Songs for the Christmas season (inc Thanksgiving)

 

The little fir tree

The turkey

The turkey is a funny bird

There was a pig went out to dig

The angel band

The Christmas robot

The Holly Tree / Y Gelynnen

Three little angels

Turkey trot blues

Up on the rooftop / housetop

We wish you a merry Christmas

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

Who is coming on Christmas night?

Winds through the olive trees

Zumba, Zumba / Zumbale al pandero

Also: Mister Turkey and Mister Duck

Christmas songs A-E 📦 F-S 🔔🔔 🎅

 

 

Last updated: 11/13/2018 3:59 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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The angel band O

 

An Afro-American spiritual with a great rhythm and a fun way to count to ten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was one, there were two,

There were three little angels,

There were four, there were five,

There were six little angels,

There were seven, there were eight,

There were nine little angels,

Ten little angels in the band.

 

Wasn't that a band one Christmas morning,

Christmas morning, Christmas morning,

Wasn't that a band one Christmas morning, Christmas morning so soon!

 


 

 

The Christmas robot 🔊

 

 


This sweet little song was sung at my grandson’s Christmas concert.

 

Children will enjoy moving around the room like a robot to this song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, a robot came to dinner,

He came on Christmas day,

He didn’t like the turkey

So he threw it all away;

He ate up all the knives and forks

And then he asked for more,

I’ve never had a Christmas dinner

Quite like that before!

 


 

 

 

The Holly Tree / Y Gelynnen 🔊

 

 


This is a Welsh folk-song, the English words are by Carlene Marr and featured in

Singing Together, Autumn 1971, BBC Publications. You can find the Welsh words and more information at: http://www.joe-offer.com/folkinfo/forum/930.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Now gather round my loving friends,

And let us praise the holly.

There’s no tree grows in the wood

That is so bright and jolly.

Chorus

Fol-di-rol-di-ri-do, Fol-di-rid-dle-ri,

O fol-di-rol-di-ri-do!

There’s no tree grows in the wood

That is so bright and jolly!

 

The ancient oak is very strong,

The yew is melancholy.

You can have them both so long

As you give me the holly!

 

The sparrows and the blackbird nest

In trees that please their folly,

But my sweetheart loves to rest

Beneath the shining holly!

 


 

 

The little fir tree O

 

 


This Christmas song comes from ‘Making music your own 2’; I presume it has been translated from another language by Margaret Marks possibly German as it is classed as traditional but I can find nothing about it on the internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The fir trees in the silent wood

Grew slowly tall and strong.

All through the summer there they stood,

And all the winter long.

 

The furry rabbits hopped about

Beneath their boughs all day,

Until a wolf came bounding out

To frighten them away.

 

There came a woodsman in the sleigh

To cut a fir tree down.

He chose a tree and chopped away

And carried it to town.

 

The little fir tree bright with toys

Stands here on Christmas day,

And all the children gather round

To clap hands, dance and play.

 


 

The turkey O

 

 


A Hungarian children’s song ‘Debreczenbe kene menni’ Bela Bartok used this tune for one of his piano compositions.

Mime driving and bumping up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This old road is hard and bumpy,

Our new turkey's wild and jumpy.

Driver! Driver! Not so jerky!

Or you'll make us lose our turkey.

 

Debre tsenbe kayne menni,

Puykahkahkasht kayne venni,

Veedyaz kocheesh yukash a kash,

Keeehshik a puykahkahkash.


 

 

The turkey is a funny bird O

 

 


A Thanksgiving song and simple hand play for younger children.

 

Hold up hand with palm facing out. Wrap other hand over thumb with fingers towards you, and  thumb extended

Wag thumb back and forth for second and fourth lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The turkey is a funny bird,

It’s head goes wibble, wobble.

And it only knows a single word,

“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”

 


 

 

There was a pig went out to dig O

 

This song with its delightful minor key (unusual for Yuletide season) originated as a mummer’s carol which linked the farming cycle of ploughing, planting and harvesting to the Christmas festivities.

A great Christmas song for making up rhymes and other seasonal animals could be included – there was a robin went out a-bobbin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was a pig went out to dig,

Chris-i-mas day, on Chris-i-mas day,

There was a pig went out to dig,

On Chris-i-mas day in the morning.

 

There was a cow went out to plough,

Chris-i-mas day, on Chris-i-mas day,

There was a cow went out to plough,

On Chris-i-mas day in the morning.

 

There was a sparrow went out to harrow...

There was a crow went out to sow...

There was a sheep went out to reap...

 


 

 

Three little angels 🔊

 

 


A comic community song. More verses can be added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Three little angels all dressed in white,

Tried to get to heaven on the end of a kite;

But the kite string broke and down they all fell,

They couldn't get to heaven so they all went to...

Two little angels...

One little angel...

 

Three little devils all dressed in red,

Tried to get to heaven on the end of a bed;

But the bed post broke and down they all fell,

They couldn't get to heaven so they all went to...

Two little devils...

One little devil...

 

Three little leprechauns all dressed in green,

Tried to get to heaven on a sewing machine;

But the needle broke and down they all fell,

They couldn't get to heaven so they all went to...

Two little leprechauns...

One little leprechaun...

 

Dont get excited, dont lose your head,

Instead of going to heaven they all went to bed!

 


 

 

Turkey trot blues 🔊

 

 


The Turkey trot blues game is from Liza Meyer’s website: MeyersMusic.

 

Children sit in a circle with a farmer and turkey on the outside and one child in the circle with a drum.

