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Decorate The Christmas Tree

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Using the traditional melody of "Deck The Halls," this song introduces lots of Christmas-themed vocabulary and collocations.

Decorate The Christmas Tree Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Christmas tree - Make the shape of a Christmas tree with your hands.
Candy cane - Draw the shape of a candy cane in the air with your finger.
Stocking - Using one open hand moving downward in a sweeping motion, indicate the shape of a Christmas stocking from the top to the toe.
Sleigh - Make V shapes with your index and middle fingers on both hands. With your palms facing your chest, move your hands down and forward, like a sleigh sliding on snow.
Santa - Pat your big, round tummy.
Christmas - Rest your right elbow on top of your left hand. Make a "C" shape with your right hand.

♫ Decorate the Christmas tree. [Pretend to hang ornaments. Christmas Tree gesture.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la. [Wave your hand in the air as if conducting an orchestra.]

Candy canes for you and me. [Candy cane gesture. Point to someone. Point to yourself.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hang the stockings, 1, 2, 3. [Stocking gesture. Pretend to pin up three stockings.]
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Wrap the presents happily. [Pretend to wrap a present.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

On a sleigh ride, go, go, go. [Sleigh gesture. Punch alternating fists in the air.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Make a snowball, throw, throw, throw. [Pretend to make a snowball. Throw it.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Kiss beneath the mistletoe. [Pretend to hold mistletoe over your head, lean forward, and give a kiss.]
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Santa's laughing, "Ho, ho, ho!" [Santa gesture.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Christmas Eve comes soon, hooray! [Christmas gesture. Raise your arms in the air.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Santa Claus is on the way. [Santa gesture.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Lots of presents in his sleigh. [Pretend to hold a box in front of you. Sleigh gesture.]
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

I can't wait 'til Christmas Day. [Rub your palms together with excitement.]
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fa la la la la, la la la LAAAAAAAAA! [Hold out your arms like an opera singer.]

Classroom Benefits

The language in this song was carefully chosen to introduce traditional Christmas activities that young learners can relate to and understand through gestures.

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
You can use the sing-along version to teach the original lyrics to "Deck The Halls." Or try making new verses introducing other Christmas-time activities. 1

Spin The Christmas Tree
Before class, paint or color an empty plastic water bottle green. Glue a little yellow paper star to the top. In class, sit in a circle with the students. Show a Christmas picture card to all of the students and help them name it. After naming the card, each student gets to decorate the tree (the green bottle) with a colored sticker. Introduce six to eight picture cards in this manner. After introducing all of the cards, place the bottle on its side in the middle of the circle and spin it. When it stops spinning, the student the star is pointing at names a picture card that the teacher shows. Then, that student gets to spin the tree. Continue until the students are comfortable naming all of the cards. 2

Put The Star on Top!
Draw a large Christmas tree on the whiteboard and prepare ten blue magnets, ten red magnets, and ten yellow magnets (any colors are okay). Also prepare a simple Christmas star made of paper. Divide the class into three teams and assign each team a color. Quiz the students on a group of 20 picture cards. Show a picture card to the class. The student who names the card first gets to decorate the Christmas tree with a magnet of his team's color. For the final picture card, the student who answers first gets to put the star on top of the tree for his team. Each decoration is worth one point. The star is worth three points. Add up the points. The team with the most points at the end wins! 3

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