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What Do You Want For Christmas?

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Language Focus Other songs about: Christmas, toys

Christmas wishes. "What do you want for Christmas?" "I want _____." "Santa." Toys (train, rocket, robot, teddy bear).

What Do You Want For Christmas? Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Christmas tree - Make the shape of a Christmas tree with your hands.
Santa - Pat your big, round tummy.

♫ What do you want for Christmas? Christmas? Christmas? [Shrug your shoulders to indicate a question. Christmas tree gesture.]
What do you want for Christmas?
Santa's on his way. [Santa gesture.]
I want a train. [Make locomotive actions with your arms.]
I want a train.
I want a great big train. [Make BIG locomotive actions with arms.]
A train?
A train!
[Move around the room like a train!]

What do you want for Christmas? Christmas? Christmas?
What do you want for Christmas?
Santa's on his way.
I want a rocket. [Put your hands up over your head making a rocket shape.]
I want a rocket.
I want a great big rocket.
A rocket?
A rocket!

Prepare for lift-off...5, 4, 3, 2, 1, LIFT-OFF!
[Crouch down, with hands overhead like a rocket and count down. At "Lift-off," shoot up like a rocket and spin around!]

What do you want for Christmas? Christmas? Christmas?
What do you want for Christmas?
Santa's on his way.
I want a robot. [Make robotic actions with your arms.]
I want a robot.
I want a great big robot.
A robot?
A robot!
[Move around the room like robots.]

What do you want for Christmas? Christmas? Christmas?
What do you want for Christmas?
Santa's on his way.
I want a teddy bear. [Stick both arms out in front of you like a teddy bear.]
I want a teddy bear.
I want a great big teddy bear.
A teddy bear?
A teddy bear!

Right leg. Left leg. Right arm. Left arm.
Oh no!
[Sit down and one at a time, put out your legs and arms, posing like a teddy bear. Then, on, "Oh no!" fall over like a teddy bear might, staying frozen in the teddy bear position. Kids love it!]

What do you want for Christmas? Christmas? Christmas?
What do you want for Christmas?
Santa's on his way.
Santa's on his way! ♫

Classroom Benefits

We know that Christmas isn’t all about toys and presents, but “What do you want for Christmas?" is a question that many children are asked at some point during the holiday season. So, we decided to make a very simple, active song to help kids talk about their Christmas wishes. In addition to talking about different types of toys, it's also a great way to introduce the sentence, "I want _____."

The repetition and easy to follow actions make it a great song for young children to sing at Christmas pageants or parent presentations.

Activity Ideas

Have children act out the toys between verses. See the video above for gesture suggestions, or make up your own. 1

Use the free downloadable flashcards (at the right) to talk about the four toys in the song. 2

Read our blog post on “Christmas Topics - Toys” for a fun way to introduce new vocabulary with a Mystery Box! 3

Use the song with a Santa related storytime book, such as “Spot’s First Christmas,” by Eric Hill. 4

Combine this song with a worksheet. Try one of our free holiday worksheets or see the Super Simple Songs - Christmas CD for tons of worksheets perfect for all ages. 5

See our “Christmas Songs for Kids” Pinterest board for holiday related crafts, songs, storytime books and activity ideas. 6

The Super Simple Songs - Christmas CD has even more more holiday related songs, including "Santa's On His Way" (previously "What Do You Want For Christmas, Part 2") with four new toys. Try the sing-along version to create your own lyrics together. 7

Visit our Christmas Activities pages for holiday games, lesson plans, party ideas and more! 8

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