So, are you excited about Christmas yet? Is your little one going to be taking part in his or her's first nativity play? It's a special time of year and seeing your child in his or her's first nativity place is just wonderful, especially for us parents.
My son took part in his first nativity play last Christmas. I thought I was going to be really emotional and before dashing out the door to go to the performance I grabbed a whole roll of loo paper!!! In the end I didn't need the loo paper. In fact I was in constant giggles because the performance was so cute. I actually tried to video parts of it for my husband who couldn't make it however giggling and videoing isn't the best mixture for producing an acceptable home movie! So I don't recommend it. Instead just make sure your other half is there, forget about the video and just enjoy it!
Top Tip - making an angel costume (one definitely suitable for a boy):
If you child, especially your son is going to be an angel, it's really easy to make a costume, here's how...
1. Take an old white rectangular pillowcase. Place the pillowcase on a flat surface so that the pillowcase is flat and in a rectangular shape (i.e. two short sides, two longer sides). Cut a semicircle at one of the shorter ends (start small as you can always make this larger). Because you will have cut through two lots of material this will then make a circle for your child's head to go through. If it's not big enough for your child's head to fit, make it bigger.
2. Cut a hole 3/4 of the way along one of the longer sides (nearest the hole for your child's head). Do the same on the other longer side of the pillow case. These holes are for your child's arms. You can decorate the edges of these new 'arm' and 'neck' holes with thin silver or gold tinsel.
3. Cut off the bottom seam of the pillowcase (i.e. at the other shorter end of the pillowcase) so that it is like a tunic. The hem of this tunic can again be decorated with thin silver or gold tinsel.
4. Now all you need is a long white t-shirt to go underneath the tunic, (optional white tights if you can get them to wear a pair) and a white, cream or gold rope to tie around their waists.
5. For the halo - buy a dark brown/light brown (same colour as their hair) 'alice band'. Get a metal coat hanger, untwist it and bend one end around the alice band then bend the rest of it vertically and then make a circle. You can decorate this circle with some more tinsel.
4. Buy some fairy wings. You might even be able to borrow some from a friend's daughter.
He presto, you now have an angle costume fit for a boy!
We will be enjoying our Christmas Themed class in 2 weeks time! So here are a few of the Christmas songs for you to practice at home. I'll give you a few more next week. Don't want to over load you!
Away in a Manager
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes,
But the little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love thee Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle ‘til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.
Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then all the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!
Dashing through the snow,
In a one horse open sleigh,
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing,
A sleighing song tonight.
Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
Did you know that Miss Muffet isn't in fact afraid of spiders! Well not at Tabby's Tunes she isn't. Please find below the extra verse that I sing at Tabby's Tunes which you might like to enjoy singing at home:
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
The spider he cried,
And said " What a muddle, I only wanted a cuddle!"
Miss Muffet she heard,
Ran back for her curd,
And gave the dear spider a hug!
© Tabitha Blyth September 2012
When my son was little, his Godparents bought him 'The Macmillan Treasury of Nursery Rhymes & Poems'. It's a gorgeous book for children and I thoroughly recommend it. The children love it and we love reading it to them.