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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Language Focus Other songs about: Christmas, action verbs

"Merry Christmas." "Happy New Year." "Happy holidays." Action verbs (clapping, jumping, stomping, whispering).

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Lyrics and Actions

Key Gesture
Christmas - Rest your right elbow on top of your left hand. Make a "C" shape with your right hand.

♫ We wish you [Indicate "we" by moving your index finger in front of you from one shoulder to the other, making a semi-circle.]
a Merry Christmas. [Christmas gesture.]
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. [Gesture fireworks exploding in the sky by popping open your hands in the air.]

Happy holidays to you, [Hold up your left hand in a fist. Raise your index finger when you sing "...you".]
your family, [Raise the rest of your fingers on the left hand, representing family members.]
your friends. [Hold up all five fingers on your right hand, representing friends.]
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas,
and a Happy New Year.

Let's clap.
We all do a little clapping. [Clap.]
We all do a little clapping.
We all do a little clapping.
Christmas is here. [Christmas gesture.]

Let's jump.
We all do a little jumping. [Jump.]
We all do a little jumping.
We all do a little jumping.
Christmas is here.

Let's stomp.
We all do a little stomping. [Stomp.]
We all do a little stomping.
We all do a little stomping.
Christmas is here.

Shhh...let's whisper.
We all do a little whispering. [Hold your finger in front of your mouth.]
We all do a little whispering.
We all do a little whispering.
Christmas is here.

Big voices!
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. ♫

Classroom Benefits

The traditional "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is wonderful for young learners because the melody is so simple and repetitive. However, the lyrics of the traditional version can be very difficult for young learners to understand and identify with. This is a version that even very young learners will be able to follow along with.

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
Try different actions! For example, “We all do a little dancing/hopping/wiggling/etc.” You can also make it a birthday song! “We wish you a Happy Birthday. We wish you a Happy Birthday. We wish you a Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday to you!” 1

Christmas Cards
Choose five family members or friends to give Christmas cards to. Make the card shapes by folding colored paper in half. Use crayons, paint, stickers, and even torn pieces of paper and glue to decorate the front of the cards. Think of a simple message to write inside. Then, give the cards! 2

We All Do A Little Clapping
Gather the class together in a big circle. Sing the song together using the sing-along version. The whole class sings the chorus together. Then, before each verse, the teacher calls out a different action and the students respond by singing the verse and doing the action. Alternatively, split the class into many different groups, and ask each group to think of an action and a gesture to go along with it. Sing the song together with the sing-along version with the groups taking turns to sing a verse with their action and gesture. For example, students can sing, "We all do a little eating," or "We all do a little skiing." Encourage the students to be silly and creative with their gestures! 3

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