caroller in the strictest of senses. So now, being a teacher, I get to project all my excitement on my poor, unsuspecting students (both young and old) and try to make them as excited about Christmas as I am.

Cue Michael Buble, cinnamon cookies, endless Christmas lessons and the teaching of the futures with the only purpose of allowing me to inspect my students' plan for the holidays. Don't forget the endless vocabulary lists useless throughout the year but fundamental for the month of December in all English-speaking countries (this is obviously not true, but hey, I'm the teacher, I decide what gets taught, right?)

And the songs. Ah, the songs. Christmas carols and songs are to be played, included in lessons, potentially pushed upon students in order to make them carol, analysed and then neatly shelved for another year.

So here is a list of said songs that you can use with your tiny and not so tiny students to your heart's content!



1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This classic Christmas carol is loved by everyone, young and old. It talks about Santa’s special reindeer, Rudolph, who made a name for himself by using his glowing red nose to lead Santa’s sleigh through a dark, foggy night.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
"Rudolph, with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
"Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!"


2. Jingle Bells
This particular song has a catchy tune and the chorus is easy to learn. This is one of the first songs taught to children at a very early age.

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And we, we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh


3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This song gets children thinking about being good and obeying their parents. Most little ones tend to consciously think about their behavior more around Christmas so Santa will bring them gifts instead of a lump of coal.

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
He's gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
Oh! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town


4. Frosty the Snowman

The song tells the story of a snowman who comes to life and plays with the children who built him, all because of a magic top hat. Sadly, their fun comes to an end as the day begins to get warmer and the sun melts the snow.

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
he began to dance around.
O, Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
and play just the same as you and me.
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew
the sun was hot that day,
So he said, "Let's run and
we'll have some fun
now before I melt away."
Down to the village,
with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.
He led them down the streets of town
right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
he heard him holler "Stop!"
For Frosty the snow man
had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
"Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day."
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.


5. Silent Night

This is a classic Christmas carol. It depicts the more spiritual side of Christmas and refers to the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason Christians celebrate the Christmas holiday.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the savior is born
Christ the savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord, at thy birth
Jesus Lord, at thy birth


6. The 12-day of Christmas

This fun little song describes 12 gifts given on the 12 days leading up to Christmas. It is a fun song for children to sing, and might even help younger children with their counting skills.

On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Four calling birds, etc.
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Five golden rings!
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the [sixth - twelfth] day of Christmas
My true love sent to me

Six geese a laying

Seven swans a-swimming

Eight maids a-milking

Nine ladies dancing

10 lords a-leaping

11 pipers piping

12 drummers drumming

Five golden rings!
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree


7. Deck the Hall


This perennial favorite dates all the way back to the 16th century, with some help from Mozart in the 18th century.

Deck the hall with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
'Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la, la la la, la la la
Troll the ancient yuletide carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la


See the blazing yule before us
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la, la la la, la la la
While I tell of yuletide treasure
Fa la la la la, la la la la


Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Sing we joyous, all together
Fa la la, la la la, la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la, la la la la


8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

To get kids in the holiday spirit, there's nothing like wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with this easy to learn tune and lyrics.We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy new year

Chorus:
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a happy new year

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And a cup of good cheer

(chorus)

We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
So bring some out here

(chorus)



9. Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say, "Are you married?"
We'll say, "No man"
But you can do the job, when you're in town

Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid, the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with Mister Snowman
Yes, until the all the kids knock him down
And later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid, the plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland

10. I'll be home for Christmas

I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

The Sound Eater

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