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SANTA ~ the kids’s song!

Santa with a baby dressed as an elf

Santa with a baby elf

Ever had the kids running around singing B.I.N.G.O.? Or used it as a good song to entertain around a campfire or on a long drive?

Now you can change it up a bit in December by teaching the kids S.A.N.T.A.!

S.A.N.T.A

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A

And Santa is his name-o.

 

To make it more fun, delete a letter each time you sing the verse – adding a clap or action instead of the letter. This makes the song last longer (Sorry!) and develops concentration and memory skills (yes, even annoying repetitive songs can be educational and beneficial!)

I like to make it trickier and more Christmas by replacing each letter with HO, so it looks like…

S.A.N.T.A. (HO version)

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

HO A.N.T.A.

HO A.N.T.A.

HO A.N.T.A.

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

HO HO N.T.A.

HO HO N.T.A.

HO HO N.T.A

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

HO HO HO T.A.

HO HO HO T.A.

HO HO HO T.A

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

HO HO HO Ho A.

HO HO HO HO A.

HO HO HO HO A.

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

HO HO HO HO HO

HO HO HO HO HO

HO HO HO HO HO

And Santa is his name-o.

 

Red hat, White beard

Twinkle in his eye

and Santa is his name-o

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A.

S.A.N.T.A

And Santa is his name-o.

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus – the story

Another fun Christmas song most of us know (at least vaguely!) is “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus” – in fact, I bet you are singing the title to yourself rather than just reading it. I know I hear the song whenever I think of it 🙂

Following on from the story behind “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” I thought I’d look into the story of some other Christmas favourites, starting with “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus.”

The story behind Mommy kissing Santa

Tommie Connor, from London’s West End, wrote the song (music and lyrics).

It was first recorded by Jimmy Boyd (who was 13!) in July 1952 and reached the top of charts that December. The Catholic Church in Boston and other areas also banned it that year because it mixed Christmas and kissing! (I think that conversation deserves its own post so will leave it alone for now…)

Other artists have since recorded the song, including Spike Jones & his city slickers (who did the original front teeth recording), the Jackson 5, Amy Winehouse, John Mellancamp, the Ronettes and Tiny Tim. Although some have only sung the chorus and verse 2 rather than the full song as listed below.

A couple of artists have even sung it as “I saw Daddy kissing Santa Claus”!

This song is amongst the 25 most-played Christmas pop songs on American radio. It’s not played in Australia as much, I don’t think, as it’s not a song I have heard that often on the radio or in shops.

Have you come across it very much?

You can get the sheet music, too.

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus lyrics

Christmas toys all over the place,
Little Johnny wears a funny smile on his face;
For Johnny has a secret,
And this secret he must share;
He wants to tell somebody,
So he tells his Teddy Bear…

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night;
She didn’t see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep.

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus,
Underneath his beard so snowy white;
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night;
She didn’t see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep.

All I want for Christmas – the background

Back in June, AussieMindy shared a story about being 8 years old without her front teeth at Christmas time – and hearing the song ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” over and over again.

writing music about teethThat got me thinking – where did that song come from?

And what are all the words of it?

So I went out and found some answers…

The story of the song

Don Gardner was a primary school teacher who asked his grade 2 students what they wanted for Christmas as part of a song writing activity in 1944. Apparently, most of his class had at least one missing tooth and spoke with a lisp because of the resulting gap in their mouths.

That night, Don wrote a song in about 30 minutes to have a little fun with his students and their missing teeth.

His students sang it at annual Christmas concerts and it didn’t go much further until he sang it at a music teachers conference. A woman who worked at Witmark music company heard it, passed it onto her boss and the song was published in 1948.

Spike Jones & his city slickers recorded the song, including the falsetto boy’s voice, in December 1948 and reached the top of the charts in 1949. Since then, it has been recorded a number of times by various artists including Dread Zeppelin, the  Andrews sisters, the Chipmunks, Nat King Cole and Count von Count (of Sesame St).

As well as inspiring various parodies, it is said that this song was the first light-hearted Christmas song and inspired songs such as “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer” and “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus“. So thank you Don and your grade 2 students for giving us this silly song 🙂

Don Gardner died in 2004 and those grade 2 students would be about 75 years old 🙂

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth lyrics

missing two front teeth for ChristmasEverybody pauses and stares at me

These two teeth are gone as you can see

I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe!

But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!

 

All I want for Christmas

is my two front teeth,

my two front teeth,

see my two front teeth!

 

Gee, if I could only

have my two front teeth,

then I could wish you

“Merry Christmas.”

It seems so long since I could say,

“Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!”

Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be,

if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

 

All I want for Christmas

is my two front teeth,

my two front teeth,

see my two front teeth.

 

Gee, if I could only

have my two front teeth,

then I could wish you

“Merry Christmas!”

 

 

All I want for Christmas…

I now think the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” is funny but there was a time I hated it 🙂

missing two front teethI think I was 8 when I lost both my front teeth a week or so before Christmas. Everyone around me thought it was hilarious to sing the chorus to me at least 10 times a day – me, not so much.

Even Santa got in on it as he left me some lolly teeth in my stocking – mind you, not the normal lolly teeth (ie a full upper or lower set) but full gums with just the two middle teeth in place…

Hated it and the family jokes. But 2 years ago, my son lost one of his front teeth (in winter mind you!) and the song was the first thing that came to mind. He only heard it 3 or 4 times though – I think 🙂

Do they know it’s Christmas time?

Happy birthday to the song “Do they know it’s Christmas time?”!

It was 25 years ago that a group of musicians, led by Bob Geldof & Midge Ure, got together as Band Aid and sang this song to raise money for people in famine affected Ethiopia.

Unfortunately, there are still many starving people around the world and not everyone enjoys Christmas as we do in Australia (and there are those in Australia struggling, too). But we can choose to let songs like this remind us of the giving spirit of Christmas and do what we can to help others.

Another Aussie version of jingle bells

Damien added an Aussie version of Jingle Bells last week, but I know another one so I thought I’d give it to you as well!

Jingle Bells

Dashing to the beach
With my boogie board and towel
Look at all the waves
Hear the surfers yell, YEE HAA
Put your sunscreen on
Don’t forget your hat
Because you will get sunburnt
If you don’t remember that

Chorus
Summer time, Christmas time
Mosquitoes, bindies
BBQ’s, sausages
Tomato sauces and flies

Jump into the pool
With your flippers on
Watch the dog catch flies
Sing a Christmas song
Christmas in Australia
Is very, very hot
So snow and sleighs and jingle bells
Is what we have not got

Chorus x2

12 Aussie days of Christmas

I know someone else posted about the 12 days of Christmas, but I heard a different version today at school so I thought I’d try and remember it for you.

My true love brought to me…

one lyrebird in a gum tree

two beach umbrellas

three splashing swimmers

four …

five banana chairs

six …

seven …

eight crazy chickens

nine…

ten…

eleven pairs of thongs

twelve …

Ok, so there’s a lot I forgot so I’ll see if I can get the rest to fill in the gaps!

All I want for Christmas…

My nearly 6 year old son lost his 2 front teeth a couple of weeks ago. His grandparents, uncles & aunts and parents have been singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth“, driving him crazy!

This morning, he lost a third front tooth, so we’ve had to rewrite the song a bit…

He is well & truly sick of that song now, but we are still enjoying singing it to him.

His new teeth are now growing, and while they may not be fully grown by Christmas, they won’t be far off.

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