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    November 26, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    I ‘m working on my DecemberTerm Circle Time plans, which I’ll post when I’m done. Today, I’ve been switching over our memory binder so that everything is Christmas and Advent until further notice! I don’t want to put all of these entries into my normal Memory Index page, but thought you might still find this useful.

    So here is what can only be called my Holiday Memory Index.

    I am always looking for Christmas poems and Advent-specific songs, so if you have suggestions for me to add in future years, I’d love for you to share them in the comments.

    Advent Song Scores

    Good King Wenceslas {2nd day of Christmas — St. Stephen’s Day — is mentioned in this song; also suitable for Advent}
    O Come O Come Emmanuel {Latin lyrics are here}

    Christmas Song Scores

    Angels from the Realms of Glory
    Angels We Have Heard on High
    Away in a Manger
    Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
    Coventry Carol (for the 4th day of Christmas — commemorates Herod’s slaying of the Innocents)
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    Good Christian Men, Rejoice
    Good King Wenceslas (2nd day of Christmas — St. Stephen’s Day — is mentioned in this song; also suitable for Advent)
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    I Saw Three Ships
    In the Bleak MidWinter
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
    Joy to the World (Latin lyrics at the bottom of the score)
    Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Once in Royal David’s City (new 2016)
    The Babe in Bethlem’s Manger (new 2016)
    The Ditchling Carol
    The First Noel
    Sussex Carol
    We Three Kings of Orient Are (for Epiphany)


    A Christmas Carol by G.K. Chesterton
    A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior by Ben Johnson
    Carol by William CantonΒ (new 2016)
    On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity by John Milton
    Christmas Eve by Christina Rossetti
    Story for an Educated Child by Phyllis McGinley


    Luke 2:1-20

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  • Reply julie foley November 21, 2017 at 5:53 am

    i love all these resources…thank you!

  • Reply Lily November 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I just thought I’d let you know that your link for the poem Christmas Eve by Christina Rossetti is restricted. I get the following message when I click on the link, “This blog is open to invited readers only It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog. If you think this is a mistake, you might want to contact the blog author and request an invitation.”

    I was able to find the poem on another website by doing a Google search. But, thought you’d like to know your link here may not work for everyone! Blessings, Lily

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you, Lily! I will try and update that link today with one that works. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy Vencel December 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you both for your song suggestions! I think I will do both of those next year…you just made my 2014 planning that much easier. πŸ™‚

    As far as Christmas songs through Epiphany…that is a loaded question, though I’m sure you didn’t know that. πŸ™‚ My *preference* would be to sing Advent songs ONLY during Advent, Christmas songs during Christmas, etc. But I use Circle Time to teach the children the songs, and except for my oldest, I need all three weeks of Advent Circle Time to teach them any new songs I want to teach them, including Christmas songs. So maybe when they are older, I will be able to realized my dreams. πŸ™‚

    We do not have daily Circle time during our Christmas break, though we do some singing. I’ve labeled the songs because {1} I’m telling the children what kinds of songs they are, and {2} I *do* use certain songs for certain days — especially the Coventry Carol and We Three Kings. I cannot hardly get through the Coventry Carol without crying. I am such a baby on the fourth day of Christmas! We may sing those songs {for learning or review} earlier in the season, but I’ll make a special point for us to sing them on the dedicated days, of that makes sense.

  • Reply Mystie November 27, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I love that one, too, Dawn!

    So, are you doing Christmas songs all the way through Epiphany?

    One of my favorites is What Child Is This? πŸ™‚

  • Reply dawn November 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    My favorite hymn is an Advent hymn: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Haunting, in a minor key, ancient, and beautiful. Alleluia.

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