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A Holiday Video Playlist For Christmas & Chanukah

The holiday season is upon is!

And what’s totally fun is that Chanukah and Christmas occur at the same time this year! Chanukah begins Christmas eve and end New Years day eve – a super rare occurrence for the eight days of Chanukah to span the exact time between Christmas and New Years.  I love it!

So today I’ve got a video playlist of 12 videos/songs that I’ve done on the video show over the past 4 years. They’ll play one right after the other.  I’ll list below exactly what’s in store for you. Both Christmas & Chanukah songs to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  2. Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Silver Bells with Suzi Shelton
  5. 8 Little Candles
  6. Up on the House Top
  7. Jingle Bell Rock with Stacey Peasley
  8. The Dreidel Song
  9. White Christmas
  10. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
  11. Over The River and Through The Woods
  12. Deck The Halls

Hope you’re having  great week! Looking forward to seeing some of you in Brooklyn, today December 6th, at the Greenpoint Library at 11 am! And the rest of you at the Jolly Jingle Jam in Maplewood, NJ on December 17th!

xoxo

Miss Nina

Over the River & Through the woods…..

Hello there!

If you’re in the USA, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and had a wonderful time with family and friends.  And if you’re elsewhere – well I hope you simply had a great weekend! 😉

Seems we’ve officially rolled into the “holiday season” now. So, for the next few weeks I’ll be delivering songs that fit holiday lesson plans for Chanukah, Christmas & New Years.  Today’s song is about a sleigh ride to Grandma’s house called “Over The River & Through The Woods”:

Although now known more as a Christmas song, it turns out that this song was first a poem written in 1844 by  Lydia Maria Child about Thanksgiving.

We stick to just this well known verse – but if you look up the song there are many, many more. I’ll post the lyrics that I’ll be using below so you can learn and sing along.

Enjoy & have a wonderful week!

xoxo

Miss Nina

A Sharing Song by Raffi – Sharing, Friendship & Thanksgiving

Hi there, friends!

As we approach Thanksgiving this week here in the USA, I’m putting a spotlight on sharing this week.

We start teaching this concept early on – both at home and in school. And it is a necessary skill for getting along in those environments. But sharing is the basic foundation skill for getting along with the whole world! It’s the first step in understanding the acts of compromise and tolerance.

Compromise, tolerance and sharing are what the Pilgrims and Native American’s practiced so long ago and what we honor annually during Thanksgiving.

And any effort to make the world (or one’s country) a better place succeeds when Love, Tolerance, Compromise and a spirit of Sharing are present.

And although those concepts and skills are certainly daunting for young children – we can start with, and model, the simpler aspects of sharing.

Raffi’s A Sharing Song, helps to depict the joy of both you and your friend having some of the same thing.  The lyrics are simple, but the feeling behind it is one of openness and joy. So here’s this week’s video, and below it are the lyrics. Enjoy – and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lyrics to A Sharing Song:
By Raffi from the album Singable Songs for the Very Young

It’s mine but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
For if I give it to you –
You’ll have some too.

Now if I have a cake to eat;
If I have a tasty treat;
If you come to me and ask
I’ll give some to you!

It’s mine but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
For if I give it to you –
You’ll have some too.

And if I have a book to read;
If I have a block you need;
If you come to me and ask
I’ll give some to you!

It’s mine but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
For if I give it to you –
You’ll have some too.

Grateful – A Song for Thanksgiving…or anytime!

At this time of  year, in our classrooms and library story times, we usually begin discussing and exploring themes related to Thanksgiving – Friendship, Sharing, Family, Togetherness and Gratitude.

Gratitude can be hard to fully explain – especially to our little one’s who are two and under. But it can be modeled. And you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to do that!

Often, when I’m feeling down or in a bad mood I can’t seem to get out of – I make a Gratitude List. Sometimes it’s the last thing I feel like doing….but it ALWAYS helps. I might make a general Alphabetical Gratitude list, or simply listing the things I’m thankful for that day. I changes my focus and energy and the trajectory of my whole day.

That’s not to say we should ignore when we feel bad or sad or angry, or that bad moods are a bd thing. All feelings need to be honored and felt. But for me, it’s often hard to get out of the negative place once I’ve been there long enough.  Practicing gratitude is a tool for learning to see the glass have full rather than half empty. What a great thing to teach! It falls in line with the meaning behind my album Every Day’s Your Birthday, and all of my work, which is: your attitude is up to you! You CAN live like every day’s a great day – it’s a choice to decide how to feel. One great way to change your mood is to start dancing and singing. And another – Gratitude!

So – that’s how this song from Sha Doo Be Doop got written. I was having a hard time writing, and needed to turn my mood around. Started writing a Gratitude list, and then thought “hey – let’s make THIS a song!’

Enjoy! I am so grateful for you, your kids and that we’ve connected.  I’ll post the lyrics below, too, in case you want to sing along.

xoxo

Miss Nina

Grateful by Nina Stone (lyrics)

Verse:
Thank you for this day,
Thank you for a chance to play.
Thank you for my family.
Thank you for letting me be me.
Thank you for music and song,
Thank you for every sing along.
Thank you for poetry and art.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart….

Chorus:
I’m grateful la la la la la
Grateful la la la la la la la
Grateful la la la la
So grateful

Verse:
Thank you for electricity.
Thank you for every single tree.
Thank you for sunshine and for rain.
Thank you for helping me through pain.
Thank you for hugs and teddy bears.
Thank you for apples and pears.
Thank you for every piece of food.
Thanking you puts me in a good mood…..

Chorus:
I’m grateful la la la la la
Grateful la la la la la la la
Grateful la la la la
So grateful

repeat

Bridge:
Grateful to be here with you
Grateful for every thing you do
Grateful broken things to mend
Grateful for every single friend.

Chorus:
I’m grateful la la la la la
Grateful la la la la la la la
Grateful la la la la
So grateful

I’m grateful la la la la la
Grateful la la la la la la la
Grateful la la la la
So grateful
Grateful
I’m grateful la la la la la
La.

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

Hello there!

As we roll into November and the Thanksgiving Holiday, I like to focus on the themes of Friendship, Gratitude and Love. 🙂

So here’s a song made popular by the Brownies and Girl Scouts of America: Make New Friends (but keep the old).  This is a simple song that’s easy to learn and sing-along to.  The words are at the bottom of the screen in the video, and I”ll type them below as well.

I made this video a few years ago (make new videos, but keep the old… lol!) as you can see by the long pony tails.

This song, as well as the ones to come this month are a great jumping off point to talk about Friendship, Peace, Sharing, etc.  After this very intense and divisive election season, coming back  together –  in our communities, families, and as a whole country – is going to be very important though potentially difficult. Beginning by focusing on the benefits of friendship, sharing, peace and love are a great start. And what better way to bring people together than through music and song?

Grown-ups in the USA – don’t forget to vote today! It’s your right! And modeling for your children how to be a participating, adult in the community by voting is a beautiful thing.

Enjoy your day and the video and see you next week:

LYRICS:

Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other's gold.
A circle's round, it has no end
That's how long I want to be your friend.