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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Popular Christmas Songs


GET READY:

How many Christmas songs do you know? How many of them are religious? How many are not?

READ THIS:

Many Christmas songs are, of course, about Jesus, whose birthday is celebrated on Christmas.

But many others are what we can call "popular songs," about the Christmas season or winter season, but not especially about God.

Look at these songs and match them to the song lyrics (the words to songs) below.

1. Deck the Halls
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Jingle Bells
4. Let It Snow
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
7. The Christmas Song
8. The Twelve Days of Christmas
9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
10. White Christmas

a. He's making a list and checking it twice; gonna find out who's naughty and nice.
b. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
c. 'Tis the season to be jolly!
d. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful
e. Although it's been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.
f. Three French Hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
g. Where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.
h. Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh; over the fields we go, laughing all the way!
i. He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.
j. And if you ever saw it you would even say it glows.


ANSWERS:

1. c; 2. i; 3. h; 4. d; 5. j; 6. a; 7. e; 8. f; 9. b; 10. g

PRACTICE:

Look at the titles and lyrics again; can you guess the theme (main idea) of each song?

1. Let's stay inside and stay warm because it's cold outside.
2. A simple Christmas greeting
3. Someone in Los Angeles is dreaming about Christmas in a snowy place.
4. A list of Christmas gifts
5. Let's decorate for this happy time.
6. Taking a ride outside
7. A non-living thing that became alive
8. Someone who was different from his friends became a hero
9. People sing Christmas songs at your family's door.
10. Santa Claus wants to know who should get good gifts.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR WRITING:

1. It seems like these songs are more popular in America than many "religious" ones. Why do you think that is?
2. Besides these songs, what religious ones do you know in English?
3. You can go to this page: http://www.the-north-pole.com/carols/index.htm and find many Christmas songs, both religious and popular, with sounds file to help you "sing along." Enjoy!

ANSWERS TO THE PRACTICE:

1 = Let It Snow; 2 = The Christmas Song; 3 = White Christmas; 4 = The Twelve Days of Christmas; 5 = Deck the Halls; 6 = Jingle Bells; 7 = Frosty the Snowman; 8 = Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; 9 = We Wish You a Merry Christmas; 10 = Santa Claus is Coming to Town


This lesson is ©2011 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use."

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