V1. Turkey moves round the circle to the beat with elbow wings flapping freezing at the end. Seated children tap floor for each rest with a loud one at the end for freezing. V2. Farmer strolls round the outside to the beat freezing at the end when the other children shout “Run, turkey, run!” to the drum beat. The farmer then chases the turkey who attempts to run to his place before being caught by the farmer. If caught s/he becomes the next farmer, if they escapes takes the place of the drummer who in turn becomes the the turkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gobble, gobble, gobble,

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,

With a waddle.

 

Turkey trot, trot, trot,

Across the lot, lot, lot,

Feeling fine, fine, fine,

Until Thanksgiving time.

 

Trouble, trouble, trouble,

Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble,

On the double...

BOOM!

 


 

 

 

Up on the rooftop / housetop O

 

 


The original music and words of this Victorian Christmas song were written by Benjamin R Hanby around 1864. Originally a preacher from Ohio he introduced it at a Quaker Christmas party in Indiana. Find out more at:

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/up_on_the_housetop.htm

Several updated adaptations can be found on the internet and in the same spirit I have modified the second and third verse to reflect today’s present giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Up on the rooftop reindeer pause,

Out jumps good old Santa Claus.

Down through the chimney with lots of toys,

All for the little ones, Christmas joys.

 

Chorus

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click,

Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick.

 

First comes the stocking of little Nell;

Oh how Santa has filled it well;

Here is a teddy, she laughs and cries,

Each little parcel a big surprise! Chorus

 

Next comes the stocking of little Will,

Oh, just see what a glorious fill;

Here is a hammer and lots of tacks

Also a train and a railway track. Chorus.

 

Pa, ma, and uncle, and grandma too,

All I declare have something new;

Even the baby enjoys his part,

Shaking a rattle, well bless his heart. Chorus

 

Rover come here, are you all alone,

Haven't they tossed you an extra bone?

Here's one to gladden your honest jaws

Now wag a "Thank you!" to Santa Claus.

 


 

We wish you a Merry Christmas O

 

The Christmas pudding has always been eaten for dessert At the Christmas meal. Filled with all sorts of rich and sweet ingredients and decorated with holly. Rum or brandy is poured over the pudding and set alight. Children still hunt for the hidden coins though since the disappearance of the sixpence this practice has become less common.

 

Sing the chorus after each verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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,

We wish you a merry Christmas,

And a happy New Year.

 

Now bring us some figgy pudding x3

And bring some out here.

 

We all like our figgy pudding x3

With all its good cheer.

 

We won’t go until we’ve got some x3

So bring some out here.

 


 

When Santa got stuck up the chimney O

 

 


The version below of this traditional song was sung by Jimmy Grafton but there are many other versions to be found on the internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to shout;

"You girls and boys won't get any toys if you don't pull me out.

My beard is black, There's soot in my sack, My nose is tickling too!"

When Santa got stuck up the chimney, Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!

 

'Twas on the eve before Christmas day,

When Santa Claus arrived on his sleigh.

Into a chimney he climbed with his sack,

But he was so fat, he couldn't get back.

Oh, what a terrible plight!

He stayed up there all night.

 

When Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to yell;

"Oh hurry, please. It's all such a squeeze. The reindeer's stuck as well!

His head's up there in the cold night air, And his nose was red; now it's blue."

When Santa got stuck up the chimney, Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!

 

So Rudolph tugged with all his might,

But Santa Claus was stuck very tight.

He wiggled and jiggled then cried with a frown:

"I'll never get up. I'll never get down,

Oh, what a terrible fuss!

We should have come by bus."


 

Who is coming on Christmas night? O

 

 


A song written by Claire Senior Burke.

Children love to show that they know the name of this popular festive visitor! A good opportunity for discussing Santa’s many names and origins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who is coming on Christmas night?

With a red, red coat and hair so white.

Eyes that sparkle like a starry light?

I know! Don’t you?

 

Who has a bag all packed with toys

And wonderful things for girls and boys,

And a beautiful sleigh that makes no noise?

I know! Don’t you?

 

Who brings a dolly and a motor car,

Peppermints and toffees and a chocolate bar?

Who hangs his hat upon the Christmas star?

I know! Don’t you?


 

 

Winds through the olive trees 🔊

 

 


A favourite from my infant nativity play years.

Words are translated from a Gascon carol. I believe this is also the traditional music but there are other versions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winds through the olive trees,

Softly did blow

Round little Bethlehem,

Long, long ago.

Sheep on the hillside lay

White as the snow,

Shepherds were watching them,

Long, long ago.

 

Then from the happy skies,

Angels bent low,

Singing their songs of joy;

Long, long ago,

For in a manger bed,

Cradled we know,

Christ came to Bethlehem,

Long, long ago.

 


 

 

Zumba, Zumba / Zumbale al pandero 🔊

 

 


This is a Christmas song from Spain. The English verses are completely different from the traditional Spanish words which can be easily found on the internet. I love this video of young Spanish children singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZaBM5E6RSk

A great song for using percussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zumba, Zumbale al pandero,

Al pandero y al rabel

Toca, toca la zambomba,

Dale dale al almirez,

Dale dale al almirez.

 

Born on this night is a baby, Toumba toum!

Everyone brings him a present, Toumba toum!

Brings him a savoury meat pie, Toumba toum!

Made out of partridge and pheasant. Toumba toum!

 

Zumba, Zumba, strike the cymbal,

Zumba, Zumba, strike the gong,

Zumba, Zumba, beat the timbal,

And the tambourine and drum,

And the tambourine and drum.

 

What shall I take to the baby? Toumba toum!

What shall I say when I take it? Toumba toum!

I’ll bring a gourd for a rattle, Toumba toum!

I’ll ask his mother to shake it. Toumba toum!

 


 

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