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A Christmas Carol

Singing Christmas carols is an excellent way to get in the holiday spirit— and it can also provide a good opportunity for you and your children to share a learning experience. 

For example, the song The 12 days of Christmas allows your little one to work on their counting skills and memory recall.

So, while decking the halls, don’t forget to turn on some Christmas music and encourage your child to sing along with you.

The 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds*
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

 

This link will direct you to the North Pole where, among other activities, you and your child can visit the Elf Pal Academy. The Elf Pal Academy provides learning activities that will entertain your children for hours.

Hard-up, yet happy, holidays

Temple University psychologist offers advice for families scaling back in a slowing economy

This holiday season, many parents will be faced with the burden of telling their children that they won’t be getting as many gifts this year. How can parents make sure their kids still have a happy holiday on a tight budget?

Temple University child psychologist Ronald Brown, Ph.D., says the key is to focus on positive things, rather than the negative.


“Kids are amazingly resilient. If important information is presented to them in the right way, they’ll do fine in just about any situation,” said Brown, dean of the College of health professions.

The best way is to be open and honest, he said. Don’t overwhelm kids, but don’t shelter them either.
“If your financial situation has become difficult, you definitely don’t want to say things like,’ I don’t know where our next meal is coming from.’ You can explain the situation without scarring them,” he said.

Brown suggests framing the holidays as a time for family togetherness, rather than focusing on material gifts. He said what children most want is to know they can count on their parents to be available and supportive.

“Explain to your children that while there may not be as many presents this year, there’s always time to do things as a family. Take a walk, play a board game, donate to a charity these are all great things that parents can do that are cheap but can still be fun for their children,” he said.

And as a New Year’s resolution, Brown said there is a great time for parents to teach their children about how to take care of their money.

“Children are a mirror of their parents; what you do reflects in them,”

“Ultimately, if you show them that you can effectively manage your money, it will set them up for financial stability when they get older.”

Posted with permission from Temple University.

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