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Favorite Holiday Songs For Kids – Silent Night In Mandarin

Screen shot 2015-12-24 at 10.16.47 AMWant to hear an absolutely beautiful version of the song Silent Night in Mandarin?  Thanks to our friend; Toni Wang, you can visit the website – A Little Mandarin – and hear her beautiful translation of this classic Christmas song.  Just click here to enjoy and share:

http://alittlemandarin.com/2015/12/23/happy-holidays-from-alm/

Isn’t it wonderful to see how these meaningful winter holidays are cherished and celebrated all around the planet?

A merry multicultural and multilingual Christmas to all!

Links and Resources

Favorite Holiday Songs From Around The World – Jingle Bells in Chinese
http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/uncategorized/favorite-holiday-songs-from-around-the-world-jingle-bells-in-chinese/

Favorite Holiday Songs – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer In Japanese!

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http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/uncategorized/favorite-holiday-songs-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-in-japanese%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8-%E5%88%A5%E5%90%8D%E8%8A%B1%E3%81%AE/

Jingle Bells Video With Happy Holidays in 18 languages https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC7aUOKBfUM

Best-Loved Songs For Children – Feliz Navidad! http://www.tinytappingtoes.com/classroom-music/best-loved-songs-for-children-feliz-navidad/

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Four Fun Kids Music Videos For Christmas And Hanukkah!

Over the past few years, we’ve had fun creating simple videos to some of the world’s favorite Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

We hope you enjoy them and wondered if you have a favorite holiday video pick?  We’d love to feature it and share it with our readers, too!

Here’s our four most popular videos for the holidays:

Feliz Navidad

Jingle Bells

The Classic Dreidel (or Dreydl) Song!

Learn about the dreidel game and the meaning of the Hebrew letters on the wonderful spinning top here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52p0NGhQfPI

A Hanukkah Song From Spain

Check out this video for a lovely bilingual song (Ladino and English) about Hanukkah fun in Spain – Ocho Candelikas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eobjFKNnMOg

Share Your Favorite Holiday Kids Music Videos!

Drop us a line with the link (at dariamusic at yahoo dot com) and we’ll add your favorites to our kids music site here:

http://multikidsmusicvids.com/

Thanks and the happiest of holiday stop all!

Best-Loved Songs For Children – Feliz Navidad!

Feliz Navidad – What a wonderful way to wish someone a merry Christmas.

This upbeat Christmas song written by Puerto Rican composer, Jose Feliciano is a great way to bring out holiday cheer and maybe even learn a few new words in Spanish at the same time.

The lyrics are very simple with the first verse in Spanish:

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Año y Felicidad

And the second verse in English:

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Need a Spanish/English cheat sheet?

Navidad is Christmas

Feliz is happy

Año (pronounced anyo) is year

Año Neuvo is New Year

Prospero means prosperous

Felicidad is Happiness

And best phrases for Holiday greetings?

Merry Christmas is ¡Feliz Navidad!

Happy New Year is ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

To wish someone a Proserous New Year – Prospero Año

Or to put it all together and say

I wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year

Te deseo una feliz navidad y un próspero año Nuevo. 

And that’s exactly what I’ll be wishing for you!  Here’s the full video to enjoy!

Links and Resources

Feliz Navidad Lyric Sheet Print Out
http://www.dariamusic.com/feliznavidad.php
DARIA’s Feliz Navidad on I tunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/celebrate-season-multicultural/id344193347
DARIA’s Feliz Navidad Amazon mp3
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00302IO26/ref=dm_dp_trk2

Write Your Own “12 Days Of Christmas” Carol!

Singing with your children is one of the simple pleasures of the holiday season.  It’s a great time to relive memories from your childhood and also to make new ones for your family! Have you ever thought of making your own, custom-tailored Christmas song?  If you have creative kids and a sense of humor, you can easily make your own version of the classic holiday song – the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Almost everyone is familiar with the song’s lyrics:

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

a partridge in a pear tree.”

Then, each day, a new gift is added and the list becomes part of the song.  To see the popular list of 12 days/gifts, take a look below.  However, originally the song was used as part of a memory game where each person added a verse and then had to recite all the items that had come before them.  Some people believe there is special hidden symbolism in the words, and that each items reflects some part of the story of the life of Jesus.  In any event, the song has been treasured and passed down for many generations and has easily become part of holiday festivities in countries all over the globe.

How can you write your own version?  Use the same melody and format, but add the names of things that are special to you and your loved ones.  You can also describe what the holiday means to people in your area.  For instance, here’s a great version of the 12 days of Christmas written by a class of school children in St. Croix.  The wanted to share what holiday cheer meant to them on their island.  It’s a funny and fun version of their own special 12 days and I especially love their choice for day 5 – five centipedes!

Here’s what they created:

On The Twelve Days of Christmas – Crucian Style
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
An iguana in a Mango tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
2 forts with cannons etc.
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
3 mocko jumbies etc. (Special stilt walkers seen in St. Croix)
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
4 frogs a singing etc.
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
5 centipedes etc.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
6 cruise ships coming etc.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
7 roosters crowing etc
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
8 geckos climbing etc.
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
9 lobsters swimming etc
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
10 Crucians speaking etc
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
11 children dancing etc.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
12 steel pans drumming etc.

What can you sing about?  Choose anything that is a part of your holiday celebration.  Will there be a number of presents wrapping?  A nativity set up?  Cookies being baked?  Visits to friends?  Are their ornaments to be hung?  Special pictures to be taken?  Carols sung by the tree?  If you enlist your kids help, it won’t be hard to find 12 things you all love about Christmas to turn into a very special and unique song.

Here’s hoping this fun holiday song makes some great memories for you and your family this year!

The Original 12 Days of Christmas

1 A Partridge in a Pear Tree

2 Turtle Doves

3 French Hens

4 Calling (or Colly) Birds

5 Golden Rings

6 Geese A-Laying

7 Swans A Swimming

8 Maids A-Milking

9 Ladies Dancing

10 Lords A-Leaping

11 Pipers Piping

12 Drummers Drumming

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Many thanks to Miss Barb and her students at the AZ Academy on the island of St. Croix for allowing me to share their creative songwriting in this post!

Illustration is from the Catholic Toolbox, who have created a cute memory game with the twelve images seen here:

http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/2009/11/twelve-days-of-christmas-memory-game.html